By this time of year, we’ve all heard the ominous warning from family members and friends: this winter is going to be one of the worst we’ve seen. Never mind that they foretell the same bad weather every year, and that there doesn’t seem to be a way they obtain some insider knowledge about meteorology.
Hopefully they’re wrong about all of the inclement weather, but there’s no doubt that winter is nearly here. And the best way to prepare, besides getting out your winter clothing, is to gather soul-warming soup recipes.
These winter soup recipes will take the chill off even the coldest day.
Chili From Pennsylvania Ave.
If you’re in search of hearty soup recipes, chili is a great place to start. This presidential chili recipe from the Obama family is both hearty and easy to make. Choose low fat ground turkey or chicken instead of beef, or go meatless altogether and add a can of corn or lentils.
Creamy Salmon Chowder
The family provides the best test kitchen, and if you’re tempted to turn your nose up at a chowder with salmon in it, just know this recipe has been tested and tweaked countless times within a real family.
A delicious medley of fish, potatoes, cheese, and mirepoix, this fish chowder recipe is best made in a ceramic pot or Dutch oven to ensure the flavors continue to develop even after the stove is turned off.
Bean and Bacon Soup
If you want a stick-to-your ribs winter soup, why not ask a lady who has to feed cowboys all day long? The Pioneer Woman’s Bean with Bacon Soup is full of fiber, veggies and yummy bacon. For a shortcut, use 4 cans of white beans instead of a pound of the dry variety, which have to be soaked overnight and cooked longer.
Vegetable Barley Soup
This hearty vegetable soup recipe combines turnips, carrots, celery and barley to create a delicious and healthy soup. Easily make it vegan by substituting the beef bouillon with vegetable bouillon. This vegetable soup recipe is very versatile and easy to make for when you need a quick meal.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
For busy families, sometimes the slow cooker is the only way to have a home cooked meal on the table. This slow cooker beef stew recipe takes just a bit of prep work, and you’ll come home to a hearty stew with tender meat, potatoes and vegetables. You can serve a chunk of crusty French bread on the side for dipping. For another great slow cooker recipe, check out this 2-for-1 Crockpot Beef Roast plus Bonus Bean Soup recipe.
Whether or not this winter ends up being historically cold and snowy, you’ll need the best winter soup recipes at your fingertips to get through the chilly days ahead. Try these recipes and share your favorite recipes for hearty soups in the comments.