These best winter soup recipes are cozy and chock full of hearty ingredients! The perfect comfort food to ride out the season.
Craving something cozy and warming for dinner? Pick from our best winter soup recipes! If you’re anything like us, it’s soup on repeat all fall and winter long. Here are our favorite soups for the season, featuring hearty vegetables, grains and pastas and flavor-popping broths. There’s nothing better than cozying up to a warm cup or bowl, with a hunk of crusty bread.
This hearty winter soup is comforting and full of bold Mediterranean-style flavors! Hearty Tuscan kale, white beans and tomatoes float in a tangy broth flavored with oregano and fennel. It comes together in just 30 minutes and makes a huge pot that’s great for leftovers.
If there’s one winter soup that always satisfies, it’s a great lentil soup. Lentils are one of nature’s wonders: they’re full of protein, shelf stable for years, inexpensive, and make for some of the most satisfying filling meals. Got a bag of split red lentils? Here’s exactly what to make: this simple Red Lentil Soup!
Looking for a flavor-packed healthy winter soup? Try this easy Cabbage Soup recipe! Confession: we adore cabbage. It’s really not the sexiest of vegetables, is it? But though it’s humble, cabbage makes incredibly satisfying dishes dressed up as sauteed cabbage or coleslaw. Here it makes a hearty, satisfying soup, packed with veggies that swim in a savory-spiced broth of fire roasted tomatoes.
What's a better winter soup recipe than wild rice soup? This hearty soup features a lusciously creamy broth and is loaded with vegetables and whole grain rice. It's a fan favorite that always gets 5 star reviews!
Another popular winter soup recipe: Potato Leek Soup! There's just something about cupping your hands around a steaming bowl or mug that comforts the soul. This classic combines the sophisticated sweet essence of leeks with humble potatoes and rich cream for a truly luxurious dish.
Here’s a winter soup that might result in a few marriage proposals: this creamy tortellini soup! You can make it in under 30 minutes, and the flavor that results is simply killer. Tomatoes, basil, Parmesan and cream make a lusciously flavored broth that floats with doughy orbs of tortellini.
Here’s a bright orange puree that that tastes like sunshine: Carrot Ginger Soup!This recipe is ideal for when you’ve got a big bag of carrots to use up, or when you’re in the midst of a gray winter season craving sun.
Here’s a healthy winter soup you’ll immediately add to your regular rotation…because it’s just that good. Try this White Bean Soup, full of humble ingredients and huge flavor! Tender white beans float in the cozy broth with soft potatoes and leafy kale. Lemon zest lends brightness and tarragon brings an herby nuance.
This butternut squash lentil soup tastes like a bowl of sunshine on a cozy winter day! It’s chock full of beautiful, colorful healthy ingredients, and it tastes surprisingly more delicious than you’d imagine from the humble ingredients. Using leeks brings a complexity to the body of the soup.
Here’s a cozy soup that’s made of healthy veggies that taste bright and restorative: this Chickpea Soup with Rice! Tender grains of rice make for a satisfying thick body to the turmeric and ginger-infused broth, with a punch of lemon zest to brighten each spoonful. It’s got the cozy nostalgia of canned soup, but it’s fresh and homemade!
Taco soup is a Tex Mex invention, basically a mashup between a Mexican tortilla soup and American chili. Each bowl is warming, savory and smoky, and a cozy canvas for toppings like sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. The best part: it’s done in 30 minutes and customizable for eaters of any diet!
Here’s a creamy broccoli potato soup that's impossibly creamy and tastes like the coziest bowl of comfort. And it’s 100% made of veggies! How’s that for amazing? This easy and healthy soup is vegan and gluten-free, so it works for a variety of diets.
What's a more classic winter soup recipe than French Onion Soup? There’s just something about silky caramelized onions topped golden, crusty cheese that takes your breath away every time. It’s not just the flavor. It’s the promise that while the outside world is cold and brutal, every spoonful of French onion soup is pure bliss.
Here’s a cozy bowl that’s so hearty and satisfying, you’ll never want to put your spoon down. Try thisSmoky Bean Soup! Kidney beans and navy beans float in a savory, smoky broth of fire roasted tomatoes that has just the right glossy texture. It uses canned beans, but it tastes like it’s been simmering all day. Each silky, smoky spoonful is a bit of heaven.
Cozy up to this winter soup recipe: a big bowl of loaded potato soup! Who could pass that up? This one is impossibly creamy with intermittent potato chunks, using no heavy cream at all! Old Bay gives it an irresistible undertone. It’s so easy to make: you don’t even need a blender! Like any good souprecipe, the best part is the toppings.
Pasta e ceci is a traditional Italian “pasta and chickpea soup .This wintery Italian stew is full of big Italian flavors: intense vibrant tomato, leafy Tuscan kale, and a creamy broth made with Parmesan rind. Swimming in it all are the chickpeas and pasta of the soup’s title, making it hearty and filling.
This winter soup recipe tastes so flavorful you’d think it’s been simmering all day! It’s ready in just over 30 minutes and bursting with flavor: corn, black beans and tomatoes float in a zingy broth flavored with smoky adobo sauce. Top it off with crunchy tortilla strips and it’s a crowd pleaser the entire family will love!
Who wouldn’t want all the flavors of a supreme pizza wrapped up in a cozy bowl? The broth is flavored with pizza sauce, tomatoes, and a little Parmesan to make it creamy. The toppings are swimming along inside: bell peppers, garlic and mushrooms, making for a savory pop that surprises you in every bite.
Here's a winter soup that's warming and cozy: mushroom barley soup! This one is full of flavor: it uses both dried and fresh mushrooms for earthy savoriness. It’s got a warming broth, nutritious veggies, and barley, which infuses each bite with a pasta-like chewy texture.
Craving simplicity? Meet this easy and satisfying Easy Vegetable Soup! Sometimes you just need that classic noodle soup: you know, the your mom made you or the one you dumped out of a can after school? This easy vegetable soup is loaded with colorful veggies and cozy spiral pasta, swimming in a bright broth with tons of flavor.
Last up in our winter soup recipes...Sweet Potato Soup! This root vegetable is makes the best sweet and creamy puree. Accentuate it with a healthy dose of smoked paprika and the flavor is earthy, subtly smoky and absolutely irresistible.
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2 bunches Tuscan kale (or 1 large bunch curly kale), chopped
Shredded Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese for serving, optional
Prepare the onion and carrot as noted above.
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and butter (or all olive oil) over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrots and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until tender.
Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth and beans. Bring to a steady simmer, then add 1 teaspoon of the fennel seed, along with the dried oregano, smoked paprika and kosher salt. Simmer 12 minutes. (Meanwhile, chop the kale.)
Add the kale and simmer additional 2 to 3 minutes until the kale is tender. Add the additional ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seed. Taste a cooled spoonful and add up to ½ teaspoon additional kosher salt (depending on the salt level of your broth and beans), until the flavor pops.
Serve immediately with grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese. Store refrigerated for 3 days or frozen up to 3 months.
*If you can’t find fire roasted tomatoes, use the best canned tomatoes you can find. Add another ½ teaspoon smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon sugar, honey or maple syrup to round out the flavors.