It’s not technically winter yet but some days it sure feels like it. My car is in the shop as I type this getting its snow tires put on because I am sure the fluffy white stuff will make an appearance soon. When cold weather hits, so do my cravings for delicious, comforting foods and there’s nothing more warming than soup. Here are a bunch of soup recipes to get you through the winter.
Butternut squash soup
Butternut squash is a great fall and winter classic because the gourds in season. Give this classic recipe a try or you can try a twist by adding apples, giving it a curry spin, or roasting the squash first.
There are so many versions of chili it’s crazy – that’s why there are always those chili festivals in the winter. You can stick with a classic, make it in the crockpot, or throw some of your favorite beer like Guinness or a pumpkin porter in there for an even richer chili.
Ham & corn chowder
Delicious any time of the year, this ham and corn chowder will definitely liven up your taste buds and warm you from the inside out. Definitely keep this one in mind after the holidays to use up any extra ham you have on hand! If you’re vegetarian, omit the ham and bacon and swap in vegetable stock for a creamy corn chowder instead.
You could start with a classic (or try some of the variations at the end like Moroccan Beef Stew or Mexican Beef Stew), give it an infusion of Thai flavors, or make a rich, wine-y version. They’ll all be a hit at the dinner table.
Chicken noodle soup
Chicken noodle soup is a perfect comfort food that is great for cold winter days and is also terrific when you’re feeling under the weather. This chicken noodle soup recipe is easy to make because it cooks in the crockpot. It’s not only easy but it develops such a deep flavor from slow cooking. This chicken soup is delicious as is but there are some fun variations to try at the end of the post – you can give the soup an Asian flair, turn it into tortilla soup, or give it a lemony tang. Or you can try this version which blends curry and coconut flavors in a classic chicken soup.
Broccoli cheddar soup
This broccoli cheese soup is one of my all-time favorites – it’s so delicious and such a comfort food classic. You can try all sorts of variations like using low fat cheese, milk instead of half and half, or less butter to make it a bit healthier. And bonus, it’s very freezer friendly so you can make a large batch and pull it from the freezer for an easy dinner when you don’t feel like cooking!
Carrot soup with turkey meatballs
I’ve made this soup so many times I can’t even count – I promise you it will be a favorite in your family. The best part of any soup for me is always the carrots, and this soup takes carrots to a whole new level! Plus the delicious and healthy turkey meatballs cook right in the soup and the spinach packs a lot of vitamins in every bite. I usually double or triple this soup when I make it because it makes fabulous leftovers.
These warming winter soups will help keep you toasty during the cold days ahead!