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January isn’t the most popular month of the year; Christmas is over, it’s cold and dark outside, and worse of all, your favourite pair of jeans might be feeling snugger than you’d like them too. So to help warm you up and beat the January blues, here are 3 quick, easy and not to mention healthy and low-cost soup recipes that you can make at home…

1. Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 250ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 200g broccoli florets
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the broccoli florets.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a food liquidizer and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls for serving.

2. Carrot Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 250ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 5 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the chopped carrots.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a food liquidizer and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls for serving.

3. Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 large leeks, chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes, peel and chopped
  • 850ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the chopped leeks and potatoes.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a food liquidizer and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls for serving.

At The Hive, all of our luxurious en-suite Studios come with fully fitted kitchens so you can put your cooking skills to the test. If you would like to find out more about our accommodation and living with us here at The Hive, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550.

Recipes sourced from the BBC, All Recipes and Student Recipes.