Nadine Gourkow Explores Winter Soups


Winter is now well ensconced. What is more comforting than a warm, hearty bowl of soup. Nadine Gourkow shares her favorite soups that will warm you to the core.

Liquid soul food

Soups are simple, quick, and easy meals that will warm your heart, and make you feel home. Family recipes are even better, as they will make you feel nostalgic about your childhood. Let us share our favorites.

  1. Chicken Noodle Soup – A classic. Large chicken chunks, large cut vegetable, and perfectly cooked noodles swimming in a hearty broth. What could be better than this liquid heaven? Served with saltine crackers, it reminds us of home when the first flurry of snow starts to fall. Truly heartwarming.
  2. Butternut Squash Soup – Fall is squash season, with a multitude of variety coming in from the field. We all know the classic pumpkin, spaghetti, and pepper, but the butternut squash is not well known. With a deliciously nutty flavor, this squash will make a wonderful thick soup. With a dollop of cream, this soup will make a gorgeous lunch.
  3. Red Lentil, Sage and Bacon soup – Mmm Bacon. The protein-packed red lentil, with large cut chunks of bacon floating in your delicious, creamy soup. It has a wonderful salty, smoky flavor that will simply delight even the most skeptic soup lover.
  4. Beef Barley Soup – A thinner beef stew you can slurp on, this good old recipe uses the cheapest cut of beef, barley, and packed with vegetable. This soup will definitely keep you going on a cold winter’s day. You can substitute the beef with mushrooms for a vegetarian version, and still have a great warm soup.
  5. Chicken Miso and Ginger Soup – A nice, spicy soup, this Japanese inspired soup is full of nutrients. Touted as a perfect recipe to keep cold and flu at bay, the ginger in this soup makes it easy on the stomach, while nourishing with soba noodles and chunky pieces of chicken floating around. Add young tender broccoli and fresh spring onions for a complete meal.
  6. Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese Soup – The original recipe calls for potato and cheddar, but you can easily uplift this recipe by swapping potatoes with over roasted cauliflower. Add flavor by adding garlic to your cauliflowers as you roast them. Swapping cheddar with a stronger goat cheese will give a nice twang to your soup while adding a good amount of protein and lowering the fat content!
  7. Carrot Soup – A simple, quick soup using the basics of French cuisine. The mirepoix. A simple mix of carrots, onions, and celery, blended with a stick blender, you will have your lunch within 30 minutes!


Beating the cold months while nourishing your soul with these soups is Nadine Gourkow way of warding off winter fatigue. As the days get shorter, and the cold deeper, a hearty bowl of soup is the best way to ward off exhaustion. We hope you will give these a try and enjoy them as much as we do.