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Cauliflower cheese soup

Cauliflower cheese soup

A classic combination as a vegetable dish, cauliflower and cheddar are equally good partners in a soup. Here the cauliflower is gently simmered in milk and stock, then puréed to a velvety, smooth texture. This is a warming soup that makes a simple lunch or supper dish, served with crusty rolls

Thai sour seafood soup

Thai sour seafood soup

This delicious soup makes a perfect first course or light main meal. It is cooked with lime, lemongrass, fresh chilli and curry paste, giving it an unmistakable Thai flavour. You can omit the prawns and use fried tofu and vegetable stock to make a vegetarian version.

Miso soup with vegetables

Miso soup with vegetables

This basic miso soup is super easy to prepare and wonderfully good for you. You can add just about any vegetables, making it perfect to use up leftovers in the refrigerator, or try adding some thinly sliced chicken breast or lean beef for a more substantial meal.

Chinese chicken noodle soup

Chinese chicken noodle soup

Bok choy is a cruciferous vegetable and is sometimes referred to as white cabbage. It is packed with dietary fibre and is a rich source of vitamins. Enjoy this Chinese chicken noodle soup packed with bok choy.

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Chinese chicken soup

Chinese chicken soup

To make a vegetarian version of this soup, simply replace the chicken with 1⅓ cups (250 g) firm cubed tofu and replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. You can also replace the spinach with any other Asian greens or broccoli florets.

Chinese seafood soup

Chinese seafood soup

This light, refreshing soup has flavours that are characteristic of Chinese cookery: sesame, ginger and star anise. The dried mushrooms and shrimp paste add an intense depth to the dish; you'll find them in larger supermarkets and Asian grocery stores.

Asian chilli crabmeat soup

Asian chilli crabmeat soup

Fresh crabmeat is preferred for this recipe, as it has a better flavour and texture. However, if it is unavailable, canned crabmeat can be substituted. Crabs have both delicate white meat and stronger flavoured brown meat – both are used to great effect in this recipe.

Beef noodle soup with mushrooms

Beef noodle soup with mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are cultivated worldwide and are available fresh in supermarkets and most greengrocers. They have a firm, meaty texture. If you can't find them, use soaked, dried shiitake, or Swiss brown or button mushrooms instead.

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Chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup

An Asian version of chicken noodle soup, packed with delicious ingredients and aromatic flavours.

Pumpkin soup with muffins

Pumpkin soup with muffins

Pumpkin blends to a richly coloured, ultra–smooth soup, here enhanced by the wonderful flavour of rosemary. Crunchy hazelnut, pumpkin and rosemary muffins complement the soup perfectly. The muffins freeze well, so freeze any leftover ones in an airtight container, ready for next time.

Quick chicken soup

Quick chicken soup

This easy recipe is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Red capsicum, corn and a sprinkling of fresh greens bring colour and texture to a simple chicken soup base, and adding a little sherry makes it taste just that bit more special. With seeded bread rolls it makes a tasty light meal.

Spinach and onion soup with tomato crostini

Spinach and onion soup with tomato crostini

A colourful vegetarian version of classic French onion soup, this makes a filling lunch or light dinner. The secret of the rich flavour lies in frying the onions very slowly until they are well browned, caramelised and sweetly flavoured.

Tomato and capsicum warmer

Tomato and capsicum warmer

Sweet red capsicums and tomato passata make a beautiful ruby red soup that is sophisticated yet simple to prepare. Swirled with crème fraîche and accompanied by hot pesto bread, it makes a splendid special–occasion starter.

Lamb and barley soup

Lamb and barley soup

Full of tender lamb cubes, deliciously nutty pearl barley and chunky vegetables, this substantial soup is really a meal in a bowl. Savoury herb–scented scones are served as an accompaniment. They can either be dunked in the soup or served alongside.

Piquant cod chowder

Piquant cod chowder

A variety of vegetables ensures that this wonderful soup is as healthy as it is delicious. The broth can be prepared a day in advance, ready for adding the fish at the last minute. Planning ahead like this means a healthy dinner can be on the table in minutes.

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