25 Easy Comforting Soup Recipes For Cold Weather
When long sunny days start becoming short, dark and cold, it takes a lot to beat a wholesome and delicious bowl of homemade soup. Here are 25 comforting soup recipes to get you through the winter.
1. Chickpea Stew/Soup with Lamb; Pork & Veal
If you are serious about trying comforting soup recipes, then you really need to master this flavorsome power house. With three different meats and a bunch of vegetables included as well, this must surely be one of the most nutritious soups out there. A subtle blend of herbs and spices are also added to an already rich tasting soup tasting for an even richer taste. You can get the recipe fro Saveur here.
2. Humble Tomato Soup with Crispy Bread
A smooth and delicious soup that even beginners can make using only a handful of ingredients which most people already have in their kitchens. Some good ripe tomatoes; some onion; a carrot; some seasoning, and you are well on your way to making a great pot of soup. Don’t be scared to experiment by adding in various other ingredients to this quick and easy tomato soup recipe.
3. Thai Style Chicken Coconut Soup
You get a number of different chicken soups that are very popular in Thailand but the coconut milk variety is by far my favorite. Loaded with fresh galangal root; sprigs of fresh lemon grass; fresh basil leaves and ample pieces of soft and tender chicken, this coconut milk based soup is truly to die for and can be eaten on its own or with some steamed rice. If you want to give it a bit of bite, just add a few slices of red or green chili peppers. Recipe here.
4. European Style Chicken & Mushroom Soup
I’ve often said that even a poorly made chicken and mushroom soup is a good chicken and mushroom soup. A well made soup on the other hand is nothing short of being divine. Forget all about canned soup because it is not even remotely similar to a hearty chicken soup made from wonderfully fresh ingredients. Chicken; cream and fresh mushrooms are only the beginning, and a bit of creativity can turn this soup into one of the most comforting soups imaginable. If I’ve not convinced you yet, check this recipe from Damn Delicious and decide for yourself.
5. Green or Yellow Pea & Ham Soup
Okay I know, you’re most likely think that this soup doesn’t even deserve a place on any list of comforting soup recipes. Served with fresh crusty bread, this soup can turn and cold night into a warm and relaxing night. You can find a really good pea and ham soup recipe here from Taste.
6. White Bean & Kale Soup with Smoked Ham
If this isn’t a “comfort soup” then I don’t know what is. It has a wonderfully creamy texture thanks to the white beans; it has a very high nutritional content thanks to the kale; it’s full of meaty flavor and protein thanks to the ham hock and a blend of carefully selected season give it all the mouth watering taste you could ever hope for. Here is a bean and kale recipe that will have you hooked for life.
7. Portuguese Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs
Just looking at a bowl of this soup leaves you feeling comforted, albeit desperately hungry. When temperatures drop and a hard day in the office has left you feeling drained and miserable, this Mediterranean style tomato and egg soup is bound to lift your spirits and leave you feel wonderfully content with your life. You can check it out for yourself from Saveur here.
8. Paprika Cauliflower Soup
You’d be forgiven if you are feeling skeptical about a soup that is created around cauliflower, but you’ll be a huge fan once you’ve tried this amazing paprika-spice soup. The paprika not only lends the soup a lovely red color, but it also imparts a mouth watering smoky flavor that seems to get drawn deep into the cauliflower. Here is an excellent paprika-spiced cauliflower recipe that I definitely recommend.
9. Tom Yam Kung 9 (Thai Spicy Prawn Soup)
Tom Yam Khun is Thailand’s favorite soup, and surveys involving expats and tourists have clean shown it’s not only the Thais that love this soup. In fact, it has been voted the No.1 favorite food by tourists for several years already. It is typically eaten with warm steamed rice, and the spicy heat of the soup can be adjusted according to your tastes. Once you have all the ingredients, you can knock up a batch of this champion soup in almost no time at all. Here’s an authentic Tom Yam Kung recipe to get you started.
10. Thai Rice Breakfast Soup (Khao Tom) with Pork; Chicken or Prawns
Thai rice soup is one of the most popular breakfasts in Thailand, and you’ll see scores of people eating it at roadside cafes in the mornings. It is quick and easy to make, and typically contains little chunks of pork or chicken mince, or whole fresh prawns. Toasted garlic flakes a freshly shredded ginger root are also added, along with some pepper and salty fish sauce. It’s an awesome soup to enjoy on cold winter mornings. Check out this authentic Khao Tom recipe and enjoy a whole new experience.
11. Comforting Winter Squash Soup
Some diced up squash of your choice; a handful of different herbs and spices and you’ll be well on your to enjoying a amazingly tasty bowl of winter squash soup which goes down even better when served with thick slices of country style bread. Recipe here.
12. Winter Harvest Vegetable Soup
This is a great soup to make, especially if you have kids who don’t like eating their veggies. As the name implies, the body of this soup is made up of your typical winter harvest vegetables, making it a mega healthy soup, not to mention an extremely satisfying one as well. This traditional winter harvest vegetable soup recipe is a definite comforter during the cold winter months. Recipe here.
13. Oxtail Soup with Red Wine & Root Vegetables
With some nice red wine thrown into the mix, along with a healthy serving of nutritional root vegetable, how can anyone say this is not a comforting winter soup, at least not until you’ve tried it. Here’s a recipe for a truly mouth watering oxtail soup you’ll keep going back to time and time again. Oxtail soup recipe from epicurious.
14. Mediterranean Fish Soup
If mention of fish soup conjures up images in your mind of bits of pale colored fish floating in a bowl of discolored fishy smelling liquid, think again. This never to be forgotten Mediterranean Fish Soup recipe will blow you away completely. It’s packed full of protein and omega-3, and it is literally exploding with flavor.
15. Creamy Broccoli & Cheese Soup
Is it the broccoli that comforts you, or is it the cheese? When you taste a bowl of well made creamy broccoli and cheese soup, you won’t care what makes it taste so good. It is super comforting; it is super delicious, and it is one of the easiest ways to get kids to eat broccoli. Recipe here.
16. Dilled Potato-Leek Soup
This is a super filling soup with a wonderful flavor, and it is incredibly easy to make. The ½ a cup of buttermilk called for in this particular Dilled Potato-Leek Soup recipe makes it winter comfort gold medalist. Recipe found here.
17. Four-Cheese French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup on its own is a classic soup which is appreciated all around the world, but once you try this Four-Cheese French Onion Soup, you’ll never want regular onion soup again. With loads of onion flavor; plenty of beef flavor; 4 different cheeses and a good amount of white wine, how could this soup not be a winner? Recipe from Taste of Home here.
18. Creamy Curried Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkins are delicious; good curry is to die for, and this Creamy Curried Pumpkin Soup recipe does a perfect job at bringing you the best of both worlds in a single bowl of mouth watering comfort food to brighten up even the darkest of winter days.
19. Golden Gouda Mushroom Soup
This is one of my favorite comforting soup recipes. With a generous amount of whipping cream and two cups of shredded smoked Gouda cheese, it may not be the ideal soup for people who want to lose weight, but it is one of the most irresistible soups you are ever likely to come across. Give this Gouda Mushroom Soup recipe a try and you will know what I mean.
20. Cheesy Bratwurst Soup
This 2-step, 7-ingredients soup is sure to impress anyone who tries it. It’s a wonderfully creamy soup that makes people want more. Here is a great recipe for what must sure be one of the best soups ever.
21. Spiced Carrot & Lentil Soup
This must surely be one of the most budget friendly soups ever. It only calls for a handful of ingredients; it’s irresistibly aromatic, and it is super flavorsome. Try this amazing Spicy Carrot & Lentil Soup recipe and you’ll be instantly addicted. Recipe here.
The people of Greenland have every reason to appreciate a hot bowl of soup in their long cold winters, and Suaasat happens to be one of their favorite winter comfort soups. If you can get your hands on some wild deer meat or any other similar sort of venison, then this amazing Suaasat recipe is one you really do want to try.
23. Traditional Finnish Salmon Soup
A healthy serving of fresh wild caught salmon combined some butter; cream; potatoes, and a variety of herbs and spices make Finnish Salmon Soup one of the most delicious soups you are every likely to taste. And, let me just remind you that salmon is considered to be the world’s best source of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
24. Indian Winter Soup
This is essentially just lentil soup, but it is made with a fascinating array of herbs and spices, as are most Indian dishes. When it comes to spice combinations, no country on earth can compete with India, and once you have tried this indescribable Indian Winter Soup recipe you will see why I have said what I have said.
25. Quick and Easy Avocado & Smoked Salmon Soup
This incredibly nutritious soup not only tastes heavenly, but you can make a pot of it in no time at all. I’ve intentionally kept the particular Avocado & Smoked Salmon recipe for last because it is quite unique in that it can be enjoyed hot during the cold winter months, or chilled during the warm summer months. Either way, it is super healthy and super delicious. Recipe here.