Winter can be a depressing time, especially if we aren’t spending it at the ski resort. Bitter cold and a lack of daylight can really get you down in the dumps. But winter also has its positives: soup season. While a nice hot bowl of soup might not make it warmer outside, it can warm the body and spirit; whiskey can too, but that’s for another article. To help fight the winter blues, we’ve selected some hearty soups best served piping hot.
Header image and recipe for Miso Soup with Napa Cabbage and Udon from CHOW

1. Classic Tomato Soup

Had to start with a classic right? Our version of tomato soup gets its richness from canned San Marzano tomatoes and a dash (or 1/3 cup) of heavy cream. Enjoy with some grilled cheese or drink directly out of an oversized mug.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

2. Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Basically this soup is like a melted baked potato. If it’s cold outside and you want to warm up, is there anything else you really want?
Photo and recipe from CHOW

3. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Given that it’s squash season, you might as well take a stab at this easy butternut squash soup. We recommend roasting the squash first so you can scoop out the flesh with a spoon, no fancy knife work needed.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

4. Bacon-and-Egg Soup

Soup for breakfast? Not only is it possible but this version from the Food Network is pretty damn good. That’s true of anything that starts with bacon though, right?
Photo and recipe from Food Network

5. Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles

For the more adventurous cook with a little time on their hands, this pork soup is a great weekend challenge. As one Food52 commenter noted, “this is the most fabulous soup ever.”
Photo and recipe from Food52

6. Mulligatawny Soup

Much to the dismay of the Soup Nazi, you too can make your own mulligatawny. Despite the long list of ingredients (most of which are spices) this dish is easier to make than it looks!
Photo and recipe from Serious Eats

7. Kale and Parmesan Egg Drop Soup

Simple. Delicious. What more do you look for in a soup? Our version of the Italian stracciatella is thickened with eggs and Parmesan cheese, making it an excellent soup to make with ingredients you already have sitting in your fridge.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

8. Kimchi Jjigae

Kimchi Jjigae is to Koreans what a warm bowl of chicken soup is to most Americans: comfort food. Kimchi might sound like an odd ingredient, but once you try this spicy, tangy soup you’ll love it. Pro tip: The longer the kimchi has aged, the better.
Photo and recipe from No Recipes

9. Crockpot French Onion Soup

Just to be clear, there might be less time-consuming versions of French onion soup: This recipe takes around nine hours to make. But like anything that spends all day slowly cooking, the results are worth the wait.
Photo and recipe from How Sweet It Is

10. Italian Vegetable Stew

As Bon Appétit notes, this soup is a perfect excuse to use up some day-old bread. Assuming you don’t go crazy with the Parmesan, this vegetable-packed soup is also a fairly healthy, yet still hearty, choice.
Photo and recipe from Bon Appétit

11. Chocolate Soup

Warm chocolate soup sounds about right for dessert on a cold winter’s night. And this one is about as simple as they come, with only four ingredients: chocolate, cream, coffee, and optional brandy (which will help if you’re really feeling cold).
Photo and recipe from BBC Good Food

Dan McKay is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician—oh wait, that’s Ryan Gosling. Dan is a Philly-based freelance writer, photographer, and digital marketer. He has written for Eater and Thrillist, in addition to other publications. Outside of work, you might run across him in the Asian market or in one of Philly’s local drinking establishments.
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