With its winning combination of low fat and high fibre lean meats and beans, soup is both healthy and delicious. In fact, it’s the best food item ever invented because:

  1. It’s low maintenance. You’re hungry, it’s quickly ready for you to enjoy. You don’t even have to chew much!
  2. There are a huge variety of soups from winter warming options, the classics such as chicken or scotch broth, to spring and summer concoctions like pea and ham. Vichyssoise, a thick soup made of boiled and puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock is another winner, which is traditionally served cold but it can be eaten hot.
  3. It’s internationally loved, with each nation inventing its own masterpieces, an example of which is Pho (pronounced ‘foe’), https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2016/feb/04/how-to-make-the-perfect-beef-pho a spellbinding Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken.
  4. You’re full of cold, have consumed your own body weight in hot toddies and honey and lemon, but nothing is working. Hot, freshly made chicken soup, the type with a clear, glistening broth, packed with healthy vegetables, can revive you in an instant, simultaneously making everything seem right with the world. There’s even medical back up to this claim: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/will-chicken-soup-really-cure-your-cold
  5. It’s easy to combine flavours, so there’s a soup out there for most people. If you love seafood, try bouillabaisse https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/bouillabaisse a French classic, which includes Mediterranean fish and flavours.
  6. Vegetarians have many options, from the autumnal butternut squash, to borscht, https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/borscht_18028 a beetroot based, tastebud tantaliser.
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