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Lisa-Kristin Erdt

Junior Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

In winter, there’s just about no moment more pleasant than warming your hands around a bowl of steaming soup. Soup finds itself right behind tea on the list of all-purpose, cold-fighting weapons when your body demands soothing warmth from within. And, since you can never be sure just when that demand might hit, you should have some recipes that can be made fast. So, with these 10 soup recipes which can be served in 30 minutes or less, you’ll always have a solution to satisfy.

5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

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Precision on point: For our fast lentil curry soup you need exactly 30 minutes. Sweet potatoes and red lentils will replenish your strength and energy after a nice winter walk.

Hot chickpea soup

Hot chickpea soup

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Hot, hot, hot—this spicy chickpea soup is exactly what you need on days were temperatures drop below zero. For this recipe you can plunder your spice rack and let off some steam on the stove.

5-ingredient Portuguese bread and cilantro soup

5-ingredient Portuguese bread and cilantro soup

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A piece of fresh, hearty bread belongs to soup like building a snowman belongs to the first snowfall—but how about serving the bread directly in your soup? That's what makes this Portuguese bread soup so mighty—and mighty delicious.

Solyanka (Russian sweet and sour soup)

Solyanka (Russian sweet and sour soup)

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There is no other soup like Solyanka which I associate more with a winter afternoon in the cold, open air. This slightly sour dish has accompanied me through frosty days since I was a child and is a wonderful way to make use of leftovers. As long as you have have hunter sausages, pickles, tomato paste, and sour cream on hand—the hearty core of the soup will be complete.

Romanesco soup with walnut-mint pesto

Romanesco soup with walnut-mint pesto

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This dish really has it all and scores extra points with intensely vibrant lemon, bay leaf, and turmeric flavors. Finished off with a pesto of mint and walnuts—don’t hesitate, just try it for yourself.

Salmon celery soup

Salmon celery soup

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Really short on time, but still craving for something a little luxurious? Don’t worry, you’re just a click away: In our recipe for celery soup with salmon, you can whip up a delightful winter soup in no time at all.

Black salsify soup

Black salsify soup

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If you stroll through a weekly market in fall or winter, you will encounter all the typical winter vegetables. Black salsify—a nutrient-rich root plant that likes it crisp and cold most of all—is likely to be one of them. In order to prepare our delicious black salsify soup, don’t miss the chance to take this somewhat odd seasonal vegetable home with you.

Quick tomato soup

Quick tomato soup

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In the same time it takes you to get decked out in all your winter gear, you can make this quick tomato soup. A real lifesaver on cold days, it’s on the table in just 20 minutes.

Creamy celery root and riesling soup with smoked ham

Creamy celery root and riesling soup with smoked ham

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Special occasions require special ingredients—like when you want to make yourself cozy at home in front of the fireplace and do something good for your body and soul. Fire already lit? Perfect! The only thing missing is a hot bowl of creamy Riesling soup with smoked ham.

Thai chicken noodle soup

Thai chicken noodle soup

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I don’t really associate Thai dishes with icy temperatures, but rather with an indispensable noodle chicken dish, in which lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaves should not be missing. How good that our Thai chicken noodle soup fits perfect for every season!

Which soup will be your go-to to comfort you through the cold season? Let us know in the comments below—and may the heat be with you this season!

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