The chilly weather outside is a perfect reason to spend a little extra time in a warm kitchen whipping up some homemade soups to warm you all the way through. Try one of these tasty recipes when you want an extra cozy, delicious meal.
Butternut Squash Soup
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, has struck gold again with this easy, yet insanely yummy butternut squash soup recipe. A helpful tip: the recipe calls for 1 chopped medium butternut squash, which can prove to be a difficult task. Try making a few slits in the skin of the squash with a sharp knife, and microwaving it for 3-5 minutes to soften the veggie, making it easier to cut or scoop out of the shell.
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
This recipe for an old favorite kicks things up a notch with the addition of two finely diced jalapeños. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, you can easily omit the peppers without changing the overall taste of the recipe.
Horseradish Cheddar Soup
This is another spicy take on a long-time classic: beer-cheese soup – horseradish adds a little zing and umami to this already savory, delicious recipe. As the recipe doesn’t specify what kind of beer to use, the best choice for balancing flavors is a farmhouse or session ale, or a red or brown ale that emphasizes malt over hops.
French Onion Soup
Alton Brown’s recipe for this winter classic is a great blend of easy and upscale and results in a wickedly delicious meal. The recipe calls for canned beef consommé, which is essentially beef stock with a few additions, but don’t worry – Campbell’s sells a version of this broth, so you should be able to find it at your local grocery store.
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Thai Coconut Soup
Though you may have to visit a specialty grocery store or market, the hunt for ingredients will be more than worth it when you taste the end result of this soup. To forewarn you, fish sauce doesn’t smell very pleasant, but it adds an incredible depth of umami to any dish it’s added to.
Stay warm and enjoy making these delicious homemade soups!
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