I don’t know about you, but around here the weather has been quite gray and dreary lately. The kind of weather that makes you want to cuddle up under a blanket with coffee and a good book or movie. (and also makes you feel completely unmotivated to accomplish things like cleaning, laundry, and other such tasks…or is that just me?) I’m not really a fan of cold weather, personally. I much prefer the mild temperatures of spring and fall or the sunny days of summer. One of the few “good” things about this weather is the chance to make soup! A hearty, warm bowl of soup seems to bring comfort to the dark and dreary days of winter.
When I first got married, the idea of making soup kind of overwhelmed me. I had never tried it before and every recipe seemed complicated with a very long list of ingredients. But when I finally gave it a try, I was surprised to find that making soup is quite easy. And my favorite part is that while the soup is simmering on the stove or in the crockpot, you can do the dishes so that there’s virtually no clean up after dinner! That’s a big win in my book. Pair with some garlic grilled cheese or homemade rolls and you’re done.
So today, I bring you some of my favorite soup recipes. I’ve tried each of these out (with a few tweaks that I’ve included below) and love them all. Pick one out for dinner this week!
This recipe from 365 Days of Crockpot is one my favorites because it’s SO easy to throw in the crockpot in the morning or afternoon. I’m actually making this recipe for dinner tonight! I pair it with garlic grilled cheese (a bit of garlic powder and oregano sprinkled onto the buttered bread before you grill it) instead of croutons. I use dried spices and often leave out the fresh parsley since I don’t always have it on hand.
This recipe from Savor the Senses is packed full of veggies and has incredible flavor. Since it also has sausage and tortellini, this soup is really a meal all by itself! I’ve made it both with and without the red wine and it tasted great both ways. I usually buy carrot sticks to save some time chopping veggies and I usually only use one or two zucchini chopped into small chunks. You can also substitute a 1/2-1 tablespoon of dried basil and parsley if you don’t have fresh on hand.
This stuffed pepper soup from cooking classy is hearty, filling, and seriously delicious. This is probably my favorite soup recipe. It might seem like a long list of ingredients but don’t be overwhelmed! You simply throw them all together and let it simmer. I don’t typically make any changes to this recipe. I always add the rice to individual bowls rather than the pot of soup. Otherwise, the leftovers would be thick and mushy. (and this soup makes a great lunch the next day!)
This recipe from Pioneer Woman (seriously, who doesn’t love the pioneer woman?!) is SO good and super easy and quick, too! I made this in the summer with fresh corn on the cob. We loved it but my husband thought I was crazy serving hot soup in the summertime. So now I just make it with some fresh corn we froze at the end of the summer. You can make it with frozen sweet corn from the store, also. I’ve never served it in bread bowls but I’m sure it would be delicious!
What soup recipe list would be complete without a good potato soup? Well, here’s some news for you: my husband hates potatoes in his soup. Such sad news for this soup-loving girl. But this recipe from The Recipe Critic is very good and quite similar to what my mom made when I was growing up. You can’t go wrong with a soup loaded with potatoes, bacon, and cheese! It’s the perfect comfort food. Now I just have to make it for lunch when my hubby is at work.
I hope these recipes give you a little winter meal planning inspiration! I promise, you can’t go wrong with these 5 favorites of mine! What are your favorite winter meal recipes? Let me know in the comments!