Winter-warming saffron soup

Winter-Warming Saffron Soup

In this recipe article we take a look at how to make an incredibly comforting, winter-warming saffron soup that’s quick and easy to prepare and is ready to taste in only minutes.

Using saffron to spice up your cooking

If you’re looking for a winter warming soup recipe that’s equally comforting and tasty as it is perfectly nutritious, our saffron soup is a great way to balance, calm and boost your mood, adding a dash of vitamins and antioxidants along the way.

So let’s get started with what you’ll need.

Ingredients for your winter saffron soup

Most of the ingredients you’ll need should be readily available from your local supermarket or deli, and of course the saffron can be purchased at

  • A good pinch of good quality negin saffron threads
  • 25g butter or vegan alternative
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ leek, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 chicken or vegetable stock pot/cube
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Squeeze of lemon

How to make your saffron soup

Steep a pinch of saffron in a cup with about an inch of hot water and set aside to give it a chance to develop the flavour and release its aroma.

Whilst the saffron is steeping, preheat a large pan on medium heat and add butter or vegan alternative. Add the garlic, celery, leek and onion into the pan and stir whilst cooking on a gentle heat until the garlic and onion becomes soft. Toss in 4 chopped carrots and 1 skinned, large, chopped potato, adding just enough water to cover the vegetables and increase the heat to bring to the boil. Stir in the stock and saffron water that was put aside from earlier, covering the pan with the lid and reducing the heat to simmer softly until the vegetables are tender.

Leave to cool a little, then blitz with a hand mixer before adjusting the seasoning to taste by adding salt, a good grind of pepper and a dash of lemon if liked. Serve topped with plain yoghurt and a sprig of parsley and enjoy this truly winter-warming saffron soup.

Where can you buy saffron?

Sara Saffron offer a full range of authentic Persian saffron for incredible freshness, deep colour, pungent aroma and superb flavour. In our expert opinion this is the finest saffron you can buy.

Our saffron comes direct from the best farms of the Khorasan province in the Middle East and includes Pushal, Negin, Super Negin and Organic saffron.