RECIPES | 3 WINTER SOUPS TO KEEP YOU WARM AND COZY

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

1 TUSCAN TOMATO TORTELLINI SOUP

I’ve been making a variation of this soup for years. It begun as a means to comfort my cravings for England where I used to blissfully eat tons of tomato soup. Then the mediterranean element kicked in during a long summer in Greece when we had an abundance of juicy, ripe tomatoes and somewhere in between we must have had a handful of homemade left over tortellini which we didn’t want to go to waste..

HOW TO:

  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onions, garlic,  potatoes and carrots in the olive oil over medium heat until soft and golden.
  2. Add the wine to layer the flavours and enrich the taste or skip that part if you prefer and go in with the  tomatoes and veggie stock. Add the salt, pepper, dried basil/oregano/spices of your choice.Simmer.
  3. Puree the soup in a blender, then pour back into the saucepan and simmer again for a while until the desired consistency is achieved.

Serve and add the tortellini. If you are using store-bought tortellini, that’s fine I bet they are delicious! If you are in the mood to take it to the next level and make your own vegan pasta here’s my favourite homemade pasta recipe borrowed from the iconic Vegan Sandra:

 

2 CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER

A great transitional recipe for those who are going vegan. (big hug to you). The potatoes and the splash of plant milk keep it creamy and give it some heft,but it’s also light and makes a great mid-week dinner.

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in the cauliflower and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, until barely crisp-tender.

Whisk in the flour until lightly browned. Gradually whisk in the broth and vegan milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until the cauliflower is tender. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

When the weather gets awfully cold I like to add some chilly as well to my bowl, but that’s just a matter of personal preference.

3 Leek Celery & Spinach.

A lovely way to welcome the leeks when the season hits, or to put your frozen spinach and celery to good use. Toasted warm bread and humus will make a nice accompaniment to this one, on a very cold winter night..

  1. Heat the oil in a pot over a medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic and cook until the leeks are soft but not brown.
  2. Add the celery,and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes. Add the spinach and parsley and take off the heat as you want them to retain their bright green colour.
  3. Blend the mixture to a smooth consistency using a hand blender. Add nutmeg and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls with a dollop of coconut cream, or a simple drizzle of olive oil.

Please feel free to leave your comments below, let me know what you think, what your favorite soups are and don’t forget to tag me with your recreations on instagram or facebook. I would love to check out your culinary endeavours!

Comments: 39

  1. Oh my goodness you blog is gorgeous and the recipes sound great! I can’t wait to try the spinach and celery one-what a perfect way to get in greens!

    Emily x

    http://Www.isobellejane.com

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey Emily! Thank you so much! I hope you’ll try out and love it!

  2. I love all of these ideas. I’m a big time soup eater but often run out of ideas. The cauliflower soup sounds like one I want to make soon.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Let us know how it turned out!

  3. These sound good! I love the variation of the soups!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Simple, unpretentious but still interesting Deanna! Variation is key when it comes to healthy eating!

  4. All of the soups look delicious. Can’t wait to try theTuscan Tomato Tortellini Soup. I’ve never tried making it homemade.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey Tash! I’m sure you’ll love this one!

  5. Diana says:

    I love all of these ideas. Can’t wait to try theTuscan Tomato Tortellini Soup.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I hope that you do Diana!

  6. These soups look and sound so tasty, especially the Tuscan Tomato soup. I can’t wait until l try these recipes myself. Thanks for sharing this post.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey there! Please tag me I would LOVE to see your recreations!

  7. That tomato soup looks delightful! And I absolutely love the layout of this post!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      thank you Lexxie! The tomato soup was amazing indeed! The ultimate comfort food.

  8. I love all of these. Although I can’t taste it, I can tell that they are gorgeous! And I love the staging and photography too.

  9. Louise says:

    These all look great and quite easy to make! X

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      They are! Perfect for meal-preping as well!

  10. I have to make the cauliflower chowder! I really like cauliflower and as I was reading the recipe I kept saying to myself “this actually sounds pretty good”!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yay! happy to provide the foodspo!

  11. All of the soups sounds irresistibly delicious but that tortellini sounds to die for. I can imagine sitting at home on a chilly day eating that while enjoying the view through my slider. Heavenly!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      My idea of heaven as well 😉

  12. J.C says:

    It was a wonderful surprise to find your blog. You have unbelievable recipes and a gorgeous website . Congratulations!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      hey there! thank you so much for the kind words!

  13. Ooooh, I’m always looking for new vegan recipes, and soups are perfect during this season! Thanks for sharing!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      thank you for stopping by!

  14. Rae says:

    All of these soups sound incredible. There is nothing better than soup during the winter months!

    Rae | YEOJA Magazine

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      very true!

  15. Soups are a Bapua evils favorite. Love a good old gingery sweet corn too!

  16. these each look so creative and i’ve just been getting interested in soups this winter, thanks for sharing!

  17. These all look delicious! Especially that tortellini soup!!

  18. That leek and spinach soup sounds sooo delicious. I’ll be adding it to the meal plan for the coming week.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Let us know how it turned out !

  19. Nora says:

    Yum! I love how colorful the soups are and you’re photography is also very beautiful, the rustic style in beautiful. The recipes also sound very tasty, thank you for sharing them. 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you so much Nora!

  20. Lana says:

    These soups are perfect at this time of year. Would love to try out the tortellini soup … looks so filling and hearty. However, I don’t know if I would any good at making the tortellinis. haha

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hey Lana! Store bought pasta would work great as well!

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