7 soups to see off seasonal colds

It’s that time of year - everyone’s ready for spring, but the last few weeks of winter are DRAGGING. Cue sniffles and sneezes all around. To warm you up and boost your immunity over the next couple of weeks, we’ve gathered seven of our favourite soup recipes, from a fiery noodle broth to a healthy twist on the classic cream of tomato.

Moroccan Harira from The Soup Book by Sophie Grigson

Harira, Morocco's national soup, is a meal in a bowl, combining chickpeas, lentils, tender chunks of lamb, and warming spices. The best thing about this recipe is that it tastes even better when made in advance - it's the perfect thing to batch-cook at the weekend and reheat for an effortless midweek supper.

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Easy Laksa from Gok’s Wok by Gok Wan

This curried soup is flavoured with chilli, lemongrass, and lime leaves. It's deliciously fragrant, and also happens to be packed with protein in the form of delicately cooked prawns and salmon.

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Minestrone Verde from My Simple Italian by Theo Randall

Theo Randall's recipe for classic Italian minestrone is packed with tomatoes, Swiss chard, and creamy borlotti beans. It's substantial enough to be a meal in itself, but would be extra tasty with some fresh, crusty bread on the side. 

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Cream of Tomato Soup from Good + Simple by Melissa & Jasmine Hemsley

There's nothing like a steaming bowl of tomato soup - it's a comfort food classic that's guaranteed to lift the spirits. This healthier version from Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley uses carrots, rather than sugar, to add sweetness, while the addition of white beans gives the soup its creamy texture. 

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Instant Noodles from Time To Eat by Nadiya Hussain

This clever take on instant ramen from Nadiya Hussain makes for a stress-free lunch or evening meal. The noodles can be eaten as they are, or jazzed up with vegetables, meat, extra spices, or kimchi. 

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Beetroot and Buckwheat Soup with Lemon and Yoghurt Sauce from There's a Vegan in the House: Fresh, Flexible Food to Keep Everyone Happy by DK Publishing

Make the most of winter's vibrant veg with this beetroot and buckwheat soup; beetroot is packed with iron, which can help to maintain energy levels. The zingy yoghurt sauce makes a delicious accompaniment to the sweet, earthy flavour of the beetroot. 

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Chroizo and Potato Stew, or Caldo Verde from You're All Invited by Margot Henderson

A simple soup that packs a big punch, this Spanish Caldo Verde is enriched with the deeply savoury flavours of chorizo, while the waxy potatoes and winter greens provide a nutritional hit. 

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