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6 of the best

6 of the best... nutritious soup ideas for a comforting one-bowl meal

Recipes to soupercharge your dinner.

CAN YOU BELIEVE it’s September already? We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, but we’re secretly dreaming of cosy evenings curled up in front of the fire.

As well as bringing said cosy evenings and leaves falling from the trees, autumn also brings with it comfort food. And what better comfort food is there other than a good bowl of soup! Full of nutrients and usually very simple to make, soup is one of the many pleasures of this time of year.

Soup is one of the most budget friendly meals you can make, and is also great for using up any leftovers. I always find I make far too much to finish, so if you end up doing the same why not freeze it in batches to enjoy later. From after school suppers to lazy weekend lunches, we’ve rounded up our favourite soup recipes below.

1. Curried Sweet Potato Soup, from Karen Coakley: This flavoursome soup is packed with antioxidant rich sweet potatoes and really easy to make. Serve with a swirl of crème fraiche and crusty bread for a warming autumnal lunch.

2. French Onion Soup, from One Man’s Meat: A deeply satisfying soup, the onions turn mellow and sweet when slowly cooked. The key to this soup is a home made stock, which gives it its famous smooth and silky texture.

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3. Leek, Potato and Bacon Soup, from Polka Foodie: Leek and potato soup is a classic, and one of the easiest soups you could make. This recipe is topped with pieces of fried bacon, giving that extra savoury kick.

4. Spicy Sweetcorn Soup, from The Picky Eater: Sweetcorn is at its seasonal best at the moment in Ireland, and what better way to enjoy it than in a spicy, fragrant soup? Super tasty, and low in calories.

5. Chorizo and Butterbean Soup, from Nadia Lim: Stuck for midweek dinner ideas? This hearty soup is quick to make and delicious! Served with freshly baked garlic bread, this would definitely be a meal in itself.

6. Thai Courgette Soup, from Gourmet Grazing: This fresh and light Thai inspired soup makes for a delicious low fat meal. It’s also a good one to freeze in batches and bring to work for a healthy fuss free lunch!

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