Winter is well on its way and what better way to spend a winter’s day by cooking a flavoursome soup and enjoying it by a toasty fire! Here are a couple mouth-watering soups recipes to help you get you through these freezing winter days. 

Chicken Soup


  • 1-2 tsp. olive oil (optional)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups chicken pieces (raw)
  • 1 cup barley
  • 10 cups water
  • Salt and pepper for taste



  1. Fry the onion and garlic in a small amount of olive oil (you can do this without oil if you would like) in a large pot
  2. Add the chicken and fry until slightly browned
  3. Add the carrots, celery, barley and water 
  4. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer
  5. Add salt and pepper for taste
  6. Simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the barley is cooked through
  7. Blend the ingredients with a hand blender


Lentil, Chickpea & Chilli Soup


  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 large pinch chilli flakes
  • 1-2 tsp. olive oil (optional)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 140g split lentils (uncooked) 
  • 850ml vegetable stock or water
  • 1 x 400g can tomatoes, chopped or whole
  • ½ x 400g can chickpeas 
  • Small hand full of coriander (to serve)
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Greek yogurt (optional)



  1. Dry-fry the cumin seeds and chilli flakes in a large pot for 1 minute
  2. Add olive oil and onions, fry for about 3-5 minutes
  3. Add the lentils, tomatoes and stock/water
  4. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes, until lentils are cooked through
  6. Blend the soup and transfer back into pot 
  7. Add chickpeas and heat 
  8. Season will salt, pepper 
  9. Enjoy with some coriander and a small serving of Greek yogurt (optional)

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