10 Comforting Soups to Warm Your Soul This Winter
Winter is in full swing, and as we don our parkas and hunker down for the dark, bone-chilling days ahead, there are a few things we can do to ease the freeze—curl up next to a fire; snuggle under a cozy blanket, sip on hot cocoa and, of course, chow down on some belly-warming soup.
If you didn’t know, January is National Soup Month, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 of our favorite soul-soothing, hearty and straight up scrumptious soups to keep you warm all month long.
Nothing says sweater weather quite like grilled cheese and tomato soup. Rich and full of flavor, this recipe relies on seasonal ingredients such as roasted tomatoes, fresh garlic and thyme. It’s thick and creamy with an amazing depth designed to dip or sip. To make the perfect puree, we recommend using an immersion blender.
Butternut squash is the perfect ingredient for cooking up a hearty winter soup.
Creamy and bursting with flavor, the tartness of the apple helps balance out the natural sweetness of the squash. All you need is a few key ingredients and a little less than an hour. Served with a swirl of coconut cream and a heaping scoop of herby sourdough breadcrumbs, this is going to be an instant hit with the fam.
Unlike most soups that need to simmer for hours, this one-pot tortellini takes 20 minutes.
Loaded with fresh herbs, crushed tomatoes, sausage and pillowy cheese-filled tortellini, it’s the ultimate comfort food for busy weeknights. And the leftovers make for a delicious—and belly-warming—weekday lunch.
Another easy go-to, this mushroom-leek broth becomes decadently creamy after a spin in a blender. Drizzle with truffle oil for extra earthiness and elegance, then garnish with straw mushrooms and a sprinkle of chives. Truly a dream.
This well-known, time-honored French dish needs to be on your bucket list.
Like most stews, it’s best made a few days in advance so the flavors can mingle and develop. Its rich, full flavor comes from the melding of fresh vegetables, crisp, cubed bacon and fall-apart tender beef chuck. Once you try it, you’ll see why it’s a classic.
Okay, so maybe chili isn’t technically a soup, but this chunky, smoky chipotle chili is still one of our faves.
Chipotle peppers soaked in adobo sauce give it that smoky heat, balanced by cilantro, cheddar cheese, avocado, green onions and mounds of tortilla chips. For a milder chili, omit the peppers and just use the adobo sauce.
Split red lentils are the foundation of this dish (and they cook in minutes). Easy, creamy and completely vegan, the blend of coriander, fennel and turmeric capture the essence of this soup’s complex and vibrant flavor. It’s a win-win for winter weeknights in.
This is a soup you’ll want to cozy up with all season long.
And it’s surprisingly easy. Chop the veggies, toss everything in a cocotte or Dutch oven, and let it all mingle and simmer until the veggies are soft and the flavors are rich and full of warm spice. Top it with avocado for a hearty midweek meal.
Pull out the Dutch oven—this one is gonna be a showstopper. A trio of chiles—poblano, jalapeño and hatch—give this Southwest-inspired soup the perfect balance of heat and flavor. Chicken, potato and masa-laced dumplings are what make this soon-to-be staple so hearty and satisfying.
The perfect orchestration of spicy, savory, fresh and salty, this soup exists in many forms throughout East and Southeast Asia. Hearty, rich and just slightly spicy, it’s served over tender Chinese wheat noodles, a little bok choy and fresh scallions—perfect for a chilly day at home.
Hungry for more? Explore our library of recipes for more belly-warming soup recipes to make this season!