10 simple and warming soups for winter

Quick, easy and warming soups

Hot soup is one of life's greatest comforts, particularly if you've been out in the cold and wet. We've hand-picked a selection of nourishing and tasty soup recipes that are packed full of veg and quick to whip up after a day in the saddle. 

We've partnered with Olive magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow and take you through step-by-step how to create everything from homemade nutrition products to tasty, hearty post-ride meals. 

1. Chorizo and red lentil soup

Chorizo provides a rich, smoky and warming flavour in this soup
Chorizo provides a rich, smoky and warming flavour in this soup

This has got to be one of our favourite mid-week suppers for days when we want something quick and simple but with a punchy flavour.

You can whip this up with store cupboard ingredients, and although the chorizo gives it a rich, smoky flavour, it's still relatively healthy. You can make it in 45 minutes, most of this time is simmering, so you can set it cooking, jump in the shower, and it'll be ready when you are. 

2. Fish soup

Fish is an excellent source of lean protein
Fish is an excellent source of lean protein

It might look impressive, but this creamy soup is actually very simple to make and the lean protein of the fish is perfect for refuelling after a cold wet bike ride.

You can experiment with Greek yoghurt or crème fraîche instead of cream if you want to drop the calorie content. 

3. Pea and ham soup cups with Parma skewers

Doll your soup up with tasty and decorative accompaniments
Doll your soup up with tasty and decorative accompaniments

Okay, so this is actually a bit of a cheat. If you can't face cooking at all, but you want a dish that makes it look like you've spent hours slaving in the kitchen, then this is the one for you.

Basically, you're glamming up shop-bought pea and ham soup with crunchy little morsels of tastiness in the form of Parma ham skewers and olive-oil crisped bruschetta, with a swirl of cream or crème fraîche and a sprinkling of black pepper. 

4. Bacon and sweetcorn chowder

You can use fresh or tinned sweetcorn to make this satisfying chowder
You can use fresh or tinned sweetcorn to make this satisfying chowder

It's quick, simple, easy, very tasty and will satisfy those hunger pangs and bacon cravings in no time. Whip up a batch of this surprisingly low-calorie soup in 20 minutes, then sit back and relax. 

5. Celeriac and cheddar soup with thyme croutons

It looks impressive, but it's easy to make — celeriac soup with thyme croutons
It looks impressive, but it's easy to make — celeriac soup with thyme croutons

Olive Magazine describes this as a 'meal in a bowl' and who are we to disagree!

We love the cheesy kick that the cheddar supplies, which complements perfectly the fresh flavour of the celeriac and is cut through with the crunch and flavour of croutons roasted with fragrant thyme. 

6. Prawn laksa (spicy noodle soup)

Fresh coriander cuts through creamy coconut with rich spices in this delicious Malaysian laksa
Fresh coriander cuts through creamy coconut with rich spices in this delicious Malaysian laksa

Managing to combine spicy, creamy and fresh flavours into one filling and veg-packed dish, this spicy noodle soup from Malaysia is just right when you've had a hard day and need a nutritious pick-me-up.

Prawns provide lots of lean protein and the fresh cucumber and coriander cut through the creaminess of coconut milk. Yum!

7. Fiery chickpea and harissa soup

Harrisa paste gives this soup a fiery kick
Harrisa paste gives this soup a fiery kick

The hot and spicy theme continues, this time with a soup inspired by the flavours of Morocco.

The fiery harrissa paste in this vegetarian soup doesn't just add warmth, it adds a richness of flavour to a soup that's surprisingly simple to make — just 20 minutes of preparation and cooking time. 

8. Tomato soup with quick spring onion cornbread

Tomato soup and cornbread — the ultimate comfort food
Tomato soup and cornbread — the ultimate comfort food

Tomato soup is surely one of the most traditionally comforting dishes in the world, right up there with chicken soup.

This delicious version, which is given a subtle punchy kick of horseradish to perk up the flavour, comes with a filling polenta-based cornbread. Perfect for dipping, smothering in butter, or wolfing down as you wait for the soup to cool. 

9. Cauliflower and cannillini bean soup

Creamy cauliflower and protein-rich cannellini beans combine to make this delicious soup
Creamy cauliflower and protein-rich cannellini beans combine to make this delicious soup

Rich, creamy and deeply comforting — that's the best way to describe this tasty soup which combines slightly out of the ordinary ingredients to make something that tastes just right after a long ride.

The rosemary adds a wonderful flavour dimension to the dish. Swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock for a vegetarian version. 

10. Red Thai curry noodle soup

Spicy, warming and fresh, with a chilli kick!
Spicy, warming and fresh, with a chilli kick!

A light and fragrant noodle soup dish that's great when you don't want anything too heavy, but do want something spicy, warm and nourishing.

Coconut, lemongrass, basil and lime bring wonderfully fresh flavours, while tofu adds the protein you'll need for post-ride recovery. It's also easy to transform this into a vegan dish: swap the fish sauce for salt, the egg noodles for rice noodles, and purchase vegan curry paste. 

Why not have a look for more food-based inspiration in our other recipe collections, covering everything from breakfast suggestions to post-ride dinners.

Update November 2017

Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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