Nettle Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This soup is a great favourite in the spring when the nettles are young. Nettles are full of minerals and vitamins which purify the blood. In the country, nettle tea was also drunk, made by pouring boiling water over chopped nettles, boiling for about 15 minutes, then straining and adding milk and sugar. This was often given to children who had measles. It is said to have been a favourite of St Columcille. Nettle soup is still served in some hotels in Ireland; this recipe is from Declan Ryan, who was chef-proprietor of the much-starred Arbutus Lodge, Cork - sadly no longer in existence. Use gloves and a scissors when cutting the nettles. Do not gather them from sprayed verges or after the end of May as they will be too tough.

Seafood Chowder

From: Today

Glorious comfort food.

Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Soup with Smoked Duck

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Stock up on cans of vacuum-packed chestnuts, which are normally readily available in good delis, shops and large supermarkets at Christmas time. If you want to keep the soup vegetarian, garnish it with some sautéed mushrooms instead of the smoked duck.

Rich Tomato Shellfish Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This soup makes a lovely spicy shellfish broth that is perfect for a cold winter's day. You can also add white fish cut into chunks to this soup at the same time as the mussels.

Creamy Corn, Carrot & Mango Chowder

From: Today

Chef Paul Flynn cooks up this delightful dish using ingredients from Lidl.

Red Lentil Soup with Cumin and Coriander

From: Rachel Allen's Everyday Kitchen

Follow Rachel Allen's recipe for a beautiful lentil soup

Curried Chicken Noodle Soup

From: Summer Suppers

Classic comfort food.

A Creamy Vegetable Soup

From: Summer Suppers

A really easy way to start off a chic meal with something colourful and full of flavour is to serve a vegetable soup. I serve it with a salsa on top, which gives it a bit more flavour and makes it a bit more interesting.

Bacon and Butterbean Chowder

From: Summer Suppers

Magic in a bowl.

French Onion Soup

From: Summer Suppers

Originally from Lyons, onion soup was made popular during the 19th Century by Parisian market workers in Les Halles. Traditionally served after a nuit blanche (sleepless night) because of its supposed ability to quickly dissipate the effects of alcohol, it is an invigorating and revitalising soup.




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