8 Cozy Winter Soups That Feel Like a Great Big Hug

Soup to the rescue! When the days are long and cold, we need food that's easy, comforting, and nourishing. These eight soups will warm you up from the inside out.

Soup is a regular occurrence in my house throughout the winter. A few years ago, I felt into the habit of making soup and a loaf of bread every Monday. My family learned to anticipate it, and we ended up bringing several new soups into the rotation to stand alongside our old standbys.

We can always use new soup recipes in my family!

When it’s cold outside and you need something to warm you from the inside out, these eight soups are happy to do the job. Think of it like giving yourself a great big hug!

Split Pea Soup

Classic. Hearty. Filling. Freezable. Those are the reasons why the split pea soup endures as a winter staple. Save your days-old bread and make the croutons.

This stew is chockablock with cinnamon, cumin, coriander and cayenne, echoing the flavors of a Moroccan tagine. Like any good stew, it’s better the next day.

Tuscan Bean Soup

The ease of this soup comes from canned white beans—it speeds up the process. A shower of fresh kale or baby spinach at the end brightens the dish.

Turkey Chili ready to serve

Do you have some leftover Thanksgiving turkey in your freezer? Make this chili! Shredded turkey goes into the pot with all the usual suspects: tomatoes, beans, peppers, and warm spices. Invite a crowd and celebrate the winter season—this one makes enough for a crowd.

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple made from easy easy butternut squash soup recipe

Apples and squash are a natural pair. This soup gets some extra zip from pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne. Fancy up the presentation and add some creaminess with a dollop of plain yogurt on top.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup with sour cream and chips

This taco soup is your reward for having a well-stocked pantry and freezer. Don't skip the quick browning on the stovetop before transferring ingredients to the slow cooker – this makes all the difference in the flavor development. If you’re out of sour cream for the top, a thick plain Greek yogurt works well too.

Cooked Minestrone Soup In White Pot

Minestrone is one of those soups whose sum is way greater than its parts. Elise’s minstrone has cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and zucchini, but do your thing with it. I see no reason why you can’t double this soup and freeze some for (nearly) instant dinners.

Turkey Meatball Soup

Make the meatballs over the weekend, freeze them, then defrost in the fridge as needed and make this glorious soup. It makes a filling meal that won’t leave you hungry.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is an Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. She goes out of her way for farmers' markets, a crazy new ingredient, yoga, and a walk in nature. Her first cookbook, Tasting Pennsylvania, will be published in spring 2019.

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