Healthy, Nourishing Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm This Winter
Updated: Jan 23
With the blustery weather we've been having lately it's a good time to make some nourishing soup! I love soups because they are easy, nutritious and you can modify them depending on your tastes and what you have on hand. They provide leftovers for the next day and freeze well for later. I wanted to share some of my favorite soup recipes that we make in our house regularly.
To get you started here's how I make chicken stock. You can also use pre-made broths and stocks, but it's really easy to make your own and it adds so much flavor! I usually make stock when we have a leftover rotisserie chicken and it's a great way to use up vegetables in your crisper drawer.
Chicken Stock Recipe
1 chicken carcass
1/2 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed
3-4 sprigs parsley
2 fresh thyme or rosemary sprigs (optional)
1-2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8-10 cups water
Put onion, carrots, celery, garlic, parsley, herbs, salt, and pepper into a large pot. Break up the chicken carcass and put it into the pot with the vegetables. Add water to cover.
Bring to a boil over high heat.
Turn temperature down to a simmer. Partially cover the pot and allow to simmer for 3-4 hours. Add water as needed to keep contents covered.
Strain stock through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Discard vegetables and carcass. Keep stock refrigerated or freeze.
One of my go-to cooks when I'm looking for new recipes is Chef John of Food Wishes. He has a blog and posts his recipe videos on Allrecipes. His videos are entertaining to watch because of his great sense of humor and I recommend checking him out. I love his recipe for Tuscan Bean Soup, which is perfect for a cold day. Definitely make the croutons because they add a delicious crunch to the soup! Here's his recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, too.
Ina Garten is an amazing cook and I love her Winter Minestrone. I think what makes this soup really stand out is the flavor the white wine brings to the soup. This minestrone has so much good stuff in it: vegetables, beans, herbs and greens. This is one I save and have made over and over again.
I used to have a subscription to Cooking Light magazine and that's where I found this recipe for Italian Beef Stew. They focus on healthy, tasty foods and I still check them out on social media for recipe ideas. For this stew recipe I usually add extra vegetables like celery, green beans or potatoes to balance them out with the beef.
Soups are the perfect, nutritious meal for a cold winter day. They are so easy to make and you get the benefits of leftovers, which usually taste even better the next day! I hope you found one you enjoy in this post. Let me know what you think or share some of your favorites in the comments!
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