6 Cozy Soup Recipes That’ll Warm You Up All Winter Long
When it comes to braving the cold winter weather there’s nothing quite like a warm cup of soup. Although canned soup is convenient, many popular varieties are loaded with sodium, and (let’s face it) a far cry from the real deal. Luckily, you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to recreate your favorite store-bought soup. Many varieties only require half an hour to make when you have access to a burner and a small saucepan. To prove our point, we’ve brought you six of the yummiest winter soup recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Whether you prefer creamy or broth-based varieties, you’ll surely find something on this list that’ll tickle your taste buds. Happy cooking!
1. 20-Minute Tortilla Soup
A hearty tortilla soup might be the best thing that you can eat when you’re feeling slightly under the weather. It’s comforting and a little indulgent, thanks to the addition of those salty tortilla chips and that dollop of sour cream. This tortilla soup recipe from Food Heaven Made Easy swaps out classic chicken broth for vegetable broth, and incorporates a bunch of veggies. The best part is that it can be made in 20 minutes!
All you need to make it is vegetable stock, chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro, chopped garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice, a bunch of spices, including chili powder, cumin and oregano, and (of course) tortilla chips. The recipe’s authors recommend that you also add sliced avocado and corn to the final product, and that you serve it with rice or quinoa to make it a substantial meal. Although this recipe forgoes that classic dollop of sour cream, we highly suggest that you add it at the end if you want to make the soup taste a little creamier and more substantial.
2. Simple Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower often gets overlooked in the food world. It may be overshadowed by its more popular cousin, broccoli, but this veggie shouldn’t be dismissed. Cauliflower has the nutritional benefit of being low in calories and high in nutrients. Plus, it doesn’t taste bland at all when seasoned appropriately and paired with the right ingredients. When cooked and puréed in a blender, cauliflower florets can make the perfect creamy base for a healthy soup. This simple cauliflower soup recipe from Simply Recipes requires only six ingredients: florets from one head of cauliflower, water, salt, unsalted butter, chives and olive oil. As far as cooking utensils go, you’ll need access to a medium-sized pot and a blender. It’ll take you a mere 25 minutes to make your cauliflower soup, including prep and cook time.
3. Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Just because Thanksgiving is over, that doesn’t mean that you should stop getting your turkey fix. Turkey is packed with vitamins and protein, and it can be a welcomed substitute to boring chicken. This creamy turkey pot pie soup recipe from Handle the Heat is the ultimate comfort food. Potatoes and tender turkey meat take center stage in this dish and are accompanied by diced celery stalks and carrots. The broth of the soup is made by combining half and half cream, chicken broth, water and flour. With 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cook time, this recipe will be ready in just half an hour. According to the recipe’s author, the soup is best enjoyed with baked pie dough or puff pastry.
4. Easy 30-Minute Tomato Basil Soup
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a warm cup of tomato soup. It tends to be a universally-loved dish and a good one to serve if you have picky eaters coming over for dinner. This easy 30-minute tomato basil soup recipe from Averie Cooks has a secret ingredient: two carrots added to the mix of tomatoes to make the soup taste a little sweeter. Almond milk is added at the end to give the soup an extra-creamy texture.
5. Broccoli Soup With Feta And Pesto
Pesto is one of the lesser-known Italian sauces that is often eaten with a bowl of spaghetti. It’s traditionally made using crushed garlic, pine nuts, salt, basil leaves, Parmigiano-Reggiano and olive oil, all blended together. It’s garlicky, creamy and oh-so-delicious. For this broccoli soup with feta and pesto recipe from Cooktoria, you can either use store-bought pesto or make your own, though the latter will add time to the recipe.
This dish has enough filling ingredients to make a satisfying meal while still being under 300 calories. To make it, you need chopped broccoli, chicken stock, pesto sauce (homemade or store-bought), half and half cream, olive oil, garlic, crumbled feta cheese and salt and pepper. It’ll take you about 20 minutes to prep and cook it.
6. Tumeric Sweet Potato Soup
If you’re looking to up your dose of healthy carbs, eat more sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are filled with fiber and they’re a low-glycemic carb, which means that they won’t spike your blood sugar. What’s more, sweet potatoes are in season this time of year, so you’ll be making an environmentally-conscious choice, as well as a healthy one, if you choose to eat more of them. Tumeric is a slightly-bitter spice that has healthy anti-inflammatory properties.
This Tumeric sweet potato soup recipe from Naturally Ella combines these two all-star ingredients to create the ultimate sweet-yet-savory soup. Other ingredients that you’ll need to create it include coconut oil, onion, ground coriander, vegetable broth, lemon juice, heavy cream, toasted coconut flakes and scallions. You can prep and cook this dish in half an hour.