Recipe Roundup: 10 Hearty Winter Soups to Make in Less than an Hour

Snow. Wind. Frigid temperatures. Winters like these usually leave me craving a warm bowl of soup. It’s one of those comfort foods that never really gets old. The problem I have, though, is choosing what soup to eat. 

Canned soup is always easy. Just crack open the can, pour it into a bowl, zap in the microwave, and violà! You’re done. But, in the end, I’m usually not satisfied. Either the meat isn’t fresh, the broth is way to salty, or it just doesn’t fill me up.

Homemade soup, on the other hand, almost never disappoints me. Making soup from scratch can seem tedious, especially when it involves a slow cooker, a food processor, hours of your time, and 20+ ingredients. Finding simple yet tasty soup recipes can be a challenge, which is why I put together this delightful list. These soups made the cut because they:

  • Take less than 50 minutes to make
  • Require 15 ingredients or less
  • Are filling, with enough protein and fiber
  • Are delicious, with a variety of flavors and cuisines (a.k.a. not just your typical chicken noodle soup)

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1. TURKEY CHILI

This turkey chili is perfectly spiced and hearty with a mix of ground turkey, kidney beans and corn—you won’t even miss the beef! It’s an quick recipe to make for game day eats.

Turkey Chili- Ambitious Kitchen.jpgSource: Ambitious Kitchen

2. TUSCAN KALE AND BEAN SOUP

If you’re in the mood for something Italian, try this savory Tuscan soup. The blend of vegetables, beans, and herbs brings me back to when I was eating my way through Italy. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top and you’re good to go!

Tuscan Kale and Bean Soup- PreventionRD.jpgSource: Prevention RD

3. HAM AND POTATO SOUP

Now, if you’re more a meat-and-potatoes kind of person, this creamy ham and potato soup is just for you. Bonus: it’s gluten-free and dairy-free for those with allergies or intolerances.

Ham and Potato Soup- The Real Food RDs.jpgSource: The Real Food Dietitians

4. TOMATO LENTIL SOUP

Most lentil soups that I’ve tried kind of just taste blahh. It seems like there is always something missing. This lentil soup is different, though. With tomatoes, peppers, chilis, and a mix of spices, it has the right boost of flavor.

Tomato Lentil Soup- Wholefully.jpgSource: Wholefully

5. ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP WITH QUINOA

This one’s a twist on your traditional Italian wedding soup, but it’s equally delicious. Plus, with all the meatballs, quinoa, and veggies, it’s loaded with protein and fiber to keep you full.

Italian Wedding Soup- Love&Zest.jpgSource: Love & Zest

6. SPINACH ARTICHOKE PESTO TORTELLINI SOUP

If you’re looking for something a little more carb-y, try this tortellini soup. It’s like spinach artichoke dip, but better. With just 9 ingredients and 15 minutes of cooking time, it’s also quick and easy to make.

Spinach Artichoke Pesto Tortellini- Two Peas.jpgSource: Two Peas and Their Pod

7. CREAMY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Campbell’s chicken noodle soup is easy, but when you use fresh chicken, noodles, and veggies to make soup from scratch it’s hard to go back to the canned version. Plus, the creaminess of this soup makes it soup-er satisfying.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup- Well Plated.jpgSource: Well Plated

8. GINGER TOFU AND VEGETABLE SOUP

Looking for a soup with a more savory, umami flavor? With a blend of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and bok choy, this Asian noodle soup is the perfect choice. To all the tofu skeptics out there: give it a try!

Ginger Tofu and Vegetable Soup- AvocadoADay.jpgSource: Avocado A Day Nutrition

9. CHICKEN AND RICE FAJITA SOUP

Like the turkey chili, this soup definitely has a kick to it. Luckily the rice and beans are there to help you handle the spiciness a little better. Bonus: you only need one pot and 25 minutes for cooking time.

Chicken and Rice Fajita- PreventionRD.jpgSource: Prevention RD

10. CHICKPEA FARRO TOMATO SOUP

Farro is one of those whole grains that tends to stay under the radar. If you’ve never tried it before, now is your chance! Cooked similarly to rice, farros’s nutty flavor makes it a tasty alternative to more common whole grains—especially in this soup.

Chickpea Farro Tomato Soup-Two Peas.jpgSource: Two Peas and Their Pod


Note: This article was originally published here in the Friedman Sprout.

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