National Soup Day is right around the corner on February 4th. Did you know Americans eat about 10 billion bowls of soup each year? That’s a lot of soup.
Luckily, this popular dish has come a long way from the meager helpings we saw Charlie eat in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Soup can be packed full of protein, warm you up on and cold day and is very easy to make in bulk and freeze for later.
And the best part about making soup is it’s a great way to clean out your pantry and use up some of those canned items you’ve been meaning to use.
Here are 13 soups that are sure to warm up your day.
Why you Should Eat More Soup
Soup is Good for your Gut
Soup, especially broth soups, are easy on the gut to digest since they are already in a mostly liquid state.
This gives your gut a break from heavy, hard-to-digest foods and saves you from the dreaded apple cider vinegar shots.
Soup is Nutritious
Adding more veggies into your diet is easy when you can just toss them in a soup.
And the combo of liquid and salt makes soup incredibly hydrating, so say goodbye to that winter bloating.
Soup is Convenient
While it takes a bit more time than canned classics, homemade soups are easy to prepare and (generally) follow a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of motto.
That is especially true with slow cookers. This gadget takes the heavy-lifting out of cooking, so you don’t have to be a pro to make a delicious soup.
You can never go wrong with a classic soup. These soups provide comfort just in the name.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Ease your flu-season fears with this classic Chicken Noodle Soup recipe from Sweet & Savory Meals that make feeding a household both easy and inexpensive.
Cook a double batch and store some in the freezer for a quick fix when you feel those winter bugs come around. You can never go wrong with this classic.
French Onion Soup
Crusty baguette, gruyere cheese, beef broth and onions come together beautifully in french onion soup. This age-old, international classic is now easier than ever to make thanks to this recipe by Diethood.
She gives two cooking options, freeing us from the flavor/convenience tradeoff.
Minestrone soup is a classic, and this rendition from Spend with Pennies is no exception. Mix up the veggies (canned or fresh) and protein to create your favorite flavor.
This soup is packed with healthy vegetables and won’t break the bank. It’s a win-win for the whole family.
Soups with Meat
Soups packed full of protein are a great way to fill up and get your veggie fix too. Mix and match your favorite meats to meet your taste buds needs.
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Damn Delicious’s Chicken Wild Rice Soup is my go-to dish when I am bringing someone a meal.
With or without the roux, it is equally delightful. And the flavors of this dish welcome a variety of vegetable add-ons or substitutions.
Beef and Barley Stew
There are few things better than walking into a simmering stew after a day of playing in the snow. And this picturesque Beef And Barley Stew from A Farm Girl’s Dabble is a top contender for our go-to beef stews.
A hearty dish, this stew is a perfect blend of beef, grain, and veggies.
Chicken and Sweet Potato Chowder
Let’s be honest, when does a good chowder not sound delicious? And this Chicken and Sweet Potato Chowder by Slow Cooker Gourmet has us drooling already. The chicken and spice combo in this dish will help flush out lingering cold germs. Dairy or no dairy, this chowder is sure to warm up both your body and your heart.
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
America’s favorite meal in soup form! The Bacon Cheeseburger Soup recipe from Spend with Pennies is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Top it off with all of your go-to burger toppings. Extra bacon and extra cheese? Sounds delicious! This is not a soup for the health-conscious eater, but it sure is yummy.
Vegetarian soups can be full of protein too! But, if you are a meat eater, feel free to add some to these veggie-centric recipes.
Carrot Turmeric Soup
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory features, but its benefits go far beyond joint pain.
This golden spice has also been credited for reducing cold symptoms and maintaining digestive health, making this Carrot Turmeric Soup by Skinny Ms. a winter must-have recipe.
Thai Butternut Squash Lentil Soup
Ambitious Kitchen is a blog you want to follow if you don’t already.
You will find quality meat & vegan-friendly recipes that have never been disappointing. And her Tai Butternut Squash Lentil Soup is no exception.
This recipe can also be made on the stove, so you will want to read the recipe notes at the bottom for the slow cooker option
Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup
This immune-boosting soup is definitely one you want to keep in mind if you feel a cold coming on. I Love Vegan’s Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup is packed full of veggies, coconut milk and nutritional yeast to fill you up.
This soup is great for your gut health and your taste buds will love it too.
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Soups Packed with Flavor
These soups pack a mean punch when it comes to flavor. You will not be disappointed or go hungry with these recipes.
Mexican Corn Chowder
This Mexican Street Corn Chowder from Host the Toast will deliver jam-packed flavor and heat without spending hours in front of a stove.
This particular recipe calls for bacon, but it is an easy omission for meat-free households.
The flavors run deep in this Taste of Home Pumpkin-Coconut Soup. If you like Thai foods add this one to your recipe book.
With ginger, coconut, nutmeg and pumpkin your taste buds will be in heaven with every bite you take. This puréed soup is easy to whip up in under 30 minutes.
Miso Soup with Garlicky Lentils, Kale and Mushrooms
One Green Planet’s Miso Soup with Garlicky Lentils, Kale and Mushrooms is full of protein and lots of veggies!
This Japanese style soup is packed with flavor and you’ll definitely want to make a batch big enough to eat throughout the week. One Green Planet strives to provide not only eco-conscious recipes but also inform their readers on products that have minimal impact on our planet.
While it might be dreary outside, it doesn’t have to be dreary inside.
Whether hearty or light, spicy or sweet, there is a soup to match every palate. And with the fuss-free style of slow cooking, there is just no excuse to eat ramen all winter.
You are just a few steps away from curling up on the couch with some blankets and a warm bowl of homemade soup. So dust off that slow cooker and put it to good use! And may your winter be full of warmth.
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