Here is a collection of 7 Mediterranean winter soups that will keep you warm this winter. In New England, this winter has been colder and snowier than usual. But, along with the cold comes the experience of walking into a toasty house that is filled with the smell of a delicious soup. Soups from the Mediterranean are flavored with a variety of herbs and spices that produce amazing aromas when they are being cooked. The list below is made up of traditional recipes from Spain, Morocco, Greece and Italy. Most of them are incredibly simple and inexpensive to make. As always, we found that each of these winter soups is super scrumptious. Stay warm and enjoy!
Garlic Soup with Egg and Croutons (Spain)
Spanish Garlic soup originates from the Castilian region in the interior of Spain, specifically in the small area of Zamora. Traditionally, this soup was a typical lunch for humble people, which is why the ingredients are so simple and inexpensive. With only a few steps, the combination of garlic, olive oil, paprika and bread creates a delicious, nourishing soup that is perfect for chilly winter days.
Moroccan Fish Stew with Fresh Herbs (Morocco)
Nothing feels more authentically Mediterranean than sitting in a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea while enjoying a fish stew from fish that was caught that morning right next to the restaurant. During the winter months, preparing this soup not only warms my bones but reminds me of a day by the sea. This tasty stew is often served with wine, salad and other vegetables cooked in extra virgin olive oil.
Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale (Italy)
This Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale will make you feel like you are eating in a small restaurant in Italy. It is the perfect hearty soup for a wintry day. Most beans soups are full of nutrition and this one is no exception: fiber from the beans and kale; vitamins A, K and C from the kale; protein from the beans and sausage and healthy fat from the extra virgin olive oil. Although, I don’t eat sausage often, when I do I try to get uncured sausage from grass fed animals. This makes for a much healthier sausage. This is a great recipe for someone who is being introduced to the Mediterranean Diet as it has a meaty taste to it, but is also packed with lots of healthy vegetables, beans and herbs.
Moroccan Harira (Lentil, Chickpea and Tomato Soup)
Harira is one of the most typical and famous soups in Morocco. Many Moroccan families cook it at least once a week for dinner, but it also makes a great breakfast. When the soup is complete, they like to serve Harira with bread, dates or figs. Also, a splash of fresh lemon juice suits it very well.
Greek White Bean Soup with Orange Slices and Olive Oil
White bean soup is great for lunch or dinner. It is often eaten with a Greek salad, crusty bread and some wine. The soup is vegan and if you want to keep your meal vegan then serve with a simple salad topped with Greek dressing. It also goes well with sautéed swiss chard or spinach with feta and lemon.
Spiced Moroccan Meatballs and Veggies
Also known Tagine Kefta, the spices in this recipe give it a unique Moroccan flair. The mix of fresh cilantro with cumin, chili powder, and paprika impart a delicious savory flavor. Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you into thinking that this is a difficult recipe. It consists of chopping veggies, making meatballs, and then mixing everything together and letting it stew. Interested in learning more about kefta? click here.
Mediterranean Fish Stew
Finally, this simple recipe for Mediterranean Fish Stew can be made quickly and is sure to keep you warm! The simplest side item to serve Mediterranean fish stew with is some bread and a Greek salad. We would often have a glass of wine and some tzatziki as well.