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11 Perfect Winter Soup Recipes

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: February 9, 2024

If the weather has turned all cold and blustery outside, then settling in with a steaming hot bowl of soup can be really comforting. Here are a variety of simple, quick, traditional, modern and classic winter soup recipes that you can try out to keep you and your family warm and cosy.

Nothing can beat the warm feeling that a hot bowl of delicious soup can bring on a cold and chilly wintry day.

Whether you’re on the lookout for an entrée for a cold wintry get-together, a quick healthy lunch or a warm and hearty dinner, here are some of my favourite go-to winter soup recipes to keep you nourished and warm on the chilliest winter days (and nights).

You can whip up any of these recipes in a jiffy and serve it with a sandwich or a dinner roll for the perfect winter meal.

Whip these up in a saucepan or a soup maker if you have one!

11 Winter Soup Recipes That You Can Try This Year

1. Butternut Squash And Sweet Potato Soup

When the world outside turns cold and grey, I think that nothing will keep you warm as a large bowl of this warm butternut squash and sweet potato soup. You can also make a meal out of it by serving it along with a hot buttered dinner roll.

easy and healthy soup

And, what’s more? Not only is the butternut squash and sweet potato soup super delicious, but it is also super easy to make and healthy too. 
Click Here For Our Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe.

2. Broccoli And Stilton Soup

I simply love this creamy soup because it combines two of my favourite flavours. This gorgeous green soup combines the creamy flavour and texture of broccoli perfectly with the tangy flavour of the Stilton cheese.

And, the best thing is that you can make the soup richer and more decadent by making it creamier and cheesier as you like. 
Click Here For Our Broccoli And Stilton Soup Recipe.

3. Winter Vegetable And Lentil Soup

This healthy soup with lentils and winter veggies not only constitutes a hearty meal but has loads of nutrients to keep you fortified, strong and healthy during the long winter.

The veggies give you a fibre, vitamin and mineral boost, while the lentils give you the protein you need for all your day’s activities. So, when it’s chilly out there, simply whip up this delicious recipe and say cheers to good health!
Click Here For Our Winter Vegetable And Lentil Soup Recipe.

4. Minestrone Soup

Loaded with warming goodness, this nutritious and hearty Italian vegetable soup is definitely a dinnertime favourite. The best thing about this soup is that you don’t have to go veggie shopping.

I simply take all the leftover veggies and greens like zucchini, peas, squash, green beans, just anything at all that’s lying in my fridge and pop them into the tomato-y broth and voila, I have the tastiest minestrone soup ever.
Click Here For Our Minestrone Soup Recipe.

5. Chicken Noodle Soup

What’s not to love about chicken noodle soup?

Chicken Noodle Soup

The perfect meal that’s low in fat and calories and high in protein, the classic chicken noodle soup is especially wonderful to make in a jiffy and snuggle under the blankets on the couch in front of the TV on a cold wintry night.
Click Here For Our Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe.

6. Classic Tomato Soup

When the temperatures are dipping, I can’t think of anything more comforting than a bowl of hot steaming tomato soup.

You can use fresh ripe tomatoes that are abundant at this time of the year. But if you want something quicker, you can just use the tinned variety.

Garnish with a swirl of cream and some basil and you’re all set to have a simple but hearty meal. 
Click Here For Our Classic Tomato Soup Recipe.

7. French Onion Soup

If you’re hosting a winter dinner party at home, this glamorous French classic is sure to set the mood and get the party started.

Delicious and extremely easy to make, the soupe à l’oignon gratinée made with beef stock and caramelised onions is warm, flavourful and comforting on a cold chilly day, especially when served with a slice of toasted bread topped with warm, melted gooey cheese.
Click For Our Easy French Onion Soup Recipe.

8. Ham And Bean Soup

If you have some leftover ham from last night’s dinner and don’t want to cook anything elaborate in the cold kitchen, then this delicious ham and bean soup has you covered.

Guaranteed to make you warm and cosy, this satisfying soup is extremely easy to make and puts all the leftovers you have to good use. 
Click Here For Our Ham And Bean Soup Recipe.

9. Cheesy Leek Soup

If I want something that’s rich, filling and delicious but easy to make quickly on a cold wintry day, then the cheesy leek soup is my go-to.

rich and easy to make soup

A wonderful recipe that can be whipped up in a jiffy, the Stilton cheese adds to the creamy decadence of the soup. If you want, you can replace the Stilton with any other cheese you have lying about in your home.

Top with some crispy croutons, leeks and bacon bits for the added crunch and enjoy. 
Click Here For The Full Cheesy Leek Soup Recipe.

10. Cullen Skink

One of the most famous dishes of Scotland, the Cullen skink is a huge family favourite. This traditional soup is hearty, delicious and loaded with flavour.

Simply simmer together smoked haddock, onion, potatoes, milk and parsley and you’ll have a pot of comforting goodness that will warm your soul on a cold grey day. Just add some crusty bread and you’ll have a nice meal ready very quickly.

And, the best thing is that for the traditional Cullen skink recipe, you don’t have to go all the way to Scotland.
Click Here For Our Cullen Skink Soup Recipe.

11. Cauliflower And Cheese Soup

The cauliflower and cheese soup is not only very easy to make, but it is super delicious to eat. To make the soup extra creamy or cheesy, just add a little more of your favourite cheese mix.

Top with some crunchy cheese-covered croutons or if you want a more decadent finish, top with crispy fried bacon. Perfect for cold nights, a hot bowl of this cauliflower and cheese soup will have you yearning for more.
Click Here For Our Cauliflower and Cheese Soup Recipe.


Is Soup Good In Winter?

Soup is a wonderful way to keep warm during the winter months while reducing your calorie intake and maintaining your nutrition.

If prepared properly with healthy ingredients such as vegetables, lentils, lean meats, etc., soup offers several health benefits. Soup can boost your immune system during the winter months, especially if you have been indoors for a long time.

What Is the Difference Between Chowder And Cullen Skink?

Cullen Skink is typically made from smoked fish and this gives it a smokier flavour compared to chowder.

What Part Of the Leek Is Used to Make Leek Soup?

Usually, just the light green and white parts of the leek are eaten. But the part of the leeks that is darker green has loads of flavour. You can use the dark green parts of leek to make soup. 

How To Thicken Soup Using Cornflour?

You can add a tablespoon of cornflour or plain flour into a small bowl and stir it into 2 to 3 tablespoons of soup until you get a smooth mixture. Add this to the soup and stir it well. Bring the soup to a simmer.

Cooking the soup for a few minutes will cause the starch granules to burst and the soup to thicken and this will also help to cook out any of the corn flour flavour.

Some other ways of thickening soup are by adding yoghurt or cream, using a butter and flour paste or a beurre manié, adding rice or lentils or blending bread into the soup.

However, the method that you use to thicken the soup will mainly depend on the kind of soup you’re making.

Is Minestrone Soup Thin Or Thick?

Minestrone is a thick traditional Italian soup that is usually made with vegetables. Often, rice or pasta or sometimes both of these are added to the minestrone soup.

Minestrone soup also includes ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, beans, carrots, celery, leafy vegetables, stock and parmesan cheese.

Some More Amazing Winter Warmer Soup Recipes For You To Try
Soup Maker Parsnip Soup Recipe
Soup Maker Mushroom Soup Recipe
Soup Maker Broccoli And Stilton Soup Recipe

Winter Soup Recipes: Wrapping Up

I think that nothing can come close to a bowl of soup on cold, wintry days. Not only is soup very simple to make, but it is healthy and nutritious too, not to mention that it can be super delicious too.

And, if you’re lost for ideas, I hope that this compilation of 11 of my favourite soups, which I think are perfect for the winter, will give you the inspiration to cook up a bowl of warmth for your family.

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