Indian spiced pumpkin soup

Sunday soup: Indian spiced pumpkin soup

This spicy pumpkin soup is a favourite of my mother’s on a cold, winter day. If you’re coming out of winter right now, think of this as a reminder of when you really wanted something warm, toasty and comforting for lunch. If winter decided to pay you a quick visit this Easter, as it did us, then warm and toasty is exactly what we all need.

Greek fish soup

Sunday soup: Greek fish soup

This soup has everything needed for a hearty Sunday winter soup: fish, veggies, warmth and nothing too heavy to weigh us down for Monday. The magazine we took it from called it kakavia, which, it says, translates as Greek fish soup.

Laksa, with a lot of coriander thanks to our garden

Laksa made with our own perfect paste

Laksa is easy to make, and it never fails, provided you have the right ingredients, including a good laksa paste. We now make our own paste that suits the tastes of a household heavily influenced by a variety of Asian restaurants around town.

Chicken soup, ready to serve in an hour

Sunday soup: chicken soup in an hour

This light but tasty chicken soup boasts a decent chicken flavour supported by lemon thyme and a touch of chilli. It’s the ideal soup for feeding to your family when they have a bad head cold. It’s also great for those really hot nights: somehow chilli and stifling heat go together, or maybe we’re just a family that loves its chilli.

Borsch - Russian beetroot soup

Sunday soup: borsch (Борщ)

We loved borsch from the first spoonful we had in Russia. Unfortunately, we didn’t think to ask for a recipe, so several years later, we went through our cookbooks and invented something that we thought was similar. At the least, it’s become our memory of the borsch was had all those years ago.

Pumpkin and sweet potato soup

Sunday soup: pumpkin and sweet potato

Pumpkin soup is a favourite winter’s meal. In our search for the perfect pumpkin soup, we’ve tried all sorts of things, but we eventually settled on a combination of sweet potato and butternut pumpkin to get that perfect creamy smoothness and richness without cream or butter or bacon. And it’s still delicious.

Our basic minestrone

Sunday soup: Our basic minestrone

Minestrone soup is one of those soups that every student would have learned how to cook. It’s tasty, cheap, and you can make enough to feed a household easily. These same features make it ideal for a family with growing teenagers, or to fuel a committed athlete. My Italian cookbook tells me that minestrone is…

Mussel, tomato and basil soup

Sunday soup: mussels, tomato and basil

Take some mussels, tomatoes and basil, and you have the perfect Sunday-night dinner. The trick is to use fresh basil and to be very fussy about your mussels. They should be fresh and sourced from somewhere reliable: for us, that’s mussels from pollution-free waters on the south coast of New South Wales.

Chicken and sweetcorn soup

Sunday soup: Chicken and sweet corn

Our boy loved chicken and sweetcorn soup from the first spoonful he ever had as a three-year old in the local Chinese restaurant. It’s firmly entrenched as a must-have when we go out, and it’s now a treat when we stay home. It’s a treat that tastes great and is so easy to make.

Cream of mushroom soup

Sunday soup: cream of mushroom

Sunday night is for soup. Tonight it’s cream of mushroom, using the beautiful orange saffron milkcap mushrooms we picked on our mushrooming adventure. Because we have people in the house who just don’t like cream, we’ve gone vegan and used cashews for the ‘cream’ part of the soup. It’s really tasty and surprisingly filling.