Warming bowls (+recipes)

By Danna Hay

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Creamy mushroom and pancetta soup. Photo / Supplied
Creamy mushroom and pancetta soup. Photo / Supplied

As the days shorten and the crisp autumn air creeps in, we turn to comforting and cosy fare. These deliciously humble soups are ready in just 10 minutes.

Try an Asian-inspired chicken broth, a rustic and robust tomato soup and a bowl of creamy mushroom topped with crispy pancetta. You'll welcome the cooler months after just one spoonful.

Tips and tricks

* Serve your soups with more-ish sides such as garlic bread, crispy parmesan pita breads or freshly baked savoury scones.

* You can make the tomato soup in advance and freeze for up to 3 months.

* Both the mushroom soup and chicken soup can be made the day before and reheated the next day. But remember, you can only reheat the soup once.

* You can use up stale bread to make croutons. Simply cut bread into cubes, place on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and bake until golden and crisp. You can add dried or fresh herbs such as oregano, thyme and rosemary to the bread.

- NZ Herald

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