Saturday, January 12, 2013

Warming Winter Soups

mmm......I love a hearty bowl of soup during the winter. Soups are usually pretty easy (and cheap!) to make for a nice supper in the colder months.

Below is a sampling of soups we make often or have tried recently:

1.  Beef stew (made with leftovers from pot roast the day before)

We usually put our leftover pot roast (recipe found here) and juices into a large pot to simmer with additional water and seasonings, sometimes adding a few more vegetables and egg noodles.

2. Pinto Bean Soup

This is one we make often as long as we have a ham bone leftover from something. We just place the ham bone and dry beans in the crock pot, fill it up with water and season generously with salt. Let it cook all day and serve with cornbread- always hits the spot!

3. Potato and Leek soup

I found and made this great recipe from Our Neck of the Woods. Amazingly, it doesn't use any cream or milk, only water! It is very tasty.

4.  Hearty Chicken Noodle

This is one of my husbands favorites, and he makes a mean bowl of chicken noodle soup. We usually use homemade chicken broth and fresh herbs, so that we are getting that good nourishment that leeches out from the bones and innards of the chicken into the broth. We add carrots, celery, and organic shredded or chopped chicken to the broth, and egg noodles. It is the best thing when I'm feeling sick or don't have much of an appetite.

5. Classic Minestrone

I love this recipe from Martha Stewart. It packs in tons of veggies and is delicious, also a bit spicy. Great with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top and a side of fresh crusty bread.

6. White Bean and Kale Soup

Another favorite of mine, this recipe uses a base of water, great northern or other type of white beans, garlic,   a little diced tomatoes, onions and seasonings, with kale added a little later in cooking. I like to add bacon sometimes for flavor and if the soup is too runny you can add flour or another thickening agent.

What are your favorite soups to make during the winter months?

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  1. I love soup! I make taco soup and chicken noodle a lot. Also, I just recently made a potato and leek soup with smoked sausage and kale which was delicious! It was just like the Zuppa Tuscana soup from Olive Garden. Actually I think it was better.

    1. Oh that sounds so good with the smoked sausage! You will have to share your recipe with me!

  2. Thanks for sharing my potato and leek soup post! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I have to say that is one of my favorite soups! I make so much soup during the colder months. It's so easy and filling.

    1. It is such a good recipe and I'm so glad I found it through your blog :)

  3. I'm a sucker for a big bowl of warming soup, too. Great recipes. Thanks for sharing, liz

    1. Glad you like them and hope you get to enjoy some good soups this winter :)

  4. They all sound good and I'm always on the look out for soup recipes! I've yet to make the white bean and kale soup, but I've made similar versions before. Thanks for the ideas and recipes! :)

  5. Hi Nancy, you will have to try the white bean and kale is a good filling one. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love most any kinds of soups and stews in the winter. I think my favorite soup is Pasta Fagioli. White bean and kale sounds delicious. I love your idea for the leftover pot roast - I'm going to try that (adding veggies, more broth or water, and egg noodles) next time we have leftovers!