Wintertime is cold! Cuddle weather, bundle up weather, fireplace weather, soup weather! I love turning on my stove in the wintertime to warm up my home with mouthwatering scents, and comforting dishes. Soup is one of the most comforting meals you can prepare. It’s a one-pot meal, usually takes only a bit of chopping, and then it just simmers to get the flavors all combined and delicious, all the while pumping amazing smells throughout your kitchen and the rest of your home. So break away from your cuddle time just long enough to chop some veggies, and in no time you’ll be right back at your cuddle spot, but with a hot bowl of soup in your hands ready to fill and warm your belly!
1. Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Baked potatoes are one of my family’s favorite meals. They’re pretty easy to make, you can customize them however you want, and they’re ridiculously comforting. I didn’t think there was anything better until this soup entered my life. Wow! All the ease and flavor of a baked potato, but in a hot and comforting bowl of soup!
2. Southwestern Turkey Chili. The spices in this soup provide so much flavor that your taste buds will be doing their own little dance while you’re cuddled up on the couch with your favorite book and your new favorite bowl of soup!
3. Asian Chicken Noodle Soup. Cold winter days just yearn for ramen, right? Why not make your very own version of this classic soup? Get the kids in the kitchen to help you mix it all up, then portion out the bowls for dinner.
4. Spiced Carrot Cauliflower Soup. The flavorful spice combination of curry, cinnamon, and garam masala, partnered with the sweet taste of the carrots and creamy texture of the cooked cauliflower, makes for one of the most flavorful soups you could imagine. While you’re making it, let your kids smell and taste the spices. You can also let them shake them into the pot and even use a hand blender (pretty kid-safe with adult supervision) to puree everything together. They will really feel a part of the fun, and it’s a great way to introduce kids to the incredible world of spices.
5. Split Pea Soup. Split pea soup with ham is such a favorite in my world because I’ve been eating it my entire life. I have so many memories attached to this dish that I can’t help but feel comforted when I even see the name. If that isn’t comforting enough, the fact that the slow cooker does all the work for you sure is!
6. Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup. In 15 minutes you have a broth with depth of flavor that will confuse you into thinking that it was simmering away all day. And the instant-cook rice noodles shave even more time off and have the most wonderful texture ever.
7. Manhattan Clam Chowder. I have found that clam chowder is a crowd pleaser, even amongst those who think they don’t like fish. It’s full of potatoes—who wouldn’t want a bite? Add in some tomatoes and spices and you’ve got yourself something so flavorful and yummy that I bet even the pickiest among you will be wanting seconds!
8. Tomato Chickpea Coconut Soup. Just read that name one more time. Can you imagine all those flavors coming together? Wow! I feel like nothing I say about this soup will do it justice when the name and ingredients alone get me all excited to get cooking!
9. Mexican Corn and Bean Soup. It takes less than 15 minutes to put this hearty dish together, it features a rainbow of nutritious veggies, and the slow cooker does all the cooking for you. The soup is incredibly flavorful, and while the cumin and chili powder might make you think it’s spicy, the taste is actually quite mellow. I like to put out some grated cheddar or parmesan and a bowl of sour cream for my kids to sprinkle and dollop on top. I find that little touches like those make eating fun and allow little ones to make this soup their own.