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Classic gazpacho

Classic gazpacho

This traditional Spanish soup is full of wonderfully fresh flavours and packed with vitamins as all the vegetables are raw. Cool and refreshing, it is the ideal choice for a simple lunch or midsummer supper, with some crusty country–style bread or rolls. Or serve it as a starter on a warm evening.

Salmon and tomato chowder

Salmon and tomato chowder

A chowder is a classic American meal–in–a–bowl soup. This delicious chowder is flavoured with lean bacon, leeks and tomatoes and thickened with potatoes, all of which provide the perfect background for tender flakes of salmon. Try it with sourdough bread.

Carrot soup with orange

Carrot soup with orange

Thickening soup with potato gives a velvety smooth result without adding the fat used in other traditional methods. Served either hot or chilled, this soup is ideal as a dinner–party starter all through the year.

Chunky vegetable soup

Chunky vegetable soup

Although this is a hearty soup, laden with vegetables, it has a delicate flavour. Homemade stock is best, but you can use bought stock; if using a cube or powder, do not add additional salt at the beginning of cooking as you may find these products provide enough salt.

Fish and fennel soup

Fish and fennel soup

This colourful soup is light yet satisfying. Chunky cubes of white fish, prawns and small pasta shells combine with the full flavours of fennel and leek to make a delicious first course. Serve with warm crusty bread, or chunky slices off a hearty mixed–grain loaf or poppyseed bread plait.

Duck goulash soup

Duck goulash soup

Duck legs make a richly flavoured, hearty goulash soup – the meat is delicious spooned up with the chunks of carrot, celeriac and mushroom, and a spoonful of sour cream gives a creamy finish. For a complete meal in a bowl, add some potato dumplings flavoured with onion and garlic.

Low fat Laksa

Low-fat laksa

This spicy noodle soup is popular in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. It is a hearty soup that makes a substantial main meal and can easily be varied to suit your preference. Try chicken or fried tofu instead of the salmon.

Perfect Pasta

Vietnamese broth with noodles

Punchy flavours and aromatic ingredients transform a light broth into an exotic dish that makes a substantial starter or a light meal. The ingredients are not fried before being simmered – making this a great low-fat soup – so select prime-quality steak, which tastes excellent when poached.

Potato and bacon chowder

Potato and bacon chowder

It's easy to make a nourishing supper based on ingredients you are likely to have on hand, such as onion, potatoes, parsnips, bacon and milk. Here they're turned into a hearty and satisfying soup, which is finished with a little vitamin-rich spinach. Serve with crusty brown bread.

Fish and Potato Hotpot

Fish and Potato Hotpot

This simple, vegetable-laden stew comes with some added extras – a dollop of yogurt on top and toasty croutons to give a tangy crunch to every lovely mouthful.

Easy Minestrone

Easy Minestrone

Here’s a tip from Italian cooks: there are really no hard-and-fast rules or secret ingredients when it comes to making minestrone, so long as it contains beans, pasta and an abundance of vegetables.

Roasted tomato capsicum soup

Roasted tomato, capsicum and chorizo soup

Bursting with rich Mediterranean flavours, this soup is a great choice for a fast, satisfying supper.

Quick Chicken Laksa

Quick Chicken Laksa

This popular South-East Asian noodle soup is very versatile; you can make it using chicken, tofu, mixed seafood or a combination of all three. Laksa paste is sold in jars in specialist grocery stores, larger supermarkets and online — it can vary a little in heat, so adjust the quantity to suit your taste.

Moroccan Sweet Potato Soup

Moroccan Sweet Potato Soup

This mild, richly flavoured soup is great winter comfort food.

Miso soup

Japanese miso soup

This miso soup owes its rich savoury flavour to the shiitake mushrooms, ginger and dried kombu stock.

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