Take homemade soups to a new level with these tips and recipes
As the weather gets cooler we often turn to soup as a favourite winter warmer meal. Hot soups can keep the family well-fed, as well as warm and toasty. Soups are appealing for many reasons, and offer a range of benefits as a meal choice:
Soups are easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive
Once you have your ingredients ready, soups do not require a lot of hands-on cooking time. Using an appliance such as the Tefal Cook4me touch smart pressure multicooker makes preparing soups easier than ever before. With liquids and vegetables as key ingredients, and bread or salad as a side dish, soups offer a hearty meal at great value-for-money.
Soup is a healthy meal choice
Eating soup is a great way to get your daily quota of vegetables. While some cream-based soups can add calories, liquid-based soups are low calorie and rich in nutrients.
Cook once, serve all week
Soups freeze well, so if you prepare a large batch you have options for lunches and dinners through the week when you’re busy, or if you don’t feel like cooking.
Boost your immune system
Soups can help you stave off colds and flus through the winter months. And if you get sick, soup is a perfect antidote to help you recover and feel better. Chicken soup is a famous homemade remedy for illness, especially if you toss in fresh garlic, onions, celery and carrots that all contain powerful immune-boosting nutrients.
AWhen you are preparing soup at home, consider some interesting ways to bring your dish to life to appeal to the kids, or make it more Insta-worthy! Try these creative toppings to add flavour and visual appeal:
AWhen preparing soups for the kids, creative toppings will delight them and encourage them to grab a spoon and dig in!
While some soups are relatively basic in terms of ingredients and flavours (think classics such as tomato, pumpkin or chicken soups), soups definitely don’t need to be boring!
Here’s some creative and delicious recipes to make soup (and you!) a star at family mealtime, all made faster and more enjoyable to prepare with versatile and easy-to-clean Tefal cookware and appliances.
Chicken Enchilada Soup
This colourful take on the popular Mexican dish packs a spicy punch and is a visual delight to serve up at dinner time. This soup is not only tasty, but the garlic, onions and carrots have plenty of immune-boosting nutrients. Another soup that is easy to prepare and cook in just over an hour using the Tefal Cook4me touch.
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Italian Sausage and Ravioli Soup
This soup is a very hearty meal in a bowl, with sausages and ravioli coming together with plenty of vegetables and Italian flavours in just 45 minutes using the Tefal Unlimited Premium Non-stick Induction Stewpot. Not only is this delicious dish easy to prepare, the titanium non-stick coating on the Stewpot makes cleaning a breeze.
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Pumpkin and Mango Soup
Take the classic favourite pumpkin soup to a new level with this very easy and inexpensive soup with a fruity spin. Using the Tefal Cook4me touch and the i–Companion XL, this tasty soup can be prepared and cooked in just 30 minutes. Dress the soup with seeds and serve with some mango on the side.
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This winter, put soup on the menu at home for a healthy, hearty option to feed the whole family. Dress up your soups with creative and tasty toppings, or try something different with the recipes presented here. Tefal has many more recipes and the cookware products and appliances that will help you cook delicious soups easier than ever before.
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About our contributor - Lorena Lys
Lorena is our lovely in-house Tefal brand ambassador. She is a TV presenter, sales professional, recipe developer and certified foodie. She loves to cook and all things food-related and is a proud mum to two beautiful teenage girls. In her spare time, you can find her at a yoga studio, on a bushwalk or at the weekend produce markets hunting down the best seasonal produce and ingredients she can find. Follow Lorena on Instagram for more recipe inspirations at @lorena.lys.