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50 Winter Soups to Cozy Up To

Warm up even the chilliest winter night with these hearty soups, stews and chilis. Every spoonful is packed with flavor!

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Meatball Alphabet SoupTaste of Home

Meatball Alphabet Soup

Bite-sized meatballs made from ground turkey perk up this fun alphabet soup. A variety of vegetables mix in a rich tomato broth seasoned with herbs. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chipotle Chicken Soup with Cornmeal DumplingsTaste of Home

Chipotle Chicken Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings

I combined two of my favorite recipes and came up with this filling soup that has a Tex-Mex flair. The cornmeal dumplings are the perfect finishing touch. —Nancy Granaman, Burlington, Iowa

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Pressure-Cooker English Pub Split Pea SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker English Pub Split Pea Soup

This family favorite is the same recipe my grandmother used. Now with the magic of today's appliances, I can spend 15 minutes putting it together, walk away for a bit and then it's "soup's on!" Finish it with more milk if you like your soup a bit thinner. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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Mexican Leek SoupTaste of Home

Mexican Leek Soup

This soup is so satisfying. You can substitute other beans, use kale instead of spinach, or add leftover corn. For brunch, I add a fried egg on top and for dinner, my husband adds lots of hot sauce! —Donna Ahnert, Scotia, New York

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Spicy Veggie & Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Spicy Veggie & Lentil Soup

I enjoy this recipe because it’s meatless, inexpensive and simply delicious! You can substitute any vegetables you like—it’s all a matter of preference. Serve warm pita bread on the side. —Geraldine Hennessey, Glendale, New York

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Cream of Chicken Soup

Cream of Chicken Soup

After tasting a similar soup in a restaurant, I went home and cooked up my own version. It’s so soothing on a winter evening served with crusty French bread. For a change of pace, try substituting ham or turkey for the chicken. —Kathleen Rappleye, Mesa, Arizona

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Easy Pot Sticker SoupTaste of Home

Easy Pot Sticker Soup

Since my husband and I have soup often, I’m always coming up with something new. I saw potstickers in the freezer and decided to feature them in Asian soup. The results were delicious. Rice vinegar provides just the right tang, and the green onions and carrots add color. Stir in chopped cabbage or bok choy if you like. A little sesame oil goes a long way, but you can always add a bit more. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Pressure-Cooker Potato SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Potato Soup

I decided to add some character to a basic potato chowder with roasted red peppers. The extra flavor gives a deliciously unique twist to an otherwise ordinary soup.—Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma

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Salmon Sweet Potato SoupTaste of Home

Salmon Sweet Potato Soup

I created this recipe as a healthier alternative to whitefish chowder, which is a favorite in the area where I grew up. The salmon and sweet potatoes boost the nutrition and the slow cooker makes it more convenient. It’s especially comforting on a cold fall or winter day! —Matthew Hass, Franklin, Wisconsin

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Asian Long Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Asian Long Noodle Soup

This flavorful soup is perfect when you want something warm and filling in a hurry. If you can't find long noodles, angel hair pasta is a good substitute. —Carol Emerson, Aransasqueen Pass, Texas

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Bratwurst SoupTaste of Home

Bratwurst Soup

I came up with this recipe one day when I had some leftover bratwurst. It has been a favorite of my husband's ever since and is requested whenever the guys are hanging out. —Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa

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Slow-Cooked Mexican Beef SoupTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Mexican Beef Soup

My family loves this stew, and I’m happy to make it since it’s so simple! You can serve with cornbread instead of corn chips to make it an even more filling meal. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Thai Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

This slow cooker soup is a semi-homemade version that coaxes all of the flavor out of a rotisserie chicken. Do the prep work the day before and toss the broth-making ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning. It’s a snap to finish when you get home. —Beth Jacobson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Spinach and Sausage Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Spinach and Sausage Lentil Soup

During the cooler months of the year, this soup makes regular appearances on our dinner table. It is approved by all, including my picky 6-year-old. —Kalyn Gensic, Ardmore, Oklahoma

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Creamy Cauliflower Pakora SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Cauliflower Pakora Soup

y husband and I often crave pakoras, deep-fried fritters from India. I wanted to get the same flavors but use a healthier cooking technique, so I made soup using all the classic spices and our favorite veggie, cauliflower! —Melody Johnson, DePere, Wisconsin

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Great Northern Bean StewTaste of Home

Great Northern Bean Stew

This thick and hearty stew with great northern beans is sure to chase the winter chills away. —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

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Creamy Chicken Gnocchi SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to try and make it myself. Here’s the delicious result! It’s wonderful on a cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California

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Skinny Turkey-Vegetable SoupTaste of Home

Skinny Turkey-Vegetable Soup

The blend of flavors and colors in this hearty soup will bring everyone at the table back for more. —Charlotte Welch, Utica, New York

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Wintertime Braised Beef StewTaste of Home

Wintertime Braised Beef Stew

This easy beef stew is incredibly rich. Since it's even better a day or two later, you may want to make a double batch. —Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California

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Swedish Meatball SoupTaste of Home

Swedish Meatball Soup

To me, this is a very comforting, filling, homey soup. I especially like cooking it during winter months and serving it with hot rolls, bread or muffins. —Deborah Taylor, Inkom, Idaho

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Pork and Green Chile StewTaste of Home

Pork and Green Chile Stew

Tender pork, green chilies and hominy have roots in Southwestern cuisine but help bring the heat to the Midwest for those long winter nights. An easily adaptable stew, it’s ready in 4 hours if cooked on high in a slow cooker, or in 8 hours if cooked low and slow. —Paul Sedillo, Plainfield, Illinois

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Southwest Turkey SoupTaste of Home

Southwest Turkey Soup

Ground turkey and a handful of other ingredients are all that’s required for this satisfying soup that’s spiced with salsa, green chilies and chili powder. It’s a meal for busy weeknights in the winter. —Genise Krause, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Want more warm, hearty soup ideas? Check out these slow cooker chili recipes.

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Beef Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Beef Lentil Soup

You can prepare this soup as the main course in a hearty lunch or dinner. But on cold winter evenings here in New England, I've often poured a steaming mugful and enjoyed it in front of our fireplace as well. —Guy Turnbull, Arlington, Massachusetts

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Fiesta Turkey Tortilla SoupTaste of Home

Fiesta Turkey Tortilla Soup

I'm always thankful when I can pull such a delicious soup together in under 30 minutes. —Amy McFadden, Chelsea, Alabama

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Savory Winter SoupTaste of Home

Savory Winter Soup

Even my father, who doesn't particularly like soup, enjoys my full-flavored version of traditional vegetable soup. He asked me to share the recipe with Mom, and I gladly obliged! —Dana Simmons, Lancaster, Ohio

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Potato Bacon ChowderTaste of Home

Potato Bacon Chowder

This chowder is like a bacon-topped baked potato in a bowl. On cold winter days, my family is thrilled to see this meal on the table.—Jacque Manning, Burbank, South Dakota

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White Bean Soup with EscaroleTaste of Home

White Bean Soup with Escarole

This escarole and bean soup has become a favorite because it uses kitchen staples, it's packed with healthy ingredients and is a cinch to prepare. If I can't find escarole, I sub fresh spinach at the very end of cooking. —Gina Samokar, North Haven, Connecticut

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Chunky Beef and Vegetable SoupTaste of Home

Chunky Beef and Vegetable Soup

Nothing cures the winter blahs like good comfort food, including this beef vegetable soup I invented one chilly day. Serve with crusty bread or rolls. —Billy Hensley, Mount Carmel, Tennessee

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Black Bean-Tomato ChiliTaste of Home

Black Bean-Tomato Chili

My daughter Kayla saw a black bean chili while watching a cooking show and called me about it because it looked so good. We messed with our own recipe until we got this easy winner. —Lisa Belcastro, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

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Garlicky Cheddar Cheese BisqueTaste of Home

Garlicky Cheddar Cheese Bisque

I came up with a cheddar cheese soup a while ago and decided to give it a boost with a variety of root vegetables. Crushed pita chips and fresh parsley make fun garnishes. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

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Slow-Cooker Lasagna SoupTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

Every fall and winter, our staff has a soup rotation. I have modified this recipe so I can prep it the night before and put it in the slow cooker in the morning. My colleagues love it! —Sharon Gerst, North Liberty, Iowa

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Carrot-Parsnip BisqueTaste of Home

Carrot-Parsnip Bisque

Warm and comforting, this delicious soup makes a pretty presentation. Easy to prepare, it's a treat to serve for family dinners and special enough for guests. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

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Provencal Ham & Bean SoupTaste of Home

Provencal Ham & Bean Soup

There is nothing quite like the wonderful feeling of when you open the door and smell this delicious stew bubbling away in the slow cooker. To make preparation even easier, I like to start it the night before, and then all I have to do is turn on the slow cooker in the morning. —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, British Columbia

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Mexican Cabbage Roll SoupTaste of Home

Mexican Cabbage Roll Soup

I love sharing our humble and hearty soup made with beef, cabbage and green chiles. A blast of cilantro gives it a sunshiny finish. —Michelle Beal, Powell, Tennessee

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Turkey and Dumpling SoupTaste of Home

Turkey and Dumpling Soup

To show some love at a family gathering, I fill a stockpot with this rich turkey soup brimming with veggies, potatoes and dumplings. —Lea Lidel, Leander, Texas

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Wild Rice Mushroom SoupTaste of Home

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

I think mushrooms often get used only as a seasoning or added flavor, but I think they are delicious enough to be the main part of a meal. This recipe uses a large quantity of mushrooms and the result is delicious. Even though this contains some dairy, this soup freezes quite well! —Wendy Campbell, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

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Spicy Sweet Potato & Chickpea SoupTaste of Home

Spicy Sweet Potato & Chickpea Soup

I love hearty, healthy entree soups, and a bowl of this southwestern sweet potato-soup really satisfies. I add a can of chickpeas for protein, making it ideal for an easy dinner. And it reheats and even freezes beautifully, so I often make a double batch. —Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas

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Salmon Dill SoupTaste of Home

Salmon Dill Soup

This is the best soup I have ever made, according to my husband, who loves salmon so much that he could eat it every day. Salmon is a treat for both of us, so when I get some, I try to make it a very special dish like this one. —Hidemi Walsh, Plainfield, Indiana

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Greek Tomato Soup with OrzoTaste of Home

Greek Tomato Soup with Orzo

My recipe for manestra, which means "orzo" in Greek, is a straightforward and very easy to make recipe. You only need a few steps to transform simple ingredients into a creamy one-pot-wonder in about 30 minutes. —Kiki Vagianos, Melrose, Massachusetts

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Southwest-Style Wedding SoupTaste of Home

Southwest-Style Wedding Soup

I turned leftover ground chicken into meatballs and dreamed up this cozy southwestern soup. Now my Italian family asks for it over traditional wedding soup. —Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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Italian Sausage Zucchini SoupTaste of Home

Italian Sausage Zucchini Soup

My mom used to make this recipe. Whenever I decide to make it, it reminds me of her, taking me back to days of my childhood. —Louise Kline, Fort Myers, Florida

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Garden Vegetable & Herb SoupTaste of Home

Garden Vegetable & Herb Soup

I submitted this recipe to a local newspaper and won first prize. I make this hearty soup whenever my family needs a good dose of veggies. —Jody Saulnier, Woodstock, New Hampshire

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Shortcut Sausage MinestroneTaste of Home

Shortcut Sausage Minestrone

I call this surprisingly good soup my “kick-butt” soup for its soothing powers. My daughter-in-law always asks for this soup when in need of a healing touch. —Marta Smith, Claremont, Pennsylvania

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White Bean Soup with Rosemary & ParmesanTaste of Home

White Bean Soup with Rosemary & Parmesan

This hearty soup is a nice change of pace from boring old chicken noodle. Fresh veggies and rosemary lend fantastic flavor the whole family will love. —Jerry Gulley, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Simple Asparagus SoupTaste of Home

Simple Asparagus Soup

My family and friends love this soup. It's elegant and unusual, but the hardest part of making it is occasional stirring. —Kathryn Labat, Raceland, Louisiana

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Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread BowlTaste of Home

Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie’s Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

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Easy Pork PosoleTaste of Home

Easy Pork Posole

Looking for a meal in a bowl? Sit down to a Mexican classic full of cubed pork, sliced sausage, hominy and more. It all goes into the slow cooker, so you can come home at night to a table-ready dinner. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

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Creamy Root Veggie SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Root Veggie Soup

On chilly nights, we fill the pot with parsnips and celery root for a smooth, creamy soup. Garlic, bacon and fresh thyme make it even better. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan

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French Onion Soup with MeatballsTaste of Home

French Onion Soup with Meatballs

I got the idea for how to make this soup after I went to a brewhouse restaurant that put ale in their gravy. I make this every time the weather starts to cool down in the fall—it's comfort food for the soul. —Crystal Holsinger, Surprise, Arizona

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Roasted Autumn Vegetable SoupTaste of Home

Roasted Autumn Vegetable Soup

Roasting sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips brings out their best features. Blend them, and you have a warm, healthy soup for a cool fall night. —Stephanie Flaming, Woodland, California

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