Hot soup is one of life’s greatest comforts, particularly if you’ve been out in the cold and wet. We’ve hand-picked a selection of nourishing and tasty soup recipes that are packed full of veg and quick to whip up after a day in the saddle. They’re also friendly on the wallet too!
We’ve partnered with Olive magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow and take you through step-by-step how to create everything from homemade nutrition products to tasty, hearty post-ride meals.
The perfect dish for after a winter rideOlive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
Creamy, comforting and with a fiery kick from the ginger, this soup packs in the filling, nutritious veg. It’s quick to make and it’s vegan too.
If you want to up the creaminess, you can add coconut milk, or up the spiciness with a little chilli. Either way, when it comes to the kind of food you’ll want after a cold, wet ride, this is hard to beat.
Chorizo provides a rich, smoky and warming flavour in this soupOlive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
This has got to be one of our favourite mid-week suppers for days when we want something quick and simple but with a punchy flavour.
You can whip this up with store cupboard ingredients, and although the chorizo gives it a rich, smoky flavour, it’s still relatively healthy. You can make it in 45 minutes, most of this time is simmering, so you can set it cooking, jump in the shower, and it’ll be ready when you are.
Doll your soup up with tasty and decorative accompanimentsOlive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
Okay, so this is actually a bit of a cheat. If you can’t face cooking at all, but you want a dish that makes it look like you’ve spent hours slaving in the kitchen, then this is the one for you.
Basically, you’re glamming up shop-bought pea and ham soup with crunchy little morsels of tastiness in the form of Parma ham skewers and olive-oil crisped bruschetta, with a swirl of cream or crème fraîche and a sprinkling of black pepper.
Fresh coriander cuts through creamy coconut with rich spices in this delicious Malaysian laksaOlive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
Managing to combine spicy, creamy and fresh flavours into one filling and veg-packed dish, this spicy noodle soup from Malaysia is just right when you’ve had a hard day and need a nutritious pick-me-up.
Prawns provide lots of lean protein and the fresh cucumber and coriander cut through the creaminess of coconut milk. Yum!
10. Tomato soup with quick spring onion cornbread — vegetarian
Tomato soup and cornbread — the ultimate comfort foodOlive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
Tomato soup is surely one of the most traditionally comforting dishes, right up there with chicken soup.
This delicious version, which is given a subtle punchy kick of horseradish, comes with a filling polenta-based cornbread. Perfect for dipping, smothering in butter, or wolfing down as you wait for the soup to cool.
11. Cauliflower and cannellini bean soup — vegetarian with food substitutions
Creamy cauliflower and protein-rich cannellini beans combine to make this delicious soupOlive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
Rich, creamy and deeply comforting — that’s the best way to describe this tasty soup, which combines slightly out of the ordinary ingredients to make something that tastes just right after a long ride.
The rosemary adds a wonderful flavour dimension to the dish and if you swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock it’ll make a vegetarian version.
12. Red Thai curry noodle soup — vegetarian, vegan with food substitutions
Spicy, warming and fresh, with a chilli kick!Olive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
A light and fragrant noodle soup dish that’s great when you don’t want anything too heavy, but do want something spicy, warm and nourishing.
Coconut, lemongrass, basil and lime bring wonderfully fresh flavours, while tofu adds the protein you’ll need for post-ride recovery. It’s also easy to transform this into a vegan dish: swap the fish sauce for salt, the egg noodles for rice noodles, and purchase vegan curry paste.