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Warming Winter Soups

Seasonal Soups to Warm You Up


These Winter Soups will warm you down to your toes when the air turns frigid. Plus, they use ingredients that are seasonal in winter - bonus!

Note: For more similarly warming and cold-weather produce-laden soups, check out these fall soups.

1. Beet and Cabbage Borscht

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Technically, borscht is any stew-type soup. The best-known kind in the U.S., however, is made with beets and is brilliantly red. This beet and cabbage borscht is packed with roasted red beets, onions, cabbage, and white beans--all the better to make it through a cold winter night.

2. Brussels Sprouts and Potato Soup

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Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and sausage make a super simple, surprisingly satisfying soup to warm up chilly winter nights.

3. Butternut Squash Soup

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Start with this basic butternut squash soup recipe and then use any of the variations and garnishes at the end of it - or add your own flair - to create your own version that's perfect for you.

4. Chicken Noodle Soup

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Nothing soothes away winter chills and ills like a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup.

5. Cider Onion Soup

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This Cider Onion Soup is a twist on traditional French Onion Soup. It uses hard apple cider instead of white wine, whole grain bread instead of baguette, and a bloomy-rind cheese instead of gruyere. It is sweet and luscious and perfect for any winter table.

6. Kale and Bean Minestrone

Bean Minestrone
Photo © Molly Watson

This version of Minestrone uses pureed white beans in the broth and flavorful cranberry beans and chopped kale in the soup – it makes for a filling and delicious soup perfect for winter.

7. Lentil Soup

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This basic, just ever-so-gently spiced Lentil Soup hits the spot on cold winter days and is topped with an optional parsley-garlic-lemon swirl. For something a bit different, try this Red Lentil Soup seasoned with cumin and smoked paprika.

8. Mushroom Soba Noodle Soup

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Mushrooms, soba noodles, shredded cabbage, and a bit of arugula or spinach come together in a savory broth to create a deeply warming and delicious one-pot dinner.

9. Red Lentil Soup

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Red lentils are hulled and split, which helps them cook fast. In this soup they are cooked with vegetables and seasoned with cumin and smoked paprika to highlight their earthy flavor. Use your favorite fruity olive oil to garnish this soup as a nice contrast to the smoky flavor and hearty texture.

10. Sweet Potato Carrot Soup

Photo © Molly Watson

Lots of orange, lots of flavor, lots of vitamins. This Sweet Potato Carrot Soup is easy, delicious, nutritious, and able to cheer up the dreariest winter day. An addition of a small amount of cream at the end will soften and enrich the soup, but is fully optional - the soup is just as smooth and tempting without it. The recipe includes lots of ideas for garnishes to jazz it up.

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