Thick, rich and hearty soups are a perfect dinner staple for the winter. They’re generally budget friendly, last in the fridge all week, and reheat like a dream. You’ll want to fill your tummy with each of these warm, tasty soups this winter. Here are a few of our favorites to keep you toasty.
Corn and Chicken Chowder
My Corn and Chicken Chowder is a thick and perfectly seasoned soup that my whole family enjoys. The bacon and Old Bay seasoning give it a great flavor that you just have to try! Use a rotisserie chicken from the deli to save time.
- 6 ears of fresh corn, husked and silks removed (or 1-30 ounce can corn and 1-15 ounce can cream corn)
- 6 slices bacon, chopped
- 8 scallions
- 3 medium Idaho potatoes
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 ounces chopped green chiles
- 2 cups roasted chicken, shredded
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Handful of grated cheddar, for garnish
In a large stock pot, fry the bacon pieces until crisp. Remove from the pan, leaving the drippings, and set aside. Peel and chop the potatoes into bite sized chunks. Slice the scallions very thin and separate the greens from the whites. Place the potatoes and white scallion pieces into the stock pot and cook over medium heat until the scallions have softened, 2 or 3 minutes.
Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Pour in the milk, chicken stock, Old Bay, thyme, parsley, cayenne, salt, and pepper, stirring well. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Add corn (If using fresh corn, cut from the cob with a sharp knife. Use the back of your knife to release the pulp from the cob.), chicken, and green chiles. Cook over low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with scallion greens, bacon, and cheddar cheese.
French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup is a classic for a reason! The caramelized onions, toasted baguette croutons, and warm, melty gruyere cheese make for a delightful dinner that will warm you up from the inside out.
Dill Pickle Soup
The perfect combination of sour and savory, all your pickle lovers will be head over heels for this unique soup! It’s ready in less than 30 minutes for an easy and filling weeknight dinner.
A hearty pan full of lasagna doesn’t have to take hours to prepare. Pop it all in a stock pot and make yourself this warm and comforting soup. The ricotta and mozzarella topping really makes this soup special.
Cabbage Roll Soup
This rich, thick soup takes the work out of cabbage rolls! Browned meat, cabbage, and rice are simmered in spices and vegetable juice for a hearty and healthy dinner in a bowl.
Kale Chicken and White Bean Soup
Using a rind of Parmesan to amp up the flavor, this soup is a game changer. Use a rotisserie chicken to make things simple for yourself and you’ll have a hearty soup in less than an hour.
Country Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Potatoes
Loaded with peas and carrots, this soup is thick and rich. The pound of bacon only makes it more satisfying and delicious.