Here are 10 recipe ideas for the perfect winter comfort food.
Wed, Dec 07, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Is there anything better than a big pot of steamy, hearty soup on a cold night? Even the smell of soup cooking or warming up on the stovetop helps to chase away the chill. Soups that are full of vegetables, beans, pasta, meat and savory broths are meals in themselves. Add a nice, crusty loaf of warm bread, and you’ve got comfort food at its simplest.
A steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup is always welcome, but as you settle in for the long winter ahead, think about adding some new winter soups to your menu at home. We’ve searched out some recipes that are healthy, satisfying, and packed full of flavor from trusted food bloggers.
White Bean and Porcini Soup – Meaty white beans and rehydrated dried porcini mushrooms add protein and flavor to this vegan soup. It’s easy to make, and it doubles well. Make a double batch and freeze half for a quick meal on a busy night.
Shrimp and Veggie Egg Drop Soup – Shrimp, mushrooms and bok choy fancy-up a basic egg drop soup recipe. If you don’t have bok choy, any firm leafy green vegetable like kale or napa cabbage would work. This is another recipe that freezes well, so make a double batch.
Smoky Lentil Florentine Soup – Yellow lentils, frozen spinach, and smoked kielbasa are added to a broth with the perfect soup vegetable trio of carrots, onion and celery.
Turkey Poblano Soup – If you froze some of the leftovers from your Thanksgiving turkey, pull them out for this Southwestern-inspired, creamy soup. A roasted poblano pepper spices up this soup that made with a clever roux of flour and chopped tortillas.
Mac and Cheese Soup – Here’s a new soup that you won’t have any trouble convincing the kids to dig into. Elbow macaroni are used as pasta in a creamy cheese soup. The soup gets topped with oven-roasted plum tomatoes.
Sausage, Bean and Spinach Soup – Spinach, beans, Andouille sausage, red onion and tomatoes with green chiles give this soup a mild kick that will warm you up on a really cold night. Kale would also work well in this soup as a substitute for the spinach.
Tortellini Soup With Cannellini, Kielbasa, and Kale – This soup uses refrigerated cheese tortellini (go ahead and use plain dried pasta if you don’t have tortellini), super-healthy kale, lots of fresh vegetables and herbs, and comes together very quickly.
Cauliflower Soup with Leeks, Carrot and Cheddar – Pull out your immersion blender or your traditional blender and get to work on this creamy soup that’s full of flavorful vegetables and comforting cheeses. It uses chicken stock, but substituting vegetable stock would turn this into a vegetarian soup.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup – Let your slow cooker keep an eye on this comforting split pea soup that’s simmered all day with a ham hock while you’re off doing other things.
Coconut Pumpkin Black Bean Soup – This creamy soup uses coconut milk to create its creaminess. It’s fully vegan with beans, vegetables and spices that are blended together with an immersion or traditional blender. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a great topping and add a little crunch.
Just a note: Any of these soups are freezable, but when cooked pasta gets defrosted it tends to get mushy and gummy. If you’d like to double a batch of any of the soups that include pasta, divide the soup before you add the pasta, and don’t add pasta to the soup you intend to freeze. When you defrost the soup to serve, cook fresh pasta to add.
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