Cold temperatures and howling winds can mean only one thing: Soup weather is upon us. We collected 7 of our favorite cold weather-friendly recipes, from a comforting lasagna soup to a creamy corn and potato chowder. All you have to do is dust off your biggest pot and get cooking.
When it’s freezing cold outside, you haven’t been to the grocery store in longer than you’d care to admit, and you need to eat something real—now—or you’re gonna lose it, soup has your back. A great soup can turn a few simple ingredients into a big pot of something hearty, comforting, and stick-to-your-ribs satisfying. Best of all, soup is the king of leftovers. It often tastes even better after resting in the fridge for a few days, and it’s easy to reheat in the microwave or on the stove—perfect for those days when you have about 10 minutes between meetings to figure out lunch.
We collected seven of our favorite soup recipes to get you started. Pick any one you like and make a big pot on a frigid Sunday night—you won’t have to worry about lunch all week long.
You don’t have to wait for summer sweet corn season to make a great bowl of corn chowder. Using frozen roasted corn instead of fresh makes the prep work a snap—and it means you can make this comforting, creamy soup when it’s actually cold outside.
You’ve never had butternut squash soup like this before. The avocado leaves and urfa chili add a rich earthiness that makes this take on squash soup totally unique. (Plus, any recipe that calls for ten cloves of garlic just has to be amazing.) It couldn’t be easier to make, too: Toss all the non-liquid ingredients on a baking sheet with oil, roast them up, then purée with milk and stock.
Making soup in the Instant Pot is as easy as dumping the ingredients in, sealing the lid, and pushing the right button. This super-simple chicken enchilada soup is loaded with chicken, veggies, and spicy enchilada sauce, with just enough sour cream to pull it all together—basically, it’s a full meal in a bowl.
Why should regular potatoes get to hog all the toppings? Sweet potatoes taste just as good with cheese, bacon, and sour cream—maybe even better. This simple puréed sweet potato soup is the perfect balance of sweet and savory, with all the toppings you could ask for.
This laid-back take on lasagna is just as much of a crowd-pleaser as the meticulously layered pasta casserole—and about a thousand times easier to make. Just get it simmering, mix up the creamy, cheesy topping, and kick back until it’s time to dig in.
The secret to the best cauliflower soup you’ve ever had is roasting the florets until they’re deeply browned and nutty, then blending them with veggie stock and plenty of butter. Top this silky-smooth bowl of goodness off with a crunchy, nutty mixture of almonds and toasted breadcrumbs for a little textural contrast and boom: You’ve got dinner.
This easy carrot soup uses fennel where you might expect to see celery for an herbaceous, slightly more interesting twist on a classic. Yukon Gold potatoes and heavy cream give it a luxuriously smooth, creamy texture. Speaking of luxury, don’t forget the chopped hazelnuts and sour cream on top—they tie the whole dish together.