Hug Your Insides with 3 Cosy Soups

Hug your insides with 3 cosy soups

I love fall. The freshness of the air, the crunchy leaves, and the desire to sleep just a bit more. What I don’t particularly love is being cold, and sometimes a warm jacket or gloves doesn’t cut it. Enter soup. On these cooler days and nights I crave a warm bowl of soup. It’s like giving myself a cosy hug on the inside. :-) To help cosy you up, I am sharing 3 of my most favorite soups. They are guaranteed to warm you up and are always a hit at potlucks. I’m known to roll up to a potluck or two with my crockpot brimming with a warm batch of soup. Be forewarned however, that I am batting 100% that I am always asked for the recipe of said soup. So if you think you can handle being a ‘soup’er hero (ha-ha-ha-?), here they are…

#1 - Sprouted Lentil and Coconut Curry Soup (GF)
Serves 6
This soup rocks and it's a complete meal! Its perfect balance of curry and coconut will make you want another bowl (or two). :-)
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  1. 2 tbsp butter (or other healthy fat of choice)
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 3 cloves garlic (smashed)
  4. 2 med-large carrots (chopped)
  5. 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  6. 1 tsp salt (omit if chicken stock is salted)
  7. 3 cups homemade chicken stock (unsalted)
  8. 2 cups sprouted and cooked green lentils (unsprouted work well too)*
  9. 3 tbsp tomato paste
  10. 1 cup coconut milk
  11. black pepper to taste
  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic and carrots and continue frying until onions are soft.
  3. Add curry powder and salt and stir well.
  4. Add stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 20 mins.
  5. Add lentils, tomato paste and coconut milk. Heat through and remove from heat.
  6. Puree with a hand mixer and serve with cracked black pepper and optional grated cheddar or gouda cheese. I like to leave mine a little chunky but the texture is up to you.
  1. Why do I sprout my lentils? Sprouting most legumes (then gently cooking them) unlocks many nutrients that are otherwise unavailable. Sprouted lentils are rich in Vitamins C, and B, as well as carotene. More importantly it neutralizes phytic acid, making the legume more digestible.
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#2 - Bacon Potato Leek Soup (GF)
Can you really go wrong with a soup that includes bacon?
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  1. 2 tbsp bacon fat (rendered from frying approx 4 strips of nitrate free bacon)
  2. 1 leek chopped
  3. 1/2 onion chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic smashed
  5. 2 small-medium potatoes chopped
  6. 1 tsp salt (if stock is unsalted)
  7. 3 cups homemade chicken stock (unsalted)
  8. black pepper to taste
  1. In a medium saucepan add bacon fat over medium-low heat.
  2. Add onions and garlic and stir to coat.
  3. Lower heat and put lid on to sweat the veggies for 10 minutes. No peaking, just lift the pot and shake periodically.
  4. Add potatoes and salt and stir to combine.
  5. Raise heat to medium and add chicken stock.
  6. Cover and bring to a boil then lower and simmer (covered) for approx. 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and puree with a hand mixer.
  8. Serve with freshly ground black pepper and chopped bacon.
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#3 - Easy Black Bean Soup (GF)
This is a complete meal in a bowl! The balance of spices makes this one a hit around our home!
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  1. 2 tsp butter (or other quality fat)
  2. 1 clove garlic smashed
  3. 1 cup onion chopped
  4. 1 cup carrots chopped
  5. 2 1/4 cup of cooked black beans
  6. 3 cups homemade chicken stock (unsalted)
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt (omit if stock is salted)
  8. 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  9. black pepper
  1. In a medium pot heat butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Add garlic, onions and carrots and cook for 4-5 minutes until onions are softened.
  3. Add cumin and salt and stir to combine.
  4. Stir in beans and stock. Raise heat to medium and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 20 minutes or until carrots are soft.
  6. Puree to desired consistency with a hand blender.
  7. Serve with grated cheddar or gouda and a sprinkling of black pepper.
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  • Donnie B

    I also love soup on a cold day, these look great, got to try them!

  • BB

    I made the black bean soup today for dinner, it was a big hit. Thanks Libby for the great recipes!

    • eatplaylovemore

      I’m so glad you liked it BB! Let me know of the others once you’ve given them a try. :-)

  • Shawna

    What a great collection of soups. My husband would love the black bean soup! Stopping by from New Recipe Tuesday to follow.
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  • Becca

    It is certainly good soup weather where I live! Thanks for sharing these at the hop. :)

  • Bester

    Lentil soup is a difficult sell and I have to say….THIS LENTIL SOUP IS AWESOME!! Made a huge pot and it tastes even better the next day! Thanks for the awesome recipe

  • Barb @ A Life in Balance

    Triple yum! Thank you for sharing them at Motivation Monday; I love the title!

    FYI – I’ll be featuring your post on this Monday’s Motivation Monday linky.

  • Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    I don’t know which one of these sounds better to me! They all look so good! Thanks for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

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  • Laura S.

    I keep going back to this Curry Lentil Soup. I’ve made it many times now for many different people and the consensus is the same, it’s really good! People keep asking me for the recipe so I send them to your site. Thanks Libby! :-)

  • eatplaylovemore

    I’m really happy that it’s a hit Laura! I have to admit that I’ve been making the Sprouted Lentil and Coconut Curry soup frequently too. It’s just enough spice that the kids are huge fans of it! Thanks for spreading the love! -Libby

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  • Amy

    What do you do with the leek? Thanks, Amy

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