When the weather gets colder and you can feel it in your bones, nothing is better than a hot bowl of soup to warm you up. A bowl of soup that is so hearty and filling, it’s a meal in itself. It also does not take long to make soup. Although soup tastes better the longer it boils, and even better the next day, you can make a full-bodied soup with full flavor in about half an hour. Check out the best quick soups to keep you warm through the winter.
Of course, you can also make soup in your slow-cooker so you can come home, take your coat off and sit down to a warm bowl of comforting goodness. Take a look at these 10 nutritious soups and stews you can make in your Slow-Cooker. Or not cook at all. Here are 15 raw and vegan winter soups for the soul. For more recipes, check out 35 daring and beautiful soups for the National Homemade Soup Day.
One of the best things about soup is that most of the cooking time is hands-off, giving you time to make a sandwich or slip into your coziest sweat or pajamas. So put on your fuzzy slippers and get under your favorite blanket while reading about these 15 solid soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
1. Miso Ramen Bowl with Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu
What do you do if you feel like something rich and bursting with umami? Make this Miso Ramen Bowl with Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu. The combination of miso, dried shiitakes and a small amount of soy milk does the trick. The addition of Tellicherry black pepper tofu gives it another kick. Perfectly balanced with miso-glazed bok choy and lightly sautéed, delicate shimeij mushrooms, this ramen will make you want more, even before you have sloppy your last noodle up.
2. Creamy cashew and chestnut soup
Chestnuts fried on an open fire… okay, maybe the chestnuts in this creamy cashew and chestnut soup come from a can. This is a nice, rich soup that is perfect for winter weather. Pureed potatoes and homemade cashew cream help give this nutty soup a creamy texture without dairy.
Creamy mashed potatoes with melted ‘Cheddah’ cheese sauce
This creamy mashed potato soup has all the goodness of mashed potatoes with a touch of melting, sour cheddar cheese. This will warm you up completely on a cold winter day! In addition, it is a great way to use any remaining mashed potatoes that may need a little extra love.
4. Comforting Shiitake and Kale Congee
Congee is a traditional rice porridge that is popular in many Asian countries. Because it is light in the stomach, it is a perfect dish for everyone. Enjoy it as an accompaniment or with various toppings for a main meal. This comforting Shiitake and Kale Congee is made with nutritious ingredients such as brown rice, shiitake mushrooms, kale and ginger. It is nourishing, comforting and a perfectly restorative meal to eat when the harsh winter weather makes you feel tired.
5. Rich and comforting African peanut stew
Spicy, rich and packed with good greens, this rich and comforting African peanut stew is just the soup you want on a cold winter day. It is so thick and rich that you might want to call it a stew. It also happens to be easy to whip up and also budget friendly. Feel free to add a little sweet potato in cubes or yams in addition to the kale.
Creamy and smoked corn juice
Corn juice… there are so many variations! How will you ever know which one to make? Well, this creamy and smoky corn juice is the last recipe you will ever need. It is creamy, fresh, slightly spicy, a little smoky – any great taste you could wish for! In addition, it is ridiculously easy to make.
7. Mexican noodle soup
You know the days when you just can not get warm, no matter how many sweaters you gather in? This hearty, spicy Mexican noodle soup with green chili, roasted tomatoes and daring spices comes to the rescue! This is a super fast, easy to make, perfectly slurpable soup. (Yes, you want to slur this one.)
8. Cajun spicy barley kale soup
Now that the weather is cooling off and our desire to indulge in our warm blankets is rising, it’s time for a hot, tasty and lip-tasting soup to hit the menu. This Cajun Spiced Barley Kale Soup will warm you from head to toe with its bold Cajun spice blend. The aroma alone will start to warm you up right away.
9. Broccoli lentil soup with Berry Tahini Asparagus Spears
This broccoli lentil soup with Berry Tahini Asparagus Spears is absolutely amazing and satisfying. The lentils and broccoli give it a good portion of heartiness, but it’s still a nice meal if you’re not in the mood for a heavy stew. At least use fresh asparagus if it is in season where you are, but the canned version works fine for this recipe.
10. Autumn vegetable soup with parsley pesto
What’s more comforting than walking into a kitchen and being greeted by a large, bubbling pot of vegetable soup? Even better if it’s this fall vegetable soup with parsley pesto. It’s solid, yet healthy, and oh, so satisfying on colder days. Stir in a large spoonful of parsley pesto – it makes the soup twice as delicious!
11. Rich and spicy Curry Laksa that will rock your world
Laksa is a spicy rice noodle soup that is popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. There are many different regional varieties of this soup, but curry laksa is distinct to be particularly rich and tasty thanks to the use of coconut milk. This rich and spicy Curry Laksa is simple to make, nutritious and full of fresh, vibrant flavors. It will shake your world!
12. Green tea soup with roasted eggplant (Ochazuke)
Green tea soup (ochazuke) is a Japanese soup traditionally served with rice and salted fish as well as nori or another type of sea vegetable. This vegan green tea soup with roasted eggplant can be easily adapted to any kind of vegetable. The key to sticking to the flavor profile is to supplement the green tea with some salt – roasted eggplant, in the case of this soup – and something from the sea.
13. Take Cashew Ramen
Who needs instant noodles when you can make this Easy Cashew Ramen! This soup is made with rich coconut milk and Thai chili paste for bold flavors and a hearty dish. It’s infinitely more delicious than anything you get out of a package.
14. Sweet potato lentil coconut soup
This sweet potato lentil coconut soup is Thai-inspired due to the use of bold flavors such as lemongrass, lime juice, coconut and chili flakes. Pureed lentils make the soup extra thick and creamy and give it a double dose of protein. If you want, you also have the option of making croutons by tearing a day-old baguette into pieces, seasoning them with olive oil and herbs and baking in the oven until neat and crispy.
15. The best coconut and chickpea mulligatawny soup
Mulligatawny is a British-Indian fusion dish that is usually a thick vegetable soup generously spiced with various spices. This coconut and chickpea soup smells of coriander, turmeric, pepper and coconut, and the result is a really nice soup for cool days.
Soup is just what everyone needs in the cold winter months. We bet you feel warmer just by reading about all these amazing, hearty soups.
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