winter soup recipes parsnip soup with parsnip on top

Warming, satisfying and oh-so easy to make, you can’t beat a good soup. Take a look at our favourites for some winter recipe inspiration the whole family will love.

These soup recipes are perfect for the colder months – not only are they warm and comforting, but they seriously pack in the veg. Take advantage of what’s in season and go for root vegetables and leafy greens, then have fun with flavour combinations to really take the flavour to another level. Make a big batch and not only will it be a delicious, nutritious midweek family meal, but also makes the perfect al fresco lunch. We’ve compiled a killer list here, so take your pick and find your new favourite. 

Nothing beats a bowl of sweet, spicy parsnip soup when it’s cold and miserable outside. With sticky golden parsnips and a good hit of ginger plus a few spices, this recipe is bursting with flavours we crave in the winter. We’ve paired it with a couple of crunchy parsnip crisps, a little swirl of yoghurt and some chilli oil, making every mouthful something special. 

Using simple ingredients, Jools’ hearty veg-packed soup is perfect for making sure the kids are on their way to getting their 5-a-day. The vegetables really sing on their own, but we’ve added extra flavour through garlic, rosemary and a couple of rashers of bacon (although this can easily be left out). Feel free to swap the beans for a grain like pearl barley if you’d like, just remember to add a little more water to the mixture.

Succulent chicken, tofu, herbs, noodles… When you’re craving something fresh and fragrant, this soup recipe will hit the spot. If you have time, prepare the broth the day before and we promise the flavour will go to a new level. Sprinkled with a little chilli and spring onion, this is the perfect warming winter soup that’ll give you a glow from the inside out.

This is a brilliant recipe to turn to when all you want is a big bowl of that classic comfort food: tomato soup. Whip up a big batch of it and freeze in portions to eat another time – a lifesaver on the days you don’t have the time to cook. Add a little drizzle of basil oil and a handful of alphabet pasta to give it a cheeky twist, then pair with a slice of lovely crunchy sourdough toast for a winning winter dish.

Minestrone is one of the most versatile winter soup recipes – as long as it has pasta or rice in the mix, you’re spot on. It can take whatever veg you have in your fridge, although onions, carrots and leeks are the classic combo as the base of a broth. Using a whole lot of simple, store-cupboard staples from different food groups, this is a hearty and nutritious recipe that’s simple to make any time you’re stuck for cooking inspiration.

Super easy, super quick and absolutely delicious, this is the perfect mushroom soup recipe to keep and recreate time and time again. It takes just 15 minutes to make yet looks seriously impressive when it’s on the table. We’ve paired it with some crispy croûtes topped with garlic, apple, Stilton and more tastiness to make this the perfect winter soup recipe.

Who doesn’t love leek and potato soup? We’ve made our version even more delicious by serving it with a side of crunchy toast loaded with a beautiful herby mixture of almonds, Parmesan cheese, fresh mint, parsley and vinegar – perfection. Plus, by adding kale into the mix, its nutritional value is amped up even more so you know you’re getting even more of the good stuff.


The blitzed beans give this soup a velvety texture and a real creaminess, despite the fact that it’s dairy-free. Topped with crispy parsnips, it’s a delight.

Made with sage and cheddar, this super-easy soup is topped with lid-like croutons, and is an epic bowl of warming joy!


The mixed veg gives this soup a minestrone vibe, but there’s a nice bit of chorizo to add flavour to the base, and hearty barley – instead of pasta – for added bite. Make a big batch and freeze in portions to enjoy another day. You’ll be pleased you did.

Everything you want in a bowl of ramen: it’s sweet, salty, sour, soft, crunchy and fresh, with a little bit of heat. The dark miso paste adds the salty element while the white miso adds sweetness.

A lovely thick, rich soup that’s absolutely full of flavour, our Costa Rican black bean soup is pretty special. Creamy beans, a couple of runny poached eggs and a gorgeous tangy, spicy salsa to top it all off – if you’re after a hearty soup recipe that has some extra wow-factor, we’ve got you covered.

Using frozen prawns and store-cupboard curry paste, this is a brilliantly quick and seriously easy soup recipe to whip up, and all it takes is just five simple ingredients. You can make this in as little as 20 minutes, making it the perfect winter dish to create when you’re short on time and need something good to fill you up.

This tasty, traditional Scotch broth recipe is brilliant for using up leftover lamb and veggies. It works well with lamb steaks, too. Simply brush the steaks with a little oil, sear in a hot frying pan for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, then slice up and use in your broth.


Cuddle up with this hearty and tasty soup recipe courtesy of Gennaro. Chunky veg in a delicious broth packed with pearl barley and the Italian black cabbage better known as Cavolo Nero. Served over toasted garlic bread this one will see you good until spring.

For even more comforting food in a bowl, take a look at our collection of gorgeous winter soup recipes, here.


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