zabbelee-0189It’s not a secret that I’m spending less time in the kitchen since I left London. It seems that the more I stay away from the kitchen the more I get to appreciate food. In fact, as a result of a rather strict self-judgment, I am never too enthusiastic about what I cook while I am more objective when it comes to tasting meals prepared by others.

I’m in Italy now, in my mother’s house, and I know it won’t be easy to make way to the stove (my relatives like keeping their meal traditional, hence I am not welcomed in the kitchen). All I have to do is getting served. Not bad, isn’t it? Food tastes really great! Having someone to prepare my food is not just a luxury, though. It is also becoming an easy way to lose control over how much I eat (“eat this, eat that, food can’t be wasted, ect”).

If you can picture the abundance of a typical Italian Christmas menu you can also understand why I am not feeling like cooking these days. As much as I love Italian cuisine, I’d feed myself with healthy asian soups and skip both Panettone and pasta. Here is why I am sharing with you this collection of vegetarian soups: they are light, packed with veggies, nutrients and heartwarming. Above all, they are the best way to keep myself warm and take a break from heavier festive dishes.

30-minute vegetarian pho – Oh My Veggies

pho-soup-with-sauteed-shiitake-mushrooms-1Vegetarian Curry – Pickled Plum

red-curry-soup-600Lemongrass Coconut Soup {Vegan} – Earthy Feast

CoconutSoup02Kabocha Squash, Fennel + Ginger Soup W/ Spciy Coconut Cream (V + GF) – Dolly and Oatmeal

kabocha+squash,+fennel+++ginger+soup+w-+spicy+coconut+cream+-+dolly+and+oatmealMiso and Soba Noodle Soup with Roasted Sriracha Tofu and Shiitake Mushrooms – The Bonjon Gourmet

miso soup- lede-1Cauliflower Potato and Leek Soup – Making Thyme For Health

Cauliflower-Potato-and-Leek-Soup-_thumb8_thumbThe Best Coconut Soup, Ever – My New Roots

coconutsoup1Hearty Alphabet Soup – Tiffany Bee

0014Easy Tomato Soup in a Blender – FoodRecipesHQ

tomato-soup-blender-not-acidic-0041Red Lentil (Vadouvan) Curry Coconut Stew – Wild Greens and Sardines

red lentilCan you see how much my tastes are influenced by my just concluded Asian trip? I am probably going to spend the next few days trying to show my family that it is possible to enjoy a soup made with not-so-typical ingredients (at least for Italians) such as lemongrass and coconut milk. What about you? Did you also try to add new recipes to your traditional family menu?

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  1. That’s what I call a real inspiration after all the indulging holiday food.
    All the soups look fantastic, healthy and light, hard to pick one because I’m preparing one of them tomorrow.
    Happy 2015 to you Daniela, auguri!

  2. We must try all of these gorgeous,vegetarian soups before this year’s spring arrives….such beautiful food clicks and warm dishes….your soup is now one of the favorite ways to enjoy ripe tomatoes from the market,thanks….A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for including my recipe, Dani!! I completely appreciate it. I hope you’re having a wonderful time at home enjoying the food. Like you, I’m having a difficult time saying no to all the food too. So, I’ve also gained a few pounds just being home. No bueno! Need to get back to a healthy start.

    Love these recipes! Although the first recipe is improperly represented (in my opinion) because the recipe is not pho, but a vegetarian noodle soup. Pho requires specific aromatics such as cinnamon sticks, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, star anise, ginger, & charred onion. Add those to the soup (the spices should be in a tea satchel) & you’ve got a good vegetarian pho!

    The Kabocha squash soup recipe looks phenomenal though. I need to bookmark that one. Thanks so much for sharing & happy holidays!!

    1. You’re right about Pho! It’s rich flavors come from adding other spices such as cinnamon, star anise, clove and cardamom to the broth. I look forward to making my first homemade Pho here in Italy.

  4. Wow, the photo of the lentil soup looks supreme! But thinking about it, the photo doesn’t make sense. Why would you put an empty bowl under a full bowl? Maybe one person didn’t like the soup at all and left it untouched :/

  5. You’re alive!! 😉

    I’m glad to hear you are enjoying eating and letting someone else do the cooking for a change. I hope you had a lovely holiday with your family! I can imagine all of those authentic Italian dishes were incredible. And I love this roundup of soups too. They all look amazing! Thank you for including me!

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year! xx