Julia’s Five Favourite Soups in 2011

By Thursday, January 12, 2012

Eventually I will stop recapping my favourite recipes from 2011 and write about some of the new stuff I’ve been making, but in the meantime, I wanted to give my readers what they like best – soup recipes!

I also need to play some  serious catch up… I have about six blog posts sitting in my “drafts” that need photos and tweaking before they go live!  That’s how behind I am! Time to get organized.

It really surprises me that my soup posts get twice as many hits as any other post. I had no idea the world loved soup so much – I thought I was the only one!

In the next month I am going to be doing a soup series, half because they’re so popular and half because My Other Half has been asking for soup ever since we got back from Halifax. It’s cold in Ottawa and there’s nothing better than a bowl of soup by the fireplace.

Here are my five favourite soup recipes from 2011!

Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

This is an excellent soup recipe that is also really healthy. I never would have thought to combine Carrot, Apple and Ginger! This recipe originated from my favourite food blog, Oh She Glows. As you will see in the post, I tried a similar soup by Guy Fieri, but the Oh She Glows version won.

Healthy Broccoli Soup

This is my favourite soup of the year. Most broccoli soups are loaded with cream and butter, but not this one! It’s actually really healthy, and it takes no time to make. I still don’t understand how it can be so delicious when it contains no spices or unhealthy stuff. I don’t even think I added the salt and pepper the first time I made it! This is – by far – one of the best Canadian Living soup recipes I have come across. Try it!

Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup

Yum, yum, yum! This is a flavourful and hearty soup that is great for lunches. It’s also pretty healthy! I used my food processor to make the preparation super quick and easy. Don’t add the yogurt the recipe calls for though – I didn’t like it. It’s much better without!

Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup

Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Peppers

This Nigella Lawson recipe was originally dubbed “Broccoli and Stilton Soup”, but I opted to use the milder blue cheese. Stilton (although I love it) is an acquired taste, so it’s definitely not for anyone. The soup was still to die for. It turned out rich, creamy and indulgent – the perfect soup for my cheese-obsessed Daddy. It’s only downfall? This soup is absolutely not healthy in any way.

Portuguese Potato and Cilantro Soup

Who knew potatoes, cayenne pepper and cilantro could be so good? I went searching for this recipe when I had some potatoes to use up and I ended up being blown away with flavour. This is a traditional Portuguese dish that can be served hot or cold – sort of like Vichyssoise. It is simple, satisfying and although it may not be healthy, it’s cheap as chips to make.

1 Comment
  • Una
    January 12, 2012

    I love soup and I love the post! Will definitely be testing out one of these puppies! 🙂

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