It's chilly outside, which means our comfort-food cravings are at an all-time high. And what better to soothe and satisfy our appetites than a cozy bowl of winter soup? Not only is soup warm and delicious, but it's also easy to make. You can also save it for later or pack it in your lunch bag. We've put together a lineup of winter soups that will keep you satisfied all season long, whether you're hankering for something light and healthy, a vegan-friendly option, or a meaty recipe. Enjoy these 11 fresh recipes below to brighten up a bleak winter day.
To start us off, here's a recipe from Melanie Makes that satisfies even the biggest meat lovers out there. Get ready to pull out your slow cookers for this simple soup that incorporates winter favorites like sweet Italian sausage, lentils, tomatoes, and arugula.
There's nothing quite like this crispy cabbage chowder from The First Mess. It's vegan, though packed with so much flavor that even meat lovers will devour it happily. Made with onions, garlic, thyme, grainy mustard, lemon juice, and cabbage, it's the perfect thing to warm you up this winter.
To help fight a cold, snuggle up and unwind with a bowl of this creamy broccoli and kale soup. Brought to us by Hello Glow, this recipe is vegan-friendly and made with puréed veggies to give your body the nutrients it needs to recover. Since this recipe is dairy-free, you'll get an immunity boost without any congestion.
Before we get into any more recipes, let's just take a moment to admire the unique beauty of this dish. From Stuck in the Kitchen comes this portobello mushroom soup recipe. It's smooth, flavorful, and fragrant thanks to garlic, red onions, thyme, bay leaves, and sherry. Since mushrooms are packed anti-inflammatory properties and vitamin B, this soup is the perfect thing to eat on a Sunday to set the tone for a relaxing week ahead. Pair it with some onion jam toast or opt for something lighter like grilled fish or salad.
This light and customizable Vietnamese pho recipe from Half Baked Harvest is the ideal meal to serve a handful of guests with different needs. Many of the ingredients in this noodle soup are thrown in at the end, so you can tailor the number of ingredients desired. The meat, spicy peppers, ginger, and aromatic herbs make for a great under-the-weather soup too.
When you want something filling, comforting, and smooth, this Thai carrot soup from Minimalist Baker will do the trick. Think of it as a warm (and even more delicious) version of your favorite peanut sauce. It's also vegan and super easy to make on a busy weeknight. Simply combine some coconut oil, yellow onion, garlic, carrots, veggie stock, peanut butter, and chili sauce. You can even add some basil for an added touch of freshness.
Brighten things up this winter with a vivid split pea soup. While we'd gladly accept any homemade pea soup, this recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen looks particularly enticing. Aside from its hero ingredient, this bowl of soup is also packed with seasonal onions and leeks. To balance out the hearty potatoes, cream, and veggie stock base, it also calls for refreshing mint leaves and crispy prosciutto. Oh, and did we mention that this soup is accompanied by buttery cheddar-and-chive biscuits?
If you prefer to bite into something more solid during lunch or dinner, try this roasted carrot soup with wild rice from The First Mess. The slightly sweet carmelized veggies contrast beautifully with the sharp turmeric broth, and the grains round everything out for a wholesome and vegan-friendly bowl of warmth.
This recipe from Half Baked Harvest isn't for your average bowl of chicken noodle soup. Aside from the delicious broth, toppings, and noodles that make this bowl complete, this recipe also yields an indulgent amount of asiago crostinis. We're sold on this one.
Thanks to its cheerful yellow pigment, this recipe from The First Mess is pretty much a ray of sunshine in a bowl. It's also perfect for winter since it calls for seasonal ingredients like leeks, fennel, apples, walnuts, and turmeric—all of which fight inflammation. But prepare with caution: While consumption of this dish may make you happy, you won't be so joyful if it's accidentally spilled on your favorite blouse.
If you've never had homemade Tuscan ribollita soup, you're in for a treat. This recipe was originally created to get the most out of your leftover ingredients and stale bread, so it's convenient while also hearty. This recipe from Salt and Wind is packed with kale, cannellini beans, carrots, celery, rosemary, and more. And best of all, there's lots of ciabatta bread involved. You can also add in pancetta for some smokiness.