There is an old Spanish proverb that says, “Of soup and love, the first is the best.” We might all think that’s true when the weather is cold, and the snow is falling. There is another quote from a cookbook by Laurie Colwin that says, “There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike unless of course you get your soup in a can.” Well, step away from the canned soup because February 4th is National Homemade Soup Day.
It’s true, there is nothing like a hot bowl of soup made in your own kitchen. A hearty bowl of soup can be a meal in itself. And while soup does taste better the longer it cooks, you don’t have to stand over the stove for hours. Look at this collection of The Best Quick Soups to Keep You Warm Through the Winter. Or you can make soup in your slow cooker, and when you come in from the cold, a hot bowl of soup can be waiting for you. Check out these 10 Nutritious Soups and Stews to Make in Your Slow-Cooker. You can even make soup in a blender like these 15 Raw and Vegan Winter Soups for the Soul.
Soup is such a versatile and forgiving dish. You can make soup with pretty much any ingredients you have, and it will be delicious. If you need inspiration, see this previous collection of 35 Bold and Beautiful Soups for National Homemade Soup Day, these 15 Hearty Soups to Keep You Warm and Satisfied All Winter, and 10 Ways to Make Soup with Global Flavors.
We suggest you put on your coziest PJs and fuzzy slippers, wrap yourself in your favorite blanket and celebrate National Homemade Soup Day with these 20 homemade soups that will warm you from the inside out.
1. Savory Mushroom and Vegetable Ramen Soup
This Savory Mushroom and Vegetable Ramen Soup is full of fresh vegetables and mushrooms, with no short supply of noodles. This ten-minute meal is exactly what you need on chilly days! It can be made spicy to your liking, or seasoned with tamari for some extra umami flavor. This soup will make you wish for colder days.
2. Malaysian Butternut Squash Laksa
Laksa is a spicy noodle soup, popular in both Chinese and Malaysian cuisine. This Malaysian Butternut Squash Laksa is balanced by warm spices, spicy chili peppers, creamy coconut milk, fresh lemongrass, and a squeeze of lime juice. This version incorporates roasted butternut squash, making this noodle dish ideal for cold days.
3. Easy Veggie and Cannellini Bean Soup
Nothing is as comforting as a hot bowl of hearty, flavorful veggie soup. This Easy Veggie and Cannellini Bean Soup, spiced with Italian flavors, is flavorful and filling enough to be a new staple meal. Serve it with a slice of toasted bread and experiment with different veggies every time you make it because you will be making it again and again.
4. Spiced Up Chickpea and Brown Rice Soup
Winter is the ideal season for spicy comfort foods like this Spiced Up Chickpea and Brown Rice Soup. With veggies, chickpeas, and brown rice, cooked in a broth with Indian spices, this soup is unforgettable. Kicked up with pickled jalapenos and exotic spices, it’ll keep you warm and full on chilly days.
5. Pumpkin Minestrone
This Pumpkin Minestrone has a slight twist on the traditional soup with the addition of pumpkin. This is a tasty combination of pumpkin, hearty white beans, kale, and tomatoes. Serve this with crusty bread for dipping and you’ve got a full meal that’s satisfying, warming and oh, so good.
6. French Onion, Fennel and Green Lentil Soup
French onion soup doesn’t have to be thick and loaded with cheese. This French Onion, Fennel and Green Lentil Soup is a lighter and healthier twist on the classic soup. With the addition of French green lentils and crunchy fennel fronds, this soup has such a depth of flavor that it will sooth your body and your soul.
7. 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. 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.
8. Spiced Butternut Squash Winter Vegetable Soup
This Spiced Butternut Squash Winter Vegetable Soup is hearty and delicious with warm cinnamon and nutmeg paired with hearty veggies. This is perfect on the coldest of days.
9. Caribbean Callaloo Soup
Callaloo is a vegetable that’s similar to spinach but spicier. This Caribbean Callaloo Soup is a vegan version of the traditional soup with plenty of green vegetables. It also has butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and coconut milk to make it thick and creamy. Scotch bonnet peppers bring the heat in this pretty and delicious soup.
10. Classic Vegetable Soup
This Classic Vegetable Soup is just like the soup you grew up with – hot, soothing, and familiar. It is savory from the broth, crunchy from the corn, and just delicious from the rest of the ingredients like peas, beans, green beans, tomatoes, and white beans. You’re not getting this kind of soup out of any can; that’s for sure.
11. 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 comes to the rescue! Packed with veggies, beans and lots of Mexican spices, this is a super-fast, easy to make soup. The rice noodles makes it totally slurpable. Yes, that’s a thing.
12. Cajun Spiced Barley Kale Soup
Now that it’s cold outside turn the heat up with this Cajun Spiced Barley Kale Soup. This warm, flavorful, and lip-smacking soup has kale, coconut milk, and lots of fresh herbs. Barley makes it hearty while the Cajun spice blend adds heat and fills your home with an irresistible aroma.
13. Miso Zoodle Soup with Fava Beans and Greens
Regular old noodle soup is an amazingly comforting food, but this all-veggie Miso Zoodle Soup with Fava Beans and Greens is refreshing and revitalizing as well! Spiralized zucchini noodles stand in for traditional wheat or rice noodles, and it has a little zing from a sprinkling of chili flakes, making this a perfect dish to eat on a day where you need a healthy and nourishing pick-me-up.
14. Easy Cashew Ramen
Forget those instant noodle soups. This Easy Cashew Ramen is not only healthier, but it’s easy to make and infinitely more delicious. Made with lots of veggies, creamy coconut milk, spicy chile paste, ramen noodles, and cashews, this soup is hearty and satisfying. You’ll wonder why you ever ate instant soup … ever!
15. Green Curry Peanut Noodle Soup
This Green Curry Peanut Noodle Soup is a super-simple soup that is filled with plenty of healthy greens! Spicy green curry paste and kale come together to make a bowl full of warm soup that’s as vibrant as it is nutritious. You’ll find yourself returning to this easy recipe again and again. It’s so easy being green!
16. Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup
This Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup is just what you need to warm you up. In this authentic version, the hot comes from chile pepper and the sour comes from vinegar. Paired with a stir-fry or other Chinese-inspired dishes, this sensational soup is perfect for winter.
17. Thai Curry Red Rice Soup
This Thai Curry, Red Rice Soup, is the ultimate comfort food for the cold weather! The combination of flavorful Thai spices and healthy sprouted red rice along with mixed vegetables will make you want to eat the whole pot by yourself. A complete weeknight meal is ready in about 30 minutes and is so satisfying.
18. Green Tea Soup with Roasted Eggplant (Ochazuke)
Try something new and delicious like this Green Tea Soup with Roasted Eggplant. Also known as ochazuke, green tea soup is a Japanese soup that is traditionally served with rice, salted fish, and other sea veggies. This vegan version has daikon, mushrooms, carrots as well as roasted eggplant which complements the green tea perfectly. Soba noodles instead of rice makes it hearty and satisfying.
19. Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup with Homemade Croutons and Coconut Bacon
Nothing is better than combining a bunch of ingredients into one pot and getting a perfectly cooked, hearty and flavorful soup. In this Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup, split peas and potatoes are cooked in a savory broth, then served with crunchy homemade croutons and smoky coconut bacon. This soup is filling, stick-to-your-ribs, chock full of protein, fiber, and full of flavor.
20. Miso Soup With Garlicky Lentils, Kale and Mushrooms
This Miso Soup with Garlicky Lentils, Kale and Mushrooms is packed with protein, fiber, and secret hidden veggies. It’s extra-filling and extra satisfying, and particularly awesome to make in a batch to eat throughout the week. Who wouldn’t want a bowl of this waiting for them?
You’re probably feeling warmer just reading about these amazing soups. When you feel the cold down to your bones, a bowl of hot broth with rice, noodles, and healthy ingredients is just what you need to feel warm again.
Lead image source: Malaysian Butternut Squash Laksa