No matter whether you’re feeding your immediate family or a whole room full of guests, soup really does make a great meal. In addition, my family generally does love a wide variety of soups! Yeah, we are the weird people that eat soup all year round… even during the hot summer. Why? Because it’s easy, loaded with healthy veggies and oh, so yummy!
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A big bowl of hot soup is just what you need to help you stay warm. Here are some of our favorites!
First on my list: Clam Chowder! This is a soup that my family enjoys every Christmas! Surprisingly, even my children love this wonderfully creamy soup that’s loaded with clams.
A deliciously creamy soup that's loaded with amazing flavor.
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour OR 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 cups milk, 2% or whole
- 1 cup clams, in juice
- 1 cup diced potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1. In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onion and celery until tender. Add garlic; sauté until fragrant.
- 2. Remove from heat. Add flour or cornstarch, mix well. Add milk and whisk mixture until it begins to thicken.
- 3. Separate clams from the juice. Add clam juice to soup. Bring mixture to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to simmer.
- 4. Add diced potatoes and seasonings. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- 5. Add clams and simmer an additional 5 minutes.
- 6. Add half and half. Remove from heat.
Easy Oyster Stew Recipe
Both my mother and my grandmother make an Easy Oyster Stew Recipe on Christmas Eve (although it is good at any time of the year). Not only is it brimming with delicious oysters, but it’s also naturally gluten-free.
We love chili and eat it all year! This is one of my children’s favorite meals (which is why I cook this so often). We like to eat chili similar to nachos by topping it with sour cream and cheddar cheese and eating it with tortilla chips.
This naturally gluten-free chili is a hearty and classic soup that my entire family loves.
- 1 pound ground beef
- medium onion, diced
- bell pepper, diced
- 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
- 2 cans (15-ouncs, each) chili beans plus juice
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15.25-ounces) can corn, drained (frozen corn can be substituted)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (adjust the amount to taste)
- Optional toppings: sour cream, cheddar cheese, crackers or tortilla chips
- Cook ground beef in a skillet until browned. Remove beef and all but 2 tablespoons of drippings from skillet.
- Add diced onion and pepper to skillet and sauté with remaining drippings until tender.
- Add beef, onion, pepper, and all remaining ingredients to a slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 3-4 hours.
*This soup is naturally gluten-free.
*Omit ground beef for a vegetarian soup.
Benny’s Famous Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chili
Right along with Classic Chili, is a steamy, hot bowl of Benny’s Famous Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chili! This scrumptious chili recipe isn’t your average chili either. It’s loaded with delicious flavors and just the right combination of sweet vs spice. So grab your Crock-pot because this soup is perfect on a cold and blustery day!
Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup
Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup is a hearty soup that doesn’t require a lot of prep work. Simply throw all the ingredients into your crockpot, walk away, and come back to a piping hot meal!
Loaded Baked Potato Soup A.K.A. Bacon Soup
This soup is so good! It would be really unfair and mean of me not to share it with you. We made this soup last night and it smelled AAAHHHmazing! And it tasted AAAHHHmazing!
Now this soup is called Loaded Baked Potato Soup… because it is really similar to a loaded baked potato soup…after all it has the potatoes, the green onion, the cheese. But we call it Bacon Soup…because of the BACON!
Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup
This delicious vegetable soup is preservative-free and gluten-free. Made the good ole’ fashioned way, just like grandma used to do. Scrumptious Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup always seems to be a winner! (Psst, for a fast and easy meal, simply heat-up any leftovers later in the week!)
Cabbage Roll Soup
My oldest brother, Isaac, is pretty adventurous when it comes to cooking and food in general. He loves trying new things and he loves coming up with unique and/or new recipes. The family likes to give him a hard time for liking weird things, but honestly, his creations are amazing!! A few weeks ago he told me about a new soup he had created called, Cabbage Roll Soup. Oh my goodness… I can’t begin to tell you how lip-smacking good this soup really is!
Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli
This Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli has all kinds of fantastic ingredients such as yummy veggies, tomatoes, pasta, beans, and ground beef. The flavors remind me of a combination of an Italian pasta dish and chili soup. So, so good!
One-Pot – Easy Bow Tie Pasta Soup
This One Pot Easy Bow Tie Pasta Soup recipe came from my mother in law. It was a recipe that we made often in the early years of our marriage because it is so fast and easy to make! Plus it makes great leftovers and kids LOVE it!
Everyone needs a chicken noodle soup recipe for those days when you’re feeling under the weather. A bowl of chicken noodle soup tastes amazing on a cold day, even when you’re not sick!
Good old-fashioned soup - just like grandma used to make!
1. Add olive oil, celery, carrots, and onion to a stockpot. Sauté until veggies are tender (approx. 4 minutes). Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer.
2. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
3. Add noodles; cook until noodles are tender.
4. Add shredded chicken; cook until heated thoroughly. Remove bay leaves.
Good old-fashioned soup - just like grandma used to make!
Instant Pot Chicken Chili
The other night for supper I told my family we had a chicken that needed to be cooked. No one could come up with a great idea of what to do with it. I said I wanted it to be fast, easy, healthy and flipping delicious!!! Then we all laughed and laughed because that sort of idea doesn’t really exist.
Hearty Bean and Hamburger Soup
A big steamy bowl of Hearty Bean and Hamburger Soup really hits-the-spot and is super easy to make. The men in your life will love this lip-smacking’ hearty soup!
30-Minute One-Pot Stew
The first time I made this 30 Minute One-Pot Stew I was absolutely amazed at how quickly it came together. It’s super simple to make, flavorful and easy to tweak to make it gluten-free. A perfect meal for a busy weeknight!
It seems that everyone loves Cheeseburger Soup and it’s so easy to make. This soup brings back fond memories of childhood. This is one of those recipes that my mom made often and now I’m making it for my children. Instead of using ground beef try using sausage and toss in a few veggies.
1. Melt butter in a stock pan. 2. Over medium heat, add carrots, celery, and onion and sauté until onions start to become tender. 3. Add chicken broth, browned meat, and spices. 4. Bring chicken broth to a boil and add diced potatoes. Boil until potatoes, carrots, and celery are tender. 5. Turn heat to low and add milk, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and serve. Use any of your favorite vegetables. Mushrooms or diced peppers would also be delicious in this soup. Ground beef is normally used, but ground sausage tastes fantastic too!
1. Melt butter in a stock pan.
2. Over medium heat, add carrots, celery, and onion and sauté until onions start to become tender.
3. Add chicken broth, browned meat, and spices.
4. Bring chicken broth to a boil and add diced potatoes. Boil until potatoes, carrots, and celery are tender.
5. Turn heat to low and add milk, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and serve.
Use any of your favorite vegetables. Mushrooms or diced peppers would also be delicious in this soup.
Ground beef is normally used, but ground sausage tastes fantastic too!
What are your favorite cold-weather soups?
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