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50 Winter Soups to Cozy Up To

Warm up on the chilliest of winter nights with these winter soups, stews and chilis. Filled with hearty ingredients, bowls will be brimming with flavor in every spoonful.

Spicy Veggie & Lentil Soup

I enjoy this recipe because it’s meatless, easy on the pocket 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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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 Soup

I decided to add some character to a basic potato chowder by adding 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 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 Soup

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

I came up with this recipe one day when I had some leftover bratwurst. It's 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 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 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 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 Soup

My 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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Anything Goes Sausage Soup

I call this recipe "anything goes" because you can add or take out a variety of ingredients, and the soup still turns out absolutely delicious. It's impossible to have just one bowl, unless of course your first bowl is huge and filled to the brim! —Sheena Wellard, Nampa, Idaho
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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 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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Hearty Hunter's Stew

Moist, tender meat and thick, rich gravy are the hallmarks of this classic recipe slow-simmered in a cast-iron pot. —Joyce Worsech, Catawba, Wisconsin
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Italian Sausage Kale Soup

My mom dehydrates the last pick of tomatoes from her garden each fall—perfect for quick soups like this one. When I have time to prepare dried beans, I do—but don't worry if you don't. Canned beans are just as good. —Lori Terry, Chicago, Illinois
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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 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 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 Chili 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 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 perfect on busy weeknights in the winter. —Genise Krause, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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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 sipping it in front of our fireplace as well. —Guy Turnbull, Arlington, Massachusetts
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Garbanzo Gazpacho

This chunky chilled soup is terrific in warm weather, but our family loves it so much I often prepare it in winter, too. I made some slight changes to suit our tastes, and the fresh flavorful combination has been a favorite ever since.—Mary Ann Gomez, Lombard, Illinois
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Bacon, Beef and Barley Soup

With a medley of barley, beef and vegetables, this thick, stew-like soup is brimming with flavor and texture. Every spoonful will warm you from head to toe on cold winter evenings.—Rachel Kohnen, Pomeroy, Iowa
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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 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 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 Soup

I love sharing our humble and hearty soup made with beef, cabbage and green chilies. A blast of cilantro gives it a sunshiny finish. —Michelle Beal, Powell, Tennessee
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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 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, it freezes quite well! —Wendy Campbell, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
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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 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 Orzo

My recipe for manestra, which means orzo in Greek, is straightforward and very easy to make. A few steps is all it takes to transform simple ingredients into a creamy, tomatoey one-pot wonder in about 30 minutes. —Kiki Vagianos, Melrose, Massachusetts
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Southwest-Style Wedding Soup

I turned leftover hamburgers 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 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 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 Minestrone

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