Easy to warm up to
Allison Day, RHN
Put away that Campbell’s can and warm up with globally inspired whole grain noodle soups. These five soups are filled with produce and pasta—including gluten-free options—for a complete meal to warm you up and boost your health.
With holiday festivities now over, it’s time to return to the produce aisle and pantry for a little healthy meal inspiration. What we’re craving is pasta: rich bowls of whole grain goodness to warm us up. What else do we want? Soup! Hearty, filling, and healthy, soup is the best way to lighten things up while still delivering the familiar flavours we gravitate toward in the cold weather. Combining the best of both worlds, whole grain noodle soups are the ultimate way to satisfy our cold-weather comfort food cravings. Whole grain pastas now come in as many varieties as there are winter days. From Kamut (khorasan wheat), spelt, and einkorn to gluten-free quinoa and brown rice varieties, there’s a wide world beyond white pasta to explore and savour. Choosing whole grain pasta over the refined variety is not only a tastier choice, but healthier, too, delivering B vitamins, vitamin E, protein, fibre, and myriad minerals. With soup, a little pasta goes a long way, giving us the comfort food texture we love in a portion-controlled way—especially important for diabetics monitoring their sugar levels. In addition, whole grain pasta digests gradually, keeping blood sugar levels from plummeting and hunger pangs at bay. Like a comforting hug, a bowl of soup will brighten even the greyest of winter days. Put the soup-can opener to rest this season and warm up with these globally inspired whole grain pasta soups.
Homemade stock is a fantastic way to use the onion peels, carrot tops, garlic skins, and celery bottoms you’d normally toss. When cooking other dishes, freeze vegetable peels for a soup stock session.
Keep these tips in mind when freezing soup for a quick, warming meal any night of the week.