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Soups for the soul

Wintertime, soup time! Classic as a starter, as a warming main course with a garnish or as a small snack between meals, soups and stews are pure comfort food. Prepared in no time at all and with healthy ingredients, these hot dishes warm you up from the inside and give you new strength. Whether at the weekend after a long walk or as a hearty lunch in the office: soups are quick to prepare and are comforting and filling. We have put together our favourite vegetarian recipes.

A creamy evergreen: Cream of mushroom soup

When bought fresh and in season, brown mushrooms bring a delicate and intense flavour to any plate. It requires simple ingredients, just a dash of cream and good bread - and, voilà, a delicious meal is ready! A warming feast for small and large soup lovers, for the whole family and dear friends. Garnished with fresh herbs, these tasty dishes are also a visual highlight.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

250 g fresh brown mushrooms

2 onions

3 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons Flour

1 l vegetable stock

100 ml Cream

Salt & pepper

Small handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped, to serve (optional)

Clean and slice the mushrooms. Put a few to the side.

Peel and dice the onions. Heat 2 tbsp butter in a pan and sauté the onions. Add the mushrooms and briefly sauté. Dust with flour, briefly sauté, then deglaze with the stock and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes. Add the cream and purée the soup finely with a hand blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining butter in a pan and fry the leftover mushrooms until brown. Mix in parsley and garnish the soup with the mushrooms. Serve warm. Goes well with baguette.

Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Soup


Ingredients for 4 servings:

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, roughly chopped

750 g carrots, roughly chopped

2 sticks celery, roughly chopped

1 bay leaf

5 cm piece ginger, finely sliced

2 tsp turmeric

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

1 l vegetable stock

For the garnish:

handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped

4 spring onions, sliced

1 green chilli, diced

4 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp lime juice

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and bay leaf and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the ginger, turmeric and garlic. Mix well and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour over the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, and then simmer for 15 minutes until the carrots are tender. Remove the bay leaf. Allow the soup to cool a little and then blitz (in batches in a food processor or using a stick blender) until completely smooth. Return to the heat and warm through.

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the garnish. Ladle the soup into bowls and top each with a little of the coriander garnish. Serve immediately.

Warming pumpkin soup

From yellow to green, from bottle-shaped to bowl-shaped: Hokkaido, nutmeg or buttercup pumpkins are true all-rounders in the kitchen and cooking favourites in the winter months. Whether refined with Asian flavours such as coconut milk and ginger or simply made with just a few ingredients according to grandma's recipe, pumpkin soup is quick to make, creamy and delicious - a warming culinary delight that doesn't need any chichi!

Ingredients for 4 servings:

1.2 kg pumpkin (any type)

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

750 ml vegetable or chicken broth/stock

250 ml water

Salt & pepper

Finishes:

Sunflower seeds

Walnut oil

Cut the pumpkin into 3 cm slices. Cut the skin off and scrape seeds out. Cut into 4 cm chunks.

Place the pumpkin, onion, garlic, broth and water in a pot – liquid won't quite cover all the pumpkin. Bring to a boil, uncovered, then reduce heat and let simmer rapidly until pumpkin is tender (check with butter knife) – about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and use a stick blender to blend until smooth.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into bowls or soup plates, drizzle over a bit of walnut oil, sprinkle with sunflower seeds if desired. Serve with crusty bread.

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