Winter soup: Good food, good mood

Wintersuppe Rezept: So lecker und spannend können sie sein. Wintersuppe Rezept: So lecker und spannend können sie sein.

Soups are full of vegetables and nicely warming. But eating sensibly and healthily isn't always fun. However, with these simple tricks you can turn your soups into tasty, wholesome meals.

Warmth goes through the stomach

It’s understandable that winter soups aren't for everyone. Nonetheless, it's a pity to go without the nutritional value of soups for fear of them being “boring”. But the solution is easy. It's a small and simple step from a boring but healthy soup to a tasty and healthy meal. Starting from a simple, puréed vegetable soup as a basis, here are some ideas.

Winter soups made easy

Making a simple soup out of vegetables is basically easy – but it takes a good 40 minutes. Potatoes and/or carrots are usually a good basis, plus whatever you happen to have or like:

  • Wash, peel and chop the vegetables
  • Sauté in a pot with high sides (especially if onions are included)
  • Cook until tender (in water or stock, usually 20-30 minutes)
  • Blend with the cooking water
  • Season
  • Enrich as desired

That little extra

Even when you enrich your soup, the nutritional value remains.

A whirl of cream

Fat enhances the taste of the soup and keeps you feeling full longer. Whether it’s whipped cream for decoration, a dollop of crème fraîche, or a swirl of cream stirred in – fat adds flavour.

Seeds and nuts

In summer, we use them to enrich the flavours of salads – why not do the same in winter to soups? Seeds and nuts go with most soups. Browning them a little in a pan beforehand intensifies the taste.

And as with salad, bread "works" beautifully with soup, of course. For dipping or in cubes – perhaps even fried as croutons.

Tip: Add chilli for a warming effect.

Proteins are satisfying

Fried bacon, slices of sausage, ham or maybe yesterday’s meat leftovers (without sauce) cut into cubes? Vegetarians could try fried cubes of tofu.

Winter vegetables

Which vegetables are currently in season? Besides potatoes and carrots, there is a wide range of regionally available vegetables. Discover a whole selection of local winter vegetables (in german).

Simple recipes for cooking

These recipes have been kept relatively simple. But be creative and enrich them as much as you like!

Parsnip and cream

  • 400g parsnips
  • 200g potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • olive oil or butter to sauté
  • 800g vegetable stock
  • 200g cream
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • salt, pepper (nutmeg and lemon juice to taste, if desired)
  1. Peel and dice the vegetables.
  2. Sauté the onions in oil or butter (high-sided pan to ensure everything fits in).
  3. Add the potatoes and parsnips and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add the stock and cook the vegetables until tender (20-30 minutes).
  5. Blend the vegetables with a hand mixer and add the cream.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, decorate with parsley.

Pumpkin and curry

  • 500g pumpkin (e.g. Hokkaido or butternut), peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon
  • oil for sautéing
  • 3 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • salt, pepper
  1. Dice the vegetables.
  2. Finely zest and juice the lemon.
  3. Sauté the onions, garlic, pumpkin and curry in oil for approx. 3 minutes.
  4. Add the lemon juice and zest.
  5. Add the stock and cook the vegetables until tender (20-30 minutes).
  6. Add the coconut milk, simmer again briefly.
  7. Blend the soup with a hand mixer.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, decorate with parsley.

Why soups are healthy

  • Rich in nutrients
    Vitamins and minerals from vegetables stay in the soup. The water in which the vegetables are cooked remains part of the soup and isn't poured away.
  • More vegetables in your diet
    Eating sufficient vegetables as a side dish isn't popular with everyone. Soups help to provide variety in incorporating vegetables into your diet.
  • Aid to digestion
    Cooked and puréed food is more digestible than raw food. Nevertheless, soups should also be "chewed" so it can mix with the digestive enzymes in saliva..
  • Soups are practical
    Eating healthily on the go: soup in a thermos flask.Eating healthily on the go: soup in a thermos flask.
    And: soups freeze well. This makes them a good back-up for those “I have nothing healthy in the house” days.

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