When temperature drops and daylight gets shorter in winter, what would you like to have for dinner? The first thing that comes to my mind is a warm homemade soup, absolutely. Here are three of my favorite soups I hope they will help you to beat cold weather!
I always use dried chickpeas instead of canned ones because they have much more flavor, better texture and higher nutritional value. Chickpeas need to be soaked in advance for about 8 hours or overnight. I recommend you to put dried chickpeas in a large bowl with plenty of cold water – they will double in volume – and a pinch of baking soda. After soaking, drain the chickpeas, wash them, and boil them for two hours. My usual way of preparing chickpeas soup is to add a sachet of a few garlic cloves, fresh rosemary, a small piece of carrot, celery, and a bay leaf (sometimes also chili). After cooking, the sachet is removed from the pot. The soup can then be served with drizzled extra virgin olive oil and croutons.
I also love broccoli potato soup with toasted pine nuts. I sauté chopped onion and potatoes and add chopped broccoli and water. Once they are soft enough, I blend them up into a soup. My favorite decoration is hearts made with a spoonful of heavy cream. I place the heavy cream on the surface of soup as small dots in a circular shape, and then drag a toothpick through them by drawing a big circle. This soup can be served with grated fresh parmesan and toasted pine nuts.
Salmon soup with dill is the most famous Finnish soup. It is very important to use real fish stock instead of the cubed one. Luckily it is easy to buy fresh salmon bones, head, and skin in Finnish markets and grocery stores. The original recipe requires butter and cream; however, I usually replace them with extra virgin olive oil and milk to make it a bit lighter. If you have a plan to visit to Finland, you don’t want to miss it!
Stay warm with these warm homemade soups!