Picture this: You've just finished work after a long, hard day. It's winter, so it's been dark outside for two hours already. It's cold, windy, and you want nothing more than to curl up on the couch under a blanket. But there's one problem: You have to make dinner. This is where soup comes in. Whether you make your favorite beef stew recipe or you experiment with a cream of mushroom, the options are virtually endless when it comes to delicious soup recipes. The best part of soup, though? It often requires very few pans and very little effort.
Whether you're in the mood for a hearty chowder or a lighter, veggie-packed soup, having some easy dinner recipes in your back pocket for those long, cold, winter nights is a great idea. Make sure you have a loaf of crusty bread in the freezer, too, so you can pull it out and toast up a slice or two to dip in the soup for the perfect, well-rounded meal. No matter how good of a cook you are, though, cooking soup is always easier with just a little preparation. So print out these 40 winter soup recipes and put the ingredients on your list for the next time you really don't feel like making a complicated dinner. Your future self will thank you.
Spiced Tomato Soup with Flatbread
It takes less than half an hour to make this spiced tomato soup. Smother some fresh herbed butter on flatbread for the perfect accompaniment.
Butternut Squash Soup with Rosemary and Bacon
There's a lot going on in this recipe, and literally all of it is good. Elevate your boring old butternut squash soup with this recipe.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
This light mushroom soup gets all its creaminess from puréed cannellini beans, and is rich in antioxidants that are found in mushrooms.
Ginger Dumpling Soup
This seemingly fancy soup can be made using frozen dumplings that will cook in the soup, so there's no heavy lifting involved. Plus, ginger is anti-inflammatory, which can help with arthritis, muscle soreness, and migraines.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
The hardest part of making this chicken noodle soup is being taunted by the delicious smell while the slow cooker does its thing. It'll be worth the wait though, since cooking it for a few hours will combine all the flavors perfectly.
Chicken Potpie Soup
This healthier alternative to a classic chicken potpie has all the puff pastry goodness of the original with the hearty warmth that comes with a soup.
Cinnamon-Spiced Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Croutons
Not only are sweet potatoes delicious, but they're also full of vitamin A, which is great for eye health.
Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup
Broccoli and cheddar is a classic combination that works every time. Put in a little extra effort and make some homemade croutons that will take this soup to the next level.
Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup
Butternut squash might be a staple of fall, but that doesn't mean you have to leave it in the past when winter arrives. This hearty, flavorful soup is deliciously creamy.
Kale, White Bean, and Butternut Squash Soup
Use store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own to make this easy half-hour recipe.
Chickpea and Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa
Quinoa is a great source of vegetarian-friendly protein, and combined with the chickpeas it makes this soup a hearty, protein-packed meal.
Chunky Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Imagine how satisfying dipping a piece of crusty bread into this hearty, textured tomato-based soup will be.
White Bean and Sausage Soup
There's just something about beans, sausage, and greens that works in pretty much every recipe — and especially soup recipes. This particular dish is a classic combination and completely delicious.
Curried Lentil Soup
If you want to switch up your typical go-to soup, try this recipe for something a little bit different (but just as comforting as anything you've tried).
Olivia Muenter is a freelance writer and former fashion and beauty editor who writes about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, relationships, travel, home decor, and more for Woman's Day and beyond. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Refinery 29, Glamour, Byrdie, Apartment Therapy, Philadelphia Magazine, and more. When she's not reading (or talking about reading on Bad on Paper, the bookish podcast she co-hosts), you can find Olivia working on her first novel, curating the perfect playlist, or shopping online.
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