Dec 31, 2015 Communities

10 Winter Soup Recipes for the Soul

How is it that one of the most simple meals to make tastes so amazing? And no, we’re not talking about microwave popcorn, Pop-Tarts or Easy Mac — we’re talking about soup! Plus, because of its inherent comforting and soothing qualities, soup seems to taste a little better in the winter. So we decided to gather a few of our favorite winter soup recipes in one neat list just for you! So pin this list on Pinterest, share it with your friends on Facebook, save the link for later or simply start cooking now if you have free time.

In the soup world, remember that it’s okay to get creative with the ingredients you have! The beauty of a soup recipe is that it allows lots of room for improvisation and experimentation.

Now it’s time to indulge in some comfort in a bowl, in the form of winter soups for the soul! Make sure you report your soup findings back to us, and tell us which recipe was your favorite.

Chicken Soup with Fennel and Farro from The Kitchn

It makes sense to start a winter soup list with the classic chicken soup recipe. But this recipe is far from average, and definitely not like heating up a can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, as it is filled with chewy whole farro and slivers of fennel stalks instead of celery. This is a mellow but delicious and comforting soup that is fairly easy to make!

Apple and Celeriac Soup from Jamie Oliver

You may have never heard of celeriac, but trust us — it’s wonderful in this setting. To cut out the guessing, celeriac is also referred to as a turnip-rooted celery or knob celery, and is cultivated for its edible roots. This earthy and creamy soup concoction from Jamie Oliver just screams winter, and its unexpected ingredients will keep your tastebuds on the edge of their seat.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Soup from Chocolate Moosey

You may just have skimmed the abovementioned vegetarian soups in search of a meatier option. Look no further than this chicken parmesan meatball soup from Chocolate Moosey. Speed up your cooking process by making the delectable chicken meatballs ahead of time and freezing them! You can then cook them right inside the soup as you combine rich ingredients such as onion, garlic, tomatoes, basil, and the most important part — lots of mozzarella cheese. Top it all off with crispy sage and creme fraiche to complete this wintery masterpiece.

Sweet Potato and Kale Tortilla Soup from Local Milk

Reading through Beth Kirby of Local Milk’s recipes and blog posts is more like an artistic experience rather than your typical meal prep. This particular recipe is just as unique as Kirby’s style. This sweet potato and kale tortilla soup isn’t your ordinary tortilla soup, with soggy tortilla chips floating in watered-down broth. This is instead a gourmet experience, as Kirby encourages the use of only the best and most fresh ingredients.

Creamy Broccoli Fennel Soup with Kale + Lemon Zest from With Food and Love

If you’re looking for a simple soup recipe but don’t want to sacrifice flavor, we’ve found the soup for you. This creamy broccoli fennel soup with kale and lemon zest is extremely rich and decadent, and seems to fit in just perfectly with the colder months of winter. It even includes raw cashews, which we thought were a nice touch! This is a healthy option packed with loads of broccoli flavor.

Bean with Bacon Soup from Simply Recipes

Pork and beans seem to work so well together, and this bean with bacon soup is certainly no exception to the rule. There is the perfect amount of bacon in this recipe to bring out a strong and smoky flavor, and the creamy yet chunky base makes this a heartier option. Thankfully, the prep time for this soup only takes about 15 minutes!

Hearty Minestrone Soup from Joyful Healthy Eats

One of our favorite winter soup recipes is a good minestrone. And we found one of the best ones out there! We love this soup genre for its obvious colorful and exciting display, but more importantly for its delicious taste. You can’t really go wrong with this recipe, as basically any type of vegetable or bean will taste great when mixed into the pot!

Tomato Soup with Parmesan Croutons from The Pioneer Woman

There’s nothing like a creamy homemade tomato soup on a chilly day. The Pioneer Woman took it a step further by pairing her delicious tomato soup recipe with parmesan croutons. She also does a wonderful job of taking you on her culinary journey and documenting each step of the process with pictures. So recreating this cozy concoction should be a piece of cake!

Cheddar and Bratwurst Soup with Pumpkin Ale from The View from Great Island

Who says pumpkins have to be reserved for the fall alone? We think they make a wonderful ingredient all year long — well, especially when it’s still cold outside! And pumpkin ale mixed in with cheddar and bratwurst makes this soup to die for. In fact, the writer of this particular recipe describes the soup as warm, cheesy, malty, smoky, grassy, thick, earthy and yummy. We’re not sure what grassy means in terms of taste, but we’re eager to find out!

Hearty White Bean and Spinach Soup from Serious Eats

If you’re looking for a light, simple and/or vegan soup recipe, this hearty white bean and spinach soup just might be your answer. White beans rest within a garlicky rosemary broth swimming with wilted spinach. This is an incredibly light yet satisfying soup, as it is packed with rich flavors. And the best part? It only takes 25 minutes to complete this wonderful meal, from start to end.

Dec 31, 2015 Communities
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