For the past week since coming home from Mexico, I’ve been on a bit of a tight budget. All those margaritas don’t leave much money in a girl’s bank account. Luckily, the cold weather (which I’m still re-adjusting to) means soups make the ideal, inexpensive lunch. So if you’re looking for some easy winter soup ideas that take very little effort, I’m your gal.
*This post is sponsored by Cully & Sully*
Fresh soups are always best – and I’ve been tucking into Cully & Sully’s offerings of late. At £1.50 each in Tesco, they definitely fit the ‘budget’ side of things, while still being a hell of a lot nicer than basic range tinned stuff. And if you’re feeling a bit fancy, it’s super simple to use some basic extra ingredients to pimp them up for something a lil’ more special….
Tomato & Basil with Creole Seasoning, Coriander and Croutons
Cully & Sully’s Tomato & Basil offering is definitely well up there with some of the best shop-bought tomato soups I’ve had. Rich and fresh-tasting, even on it’s own with some bread, it makes a perfect quick lunch if you’re in a rush.
If you want to spice it up a bit (literally), I sprinkled on some of my beloved New Orleans-bought Creole Seasoning, and a pinch of coriander. You could use fresh, but from a jar is just as good. A few croutons on top and you’re done!
Cheeseboard not essential, but 100% recommended. Because when do I ever NOT recommend cheese?!
Pea & Minty with Feta and Bacon
I looove pea soup. And because it’s green, I feel like I’m getting ALL the healthiness into my body. Cully & Sully’s Pea & Minty soup is nice and thick, warming and totally satisfying. For a weekend lunch, I crumbled some feta on top (see, I love cheese), and fried off some little bits of bacon.
A twist on the traditional idea of pea and ham soup, it added a whole new dimension to the soup.
Smoked Haddock & Salmon with Asparagus
Fish-based soups aren’t something I’d usually consider – but Cully & Sully’s Smoked Haddock & Salmon is a flavoursome feast. I’m a big fan of salmon with asparagus, so I popped a couple of flash-fried asparagus tips on top – and kept the rest as a little snack to go alongside it.
This one goes really well with some thickly sliced, crusty bread, by the way. Really filling, it feels like you’re having a sizeable meal from just one pot of soup. Perfect!
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What are your go-to easy winter soup ideas for tasty lunches?
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