18 Delicious Homemade Soups for Your Workweek
It's that time of year again when salads just won't cut it. With the cold seasonal chill, we need a little warmth in our bellies. So we've curated a list of outrageously delicious winter soups that are easy to make and bring to work. With these decadent yet healthy recipes, there is no excuse not to have a fresh, steaming-hot homemade lunch throughout the week. Scroll through to see the winter soups that we're loving this season.
Loosely inspired by the traditional Haitian pumpkin soup known as soup joumou, this American version offers an unexpected and absolutely wonderful medley of flavors. We love how the sweetness of the sweet potatoes mingles with the spice of chili and the zest of lime juice. Garnish with edible flower petals for a beautiful presentation.
Foodie and Saveur contributor Farideh Sadeghin adapted this heavenly chickpea and pasta recipe from Jamie Oliver's cookbook Jamie's Italy. We love that you can play with the consistency of this soup. Let it stand, and the pasta will cause the soup to thicken into a stew-like consistency. Or add more stock to thin it out.
This scrumptious cream of celery soup tastes like a decadent concoction. But the truth is there's no cream! Instead, the recipe calls for half an avocado to help give the soup its extra-silky texture. Be sure to garnish with walnuts and rye croutons.
Cream of mushroom soup is our favorite winter staple. It's cozy, delicious, and beautiful when garnished with fresh thyme. Add a little wine or sherry and a slice of butter to the top of each bowl and you'll reach nirvana during your lunch hour.
With flu season afoot, it's time to stock up on all things green. This creamy asparagus and pea soup is the ultimate recipe for warding off colds when your office is overwhelmed with winter germs. And it's utterly delicious, thanks to a host of fresh ingredients like shallots, garlic, pepper, and veggie stock. We also love the color. It's like a burst of summer on a cold winter day.
This traditional Belgian dish, called chicken waterzooi, was made for winter. It's full of white chicken meat, but you can sub in white fish and lots of vegetables. Our favorite part is dunking a piece of rustic bread into the comforting meal.
You may never have considered granola as soup topping before, but this Indian cauliflower soup recipe with spiced granola is sensational. Season this dish with the traditional Indian spices known as garam masala, and serve over farro, atop brown rice, or on its own.
This superfood-charged spiced carrot soup is wonderfully creamy (yet cream free!) and garnished with excellent nibbles such as crispy chickpeas, tahini, and fresh parsley.
This red lentil soup is vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely incredible. It will warm your soul and keep you full for ages. Make sure to pack fresh cilantro with your lunch for a vibrant garnish when you're ready to eat. The smoked paprika, ground ginger, and turmeric give this recipe a hearty spice perfect for the winter season.
This roasted cauliflower and onion soup recipe is easy, requires minimal active time, and contains only five main ingredients—all of which are seasonal and accessible. Add as much lemon as you like. We recommend a lot. And load on the toppings of your choice like a balsamic reduction, croutons, and sriracha.
There is an old saying that carrots improve your eyesight. We're not sure if that's true, but carrots are a fantastic source of nutrients, and we think you can never have too much of this roasted carrot soup. Thanks to a clever mix of caramelized and boiled carrots, it's the perfect consistency—not too heavy and not too light.
This tomato and cannellini bean soup is yours to customize. Add kale, swiss chard, or whatever leafy green you prefer, and enjoy. It's the perfect soup to have throughout the week as it gets better with age.
This kale and white bean soup recipe is a light, healthy take on an a traditionally hearty version. Sauté the onion, garlic, and chorizo first. Then add your kale, followed by beans and broth. Your home will smell delicious after making this cold-weather favorite, and your co-workers will be begging you for the recipe.
Enjoy this quick Vietnamese noodle soup with or without beef. When packing this addictively good soup for lunch, put all of the ingredients together in a glass jar and transport your broth separately. Heat your broth at lunchtime and pour over your noodle-laden dish. Garnish with fresh herbs to make it feel less like you packed it the night before.
Homemade turkey broth, tons of rice noodles, and limitless fresh toppings make this turkey pho recipe ridiculously tasty. We love to add extra lime and sriracha to our version, but feel free to make this dish your own with cilantro, extra garlic, and chilies.
Laden with ginger and topped with extra lime juice, this wonderfully fresh organic ginger carrot soup is a game changer. A tablespoon of coconut oil gives this dish a hint of coconut flavor, and the smashed lemongrass clears the sinuses. All in all, this is one of our favorite winter recipes.
Gingery, spiced beef and wide rice noodles are a sensational pairing in this Thai beef stew with lemongrass. It's a protein-packed, sinus-clearing dish full of flavor. We love the extra heat, courtesy of chilies, fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaves, and fresh lemongrass.
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