Soup is so soothing, especially when the weather gets brisk and chilly and the welcome warmth of comfort food feels just right. Sure, you can easily open a can of store-bought condensed soup and pour some into a pot, but many pre-packaged soups are high in salt and other ingredients that may not be particularly healthful. Plus, they’re often far from anything close to resembling the soup grandma used to make.
Blending up your own batch of soups at home is quite simple, and you will know exactly what is going into every scrumptious spoonful. You can make healthier options that won’t take long to prepare, and the flavor will impress your palate. Multiply the ingredients and freeze for future lunches, starters, and snacks.
Here are two tasty soup recipes to whip up in the blender, then just heat them up in a saucepan or in a microwave-safe container. You can even enjoy them chilled if you’re not in the mood for something warm. Swap out ingredients to suit your mood, and experiment to create your own blender creations.
Each recipe makes two bowlfuls.
Creamy Tomato Basil
6 stewed and diced plum tomatoes (chill to at least room temp before blending)
1 large roasted red pepper sliced (chill to at least room temp before blending) (use jarred if preferred)
3 leaves chopped fresh basil
2 cups plain unsweetened cashew or almond milk (plain unsweetened soymilk is OK too)
2 tablespoons heavy cream (or half-and-half)
1 clove chopped garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Salt to taste
Blend everything together and heat up on the stovetop or in the microwave. Do delish and healthful, you’ll hardly believe you made it yourself. Dip some thick-cut crusty bread to soak up the flavor. Add diced chicken or shrimp as a garnish to boost the protein. Dig in!
Greek Spinach And Feta
4 cups chopped fresh spinach, wilted in hot water and chilled (to at least room temp) before blending
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
Salt to taste
1 cup vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
1 small red onion, chopped, sautéed, and chilled (to at least room temp) before blending
1 cup skim milk (or any other unsweetened plain style of non-dairy milk if preferred)
1/2 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
Blend everything in your blender and heat up. Serve with pita and hummus. Add some chopped Kalamata olives on top for garnish if you’re feeling fancy.
Soup’s on! Grab your spoon and sit down to a hearty and healthy homemade meal.