9 Best British Soups for Winter

When the winter storms are raging outside, it is time to hunker down and enjoy a warming, winter soup. There really is nothing better. These are the best British soup recipes for winter and are made with good, hearty root vegetables, beans, and pulses and are more like complete meals than a bowl of soup. Which is why they are so loved here. 

  • 01 of 09

    Roasted Cauliflower and Turmeric Soup

    roasted cauliflower and turmeric soup

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    This hearty and healthy soup really should be called a super-food as it is so packed with vegetables and turmeric which brings its goodness to the dish, amongst other things, being a great anti-inflammatory.

    The soup is thickened with potato so it will also suit many diets including vegetarians, vegan, gluten and dairy-free.

  • 02 of 09

    Sweetheart Cabbage Soup

    Easy Cabbage Soup Recipe
    Love Your Greens

    We are not sure whether this Sweetheart cabbage soup should also be called a stew, as it is packed full of delicious, hearty and healthy ingredients. The soup makes a filling lunch, a starter for dinner or a simple supper dish served with crusty bread, or perhaps by adding a little bit of cooked rice.

  • 03 of 09

    Leek and Stilton Soup Recipe

    Leek and Stilton Soup. Getty Images

    A great alternative to leek and potato, this is a delicious thick soup with a real punch of Stilton. A great way to beat the winter blues. Simply serve with fresh, granary bread.

  • 04 of 09

    Vegetable and Bean Soup Recipe

    Vegetable and Bean Soup. Getty

    What could be better than a bowl of soup and crusty bread to keep the chill-out? This vegetable and bean soup is packed with healthy vegetables and beans to sustain you through the cold weather. Serve a large bowl as the main course, or a smaller portion as a starter.

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  • 05 of 09

    Cullen Skink Soup

    Scottish Cullen Skink Recipe

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    Cullen is a small town in ​the Northeast of Scotland and the home of one of Scotland’s most famous dishes, Cullen Skink. It is a hearty soup and traditionally made with Finnan haddock (smoked haddock), potatoes and onions. Cullen Skink recipe is also known as Smoked Haddock Chowder in other parts of Britain.

  • 06 of 09

    Smoked Haddock and Corn Chowder

    Smoked Haddock and Corn Chowder

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    This smoked haddock chowder recipe is similar to the famous Scottish dish of Cullen Skink, this except flour and cream is used for thickening the soup instead of mashed potato. The soup also has added vegetables, leeks, carrots, spinach, and sweet corn, making it even more nutritious.

  • 07 of 09

    Red Lentil and Tomato Soup

    Red Lentil and Tomato Soup

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    Red lentil and tomato soup is one of our favorite soups. It is so easy and takes very little time if you have some ready-made stock. This soup is very nutritious, and another excellent reason for making this soup is, it is also relatively cheap to prepare.

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    Cock-a-Leekie Soup

    Cock-a-Leekie Soup
    The Ubiquitous Chip

    Chicken and leeks are a lovely combination in any recipe, but together in a soup recipe, perfect. This chicken and leek soup is also known as "cock-a-leekie" soup in the Scottish kitchen, but whatever you want to call it, it is delicious, filling soup and very easy to make.

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  • 09 of 09

    Favorite Carrot and Ginger Soup

    Carrot ginger soup

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    This carrot and ginger soup is an old favorite which brightens any winter's day. The soup is packed with healthy fresh, carrots and warming, tingling spices of ginger and a light sprinkling of curry powder which gives it a slight kick.