30 Hearty Winter Soups to Warm You Up After a Day Outside
Chilled to the bone after a day spent in icy winter weather? Try one of our favorite cozy and hearty soup recipes — there's no better way to warm up from within. Whether you're in the mood for something veggie-packed and nutritious (like this Kale White Bean and Farro Stew or this Japanese Winter Squash and Leek Soup) or pure comfort food in a bowl (may we recommend Suzanne's Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup or this Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup?), you'll find a new favorite in this collection of hearty winter soup recipes.
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Classic Hearty Beef Stew
It doesn't get much heartier than this basic winter-weather stew. "This classic beef stew recipe makes sure you really make the most of each step of the cooking process to end up with a beautiful, rich, and hearty beef stew," says recipe creator Matthew Francis.
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Taco Soup
Kale White Bean and Farro Stew
Suzanne's Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
"This variation on crack chicken noodle soup cooked in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot has just a few changes and some extra cheese," says recipe creator Suzanne. "Still as quick and easy as the original and even more delicious. This soup also freezes very well in resealable plastic bags!"
Oh-So-Good Chicken Vegetable Soup
This aptly named chicken soup is comfort incarnate. Though the recipe was developed for the stovetop, it can easily be adapted for the slow cooker.
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Italian Lentil Soup
"I wanted to make something substantial involving lentils ... and this was truly delicious and colorful," says recipe creator lmac. "My steak-and- potatoes-lovin' husband thought it was great, and he didn't even complain that it didn't have actual meat in it."
West African-Style Peanut Stew with Chicken
This hearty one-pot recipe, which appears in Ellie Krieger's cookbook Whole in One: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet, employs African-inspired spices and makes good use of chicken, sweet potatoes, and collard greens.
Creamy Pork Stew
"This creamy pork stew is one of my favorite cold weather dishes of all time," says Chef John. "You can add squash, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, mushrooms, root vegetables — it's quite versatile. And if pork isn't your thing, this would be lovely with veal, beef, or chicken thighs."
Chef John's Beef and Barley Stew
"This beautiful bowl of beef and barley would be perfect for your next super-storm," according to Chef John. "When it comes to stick-to-your-ribs stews, it doesn't get any better than shank. There's so much gelatin-producing connective tissue, that it makes an especially satisfying sauce for your meat and grain."
Hearty Meatball Soup II
What more could you want in a cozy winter recipe? Full of canned and frozen veggies, pasta, and easy meatballs, this delicious soup will quickly become a staple in your recipe box.
One-Skillet Hearty Chili and Cornbread
Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup
This soup recipe is as healthy as it is hearty. Citrus lovers will absolutely adore the flavorful punch that comes from an ample amount of lime juice, but you can easily leave it out if you're not a fan of lime.
Hearty Hamburger Soup
Bubbie's Hearty Matzo Ball Soup
"This recipe has been in our family for generations," says recipe creator becky. "Some family members say it started with our great-great-grandmother Bubbie Rose. My husband, her great-great-grandson, has put his own twist on it by adding extra vegetables and fresh dill which we think sets this soup above the rest."
Quick and Hearty Corn Chowder
Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup
Bryan's Spicy Red Lentil Soup
Full of flavor and fiber, this warming soup is quick and easy. It comes together in less than an hour, so it's the perfect recipe to have on hand for busy winter weeknights.
Hash Brown Potato Soup
This carb-loaded recipe serves 16 people, but it's easy to cut in half. What makes this potato soup so special? It uses three packages of frozen hash brown potatoes.
Creamy Italian White Bean Soup
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
Vegan Japanese Winter Squash and Leek Soup
Wintertime French Style Split Pea Soup
Ranch Taco Soup
Tuscan Chard and Cannellini Bean Soup
"This is a hearty, wonderful soup that takes a very short time to make," says recipe creator Callinectes Sapidus. "If you have a rind from a piece of Parmiggiano Reggiano, add it to the broth as you cook; if you don't, you may want to add grated Parmesan cheese to the soup."