I don’t know why, but freezing temperatures and even snow storms never bother me in December. Maybe it’s all of the holiday cheer or the fact that I finally get to break out my favorite winter boots, but the seasonal doldrums never really set in for me until February or so—aka, right about now. At this point, those picture-perfect flurries have lost their charm, and I’m sick of the coat I was thrilled to snag on Black Friday.
In times like these, one of the only things that helps is cooking. During this time of year, I keep cheesy baked pastas and slow-cooked braises on repeat—but nothing comforts me quite like a big batch of soup. Because no matter what type of soup I’m making, whether it’s a tangy hot and sour or classic chicken and rice, slurping something down to the bottom of the bowl always makes me feel warm and cozy.
From a Tuscan onion soup that’s oh-so-simple to a roasted carrot soup you’d never guess was vegan, these endlessly popular recipes make long winter nights feel a lot less chilly—and 100 times more delicious.
Let the slow cooker work its magic in this set-it-and-forget-it recipe, which has all the chicken Parmesan flavors you know and love packed into a single soup bowl.
Fresh herbs, mouth-puckering lemons, and loads of vegetables (parsnips, carrots, celery, onion) bring alllll that brothy flavor to this chicken and rice soup. This recipe’s a winner no matter how you’re feeling, but if you happen to be under the weather, it’s a no-brainer.
When reviewing this Genius hot and sour soup, Food52 user kerry.mossler wrote: “I have made this over and over. Perfect every time, and my kids favorite. Only problem is you will never order it out again!” I rest my case.
You might know Marcella Hazan best for her famous tomato sauce, but this creamy, risotto-ish soup deserves some love, too. The cabbage gets smothered in garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper, before getting slow-cooked and mixed with broth, Arborio rice, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Tomato sauce, who?
A taste of this creamy carrot soup will have you wondering how it could possibly be vegan. Its (not-so-secret) secret: quickly broiled carrots and a whir of the immersion blender (or standard blender).
Roasted poblanos, soaked hominy, and tender shredded chicken star in this wonderfully spicy posole soup. Just don’t forget to top off your bowlful with a squeeze of lime and sprinkling of fresh oregano for a little extra oomph.
It’s all in the title: Whip up a batch of this hearty, soul-warming soup—complete with herbs, garlicky sausage, and aromatic red wine—for the perfect antidote to below-freezing temperatures.
Yet another Genius recipe to (unsurprisingly) make its way onto this list, Kenji’s super-speedy tomato soup maximizes flavor and minimizes time spent over the stove. For the best results, serve alongside toasty bread or grilled cheese.
This cauliflower soup from Chez Panisse alum Paul Bertolli might look plain, but the taste is anything but. Light, fresh-tasting, and perfectly smooth, this recipe lets cauliflower shine without making too much of a fuss.
If you’re craving something simple and satisfying, like right now, this black bean soup is just what you should make. Let the Instant Pot do its thang and garnish with anything that strikes your fancy, be it quick-pickled onions, hot sauce, Greek yogurt, or avocado.
This Tuscan onion soup might just be the easiest recipe on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. Crack a few eggs into the still-simmering soup, top with Parmesan cheese, and sop up the broth with crusty bread for an ultra-comforting meal you’ll want to make on repeat.
What’s your go-to winter soup? Tell us in the comments below!