If you ask us, there’s nothing more satisfying in the winter than a hot bowl of hearty, healthy, and comforting soup. Don’t get us wrong, we’ll make and eat soup all year round, but there’s just something about warming ourselves up with it in cold weather that makes us feel particularly enthusiastic about trying new recipes and cooking big batches for family and friends. That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled lately for winter soup ideas we’ve never tried before!
Just in case you’re feeling just as intrigued as we were, if not more, by the idea of learning how to make some new kinds of winter soups this holiday season, here are 15 of the very best ideas, flavour combinations, and recipes that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search.
1. Smoky lentil soup
If you’ve never tried lentil soup before then we’re very sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something incredibly delicious indeed! There are all different kinds of soup recipes that you can put lentils in, of course, but this smoky lentil and winter vegetable recipe outlined nice and clearly on Williams Sonoma is certainly one of our favourites.
2. Creamy broccoli soup
For us, creamy broccoli soup is a winter classic! Broccoli is, of course, more of a year-round vegetable where we’re from, but that doesn’t mean the impressive level of comfort and satisfaction that broccoli soup gives you isn’t still the perfect winter feeling. See what we mean by trying out this creamy broccoli soup from Martha Stewart, which is one of our absolute favourites.
3. Loaded red potato soup
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make satisfying homemade soup from scratch, would you rather go all out and make it something that’s positively packed with flavour and tummy-warming ingredients to the point of sound almost novelty? Well, if you’re even half the potato lover we are, then we’d be willing to bet that this loaded red potato soup featured on The Recipe Critic will be a big hit for you.
4. Homemade minestrone soup
Did we actually really catch your attention with our brief mention of winter vegetable soups but you’ve never really liked lentils and you can’t help feeling that you’d prefer the basic concept without them in the mix? Then we’re pretty sure this recipe from Culinary Ginger is the perfect alternative for you! Their full tutorial shows you how to make a homemade minestrone soup that’s ideal on cold days. It’s also quite healthy!
5. Mushroom barley soup
If you’re going to make something that has some extra hearty ingredients that will really fill your stomach up but you’d still hoping for an alternative to lentils, then we’d suggest aiming for delicious winter soups that contain barley instead! This deliciously creamy mushroom barley soup outlined step by step on Epicurious is the perfect example of what we mean.
6. Easy cheeseburger soup
Are you actually so intent on making a soup recipe that will really fill your belly and make you feel satisfied that you’re willing to throw all worry about calorie counts and healthy vegetables out the window? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this fragrant and delectable easy cheeseburger soup outlined in detail on Delish a try!
7. Creamy tomato basil soup
Are you the kind of kitchen enthusiast who loves making homemade versions of classic store bought or canned soups, but amping the flavour up a little to customize them and make them even more delicious? Then we have a feeling this tomato basil soup featured nice and clearly on Joyful Healthy Eats might be right up your alley! There are a lot of tomato basil soup recipes out there, but we make this particular one all the time because it’s genuinely our favourite of the options.
8. Spiced root vegetable soup
Have we actually still got you thinking about how much you’d love to make some kind of wintery vegetable soup but you’ve always been more of a cream soup and blended vegetables lover than you have of things like chunky minestrone? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that you’ll have better luck with something like this smooth spiced root vegetable soup from BBC Good Food!
9. Spinach and sausage lentil soup
Just in case you’re still thinking about how much you actually love the idea of making a lentil soup but you can’t help wishing that the recipe involved a little more hearty, chunky ingredients than you saw before, here’s a great version for the meat lovers out there! Take a better look at the recipe and tutorial on Taste of Home to see how this spinach and sausage lentil soup was made.
10. Hearty slow cooker bean soup
Are you the kind of busy person who adores making homemade soup for your family but who also has to be at work all day and can’t stay by a boiling pot on the stove? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at some crock pot soup recipes instead! This delicious hearty slow cooker bean soup recipe provided by Recipes From a Pantry is the perfect example of what we mean.
11. Creamy chicken rice soup
Are you definitely feeling intrigued by the idea of making yourself some kind of creamy soup recipe but you’ve never associated “creamy” with “blended” the way a lot of recipes do? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get along a little better with a recipe like this one from Delish for creamy chicken rice soup, where the broth is a delicious cream brother but the other ingredients are left in all their chopped, chunky glory.
12. Roasted butternut squash soup
Like almost everyone else, have you fallen completely in love with the way butternut squash soup has trended so hard over the last couple of years in restaurants, but now you can’t help wishing that you could make it at home and have it be just as good? Then we have a very strong feeling indeed that you’ll adore the way Life Currents teaches you how to make your own smooth roasted butternut squash version that we won’t hesitate to say is even better!
13. Easy, heartwarming chicken noodle soup
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make your own batch of satisfying winter soup from scratch, would you actually prefer to keep things very classic indeed, since at least on of your family member’s has a cold right now? Then we’re pretty sure Kim’s Cravings has just the recipe you’re looking for! Check out their page to see how this easy, heartwarming chicken noodle soup was made.
14. Cabbage roll soup
Like us, are you a total lover of combination recipes? By that, we mean recipes that harness the taste, ingredients, and best parts of a certain food you love but present it in another form than usual, like a salad or a soup. If so, and if you’ve ever enjoyed cabbage rolls even half as much as we do, then we think you simply must take a look at this irresistible cabbage roll soup concocted and laid out by Cooking Classy!
15. Sweet potato cauliflower soup
Have you always loved the look and idea of butternut squash soup because creamy, blended winter vegetable soups truly are your favourite kind but you’re just not sure that you quite like butternut squash itself enough to invest the time in making your own homemade pot? Then here’s an alternative version that’s similar in nature but made with different vegetables you might prefer! Take a better look at Allyson Kramer’s Recipes to see how this sweet potato cauliflower soup was made.
Do you have another favourite delicious winter soup that you love to make every year and that’s always a hit with your family but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about it or link us to the recipe in the comments section so we can try it out too!