It’s a cold and chilly season, so what better way to warm up than a bowl of hot soup?

With so many different types of soups out there, it can be hard to know where to start when making your next pot of soup. But don’t worry! We’ve compiled 10 of our favorite cold-weather recipes for any palate and situation below for you to enjoy this season. Enjoy!

1. Thai Tom Yum Goong

This spicy soup is a favorite winter comfort food of many locals in Thailand. Tom Yum, which consists of herbs and spices such as lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and shrimp paste, adds a unique twist to this soup. The sourness from the lemongrass makes this dish refreshing while still warming at the same time. You can even have it with some rice or bread for a fuller meal!

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2. Lobster Bisque

One of the most famous soups, this bisque is creamy and rich. The sweet taste comes from the fleshy lobster tail in which you’ll find chunks in every spoonful. This delicious soup doesn’t only look good, it also tastes divine!

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3. Creamy Corn Chowder

This soup has a thick and creamy texture that is mouthwatering and filling. The balance of the sweet corn and the savory cream creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth. And it’s healthy too!

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4. Miso Soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made with miso paste (fermented soybean), vegetable stock, tofu, and seaweed. It tastes savory and slightly salty, yet not as strong as you’d expect from its aroma. Another great thing about miso is it helps reduce fatigue. It’s also low in calories and rich in antioxidant properties – making it great for detoxing too! So don’t miss this antioxidant-packed soup – especially during the colder days!

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5. Tomato & Kale Soup

Perhaps one of the healthiest soups out there, this soup is a great way to start your meal as it has no meat or carbs. Moreover, it’s extremely nutritious and filled with vitamins A and C – making it the perfect detox soup!

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6. Spicy Korean Kimchi Stew

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made from pickled cabbage and usually seasoned with scallions, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and fish sauce. It has a distinct spicy flavor which makes kimchi stew – well – stew better! This soup is perfect for cold winter nights because it warms you up from inside out, thanks to its spiciness.

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7. Mexican Black Bean Soup

This dish is one of the most famous Mexican soups. Black beans are rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Other ingredients used in this recipe include onion, garlic, and red chili pepper. This recipe calls for you to blend some of the ingredients – like the cooked onion and garlic with cumin and paprika – making it smooth and creamy!

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8. Provencal Vegetable Soup

Provencal vegetable soup is a French-styled hearty soup made with potatoes, celery root, carrots, onions, garlic, and olive oil. It has an ingredient list that might seem too long but you won’t regret slaving for this recipe because it’s so tasty! To make the most of its natural flavors you should serve it with some crusty bread on the side.

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9. French Onion Soup

French Onion soup is one of the most popular soups in France! It’s made with beef broth, onions, and French bread which you should toast before serving. Top it off with slices of Swiss or gruyere cheese and cook until melted for that lovely golden crust.

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10. Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

You will LOVE this squash recipe! It is one of our favorites because it’s not only hearty but also creamy, flavorful, and has just the right amount of spiciness. Tip: You can use frozen roasted butternut squash cubes or pumpkin puree if you want to save time when preparing this yummy soup.

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Tips for making a delicious soup

1. Used dried beans in your soup. They are inexpensive and allow for control over sodium intake. Soaking them also makes them more digestible, especially with winter vegetable soup. Plus, they add a great source of fiber to your meal!

2. To make creamy soups without dairy, use potatoes or cauliflower as the base. Add some cilantro if you want it to be really tasty! Almond milk is also a dairy-free alternative that can be added to soups for creaminess and flavor.

3. Don’t forget to drizzle in some olive oil before serving. A tablespoon has 50 calories but helps improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from in the soup so it’s best to add it in before you sit down and enjoy your meal.

4. Use herbs or spices to enhance flavor without adding tons of calories or sodium. 

5. Make soups with low sodium broth or no-salt-added canned vegetables. 

6. Serve your soup hot out of the pot so it stays warmer longer which helps food stay at a lower temperature as it goes through your digestive system.

How long does soup last in the fridge?

When properly stored, the cooked soup will last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Soup can spoil quickly due to the presence of dairy or meat, so always store leftovers properly.

How to make the soup thicker?

1. To thicken the soup, try using a roux or cornstarch slurry. You can also puree some of the ingredients to add body to the dish.

2. Make soup thicker by adding less liquid or by mashing vegetables before serving if they don’t hold their form enough to be chunkier. You can also use whole wheat bread croutons on top of your bowl to add some extra fiber and crunchiness without sacrificing taste.

Can you put hot soup in a blender?

When pureeing hot soup in a blender, extra caution must be taken to avoid any mess or even explosion. First, make sure your blender has a Hot Soup function such as Ventray Pro 600 Blender

Hot soups or liquids can splatter and burn you when blended, so always allow it cool for a few minutes before adding into the blender. Fill the blender jar to half or less capacity, blend carefully and slowly.

We hope you’ve found some new hearty winter recipes to try this winter. If you’re feeling adventurous, give these hearty soup recipes a go and see which one is your favorite! 

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