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10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes

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Looking for the best vegetarian soup recipes? I’ve got you covered!

On a cold, wet and miserable day I really don’t think there’s anything better than warming your cockles with a steaming hot bowl of homemade soup and a big ol’ chunk of crusty bread.

I’m not a big cook.  I’ll freely admit that cooking has never been something I’ve been particularly good at.  Making soup on the other hand – that’s where it’s at.  It’s cheap, you get to use up all the vegetables lingering in the bottom of your fridge, and you can create a healthy and hearty meal in next to no time with minimal effort.

10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes

I normally freestyle when it comes to soup.  Adding a bit of this and a bit of that, and adding the random vegetables we have left in the fridge before we do our next food shop.  However, sometimes a more considered approach can be a good idea.  Here are 10 tasty vegetarian soup recipes to have to hand:

Thai Coconut Courgetti Soup

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Thai coconut courgetti soup from Olive Magazine.  Omit the fish sauce and shrimp paste if you’re vegetarian – I bet it will still be delicious without.  Alternatively a splash of soy sauce or tamari and a small helping of shiitake mushrooms will add the flavour you’re looking for.

Thai Coconut Broccoli Soup

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Keeping with the Thai coconut theme, this Thai coconut broccoli soup from heinstirred looks so fresh and light.

Beetroot and Pumpkin Soup

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Beetroot and Pumpkin soup?  Yes please!

Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Dumplings 

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This recipe for roasted tomato soup with cheddar dumplings sounds like pretty much the ultimate tomato soup recipe, if you ask me.

Carrot & Roasted Chickpea Soup

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Carrot & roasted chickpea soup for a healthy dose of beta-carotene!

German Potato Soup

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German potato soup (omit the sausage garnish to make it a vegetarian soup) is good old fashioned winter comfort food at it’s best.

Spiced Parsnip Soup

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Spiced parsnip soup sounds deliciously autumnal.

Roasted Swede and Parsnip Soup

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Roasted swede and parsnip soup.  Now, this recipe initially hurt my head a little.  Having no idea what a rutabaga is, nor what ‘coconut bacon’ is, the recipe left me a little perplexed.  A little internet search reveals that the grandly titled rutabaga is no more than a humble swede, and coconut bacon is flaked coconut with a bit of smoky flavouring.  Together they sound amazing.

Lemony Kale, Leek and White Bean Soup

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This lemony kale, leek, and white bean vegetarian soup is perhaps the ultimate winter warmer.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Vegetable Soup

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And finally, in the last of my vegetarian soup recipes, do try this Tex-Mex quinoa vegetable soup.  It’s next on my to-make list for sure.

If soup if your thing then you can also follow along with my Soup-erb Soup Recipes board on Pinterest for more vegan and vegetarian soup recipes and ideas. And for more vegetarian and vegan meal ideas do check out this post on 25 vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes, or these 5 vegan dinner ideas.

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5 Best British Gin Brands To Try | AD

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Warner Edwards Melissa Gin

This is a sponsored post on the best British gin brands to try.

If there’s one thing to know about me, is I love gin.  It’s been a decade and a half love affair of the stuff. And whilst I have my firm favourites, I’m always up for trying new gins.

Luckily for me and other gin lovers, the craft gin scene in Britain is booming right now.  So much so that the Wine & Spirit Trade have put together a London Gin Trail and a Scottish Gin Trail to help promote the stunning British gin brands that have helped see sales of gin in the UK rocket by £150 million in the last two years. So much so, that Britain now occupies the space of being the biggest exporter of gin in the world.

The 5 British Gin Brands to Try

To celebrate this homegrown success story, here are five British gin brands, to try, that you might not have heard of. These have been selected from the extensive range available online at 31Dover.com. Thisis the UK’s leading and award winning online drinks shop specialising in next day delivery, including gifting.  Click through to see more detail about each individual gin via the links below:

Warner Edwards Melissa Gin

Melissa Gin is the first of the Botanical Garden limited edition range from Warner Edwards. Warner Edwards have used various herbaceous plants from their newly-built garden on their farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire.  The Melissa gin is crafted with lemon balm, a member of the mint family. It’s also known by its Latin name Melissa officinalis (hence the name!) and has a delicious citrus and minty taste.

31Dover sent me a bottle to try (it’s a hard job, but someone’s got to!). I have to say it’s a very refreshing and drinkable gin.  I’ve been enjoying it garnished with a slice or two of lime and a sprig of mint.  Definitely, one to add to your gin collection.  The bottle even comes with a little pack of lemon balm seeds so you can grow your own garnish.  What’s not to love?

Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin

Distilled in Turnbridge Wells, initially, the name caught my eye.  Since first hearing about this gin I have heard only good things, and I’ve noticed it’s won a raft of awards.

The Bathtub Gin is produced in small batches using the traditional method known as cold compounding. This means no distillation takes place after the initial grain is produced.  Instead, botanicals such as juniper, coriander, clove, and orange peel are left to infuse in the high-quality pot-distilled grain spirit.  The resulting spirit is a smooth and clean gin with fresh, bright flavours. This has left Ableforth high up on my list of British gin brands to try.

The Botanist Gin

This small-batch gin from the Isle of Islay is made with nine classic gin aromatics. This includes orris root, cassia bark, and coriander seed.  Twenty-two locally foraged botanicals are added to this, including hawthorn flower, juniper, meadowsweet, and water mint. These are hand-picked by their team from the hills, peat bogs, and Atlantic shores of this beautiful Hebridean island.  It then takes 17 hours to complete the distillation cycle, for a unique taste and aroma.

Masons Tea Edition Yorkshire Gin

Excuse me, did someone mention tea and gin in the same breath?  Oh yes, Masons did, with their Tea Edition Yorkshire gin!  I am a fan of both gin and tea so encompassing both can surely be only a good thing?

The gin is described as “offering an abundance of authentic and balanced tea notes, set against the powerful and spicy botanical base of the original Yorkshire gin. Deliciously smooth and warming, the herbal notes, citrus, and gentle spice are complemented by the robust tea flavour“.  I will be giving this a go for sure.

Edinburgh Gin’s Seaside Gin

I’m a big fan of Edinburgh Gin. However, embarrassingly I haven’t managed a trip to their distillery even though it’s practically on my doorstep.  Edinburgh Gin makes some pretty good gins, and this particular gin is said to invoke a day at a Scottish east coast beach (home of some of the best beaches!).  The ‘temptingly’ named scurvy grass, ground ivy, and bladderwrack provide the botanical taste, and all I can say is I’m very intrigued.

What are your favourite British gin brands? And for more gin inspiration, do try my cranberry and orange infused gin recipe.