Winter makes me think of comfort food. Carby, creamy, comfort food. But I’m also kind of lazy about cooking. Enter soup! Soup is great. It’s usually pretty easy to prepare, and soup recipes tend to make a vat of soup that is way more than my family of three can eat in one meal. You know what that means: plenty of leftovers to provide delicious comfort food all week long. Check out these mouthwatering soups!
Lasagna Soup: I was sold on this recipe when I read “the ooey gooey cheesy concoction at the bottom of the bowl is YUM!” I mean, seriously—what else is there to say?
Ribollita: This is a vegetable soup recipe, and while I haven’t checked out the nutrition information (ignorance is bliss!), I have to imagine that anything with a pound of kale in it is probably pretty good for you. I’ve always been afraid of leafy greens in soups because they get all slimy. However, I recently had an amazing chicken soup that had sweet potatoes and kale in it and it was amazing! Plus, the kale pieces were so small I didn’t even notice them; now I know how to incorporate leafy greens into my own soups!
Cheesy Ham Chowder: I have no idea what part of this recipe makes it a chowder. To be honest, I don’t really care either, because it’s absolutely delicious. This soup is kind of like a scrumptious twist on mac and cheese, or a more well-rounded cheesy potato soup. It’s goes amazingly well with King’s Hawaiian rolls or soft pretzel bread on the side. (My favorite meals have no visible vegetables. My weekly menus look like there’s a toddler in charge of the kitchen.)
Chickpea, Butternut Squash, and Red Lentil Stew: A couple years ago, our favorite Lebanese restaurant shared their hummus recipe (so yum!). Since then, my husband prefers to make our hummus in-house, so we usually have chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) hanging out in the pantry. I was so excited to find another use for all those beans! Imagine this served with some warm, pillowy naan.
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup: I love Tex-Mex, and our new town is…um…not rich with Tex-Mex joints, so I’ve been at a loss since we moved. I came across this recipe and—bam!—problem solved! I’ve mentioned my love of avocados before, so you know I’m all set with this soup.
Chipotle Chicken and Pumpkin Soup: While we’re talking about Mexican-ish soups, check out this one flavored with chipotle and adobo. It’s a little spicier than the Chicken Fajita soup—or not, since you can leave the peppers out if you want.
Lemon Garlic Orzo Soup: My husband and I lived just outside of Chicago when we got married, and one of our favorite ways to treat ourselves when we were young and poor was a meal at Greek diner. The flavors in this soup remind me of their Greek-style chicken breasts. Mmmmm.
Creamy Roasted Mushroom and Brie Soup: Here’s another option for a meatless meal! The Brie also makes this creamy soup a sophisticated dish that’s suitable for guests.
Homemade Bean and Bacon Soup: I love Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup. It tastes like childhood. Now that I’m grown up, though, I’ve learned that condensed soup isn’t the healthiest choice I could make. I was thrilled to find this recipe so I can make a not-quite-guilt-free-but-certainly-better-for-me version of this childhood favorite.
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup: Even my husband who is not a wild rice fan enjoyed this soup. It’s thick and rich and oh-so-good! I’m not normally a celery fan, but the celery in this recipe blends in nicely with all the other flavors and the soft texture is a nice contrast with the wild rice.
Vegetarian Quinoa Chili: Is chili a soup? I don’t know, but this chili is delicious, so I’m going to share it with you anyway. If you want to make it for a family of omnivores, add some shredded chicken, browned ground beef, or cooked ground turkey.
Crockpot Beef Stew: No list of comforting soups would be complete without a beef stew. Be warned, though, there’s a lot of prep that goes into this recipe before it all goes into the crockpot to stew!
So, there you go. With twelve recipes, you now have more than enough to prepare at least one comforting soup a week from now until the end of winter—no matter when the groundhog predicts the season will end.