Our best winter soups – Los Angeles Times

Our best winter soups – Los Angeles Times

According to my cell phone, Los Angeles is in a slightly cold period: Temperatures will not rise above 66 degrees for well over 10 days. In Connecticut, where I grew up, 66 degrees is considered downright warm. But over 20 years living in Southern California have taught me that 4 degrees below the annual average of 70 degrees qualifies as soup weather, especially since temperatures here can drop 15 to 20 degrees when the sun goes down (even in Connecticut qualifies 46 as soup weather!).

An essential winter time and a staple all year round in most cultures, soup is said to have been ingested by humans as long as 20,000 years ago. The variation that results from people around the world boiling similar ingredients in hot water is extensive. There are broth soups like pho and tom kha gai; puree soups like creamy mushrooms, butternut squash and winter vegetable soup and chunky almost-casserole dishes like pasta e fagioli, kibbeh bi’kizabrath, black bean tortilla soup and wintergreen and chickpea soup.

Whether you are looking for an old favorite or something new, each of these 30 soups will provide tasty nourishment and comfort regardless of the outdoor temperature.


Time
45 minutes


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Serves 4


Time
50 minutes


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Serves 2


Time
3 hours 30 minutes


Dividends
Serves 10 to 12


Time
1 hour 10 minutes


Dividends
Serves 6


Time
3 hours 30 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
2 hours 45 minutes


Dividends
Serves 6 to 8


Time
3 hours


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
1 hour


Dividends
Serves 6 to 8


Time
1 hour and 40 minutes


Dividends
Serves 6


Time
3 hours 30 minutes


Dividends
Serves 4


Time
2 hours 30 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
50 minutes


Dividends
Serves 4 to 6


Time
1 hour 55 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
1 hour


Dividends
Serves 4 to 6


Time
1 hour and 30 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8 to 10


Time
1 hour and 20 minutes


Dividends
Serves 6 to 8


Time
1 hour and 45 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
2 hours


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
40 minutes


Dividends
Serves 4


Time
2 hours 45 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
1 hour and 45 minutes


Dividends
Serves 4


Time
1 hour and 30 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
1 hour and 30 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8


Time
3 hours


Dividends
Serves 8 to 12


Time
15 minutes


Dividends
Serves 4 to 6


Time
50 minutes


Dividends
Serves 8 to 12


Time
1 hour and 15 minutes


Dividends
Serves 4 to 6


Time
2 hours 15 minutes


Dividends
Serves 6


Time
Active working time: 45 minutes. Total preparation time: 1 hour 45 minutes.


Dividends
Serves 6


Time
50 minutes


Dividends
Serves 6 to 8

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