10 hearty soup recipes to keep you warm during the winter

This one's for readers in the northern hemisphere - stay cosy!

Chilly winters are cherished with warm and delicious meals. And what could be better than a tasty, delicious and warm soup? Soups are a great way to stay full and hydrated at the same time. Lots of nutritious ingredients can be added to make it even more palatable and healthy. This winter, try out these 10 hearty and unique soup recipes that are bound to keep you warm, cosy and healthy!

1. Almond and Mushroom Soup

With warm, creamy flavours of mushroom and nuttiness of almonds, this hearty meal of a soup brings in flavours to your mouth and nutrition to your body. Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin B and potassium and become an amazing alternative to any kind of meat. Not to forget what wonders almond does from boosting your immunity to keeping you fit.

What you will need

  • Soaked and peeled almonds
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Fresh cream
  • Finely chopped mushrooms
  • All-purpose flour
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper powder
  • Chopped walnuts

How to prepare

Peel the soaked almonds and blend it well with milk. In another pan, roast some chopped almonds and mushrooms in butter. In low flame, add the all-purpose flour and roast them well for a while. Finally, add water, salt, pepper and the almond-milk mixture. Keep stirring from time to time for a few minutes till it gives out a sweet aroma. Garnish with roasted walnuts and cream.

 

2. Carrot and ginger soup

Carrot and ginger soup. Credit: Pixabay

This soup is a must-have if you are looking for a yummy evening meal all cosied up in your blanket. The carrot being super nutritious and delicious, when mixed with ginger becomes a wonderful home remedy for cold and cough that usually occurs in this season. Isn’t it a two-in-one treat!

What you will need

  • Butter
  • Peeled and sliced carrots
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped ginger
  • Water
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Orange zest (optional)
  • Chopped parsley for garnish

How to prepare

Begin with sautéing the carrots in butter, turmeric and salt to soften them a bit. Add in chopped ginger and water. Cover the vessel with the lid and let the ingredients simmer for about 20 minutes. Finally, blend the soup until completely smooth. Pour it into a bowl and garnish it with chopped parsley and orange zest. Serve hot.

3. Roasted creamy cauliflower soup

Roasted creamy cauliflower soup. Credit Pixabay
Roasted creamy cauliflower soup. Credit: Pixabay

This smooth creamy bowl of soup is bound to keep you full for a long time. The roasted cauliflowers give a crispy texture along with a smoky flavour if roasted well. It is very easy to make using minimal ingredients, and you can even make it without a cream due to the natural thickness of cauliflowers. And if you want to save it for later, you can store it for up to four days.

What you will need

  • Cauliflower; cut into small florets
  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped garlic
  • Chopped red onion
  • Butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Fresh cream
  • Chopped parsley garnish
  • Chopped walnuts for garnish

How to prepare

Roast the cauliflower on a pan in olive oil or by baking it. When the cauliflower is tender and roasted at the edges, add in the cauliflower in the same pan and sauté it along with the onions. Let the onions soften and turn translucent. Add milk, water and cream and let them simmer on a low flame. Keep stirring occasionally. After about 20 to 30 minutes when the soup looks thick, blend this mixture until smooth. Finally, transfer into a bowl and garnish with chopped parsley and walnuts for a nutty texture.

4. Broccoli soup

Broccoli soup. Credit Pixabay
Broccoli soup. Credit: Pixabay

What can be better than this green bowl of happiness and health! Broccoli has numerous nutritional advantages from strengthening your immune system to keeping your bones strong. A whole healthy bowl of broccoli serves as a good source of protein and you can keep up with your workouts during the season. Pro tip: shred some yummy cheddar cheese to make it even more appetising!

What you will need

  • Fresh broccoli cut into florets
  • Butter
  • Chopped onion
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Fresh cream
  • Water
  • Croutons for garnish

How to prepare

In a pot, sauté the broccoli and onions on a medium flame, along with salt and pepper for a few minutes. Next, add the all-purpose flour and blend it well with the vegetables. Add water and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the fresh cream and mix well. Now, it is time to blend the soup. Pour it into a soup bowl and garnish with homemade croutons for a crunchy texture.

5. Creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Chicken soup

Ever wanted to try out a completely new version of your favourite man ‘n’ cheese? We bring you a fascinating combination of mac ‘n’ cheese in a soup to give you a whole new wintery feel! A thick, creamy soup with cheesy macaroni and chicken is super easy to make and exotic to taste. It is loved by people of all ages and is an amazing meal to serve at a sudden get-together at home.

What you will need

  • Water
  • Chopped onions
  • Uncooked macaroni
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Full-fat milk
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • White pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped celery stalk

How to prepare

Boil the macaroni pasta until firm to the bite. Make sure you are not cooking the pasta. Drain and sprinkle olive oil over. In a large pot, melt some butter and add chopped celery and chopped onions. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and translucent. Next, add all-purpose flour and cook for a couple of minutes. Add chicken stock, milk, salt and black pepper powder. Let them simmer until thick and creamy. Add the pasta and blend well. Serve hot and garnish it with shredded Mozzarella cheese.

6. Winter squash soup

Winter squash soup. Credit: Pixabay
Winter squash soup. Credit: Pixabay

This soup is commonly called pumpkin soup, made with winter squash pumpkins. A creamy blend with butter and herbs and the deep orange colour is definitely the highlight of this dish. Usually prepared on thanksgiving, the cooler months must begin with this soup! Have it with grilled cheese sandwiches alongside!

What you will need

  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped celery
  • Winter squash (pumpkin); peeled, cut into cubes and seeds removed
  • Honey
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder
  • Chopped almonds for garnish

How to prepare

In a large pot, melt some butter and add chopped onions and chopped celery. Sauté well until soft. Add the squash and honey and let them cook for a while. Using a hand blender blend until smooth and thick. You may additionally add some water if you would like the consistency to be a bit thinner. Finally, add salt and pepper to season the soup. Serve hot and garnish with chopped almonds for a nutty texture.

7. French onion soup

Let the air smell like the restaurants of France with this bowl of the chicken stock base, onion soup and parmesan cheese on top! Though a bit tiresome to prepare, this soup is totally worth it. Slow-cooked in the broth with caramelised onions, french bread, delicious chicken stock and cheese, an exotic meal of goodness and exquisiteness is ready for you to savour.

What you will need

  • Sliced onions
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Chopped garlic
  • White wine
  • Bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • Dried thyme
  • Black pepper powder
  • Sliced French bread
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

How to prepare

In a large pot, sauté the onions in olive oil and add sugar to caramelise them. Sauté until soft and translucent. Next, add the butter and let the onions turn brown for another few minutes. Add dried thyme and white wine for flavouring. Let them simmer on low flame for about 30 to 40 minutes. Finally, remove the bay leaves and add salt and pepper. Bake the French bread in olive oil and garlic. Serve hot and garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese.

8. Chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup Credit Pixabay
Chicken noodle soup Credit Pixabay

Meat lovers, this is just the soup you all will relish. Made with high-protein source chicken with lots of herbs and carrot and beans it is a one-pot meal for your evenings. Adding in some delicious noodles to boost up your taste and keep you full for a long time.

What you will need

  • Butter
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Chopped celery
  • Chopped garlic
  • Dried thyme
  • Chicken stock
  • Noodles
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper powder
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Water
  • Chopped cooked organic or free range chicken breast
  • Dried oregano

How to prepare

Take a large pot and melt some butter. Toss onion, garlic, thyme and celery and sauté for a few minutes. Next, add the chicken broth, chopped chicken breast, noodles, carrots and seasonings. Add water as per the consistency required. Let them simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. Finally, garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

9. Yakhni soup

From the lands of Jammu and Kashmir, we bring you this simple, yet wholesome broth of mutton meat and bones. Slow-cooked till its flavours come out in its best flavourful way, this soup is finally topped with dry fruits giving it a nutty texture. This unique dish is usually eaten as starters or simply in chilly- comforting winters!

What you will need

  • Fresh cubed organic/locally produced lamb meat; with bone
  • Butter or ghee
  • Cloves
  • Bay leaf
  • Red chilli powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Green cardamom pods
  • Milk
  • A pinch of saffron
  • Yoghurt
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Water

How to prepare

In a large vessel add onions, carrots and ginger garlic paste and sauté it in butter or ghee. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cardamom pods, belief, cinnamon stick and salt and mix well. After a few minutes add the lamb pieces and let it combine well with the spices. Add water and let it simmer for an hour. The mutton should be soft by now. You can now add whipped yoghurt and cook on for a few minutes. Stir continuously to avoid lumps. Add milk and saffron and finally let it simmer for a couple of minutes more. Serve and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

10. Lentil pot soup

This thick pot of nourishing lentils with veggies and spices makes a wholesome meal for your lunch or dinner. The best part of preparing this dish is you can add your own favourite veggies like beans, carrots, onions, corn and more, to make it appetising. Top it up with some roasted garlic to add some smoky favour!

What you will need

  • Olive Oil
  • Diced onions
  • Chopped carrots
  • Salt to taste
  • Smoked paprika
  • Black pepper powder
  • Green lentils
  • Chopped garlic
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Freshly chopped parsley for serving

How to prepare

Take a pot and add some oil. Add the chopped onions and stir well. Once the onions are soft and translucent add in the celery, tomatoes and carrots. Toss and some smoked paprika, black pepper powder and salt to season. Next, it is time to add the lentils and chopped garlic and cook them well. Cover the pot and let it cook on high flame for 15 to 20 minutes. If you’re cooking in the pressure cooker, let the soup cook for 10 to 15 minutes more. Add water as per consistency required. Transfer into a soup bowl and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve hot.

The Takeaway

Soups are admirable bowls of goodness. A healthy way to keep yourself fit during winters as well as keeping warm and full. We have brimmed up these unique, flavourful soups so get started right away.

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Shristi Patni

Shristi is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook. Feel free to contact Shirsti regarding a food guest post or a mental health guest post.

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