When the weather gets colder and you can feel it in your bones, nothing is better than a hot bowl of soup to warm you up. A bowl of soup that is so hearty and satisfying, it’s a meal in itself. It doesn’t take long to make soup either. While soup does taste better the longer it cooks, and even better the next day, you can make a full-flavored, hearty soup in about half an hour. Check out The Best Quick Soups to Keep You Warm Through the Winter.
Of course, you can also make soup in your slow-cooker so you can get home, take off your coat and sit down to a hot bowl of comforting goodness. Look at these 10 Nutritious Soups and Stews to Make in Your Slow-Cooker. Or don’t cook at all. Here are 15 Raw and Vegan Winter Soups for the Soul. For more recipes, see 35 Bold and Beautiful Soups for National Homemade Soup Day.
One of the best things about soup is that most of the cooking time for is hands-off which gives you time to make a sandwich or slip into your coziest sweats or pajamas. So put on your fuzzy slippers and get under your favorite blanket while you read about these 15 hearty soups that will keep you warm all winter.
1. Miso Ramen Bowl with Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu
What do you do if you’re craving something that is rich and bursts with umami? Make this Miso Ramen Bowl with Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu. The combination of miso, dried shiitakes, and a tiny amount of soy milk does the trick. The addition of Tellicherry black pepper tofu gives it another kick. Perfectly balanced with miso-glazed bok choy and lightly sautéed, delicate shimeij mushrooms, this ramen will have you wanting more even before you’ve slurped up your last noodle.
2. Creamy Cashew and Chestnut Soup
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire … okay, maybe the chestnuts in this Creamy Cashew and Chestnut Soup come from a can. This is a lovely, rich soup that’s perfect for winter weather. Pureed potatoes and homemade cashew cream help give this nutty soup a creamy texture without the dairy.
3. Creamy Mashed Potato Soup with Melty ‘Cheddah’ Cheese Sauce
This Creamy Mashed Potato Soup has all the goodness of mashed potatoes with a hint of melty, tangy cheddar cheesiness. This will warm you right up on a cold winter’s day! Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes that might need a little extra love.
4. Comforting Shiitake and Kale Congee
Congee is a traditional rice porridge that is popular in many Asian countries. Because it’s easy on the stomach, it’s a perfect dish for everyone. Enjoy it as a side dish or with various toppings for a main meal. This Comforting Shiitake and Kale Congee is made with nutritious ingredients such as brown rice, shiitake mushrooms, kale, and ginger. It’s nourishing, comforting, and a perfectly restorative meal to eat when the harsh winter weather makes you feel under the weather.
5. Rich and Comforting African Peanut Stew
Spicy, rich, and packed with good greens, this Rich and Comforting African Peanut Stew is just the soup you’ll want on a cold winter day. It’s so thick and rich, you might want to call it a stew. It also happens to be a cinch to whip up and budget friendly, too. Feel free to add in some diced sweet potato or yams in addition to the kale.
6. Creamy and Smoky Corn Chowder
Corn chowder … there are so many variations! How will you ever know which one to make? Well, this Creamy and Smoky Corn Chowder is the last recipe you will ever need. It’s creamy, fresh, a little spicy, a little bit smoky – every amazing flavor you could want! Plus, it’s ridiculously simple to make.
7. Mexican Noodle Soup
You know those days where you just can’t seem to get warm, no matter how many sweaters you bundle yourself in? This hearty, spicy Mexican Noodle Soup with green chiles, fire-roasted tomatoes, and bold spices comes to the rescue! This is a super-fast, easy to make, perfectly slurpable soup. (Yes, you will be slurping this one.)
8. Cajun Spiced Barley Kale Soup
Now that the weather is cooling down and our desire to get cozy in our warm blankets is increasing, it’s time for some warm, flavorful, and lip-smacking soup to be included on the menu. This Cajun Spiced Barley Kale Soup will warm you from head to toe with its bold Cajun spice blend. The aroma alone will start warming you up right away.
9. Broccoli Lentil Soup with Berry Tahini Asparagus Spears
This Broccoli Lentil Soup with Berry Tahini Asparagus Spears is totally awesome and satisfying. The lentils and broccoli give it a fair amount of heartiness, but it’s still a nice meal if you aren’t in the mood for a heavy stew. By all means, use fresh asparagus if it is in season where you are, but the canned version works fine for this recipe.
10. Autumn Vegetable Soup with Parsley Pesto
What’s more comforting than walking into a kitchen and being greeted by a big, bubbling pot of vegetable soup? Even better if it’s this Autumn Vegetable Soup with Parsley Pesto. It’s hearty yet wholesome, and oh, so satisfying on colder days. Stir in a big spoonful of parsley pesto – it makes the soup twice as delicious!
11. Rich and Spicy Curry Laksa That Will Rock Your World
Laksa is a spicy rice noodle soup that’s popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and other Southeast Asian countries. There are many different regional varieties of this soup, but curry laksa is distinct for being especially rich and savory thanks to the use of coconut milk. This Rich and Spicy Curry Laksa is simple to make, nourishing, and full of fresh, vibrant flavors. It will rock your world!
12. Green Tea Soup with Roasted Eggplant (Ochazuke)
Green tea soup (ochazuke) is a Japanese soup that is traditionally served with rice and salted fish as well as nori or another type of sea vegetable. This vegan Green Tea Soup with Roasted Eggplant is easily adaptable with any kind of vegetable. The key to keeping with the flavor profile is to complement the green tea with something salty – roasted eggplant, in the case of this soup – and something from the ocean.
13. Easy Cashew Ramen
Who needs instant noodles when you can make this Easy Cashew Ramen! This soup is made with rich coconut milk and Thai chili paste for bold flavors and a hearty dish. It’s infinitely more delicious than anything you get out of a package.
14. Sweet Potato Lentil Coconut Soup
This Sweet Potato Lentil Coconut Soup is Thai-inspired due to the use of bold flavors like lemongrass, lime juice, coconut, and chili flakes. Pureed lentils make the soup extra thick and creamy as well as give it a double dose of protein. If you want, you also have the option to make croutons by tearing up a day-old baguette into pieces, seasoning them with olive oil and herbs, and baking in the oven until nice and crunchy.
15. The Best Coconut and Chickpea Mulligatawny Soup
Mulligatawny is a British-Indian fusion dish that is usually a thick vegetable soup generously seasoned with various spices. This Coconut and Chickpea Mulligatawny Soup is fragrant with coriander, turmeric, pepper, and coconut, and the result is a truly lovely soup for chilly days.
Soup is just what everyone needs in the cold winter months. We bet you feel warmer just reading about all these amazing, hearty soups.
Lead Image Photo: Creamy and Smoky Corn Chowder