The chilly air is setting in, with crisp breezes and cool evenings, where darkness comes earlier and earlier. I do not particular like the freezing winter months here in the Midwest (you can read all about my favorite ways to cope here), but I do enjoy the cozy comforts that come with colder weather. Blankets and slippers, candles and steaming mugs, and a host of soups that fill and warm you! We do lots of big pots of chili here of course…But the cold season is a long one, and it’s fun to branch out. Here’s a hot soup recipe round up, beyond your typical pot of spicy beans, beef and red tomatoes!
The Dutch Oven:
Before we get started on those recipes, let me share with you the one pot you truly need for your kitchen: The Lodge enamel coated cast iron Dutch oven. This pot is my go-to for really any recipe. From stovetop to the oven, I use this Dutch oven for sourdough bread, roasting meat, baking a casserole, homemade spaghetti, and of course – soups! It’s beautiful and big enough to feed a crowd! The enamel coated interior makes it easy to sauté on the bottom, and then seamlessly move on with the recipe, all in the same pot. My momma uses this pot everyday as well, feeding her big crew. Highly recommend!
My very favorite hot soup recipe is first up! I don’t think I could ever get burnt out on a good pot of Zuppa Tuscana. Spicy sausage, potatoes, garlic & onion…Topped with rich cream and kale. Don’t be scared off by the kale! Most folks in our family don’t like kale one bit, but they come back for bowls and bowls of this soup! Another great reason to make this soup? It’s so easy to make it dairy free. Mama Shire has a fantastic recipe over on her lovely blog, using a can of coconut milk, instead of heavy cream – and it tastes amazing! This is my go-to soup for big gatherings, because I know my dairy sensitive friends can still count on a delicious hot meal!
Sausage & Sauerkraut:
This soup may not be appealing if you don’t like sauerkraut, but it’s a truly delicious and hearty dinner! Lisa over at Farmhouse on Boone shares this recipe, using her homemade sauerkraut! But you can use store bought just as easily. This is a simple and flavorful addition to your cozy menu!
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato:
Another yummy recipe from Lisa! This roasted red pepper & tomato is one of my favorites in this hot soup recipe round up! The peppers add so much flavor to the tomato base, it’s the perfect soup to go with a chilly afternoon. Paired with a white cheddar grilled cheese on homemade sourdough, you can’t go wrong!
Italian soup with Ditalini Pasta:
This soup is so very easy, and another hearty, filling meal for the family.
- Throw diced onion, garlic, carrots & celery in a pan (or in your beautiful dutch oven!), and saute with olive oil.
- Once soft and cooked add in sliced mushrooms and about half a can of tomato paste, cooking a few minutes.
- Add 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- Cover with beef broth and add 2 bay leaves, basil, Italian seasoning, and salt & pepper.
- Bring to a simmer and stir in browned ground Italian sausage (OR Italian meatballs if you’re feeling fancy!)
- Boil your Ditalini pasta until al dente, and dish into individual bowls, ladling the soup over top.
This is for the folks who don’t like the sauerkraut taste, but still enjoy a hearty stew with cabbage. Again, my husband isn’t normally a big fan of cabbage, but he loves this soup!
- Sauté diced garlic and onion, with olive oil, salt & pepper, hot pepper, and thyme.
- Add in roughly chopped mushrooms and diced potatoes, and browned ground sausage (sometimes I use Italian sausage, sometimes just regular).
- Add beef broth, covering the pot’s contents plus a couple of extra inches. Bring to a simmer.
- When potatoes are about halfway cooked, add a 1/2 cup of barley (be sure to grab “quick” barley, not the stuff that takes 40 minutes!). Put the lid on and let the barley and potatoes finish cooking.
- At the end, add in however much shredded cabbage you’d like! You could always leave this out, and still have a yummy soup, but the crunch and flavor of the cabbage really makes it wonderful! If I’ve made a huge batch that will last for leftovers, then I serve up the cabbage in our individual bowls, so that it doesn’t get soggy in the soup.
Embracing the Season:
One of my favorite ways to embrace the season is through food…cozy up with these hot soup recipes, and you’re good to go! Need some more soup ideas? Check out my Pinterest board, where I’m always pinning my favorite recipes! I hope you fall in love with one or two of these delicious soups!
Soup’s on, my friends!