Team Favourites: 14 Warming Winters Soups & Stews

winter soups

winter soups

winter soups

A bowl of warm, homemade soup is a bowl of happiness. It just feels good for the soul to have yummy and healthy soup simmering away. Especially if you are serving it to a family filled with colds or fighting flus! But really, there is never a reason to need soup, just because is reason enough.

Our Babyccino team have collected their favourite winter soups to share with you. Enjoy our fourteen soups (in the gallery) and a ‘bonus’ Chicken Soup recipe from Polona’s mother in law in Slovenia that was too yummy to resist sharing (with dumplings as the ‘icing on the cake’ moment). We love sharing our tested and tried favourites with you… even the family secret ones! 🙂

winter soups and stews -- team favourites


  1. Carrot and Cardamon — The combination of cardamon with carrot is divine! I love the smell of this soup warming on the stove. Delicious! — Vanessa
  2. Tomato Soup — A lovely tomato soup- this recipe is for the slow cooker, but you could do it on the stove top as well. — Rebecca
  3. Dreamy Cauliflower & Thyme Soup — Such a healthy way to start the year, full of goodness! And for a little indulgence I add a bit of grated cheese and crunchy kale. Just because we don’t want to feel too austere 🙂 Love this recipe from my friend Sara! — Lara
  4. Fast White Bean Stew — My go-to for a very quick and hearty winter soup. I use whatever greens I have on hand, add one or two parmesan rinds from the bag I always have in the freezer, and let it simmer for a little longer than recommended to let the flavors come together. — Shannon
  5. Bulgar and Red Lentil Soup — A family (and Babyccino!) favourite. Easy to make and simple ingredients on hand to make impromptu dinners. — Esther and Courtney
  6. Chicken Stock — We make a chicken stock weekly in our home. Because we love roasting meat, we also save those bones in a box on the bottom shelf of our freezer. Then we add off cuts and leftover ends of carrots, celery, onion skins, etc so that we have a base of frozen items, and then add fresh vegetable items when it is time to make the stock. It means we have a constant supply of stock, which is the base of all good soups and gravy! — Lara
  7. Vegetable Bean Soup — Perhaps this is the easy and fast version of the minestrone (in number 8)? Quick to make, helathy and delicious! — Esther
  8. Minestrone — Delicious and so full of healthiness! I make a big pot of this soup regularly and everybody always loves it! — Esther
  9. Cauliflower Cheese — I just absolutely love this soup, and my kids do too (though they’re not the biggest fans of cauliflower, otherwise). It also freezes really well. — Helen
  10. Pumpkin Soup — This is a recipe we ‘inherited’ from Courtney’s grandma, Soobie. There are many variations of pumpkin soup, but this one is warm and hearty and brings out the flavour of the pumpkin so beautifully. — Esther
  11. Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup — A soup recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi – of course it’s perfect! We made this three times over the holidays and loved how quickly it came together and how much flavor it had considering the short list of ingredients. — Shannon
  12. Puy Lentil and Spinach Soup — This healthy soup relies on pantry staples (substitute in dried herbs). Such a great option for when you’ve not much in the house! — Helen
  13. Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup — A soup recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi – of course it’s perfect! We made this three times over the holidays and loved how quickly it came together and how much flavor it had considering the short list of ingredients. — Shannon
  14. Celeriac Soup — One of my favourite winter soups, with a beautiful velvety taste. As good for easy weekly dinners as to serve at a fancy dinner party! — Esther 


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And the Slovenian Chicken Stew:

Chicken stew or “obara” is a very popular lunch in Slovenia. I have made a decent one a few times, my mother makes a very delicious one but the best one is by my mother in law. So finally I asked her to tell me her recipe so I can share it with you of course 😉 We usually add dumplings to the stew too!

Stew Ingredients:

  • 500 g chicken, any part will do (I use boneless breast and both legs, no skin)
  • 1/3 of leek, thinly sliced
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 2-3 big carrots, diced
  • a few cauliflower florets (3 or more), chopped
  • ¼ of red and yellow peppers, sliced
  • 1 medium ripe tomato, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. In a dutch oven or a large skillet heat about 3 tablespoons of olive oil over low heat and sauté leek and onion.
  2. Add the garlic and carrots and sauté again for another 2 minutes. Then add the meat, salt and sauté some more – for about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in about 1.5 liters of warm water and the rest of the vegetables, except for the cauliflower (so: peppers, tomato and parsley).
  4. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add cauliflower and drop dumplings*.

Drop dumpling ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • Flour
  • Pinch of salt

In a small bowl beat the eggs and using a fork mix in enough flour to make a thick paste, season with salt. Now drop by teaspoons into a boiling stew, dipping the spoon in the stew first, every time! Next, add the cauliflower, cover and simmer for about 10 -15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Finally it is time to serve the family. Yum!

Although we have a lot of favourites, we would love to know what delicious family favourite winter soups you love too. After all, great soups are meant to be shared. 🙂


ps Also, have you ever tried this Cream of Corguette Soup? It is one of Emilie’s favourites. Great with our 5 Minute Bread.


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