Nothing can take the chill off a cold day like a warm winter soup waiting for you at home. Soups are notorious for warming you up and even providing valuable health benefits depending on the ingredients you use.
This winter, treat your whole family to soups guaranteed to make them smile. Below are several recipes to help you get started.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Not only does a homemade chicken noodle soup provide comfort and warmth, but it also provides several health benefits, including a boost to your immune system. This is definitely a bonus during cold and flu season. Chicken soup has also been shown to improve moods and uplift spirits during the darker days of winter, so be sure to keep some on hand the next few months.
You can go all out and make your soup the old-fashioned way, such as with this Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup. If you want a quicker version, try a Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup using the condensed soups you have in your pantry, along with real cream to create a thicker soup with extra nutrients.
Ham and Potato Cheddar Soup
Just think of how tasty your soup will be when you combine ham, potato, and flavorful cheddar cheese. It’s hard to imagine going wrong with this soup concoction. As a bonus, holiday get-togethers may yield leftover ham just waiting to be put to a new use and purpose. This Ham and Potato Cheddar Cheese Soup recipe can quickly become one of your family’s favorites and be a go-to soup whenever you have extra ham in the refrigerator.
The cheddar base to this soup will grab your family’s attention with its strong flavor and, when combined with your favorite ham and potatoes, you have a complete meal-in-one. You’ll also love that this soup requires minimal prep time and cook time combined.
Black Bean Tortilla Soup
To add variety to your soup schedule, why not make a tasty Mexican treat such as a Black Bean Tortilla Soup? A hearty soup, this mix of black beans, tortilla strips, and corn looks as good as it tastes. While vegetarians will love the ingredients, so too will your children and any others who enjoy the taste of tacos.
Packed with protein and many other nutrients, you can’t go wrong serving this warm soup on a cold day. Serve with a few avocado slices, and your meal is complete.
French Onion Soup
Why only order French Onion Soup when you’re out at restaurants? Your whole family will love sitting down to this bistro-inspired soup with its beef flavor, perfect Gruyere cheese, and baguette slices.
It’s best to serve this elegant soup in individual soup bowls with lids. Ladle in the brothy soup, top with a baguette slice, then top with cheese. Place the lid back on and the cheese will meld into the bread and top of the soup for a delicious experience.
One way to ensure your entire family is eating their vegetables is to feed them Minestrone soup, a blend of beans, carrots, celery, and spinach cooked in a tomato broth. Add pasta and even a bit of Italian sausage if not going for the vegetarian version.
This is one of the easy soups you can make on your stovetop or crockpot. If you have one, this Instant Pot Minestrone will be a breeze to make, providing another meal-in-one to warm everyone up.
Beef Barley Soup
For beef lovers out there, this Tomato Beef Barley Soup won’t disappoint. Whether you start with fresh beef or what you have leftover from another meal, it’s easy to create this hearty, warm soup this winter. Packed full of healthy fiber and vitamins, and good taste, it soon may become one of your family’s favorite go-to winter soups.
Try this Tomato Beef Barley Soup recipe. Simmer potatoes, tomatoes, root vegetables, beef stock, and barley for approximately an hour, or let cook slowly in a crockpot. Top with parmesan and serve with garlic toast for a satisfying meal.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Who doesn’t love a good home-baked potato with all the fixings on top? If your family enjoys one of these occasionally, why not turn it into this Loaded Baked Potato Soup? Full of perfectly cooked potatoes and topped with cheese, crispy bacon, and chives, this will soon become a favorite.
A good way to give your family a taste of the beach in winter is by making a seafood chowder. There are more varieties here than you may first consider. While you can’t go wrong with New England Clam Chowder, another delicious and nutritious option includes a Fresh Salmon Chowder.
You can add fresh salmon or canned salmon for this recipe. Combine the salmon with potatoes, carrots, cheddar cheese, and light cream, all in with a decent chicken broth. Not only is this soup incredibly tasty, but it’s also filling and provides valuable Omega-3 vitamins for your entire family.
Speaking of chowders, if your family doesn’t care for seafood, you have other options. For instance, corn chowder is sweet, and kids love it. You can also try this New England Chicken Chowder for a little variety.
Whatever your family’s tastes are, there’s bound to be a warm soup or two to try out this winter. Customize them any way you see fit, even going gluten-free if needed. What better way to say I love you on a cold winter night than with a warm bowl of soup and time spent with family.