What Are The Best Soups For The Winter Chill?

What Are The Best Soups For The Winter Chill

You can’t go wrong with comfort foods in winter. A creamy potato leek soup, spicy black bean soup, or loaded fresh salmon chowder take the chill off winter nights.

Stay tuned for some common and not-so-common yummy soups that hit the spot.

Five Soups for Winter

Get your mouth watering with these five soups that incorporate the classics, as well as a few non-classic soups that will quickly become your favorite.

Classic Potato Leek Soup

This classic recipe uses:

  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
  • 3 leeks (white part only) thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 ¼ pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, plus leaves for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Frizzled leeks of shallot for garnish (optional)

Get the directions here.

Onion Soup

Garnished with french bread and Gruyere cheese, this tasty soup uses:

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 ½ pounds red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups chicken broth, low-sodium or homemade
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (plus more for taste)
  • 2 tbsp Cognac or brandy (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Six ½ inches sliced baguette or French bread, toasted
  • 12 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded (3 cups)

Here are the directions.

Dairy-Free Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy favorite has the option of being dairy-free, using soy milk instead of regular milk. IT uses:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (finely chopped)
  • 8 cups butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1-inch cubes)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened soy milk (plus more if desired)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Find the instructions here.

Vegetarian Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Warm-up with this black bean soup that’s packed with protein and bursting with flavor:

  • 2 tbsp oil (divided)
  • One medium onion (diced finely)
  • 2 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz canned black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup of frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 8 corn tortillas (cut in half into ¼ inch strips)
  • Optional: 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese
  • Optional: 1 avocado (diced)
  • Optional: ⅓ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • Optional: ⅓ cup sour cream

Get the instructions here.

Fresh Salmon Chowder

The sea is calling you with this fishy chowder. This delicious soup calls for:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup celery (diced)
  • ½ cup carrot (diced)
  • ¼ cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 ⅔ cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups potatoes (diced)
  • 12 to 16 oz fresh salmon (diced, or canned flaked salmon)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 2 cups half-and-half or whole milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • T tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Try the recipe here.

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