19 Best Soups to Make This Winter

There’s nothing more comforting than a piping hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day to warm you up and satiate your hunger. Homemade soups are the gift that keeps on giving, becoming more flavorful the longer they sit. 

 

There are endless types of soup to explore as every culture and cuisine has its own prized recipe. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat lover, there are delicious soups for everyone. We have compiled a list of the best soups for winter with recipes for you to explore.

 

When you start to feel a chill in the air, it’s officially soup season, so peruse our list to find your new favorite winter soups.

19 Best Winter Soups

Whether you’re looking for healthy or hearty, creamy or brothy, chunky or smooth, you’ll find an eclectic list of different soups to satisfy your craving on the following list of the best winter soups.

 

All the soup recipes on our list are user-friendly and customizable to fit all kinds of dietary preferences and budgets.

Matzo Ball Soup

A Jewish version of chicken and dumplings in soup form, Matzo Ball soup has become a famous soup outside the Jewish community as well. Light and fluffy matzo meal dumplings and cooked carrots in a rich chicken broth will soothe what ails you.  

Mushroom and Barley Stew

Mushroom and Barley Stew is one of my favorite winter soups, with caramelized onions and meaty umami mushroom flavors making for a complex flavor profile. It may be a little more labor-intensive, but it’ll last you for at least a week’s worth of meals.

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean soup is a southwestern classic that is easy to make and a great option for vegetarians. Black beans, chilies, onions, and vegetable broth blended with classic Mexican spices like cumin, coriander, and chili powder make for a thick, protein-rich soup that packs a powerful flavor punch.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

In my opinion, chicken tortilla soup is one of the best soups in the world because it covers every flavor and texture base. You get the savory chicken broth, spicy chili peppers, tangy lime juice, and sweet corn kernels along with crunchy tortilla strips, creamy melted cheese, and hearty chunks of roasted chicken. 

Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is a sweet, creamy, and healthy soup that’ll soon be a winter staple. Not only do you get this sweet and savory winter soup recipe, but you can prepare this soup with the help of an expert in one of our helpful and fun online classes

Minestrone

Minestrone is the quintessential Italian vegetable soup, and who better to represent this Italian gem than celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis? Her recipe has a wealth of vegetables, cannellini beans, and starchy potatoes instead of pasta, all steeped in beef broth.

Tom Kha

This creamy chicken coconut soup is a mainstay in Thai cuisine. Made with coconut milk, lemongrass, and ginger, Tom Kha is sweet, sour, and creamy. This kind of soup will give you a true taste of the tropics. 

Texas Chili

Texas Chili is one of the best stick-to-your-ribs, hearty soups you can make to satisfy even the hungriest guests. It’s a crowd-pleaser, too! Don’t forget to serve it with a big square of sweet cornbread. 

Corn Chowder

The hearty mixture of corn and potatoes is utterly comforting. You can customize corn chowder to be dairy-free by substituting coconut milk for cream. You can also skip fat altogether and puree a portion of the soup to create a creamy texture.

Cream of Potato 

Cream of potato soup is a user-friendly, fulfilling soup that even the pickiest eaters will love. Creamy potato is an overwhelming flavor that masks the mirepoix of vegetables that kids might be averse to.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin spice lattes, cookies, and muffins are always a seasonal hit, so why not add a spiced pumpkin soup into the fall and winter mix? Pumpkin lends just as well to savory as it does to sweet.

Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is a surprisingly hearty and incredibly healthy option for lunch or dinner. Split peas, unlike the large rotund green peas that kids dislike, are closer in texture and flavor to lentils and absorb flavors well.

Lentil Soup

Lentils are high in protein and add a wonderful meaty flavor. This lentil soup has a mirepoix base, mushrooms, and kale, making it one of the best soups for a diet. 

Thai Chicken Meatball Soup

We bet you’ve never tried your hand at a Thai meatball before! Once you do, you’ll never want your meatball any other way. This delicious soup recipe uses coconut milk, cilantro, fish sauce, jalapenos, garlic, and ginger to create the most aromatic base for juicy chicken meatballs.

Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

If you’re looking for one of the healthiest soups on our list, this might be it. Chalked full of vitamins and minerals and low on carbs, this carrot and cauliflower soup is still rich, flavorful, and satisfying. 

Fisherman’s Stew

We’re calling all seafood lovers for this delicious and nutritious take on a traditional Greek fish stew. The recipe calls for halibut and scallops, but you can always substitute your favorite fish or use whatever you get the best deal on at your local fish market.

Pozole

If you’ve never had hominy, you’re in for a treat with this Mexican classic from the state of Guerrero. The large, starchy kernels of hominy mix with chilies, pork broth, and fresh-squeezed lime in this spectacular specimen of Mexican cuisine.

Tomato Basil Soup

This simple, yet yummy soup provides equal parts sweet and acid, making the perfect complement for a grilled cheese. While you may be tempted to buy a can of Campbell’s, this homemade soup recipe is far tastier.

French Onion

Caramelized onions, rich Gruyere cheese, and giant buttery croutons go into this decadent French creation.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re looking for thick and creamy, or light and brothy, our list of the best winter soups has all the flavors, styles, and textures you could possibly want to fill your bowl and your belly.