Clodagh McKenna’s soup recipes: Like a hug in a bowl

Warming, comforting, nourishing – chef Clodagh McKenna’s soup recipes are like a hug in a bowl. Just add a hunk of bread.

Clodagh McKenna soup recipes

Celeriac soup with hazelnut and sage pesto

This is my favourite during the winter months. You can make it a few days ahead and it freezes well, so double the recipe for a batch for a rainy day. I sometimes add a crumble of crispy pancetta on top, too.

Clodagh McKenna celeriac soup
Dora Kazmierak

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Kale, bean and winter roots soup

My gorgeous friend, florist Nikki Tibbles, has the most beautiful house in the country and I have been lucky enough to spend many weekends there. This recipe is inspired by one of her soups, which she makes every weekend with whatever seasonal vegetables she has.

Clodagh McKenna's kale, bean and winter roots soup
Dora Kazmierak

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Vegetable wonton and ginger broth

Every few weeks I crave this dish – the broth feels so healing. I use shop-bought wontons as there are so many good ones readily available. This is my 10-minute go-to midweek supper, and you can add any green vegetables that you have to hand.

Clodagh McKenna's vegetable wonton and ginger broth
Dora Kazmierak

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French onion soup with gruyère toasts

Gruyère cheese is the key to getting the bubbling crust because it melts easily. You can also use blue cheese, comté or aged cheddar. Sometimes I add a splash of sherry or a cup of stout to the stock to bring different flavours.

Clodagh McKenna's French onion soup with gruyère toasts
Dora Kazmierak

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Spiced butternut squash and coconut soup with pumpkin seed bread

The squash tastes sweet and creamy in this butternut squash and coconut soup recipe. I love spicing it up with cumin and garam masala.

Clodagh McKenna's spiced butternut squash and coconut soup with pumpkin seed bread
Dora Kazmierak

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Sunshine soup

This soup is a ray of sunshine in a bowl, bursting with flavours and textures. Double or treble this recipe – it will keep in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for a couple of months.

Clodagh McKenna's sunshine soup
Dora Kazmierak

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Wild garlic soup with toasted almonds and sheep’s cheese

Just one spoonful of this wild garlic soup transports me back to the forest floor where I picked the garlic. I have added a topping of toasted almonds. You could use hazelnuts, brazil nuts or pine nuts instead, and replace the wild garlic with spinach or watercress.

Clodagh McKenna's wild garlic soup
Dora Kazmierak

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Chicken noodle soup

I call this chicken noodle soup my ‘bowl of hugs’ as it’s so comforting. It’s a foolproof recipe that you can make without too much effort when you get home from work. You can swap the pak choi with lots of other greens, such as kale, spinach, chard or even frozen peas.

Clodagh McKenna's chicken noodle soup
Dora Kazmierak

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clodagh's weeknight kitchenOur recipes are taken from Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen and Clodagh’s Suppers, published by Kyle Books, both priced £20. To order at discounted prices until 17 January, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free UK delivery on orders over £15