A cozy blanket, a place by the fire, a snoring puppy at your feet. We could make a long list of everything that makes us feel cozy when we’re at home. Yet, when it comes to what we put on the table, nothing quite accomplishes that feeling of warmth and well-being more than a steaming bowl of soup.
Here are seven tried-and-tested recipes we absolutely love. There are a few options for vegans and vegetarians, soups loaded with protein, a tasty “lasagna soup” that boggles the mind, and a carrot-ginger soup as pretty as a sunset. (You’ll be posting all about it on Instagram.)
We love recipes that make more than you’ll likely be able to finish off in one sitting, giving you lots of options for future meals. This is one of many such recipes on the site: Bite-size turkey meatballs are packed with fresh oregano, grated Parmesan, Panko and a bit of garlic. You can freeze one portion for another day. A simple garlic, onion, chickpea and mustard greens broth is a tasty, aromatic foil to the plump meatballs.
Butternut squash, crisp prosciutto, and pears? Sign us up. We love that this recipe uses prosciutto just as a garnish—one you could skip if pork isn’t your thing. This recipe is straightforward. Roast the squash for the soup, blend it with butter, milk and ginger, and puree it with buttery pears. Top it with pear slices and bits of crunchy prosciutto, and it’s just the thing to trick kids—or yourself—into eating a vegetable-centric meal.
This sunny carrot-coconut soup is as pretty as it is delicious. It bursts with bright notes of ginger, orange, and carrot. Coconut milk lends it an unctuous creaminess, and a garnish of crème fraiche and chives takes it to the next level. We could see serving big bowls of this with fresh bread for supper, or making it as a first course for guests. It’s that lovely.
“Pureed kale” may not sound foxy, but emerald-green and silky-smooth, it can be just stunning in flavor and presentation. This soup has a base of caramelized roast cauliflower and just enough olive oil for a creamy texture. A handful of pine nuts on top deliver the finishing crunch you want. This is a luxurious vegan dish.
Love lasagna but don’t want to deal with the layering of noodles and high maintenance it entails? Lasagna soup to the rescue. It’s got all the flavors you crave—garlic, sausage, Parm, tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella, basil—but you can prepare it in less than an hour. Pre-made sausages are key; you simply spin them with healthy spinach to make tiny meatballs for your soup. (We love, too, time-saving steps like using the same hot water to cook spinach and pasta.)
If you call the barley in this soup “rice” (with your fingers crossed behind your back), you might persuade a child to give it a go, especially when they see it contains meatballs. Sophisticated enough to please an adult palate, but with all the elements kids like—chicken broth; meatballs—this recipe is adaptable for the whole family. (Maybe save that “green thing” garnish for just the adults’ bowls!) If you haven’t had mushrooms and chicken together for a while, this dish will remind you why you love that combo so much.
Have you not made French onion soup yet this winter? Time’s a-wasting! Stunningly simple to prepare, this dish takes a moment to pull together—a little more than an hour—but most of that is hands-off time. If you’re around the house anyways, it’s easy. And boy, is it good: Fresh thyme, good beef stock and Gruyère, white wine, butter, and all the French flavors you crave show up here. (Plus, you can use up stale leftover baguette!) It’s a showstopper of a meal that fits in one bowl, with gooey, lacy cheese that will haunt your dreams.