Few things are as comforting on a cold day as a bowl of hot soup. And thankfully for foodies everywhere there’s no shortage of yummy soups across various cultures and cuisines, many easy to make, and most easy to find in restaurants for carefree dining out. Here are our top 10 selections for cold weather soups to warm your body and tickle your taste buds.
10. Tomato Soup
This tangy favorite is a perfect compliment to a wide variety of sandwiches, and it’s satisfying on its own, too. It can be excellent both canned and fresh. And it comes in many varieties – chunky, garlic and creamy, to name a few. While you can always track down a cheap can of Campbell’s, here’s a recipe for basil tomato soup you can make from scratch.
9. Lobster Bisque
This creamy, luxurious treat with the king of all seafood is equally available in diners or in fine restaurants. Of course, the quality you get may depend on the environment in which you order it. If you’re feeling adventurous, try this recipe from Food Network’s Tyler Florence.
8. Corn Chowder
Speaking of creamy treats: this thick, sweet and satisfying soup with sweet corn, onions, potatoes and of course lots of cream is a hearty meal. Add bacon for a delicious twist, like this Southern recipe from About.com.
7. Matzo Ball Soup
Matzo ball soup is a simple combination: chicken broth and matzo balls, which are made from moistened bits of matzo bread, a Jewish staple, packed together into balls with egg and spices. The matzo balls float temptingly on a broth of chicken with optional vegetables that can turn it into a chicken soup-esque creation. It’s a nutritious way to warm you up. Try this recipe from Cooks.com.
6. Tortilla Soup
Tortilla soup can pack a spicy punch with chiles accenting a tart tomato base. There’s a splash of citrus in the mix with lime and cilantro. Topping it all off are crispy fried tortilla strips. Simply scrumptious! For a vegetarian option try this recipe.
5. Pasta e Fagioli
This traditional Italian soup is a thick soup of beans and small pasta in a tomato base. It’s extra delicious with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to top it off. You can find it in almost any Italian restaurant, but you can make it at home with everyday Italian guru Giada De Laurentiis from the Food Network with this recipe.
4. Minestrone Soup
No matter what variation you try – and there are many, with different proteins or vegetarian – minestrone is a hearty soup with rib-sticking ingredients. And it’s easy to create in a slow cooker, which makes it a convenient meal. Try this crockpot recipe from Food Network’s Robin Miller.
3. New England Clam Chowder
No list of soups would be complete without this, arguably the most popular of creamy soupy delights. If you don’t feel like making it from scratch it’s commonly found in restaurants, but there are many delicious alternatives available in your supermarket, too. From canned to frozen varieties, and even fresh in the refrigerated prepared food aisle, you can come away with a simple, delicious meal for a cold winter’s night. But if you’re in the mood to try this classic soup from scratch, here’s a recipe from The Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine, where it’s been on the menu since 1872.
2. French Onion Soup
There is something simply perfect about a soup with lots of salty goodness and gooey cheese. While French onion soup is commonly made with rich beef stock, it can also be made with other stocks like veal to give it a whole new, intriguing flavor. It’s a restaurant favorite that’s also not difficult to make at home. Here’s another recipe from Tyler Florence of the Food Network.
1. Chicken Soup
There’s truth to the phrase “chicken soup for the soul” – it’s certainly a classic soul food. And with the addition of dumplings it makes a truly filling meal. As a bonus, besides being tasty, chicken soup can actually boost your immune system and help keep you healthy through those tricky germ-ridden winter months. Land O’Lakes offers this chicken soup and dumplings recipe for your consideration.