This soup is easy, cheap, filling and very, very tasty. You'll definitely want a second helping.You can finish the soup in various ways: a few more snippets of bacon, fried until crisp, make a lovely sprinkle, as do some simple fried bread croûtons.
Creamy roasted tomato soup: The creaminess in this soup comes from a couple of handfuls of cashew nuts, thrown into the roasting tin with the tomatoes. Once puréed, the result is rich and sumptuous. The riper your tomatoes the better – but roasting will sweeten and intensify even less than perfect specimens.
A wonderfully hearty soup, this is also very straightforward. It relies on some good puréed tomatoes for the base flavour. We prepare our own, but you could use a good-quality ready-made passata instead. In this case, you might want to add some bay, thyme and a whole garlic clove to the simmering soup to boost the flavour.
Mexican tomato & bean soup: this fresh, piquant summer soup combines many of the ingredients you might find in a feisty salsa, but in this case they re all souped up. Add more chillies if you like it hot, and a handful of fresh sweetcorn kernels, sliced straight from the cob, is a good addition if you have them. A scattering of diced avocado can replace the soured cream, if you prefer.
Cannellini bean and leek soup with chilli oil: the oil gives this soup a deliciously piquant finish. Once made, the oil will keep, sealed in an airtight container in the fridge, for a couple of weeks, and you can use it to add a bit of heat to marinades and salad dressings or to trickle over pizzas. However, if you don't have time to make it, you can simply trickle a little extra virgin olive oil over the soup and finish with some shavings of Parmesan, pecorino or hard goat's cheese.
There’s something a little bit retro about a sherry-spiked cream of mushroom soup. With its beautiful dun colour and rich, earthy flavour, this is a dish we’re happy to revisit regularly. To get the best flavour, use dark-gilled flat-cap and/or chestnut m
Carrot soup with dill and mustard - carrot and coriander soup is a ubiquitous dish with good reason, as it’s very tasty. You certainly could use coriander here. However, the clean freshness of dill is lovely with the sweetness of carrots.