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Two warming winter soup recipes to keep the chill away

by Leslie Clark

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing more inviting than a hot bowl of soup. Here are two simple recipes that work for lunch, a light dinner, or a delicious first course at your next party. Either of these soups is great with toasted bread, especially something crusty and hearty like ciabatta or focaccia.One advantage to serving soup for a crowd is that most recipes can be adapted to be completely vegetarian or vegan, and the same is true for these.

Cannellini Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Soup

For this recipe, you can use either homemade or store-bought pesto, depending on the time you have.

3 ¾ cups chicken or vegetable stock

two 14-oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

4 tbsp sun-dried tomato puree

5 tbsp pesto

black pepper (optional)

Parmesan cheese (optional)


1) In a pot, bring the stock and beans to a boil.

2) Reduce heat and stir in the tomato puree and pesto. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.

3) Carefully transfer about half the soup into a blender or food processor, making sure to get plenty of beans. Blend until smooth, and then return to pot.

4) Cook on low heat for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

5) Before serving, top each bowl with freshly ground pepper and a few shavings of good-quality Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serves 4.

Spinach and Potato Soup

You can also substitute watercress or arugula in this recipe for a different flavour.

3 cups vegetable or chicken broth

4 medium-size potatoes, grated

1 cup milk

¾ cup chopped raw spinach

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)

pinch of pepper


1) Bring the broth to a boil. Add grated potato and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2) About 5 minutes before serving, add milk, spinach, salt and pepper.

3) Top with cheese right before serving, if desired.

Serves 4.

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