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Weather is getting colder, but the soup ideas are getting hotter!

By Sarah Doolan

It’s that time of the year to retreat indoors and get cosy with a warming bowl of hearty soup.

Stop reaching for a can of soup from the cupboard when you can easily make a large pot to feed the whole family. Not that there will be leftovers, but you can always make a large batch and keep them in containers in a freezer, to defrost on those days when you don’t feel like lifting a finger.

Serve with some crusty bread or have a whole bowl on its own, there’s nothing better than being cooped up on the couch with some homemade soup.

Whether pumpkin is your favourite, or you prefer a chicken soup to warm the soul, we’ve compiled our most popular BHG recipes from over the years. Enjoy!

1. Chicken pho

Warm, hearty, packed with flavour and low in kilojoules. What more could you want from this Vietnamese chicken noodle soup.

2. Italian chicken and borlotti bean soup

With chicken, beans, vegies and cheese, you’re likely to already have all the ingredients at home. Now all you need to do is simmer everything in a large pot for a hearty night in!

3. Creamy tomato soup

Want to sneak more vegies into your diet? We have the perfect tomato soup recipe for you. It’s creamy, delicious and you won’t be able to stop at one serving.

4. Quick pumpkin soup

Just pop butternut cubes in the microwave with stock, cook for 20 minutes, puree and you’re done! Too easy!

5. Ribollita soup

Ribollita soup is a Tuscan bean soup with big flavours. If you can’t get your hands on fresh borlotti beans, just use dried and soak overnight!

6. Cheer up chicken soup

It’s the traditional way to fight the sniffles, but this homemade remedy tastes amazing, too!

7. Ham hock minestrone

This creation is a fusion of ham hock soup and classic minestrone. Top with parmesan chips and you’ll be converted to this new take on the traditional!

8. Classic chicken soup

You can’t beat a classic. Eating a big bowl of this is like receiving a big warm hug from someone you love!

9. Roast pumpkin soup with Thai flavours


Made with tom yum paste, fish sauce and grated palm sugar, this roast roast pumpkin soup is infused with Thai flavours for a tasty spin on an old favourite.

10. Hearty chicken and barley soup

Served with crusty bread, it’s an old winter favourite the family will love!

11. French onion soup with grilled cheese baguette

There’s no need to brave the cold and head out to a French bistro for this classic entree. Soup it up a notch and add chunks of melted cheesy bread. Yum!

12. Spiced tomato and chilli soup with smoked bacon

A dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of herbs and bacon will keep you coming back for more. Plus, you can mop up every last drop with sourdough.

You can find all of these recipes sourced from www.bhg.com (Better Homes and Gardens Website)

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