You can almost smell winter approaching. As you walk around your neighborhood, you might smell cinnamon, vanilla, and pine trees. But there’s another smell associated with the holiday season – the smell of soup on the stove. If you love the taste and smell of soups during Christmas, it’s time to pull out your soup pot and try out some of these winter soup recipes.
Vegetarian Winter Soup Recipes
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just appreciate vegetables, these winter soup recipes will keep your warm and nourished in the cold. Most are filling enough to even keep omnivores happy, but any of these can be made with the addition of meat or bone broth as well.
Even if you love a meaty chili, you’ll still enjoy this butternut squash chili recipe. You can eat it by itself, or with tortilla chips. Best of all, this recipe freezes and reheats well.
On a chilly day, black bean soup is just what you need. This recipe is delicious and it doesn’t take long to create the soup. If you have leftovers, you can add things like avocado to change up the meal.
With only a little prep work, this quinoa stew takes about an hour from start to finish. With bold cumin, tomatoes, tons of veggies and rib0-sticking healthy grains, this is a soup that satisfies.
If you don’t already love lentils, you will after eating this soup. This spiced lentil soup is loaded with lentils, and warms you from the inside out. It’s one of the winter soup recipes that you’ll use over and over again.
If you’re a vegetarian, you probably know the value of cauliflower. It can make any meal filling and satisfying, and that’s just what it does in this recipe. Packed with curry flavor, this soup does not disappoint.
Even though you might not associate Thai food with the holidays, you will after you eat this soup. The roasted butternut squash, warm red curry paste and creamy coconut milk make this recipe perfect for a cold day.
This soup sure is perfect for the winter weather. With a rich broth that begins with charred aromatic ginger, garlic and onion, and a filling mix of noodles and your favorite winter vegetables, this soup has tons of flavor. It’s satisfying, warm, and tasty.
Hearty Winter Soup Recipes
On a cold day, there’s nothing like a hearty soup to warm you to the core. Check out these hearty recipes to escape the cold.
8. Lasagna Soup
When we think of comfort, we think of a lasagna straight from the oven. But this lasagna soup takes that comfort to a whole new level. It features everything you need in a good lasagna, just in soup form.
There’s something so comforting about a baked potato. In this take on potato soup, the already hearty dish is made heartier with sour cream, bacon, and the works.
10. Lobster Bisque
If you imagine dollar signs when you think of lobster bisque, you can change your mentality. This lobster bisque is affordable and relatively easy to make. Best if all, it’s a great meal after a snow day.
Because this soup is spicy, it can thaw your soul on a cold day. The carrot makes it a classic holiday choice, and the coriander gives this soup some serious flavor.
12. Lamb Stew
As the temperature drops, lamb gets more and more appealing. This lamb stew is extremely hearty and delicious. The broth is smooth and pairs well with bread to soak up the liquid. If you don’t have bread, you may want a cup to drink the broth!
A healthy, simple soup, this casserole is also incredibly hearty. You can add as many vegetables to it as you want, so this soup can be extremely filling. As far as warmth goes, this soup is a winner.
14. Chicken Stew
When you serve this chicken stew with fresh bread, you’ll get plenty of smiles. Although it only takes about an hour to cook, this stew has a depth of flavor that rivals stews that have cooked all day long.
Slow Cooker Winter Soup Recipes
If you have a busy life – and let’s face it, who doesn’t – these recipes are just what you need to survive the holidays. Stick a few ingredients in your slow cooker, leave home, and come back to a steaming hot crock pot full of soup.
Perhaps the best comfort meal of the winter is chicken and dumplings. But who has the time to spend hours making soup? With this chicken and dumpling soup recipe, you can make your favorite comfort food in a short time.
Chili isn’t the only bean soup that’s great for the winter. If you’re craving warmth, try this sausage and white bean soup. The broth is velvety and flavorful, which is just what you need in the cold weather.
Broccoli cheese soup is a classic for a reason: In addition to tasting great, this soup is filling. You can get warm up and have enough energy to shovel your driveway.
18. Corn Chowder
This corn chowder features bacon, potatoes, carrots, and cashew milk. Of course, the star of the soup is the corn. If this soup doesn’t warm you up, nothing will.
Chili doesn’t need to be boring or unhealthy. Made with ground turkey and sweet potato, this hearty dish isn’t your mom’s chili. However, it is tasty and warm.
The name of this soup is enough to make you want to curl up on your couch in front of a fireplace. Roasted mushrooms and heavy cream make this dish robust and memorable. Just be careful making this soup, because people will ask you to make it again.
One of the heaviest soups in our list of best winter soup recipes, this cheeseburger soup has everything that belongs on a cheeseburger. It features cheddar cheese, bacon, beef, and so much more.
Easy Winter Soup Recipes
While crock pot meals are easy to make, they require some planning. These winter soup recipes are quick and easy to put together and to cook.
Lentils, warm spices and chicken make this soup irresistible. If you use a food processor, the prep work for the soup is as easy as it gets.
Even if you associate the color orange with Halloween, you’ll change your mind after eating this soup. It only has six ingredients, so you may not even need to go shopping to make this meal.
24. Pea and Ham Soup
Green soup? Yes, please. The green color of this soup isn’t the only great thing about the dish. It tastes delicious and only takes 20 minutes to make.
Whether it’s fall or winter, pumpkin is a festive choice. Celebrate your holiday season with an easy pumpkin soup. It won’t take you long to whip up this dish—just 10 minutes, with five ingredients.
26. Big Soup
What can be better on a cold day than a dish called “big soup”? Made with vegetables, pearl barley, lentils, and bacon, this soup is as nutritious and satisfying as it is easy to make.
French cooking has a reputation for being fussy and complicated. Not so, at least this time. French onion soup is a snap to make and satisfies that deep longing for something savory, salty, cheesy, crispy and warm that comes with cold weather.
Healthy Winter Soup Recipes
It’s easy to fall into bad eating patterns in the winter, as we crave richer food, longer nights of sleep, and celebrate the holidays most associated with food. Fortunately, these healthy soup recipes make it easy and enjoyable to eat light.
Usually, comforting soups are filled with unnecessary calories. But this comforting soup breaks the mold. The coconut makes it creamy, and the vegetables make it hearty.
Alone, sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients. So why not make a soup that has a sweet potato base? The Thai heat of this dish makes it ideal for a cold day.
30. Pasta Fagioli
When you’re looking for something to warm your bones, pasta fagioli is perfect. Tap on a clip to paste it in the text box. The white beans, noodles, and herbs of this soup make it flavorful and healthy.
The warmth of roasted red pepper elevated this dish. Just looking at the soup is enough to warm you up. As an extra benefit, this soup is good for you.
Another Thai dish makes our list of great winter soups. As soon as you start cooking this dish, your house will smell amazing. It’s as comforting as a hug, and healthy for you.
This soup might be good for you, but it’s still rich and creamy. Thanks to the roasted butternut squash, this dish has a flavor that pleases the most discerning taste buds.
If you don’t eat beets regularly, you’ll want to after eating this soup. The bold color of this soup will get you in the holiday spirit, and the flavors will leave a smile on your face.
Are you ready to get your winter cooking underway? If so, be sure to try out one of the recipes above. Let us know what you think about the best winter soup recipes in the comments below, or share your own recipe!