When the weather gets a bit colder, somehow we stop craving fresh salads and look for something a little more warming. Stews and soups are perfect autumn and winter fayre—a steaming hot bowl of something filling and packed full of nutrients is the perfect cold remedy and feels like a comforting hug in a bowl! Read on for the eight best recipes to try in the coming months.
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1. Kale, Potato, Sweetcorn and Chorizo Soup
Packed full of ingredients, if you’re looking for a filling soup, look no further than this dreamy concoction. Sliced potato for bulk, sliced chorizo for flavour, kale for health and corn for fibre. The best thing about this is that you can cook it once and eat it throughout the week—delish. Grab the full recipe on the link above.
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2. Butternut Squash with Crispy Pancetta
This smooth soup is made quite simply, using cooked and pureed butternut squash and it is definitely an autumn classic. You can add anything else you fancy, but we recommend carrots, onions, garlic and perhaps a little cream. For carnivores, the addition of crispy pancetta adds a little extra flavour and a bit of texture to the dish.
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3. Autumnal Minestrone
This super colourful, fresh and filling soup is ideal for vegetarians. Saute the vegetables then add some vegetable broth or stock, before adding and cooking the pasta in the broth. Find the full recipe on the link above.
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4. Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup
In the wake of Halloween, there’s a good chance the supermarkets will be selling pumpkins off cheap – meaning it’s the perfect time of year for pumpkin soup (it would also be a great idea if you’re celebrating thanksgiving). What makes this soup a little special is the tasty Thai twist, which is quite simple to add. Chop your pumpkin and chop a squash into halves or quarters,, rub with butter and salt and roast in the oven. When done, scoop out the flesh and simmer along with some coconut milk and red Thai curry paste. Puree the soup and add water until it’s a consistency you’re happy with. Serve and enjoy!
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5. Dublin Coddle
Definitely one for meat eaters, this hearty Irish stew is a fabulous feast. What this dish lacks in colour, it makes up for in flavour. The main ingredients are bacon, sausages, onion and potatoes—and don’t forget to serve with a delicious Irish soda bread. Find the full recipe on the link above.
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6. Crab and Shrimp Stew
If you love seafood, you’re going to love this stew. The rich flavour of fish infuses with peppers and cayenne pepper to make a delicious broth that will warm you to your core on a blustery winter’s day. The recipe above uses live crab but ready prepared crab meat will work just as well.
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7. Italian Chicken and Veggie Soup
This soup is almost a stew due to genius addition of gnocchi. Chicken cooked with a selection of autumnal vegetables with strong flavours such as garlic and parmesan—this dish doesn’t do anything by halves. Find the full recipe above.
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8. Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lentil Soup
A beautifully rich and warming vegetarian stew, this is a hearty meal you’ll want to eat again and again, which is pretty lucky as you can reheat it throughout the week! Lentils give a beautiful texture and flavour is in full supply with the addition of dried mint and sumac. Find the full recipe on the link above.
Have you got a favourite stew and soup recipes for autumn? Share in the comments below!
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