Simple Soups to Warm Your Soul

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A selection of delicious Simple Soup Recipes to Warm Your Soul!

Summer has drawn to an end here in Australia, and we are enjoying a lovely and sunny start to Autumn. As the weather cools down, however, it reminds me of just how much I adore food that is pure comfort.

I want to share with you today a selection of Simple Soups to Warm Your Soul.

The humble bowl of soup has many benefits – it can be delicious, nutritious and one of the fastest meals to get on the table. I also love meals that can be prepared in advance. Best of all, soup generally freezes well, and is great for those nights you really can’t face cooking!

As well as the four recipes I am sharing with you today, please enjoy some of my favourites from other blogger friends:

And, here are some delicious ideas of what to serve with your comforting bowl of soup:

What do you best enjoy with your soup?
I do hope you enjoy these delicious recipes – I would love to know which one you will make first!
Wherever you are in the world, I wish you a happy and healthy weekend!
Alex xx


Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.
– Marge Kennedy


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Roasted Capsicum Soup with Basil Oil

My Roasted Capsicum Soup with Basil Oil is so comforting to eat.

The delicious combination of red peppers, tomato and onion roasted to perfection offers a delightfully sweet and comforting taste. I love to serve this soup with a basil oil which takes seconds to make. The flavours complement each other so well, and the colour is so vibrant!

Roasted Capsicum Soup with Basil Oil

Vibrant in colour and full of flavour, this soup is an ideal starter or easy meal. Vegan and gluten-free!
5 from 88 votes
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Course: Entree, Main Course, Soup, Starter
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: capsicum, delicious, easy hummus, gluten free option, red pepper, roasted vegetables, simple, soup, vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Alexandra

Ingredients

For the soup –

  • 2 red capsicums bell peppers
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 medium brown onions
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Basil oil –

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 Degrees C (390 F).
    Line a sheet pan with foil. 
  • Halve your red peppers and remove the seeds and membrane.
    Peel and halve your onions.
    Quarter your tomatoes.
  • Place the peppers, onions and tomatoes on your sheet pan, and drizzle with olive oil, oregano and salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Place the cooked vegetables in either a blender or a saucepan (if you have an immersion blender). Add the vegetable stock, and blend until a smooth consistency.
  • To make the basil oil, place the basil and oil in a small blender or food processor and whiz until smooth.
  • Check to make sure the seasoning is to your liking.
    Serve soup with a drizzle of the basil oil. Enjoy!

Notes

* Serves 4 people as a starter/entree or 2 people as a main course.
* The herb oil also works well with parsley, if you don’t have any basil.
* I have used vegetable stock to keep the recipe vegan, but you can use chicken stock if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2660IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Potato Soup

This Potato Soup can be on your table in under 20 minutes.

It’s so simple and cheap to make, and chances are you’ll have the ingredients in your store cupboard. If not, you can always improvise! Add other vegetables of your liking, fresh herbs of your choice – make this meal your own!

Potato Soup

A Winter warming delight! 
5 from 35 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: creamy, potato, soup, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 221kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes medium sized (peeled)
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • pepper freshly ground (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Peel potatoes and chop into cubes. 
  • Finely chop onion and sweat for five minutes in olive oil.
  • Add crushed garlic clove and cook for a further one minute.
  • Add potatoes and toss through the onion mixture.
  • Add vegetable stock. Simmer for approximately 8 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  • Using an immersion blender or similar, blend soup until smooth. 
  • Serve with garnish of your choice. (Eg: chives/spring onions)

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 963mg | Potassium: 959mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 28.8mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 7mg
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Spiced Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

I love to make a big batch of this Spiced Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup and store the leftovers in the freezer.

You can certainly put your own twist on it also – fresh herbs and baby spinach are a great addition just before serving.

Both sweet potato and pumpkin are full of health benefits. They contain many vitamins and minerals and are high in antioxidants.  

Spiced Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

A comforting bowl of soup.
5 from 88 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: English, Universal
Keyword: gluten free, pumpkin, soup, spiced, spicy, sweet potato, vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 313kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 onions brown
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 gm pumpkin
  • 400 gm sweet potato
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 270 ml coconut milk (I used a can of Ayam)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and cut pumpkin and sweet potato into small cubes. Finely slice onions.
  • Sweat onions in the oil for a couple of minutes.
  • Add sweet potato and pumpkin, and the spices. Stir until well coated. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add vegetable stock and simmer for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Using an immersion blender or similar, blend soup until smooth.
  • Stir through coconut milk.
  • Serve with garnish of your choice. (Eg: fresh herbs)

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 1007mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 23200IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 4.1mg
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Broccoli and Potato Soup

Broccoli and Potato Soup is satisfying, smooth and creamy.

However, the great advantage of this soup is that it uses potatoes to provide a creamy texture so that no heavy cream is required.

It is quick and easy to make, lovely to eat and extremely nutritious. Made from simple ingredients, it is quick to prepare and you can have it on the table in 40 minutes.

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli and Potato Soup

This Broccoli and Potato Soup is smooth, creamy and extremely nutritious; and you can have it on the table in 40 minutes.
5 from 88 votes
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Course: Entree, Main Course, Soup, Starter
Cuisine: Australian, Universal
Keyword: broccoli, creamy, delicious, easy, gluten free, potato, simple, soup, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Alexandra

Ingredients

For the Soup:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion large, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 500 gm broccoli divided into florets (reserve the stems*)
  • 2 potatoes medium, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves *

To Garnish: (optional)

  • fresh parsley leaves
  • finely grated lemon zest

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
    Saute onion about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, but do not let it colour.
  • Add garlic, saute about 2 minutes. Be careful it does not burn.
  • Add broccoli, potato, vegetable stock and thyme leaves.
    Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Bring the mixture a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
    Remove from the heat and add the parsley leaves.*
  • With a hand mixer, or in a blender, puree the mixture until smooth.
    Reheat in the saucepan, season to taste with salt, and pepper*.
  • Add a little finely zested lemon rind and some chopped parsley to the top of each of the bowls.*

Notes

*Please don’t ever throw the broccoli stems away. The stems actually are my favourite part; just peel them, cut into strips and use as part of a crudité platter or slice across the stem and add to salads for crunchy texture.
*Adding the parsley just before blending adds colour, flavour and nutrients.
*It’s always important to check that a dish is adequately seasoned.
*There are very few foods which are not improved by the addition of a little finely zested lemon. It is a flavour booster and adds a bright tone to the soup.

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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194 Comments on “Simple Soups to Warm Your Soul”

  1. 5 stars
    I would absolutely love the capsicum soup with basil as well as potato soup which is usually my favorite kind of soup. Such yummy appetizers you got! I would only need some scones!

  2. Soup is perfect for fall. I’m a huge fan of the creamy soups. I would definitely be making the potato soup first and then probably the sweet potato and pumpkin soup. They all look delicious.

  3. I love making soups as well, do in our country vegetables are limited and pureeing can be a tough job. I’ll try your soup recipes one of these days.

  4. These are some really great simple soup recipes to warm your soul, for sure. I would love to make some when the weather gets a little cooler. I need a good soup on a cold winter day and simple to make? Is a total win in my book.

  5. awesome collection of soups and sides to go with it. Definitely going to try the potato and broccoli soup. That looks so delicious. Loving the quote on soup too.

  6. 5 stars
    Capsicum soup sounds so great, I really wanna try this soup. It’s just that I don’t know where to purchase a small amount of basil in my area.

    1. I buy a bunch of basil and use the remainder either making pesto or simply on sliced tomatoes. There are so many ways to enjoy it. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I love soup especially when the weather gets cooler but I never tried making these soups in your list. Our soup is more clear and not as thick. It is going to be interesting to try out something different from ours.

  8. 5 stars
    These all looks yummy! I will definitely try those pumpkin and sweet potato soup first. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love soup so much and all of these look amazing! I’m not sure which I enjoy mod though, the soul or all the bread I dip into it. ?

  10. These soup recipes looks really perfect for this weather. I will definitely give this a try and I guess my family would love it.

  11. 5 stars
    OMG I love soups. They are the best. When I go to restaurants I always get soups for appetizers. Even make some at home too!

  12. Hi Alexandra,

    I love soups! Every one of the soups you featured looks really good and I can’t wait to try them out!

    xoxo,
    Kayla | Mommy Blogger | My Motherhood Made Easy

    1. Hi Kayla, hope you try them. I made the potato soup for my lunch today. So quick and easy and made with store cupboard ingredients. 🙂 🙂

  13. This Roasted Capsicum Soup with Basil Oil sounds a really yummy and flavorful dish to try. I think this is perfect after you got home from work and wants to relax and enjoy the meal.

  14. 5 stars
    I love soups. They are not only filling but also very nutritious. These look so yummy. Will be trying them out in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing. ?

    1. I tend to eat a LOT of soup as we move into the Autumn/Winter months. And my favourite just had to be tomato and basil! I’ll be giving a couple of these soups a try though as they all sound absolutely delicious 🙂

      Louise x

  15. Awesome Alex, these look like a lovely set of exquisite soups to try at home. I am not a person who cooks, eats or loves soups at all. Anyone who knows me is familiar with the nickname I give them which is savoury smoothies. If I were to make them I would make the roasted capsicum as well as the broccoli and potato soups as they look yummy.

  16. Potatoes soup has always and will always be my favorite soup recipe! But it is awesome that you have put together multiple soup recipes

  17. 5 stars
    All these are such unique ways of making soup. I think I’m particularly interested with the roasted capsicum soup. It must taste delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Now these all sounds absolutely delicious – there is something about a nice warming soup on a cold day and I want to go through and try every one of these! YUM!

  19. 5 stars
    Even though we’re heading the opposite direction in terms of weather, I can’t turn down a good bowl of soup! The nights are still very chilly here, and soup is an excellent choice. Pass me a spoon, please! 🙂

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  22. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for a good soup, especially when it’s cold out and I’m in need of some comfort. Of these, though, I think I’d have to say the broccoli potato is my favorite. The broccoli gives a classic flavor and the potatoes adds a richness that makes the soup divine.

  23. 5 stars
    Great recipes. I make soup all the time, especially during the really cold months. They’re so warming and filling. They just make you feel good.

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