Red soup by Ella Olsson on Unsplash

Sensational soup season is here

Homemade is easier than you think!

I used to be very scared of making soup! My late Mum always used to make what she called ‘big soup’ which basically meant, that was dinner! You might wonder how a soup could be a whole meal, but Mum’s soup was packed full of loads of vegetables and was served with hunks of fresh crusty bread. Big soup was definitely enough for a meal and there’s something comforting about a big bowl (or two) of fresh homemade soup.

minestrone soup

Soup recipes

If you’ve been following me for a while (or know me personally), you probably know that I love lentils and I will often choose red lentil soup over another. However, there are many ways to make quick and easy soups using leftovers, frozen veg or even tinned veg and beans. In our house aside from lentil soup, we have ‘red soup’ or ‘cream soup’ the first being tomato based from tomato puree, the latter having milk added. You can add vegetables, potatoes, beans, chickpea, spices, herbs, pasta, even other grains such as rice or quinoa. Have a look at the recipe index for soups and choose your favourite! Here are a few ideas:

Traditional Lentil Soup

Red Soup

Cream Soup

What do I need?

The easiest soup just needs a large pan and a spoon for stirring! A more time consuming soup might require peelers, knives, blenders or even a slow cooker. Here are a few items suitable for soup which you might like if you’re looking to replace or upgrade your kitchen tools. I may receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links (this is at no additional cost to you)!


Serve your soup on its own, with some fresh bread or even with a side of chips! Have you ever tried soup toppings? The obvious is probably croutons, but you can add fresh leaves, chopped tomato, yogurt, nuts, seeds, balsamic vinegar or one of my favourites, cooked crispy onions.

soup trio
Soups by Farhad Ibrahimzade on Pexels


Any soup should be stored covered in the fridge. Consume within 3-5 days (depending on the ingredients) reheating thoroughly before serving. Soup can also be portioned and frozen for later use. Be sure to label the soup and date it, it should be good frozen for up to 3 months.


What type of soup do you love most? What do you serve your soup with? Do you have a preference as to when you have soup?

As always, I love hearing about any recipes of mine you try, any ideas you adapt or suggestions you have for future recipes. Do you have any requests for the upcoming Winter Season!? Please share and tag me @LifeDietHealth or using #LifeDietHealth on InstagramPinterest,  Facebook or Twitter.

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Red soup by Ella Olsson on Unsplash
Red soup by Ella Olsson on Unsplash


  • evagallon 9th November 2023 at 17:11

    I remember Big Soup lol🤗 I like chunky or broth-y soups, combination of veg, grains, pulses, tomato or sometimes potato (never pureed)…however, the only cream/pureed one I do is mushroom x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th November 2023 at 09:08

      Yay to big soup! I love mushrooms, but I think I need to create a tasty mushroom soup recipe! Do you ever do half and half, so half of the soup pureed and the rest chunky? For example, a smooth cream of mushroom soup with bits/slices/pieces of mushroom in? I think I need to make soup now!

      • evagallon 15th November 2023 at 11:41

        I think I make the mushroom cream soup with bits in by default, as it doesn’t get fully blended with the hand blender hehe. I forgot to mention I sometimes make it Eastern Med style by adding dried mint☺️

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 15th November 2023 at 21:56

          Lol, that made me giggle! But adding mint to it, ooo, that’s something we usually leave for lentils! I’ll try that! Thank you!


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