White Bean Soup | Zuppa di Fagioli

Here I sit at the (usually) hottest part of the year, and as I write it is a cool day, and wet. So we find ourselves wanting Autumnal food. Having made a risotto yesterday, I am using the remainder of the stock to make a white bean soup – luckily I had the forethought to soak the beans overnight. You have to bless the Italians, right? Simple food with great flavours.

This soup is just gorgeous because the beans just seem to float in this gorgeous broth.

White beans are great – versatile for Summer in Salads, and in Winter for Soups, pasta sauces and more hearty dishes. Use cannellini or haricot beans when white beans are specified. Keep them in your pantry year-round.

Other White Bean recipes include: Grilled Eggplant Salad with Pine Nuts, White Beans and Pita Chips, Florentine Beans, and Tuscan Beans with Sage and Lemon.

All of our Cannellini Bean recipes are here, and our Haricot Bean recipes here.  See all of our Italian recipes. Or browse our wonderful Soups. Our easy Mid Autumn recipes are all here.

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Adzuki Bean, Barley and Pumpkin Soup with Miso and Parsley

Adzuki Beans with Sesame, Tamari and Miso – complimentary flavours for a warming soup

I must admit it. Adzuki beans have not reached the status of being a firm favourite in this household, as the sweetness of the beans can feel a little overwhelming in savoury settings. We had a couple of recipes we stuck to when cooking Adzuki. It was a pity, because we love the name Adzuki, it has such an evocative elegance about it.

That is, until recently. Via Lucy of the most excellent blog, Nourish Me, we discovered the tempering effects of cooking Adzuki with Toasted Sesame Oil, Tamari and Miso, and adding parsley and celery leaves. It makes sense, right? The more Northern Asian flavours to compliment a bean used commonly in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cooking. We also discovered how well Pumpkin goes with Adzuki.

You might like to also try Adzuki Sundal (briefly stirfried with coconut) or Red Rice with Adzuki Bean Congee.

Or are you looking for Barley dishes? Try Italian Farmhouse Barley and Vegetable Soup.

You might like to browse our other Adzuki recipes, other Barley recipes, other Pumpkin Recipes here and here, and other Soup recipes here and here. We hope you enjoy!

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Seasonal Cooking | Easy Cold Soups in Summer

Use the juicer to produce great cold soups.

The hot weather continues in Adelaide with stunning sunrises and sunsets. Cold soups are perfect, and I have stumbled across a great way to prepare them quickly and easily.

Fundamental to my method is the use of a cold press juicer. It juices not only without heat from whirring blades, but also does not aerate and foam the juice like other types of juicers can do. You can use a centrifugal juicer (the usual type) but let the juice sit for a while to lose some of its aeration.

You can find more Cold Soups here and here. Or browse all of our Summer recipes here and here.

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Chilled Beetroot Soup

The colour of this soup is enough to bring joy to the heart.

A glorious and colourful start to a meal. Royal red beetroot transformed into a soup. I had fennel flowers sitting on the kitchen bench so these went into the soup as well, with some plain yoghurt.

Feel free to browse our Beetroot recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Cold Soup recipes here and here. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Quick Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup

Cucumber is so cooling in these hot months. With tomato it is even better. This soup is gorgeous. Not quite gazpacho, it is definitely similar. Best eaten chilled, it can have yoghurt stirred through. We first made it in 1998 – that sounds so very long ago. But it has stood the test of time, and as soon as hot weather hits, we make it again.

Our preference is to use tomato purees, pastes or sauces from our freezer – we made them in Autumn to get us through the Winter and Spring months until good tomatoes hit the green grocer shelves again. But it can be made by juicing tomatoes, or even with a can of tomato soup if you are desperate (don’t ever mention that I said that – we usually don’t promote processed foods!)

It is a filling yet cooling hot weather soup.

You might also like our Cucumber recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Cold Soup recipes here and here. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking | Soups and Stocks for Mid Spring Slurping

Inspiration for Mid Spring Healthy Living

The gradual transition to warmer weather means that foods get lighter and cooler, soups begin to appear less and less on the menus. They are generally made from Spring’s vegetables such as peas and asparagus. Cold soups appear as the weather warms.

Celebrating Spring

Some gorgeous inspirational Soups and Stocks for you this Mid Spring. You can also browse

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Seasonal Cooking | Soups for Mid Autumn Warmth

Warming Soups for Healthy Mid Autumn Living

The transition to cooler weather means that foods get heavier and warm, nourishing soups begin to appear on the menus.

Enjoy some Indian inspiration for Autumn deliciousness. You can also browse Salad and Vegetable Dishes for Mid Autumn; Indian Deliciousness; Breads, Grains, Lentils and Pasta; Soups; Teas and Sweet Desserts; and Tips, Hint and How To’s for Mid Autumn. (Some of these might not be available now but will be published in the next few days.)

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Creamy Tomato Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger

This soup is a little bit Indian, a little bit S. E. Asian, a little bit English, and very divine.

A soup that has stood the test of time. Fragrant and beautifully flavoured, it is treasured still by my family. It is a little bit Indian, a little bit S. E. Asian, a little bit English, it is divine. It is light enough to have in Summer and Autumn.

You might also like our Tomato Soup recipes here and here. Indian Soups are here. Or browse Tomato recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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Fantastic Avocado and Celery Cold Soup

Perfect for our 40C Summers

Back from a hot weather week of family, food and fun, one of the outstanding dishes we concocted was an amazing cold blender soup with celery and avocado. Very more’ish, it takes a few minutes to make. It can be eaten either at room temperature or chilled for a perfect start to a meal on a hot hot day. Perfect for our 40C degree summers.

We have another Cold Avocado Soup here, it is wonderful too. Browse our other Cold Soups here and here, our Avocado dishes here and here, and our Celery recipes here and here.

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Seasonal Cooking | Soups for Early Spring

How we still cling to Soups in Early Spring to help us through those cold, windy Spring days.

Soups help that transition from Winter to Spring, and nourish us on the wintery days of fickle Spring.

Enjoy our transitional Soups for Early Spring.

You can also browse other Early Spring recipes:

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Seasonal Cooking | Soups for Early Autumn Warmth

Health giving soups to counter the cooling days of Early Autumn.

The importance of soups slowly emerges once again. Lighter foods begin still abound, but our thoughts are on the cold weather to come. Still, it is a transitional month, and the weather demands warmer dishes on the colder, autumn rain type of days.

Enjoy our Soup Inspiration for Early Autumn.

You can also browse other Early Autumn recipes:

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Roasted Capsicum, Tomato and Peanut Soup with Chipotle

A wonderful, smoky flavoured soup.

A dear friend was experiencing tough times, but he made this wonderful Autumnal Soup as one of his first experiments with cooking solo again! It was an instant success and did the rounds of many friends.

Browse some of our other Soup Recipes here and here, Capsicum Recipes here and here, or Tomato recipes here and here.

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Italian Farmhouse Barley and Vegetable Soup | Zuppa di Orzo

A creamy and hearty soup for mid to late Winter, even into the cold of Spring

In October, 2001, I shifted back to cold Adelaide from temperate Sydney, and the cold weather was a shock! It had me craving soups. In Sydney I was not so keen on the more traditional English and heavy European food any longer – I had turned towards more Indian, Asian and Spicy food. However, coming back into the cold in Adelaide from warm Sydney made me hunger for hearty food – pasties, puddings and soups. How much heartier can you get than Barley Soup?

This really  is a hearty soup, made with caramelised vegetables that come together with the barley (some whole and some pureed) to make a great, Italian soup. Beautifully creamy, it is a delight for cold nights and wet weekends.

If you have been preserving and freezing foods in Autumn for Winter, this is a time to use chillies, garlic and tomatoes from your freezer. It makes it sooo easy.

It can be a tad confusing, as orzo in Italian is barley while in Greek it is rice shaped pasta. For this recipe, we are definitely using barley.

You might also like our Soup recipes here and here. We have a few Barley Recipes which will be published in the coming months. Our Italian recipes are here and here. Check out our easy Winter recipes here and here. And feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series.

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Seasonal Cooking | Cooling Soups for Late Summer Heat

Typical of Summer are soups – light soups, spicy soups, broths, gentle lentil soups, cold soups. Add yoghurt, coconut milk, lemon or lime, and lots of herbs for a balanced and healthy Late Summer.

Summer is a time for enjoying light soups, spicy soups, broths, gentle lentil soups, cold soups. In the heat of Late Summer, use yoghurt, coconut milk and lots of herbs. Late Summer also sees soups get a little more substantial towards the end of the month, as we feel the cloak of Autumn approach.

Enjoy some Summery Soup Inspiration, just perfect for Late Summer. You can also browse S0up Recipes for Late Summer; Salad, Vegetable and BBQ Recipes; Indian Deliciousness; Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More; Cooling Drinks and Sweet Things; and Tips and Hints for Cooking in Late Summer. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)

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Seasonal Cooking | Hot Soups for Cold Late Winter Warmth

Warm and nourishing, there is still a place for soups in Late Winter. Inspiration for balanced, healthy living in Late Winter.

The cold seems endless, and soups come into their own as we look for warmth in all we eat. We long for Spring weather but it is not yet the time for lighter food. Warm and nourishing, soups are a boon in Late Winter, even though they gradually get lighter as our hope for Spring and warmer weather strengthens.

Celebrating Winter

Enjoy some inspiration for nourishing hot soup in Late Winter.

You can also browse other Late Winter recipes:

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