7 Soups to Combat the Cold

It’s getting to be that time again, where all you want to do is snuggle up in bed, with a nice cup of hot chocolate, and a holiday movie playing, but we can’t all just sit around drinking hot chocolate all day.

 

Why not make one of these easy soups that will warm you right up, and it’s also healthy!

Soup

Ingredients

Directions

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serves 8

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked
  • 1 cup white hominy
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • crushed tortilla chips
  • sliced avocado
  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • chopped green onions

 

  1. In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft. Stir in chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in corn, hominy, chiles, beans, cilantro, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips, avocado slices, cheese, and chopped green onion.

Clam Chowder

Serves 6

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 5 unpeeled potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams with juice
  • 2 (1.8 ounce) packages dry leek soup mix
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  1. Place the bacon in a large pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisped and browned, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pot. Set the bacon aside. Stir the potatoes and carrots into the bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Pour the juice from the clams into the pot, and add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes.Gently stir the leek soup mix into the potatoes until no lumps of soup remain. Stir in the clams, reserved bacon, and half-and-half cream. Cook and stir until the chowder returns to a simmer and thickens, about 10 minutes more.

Minestrone Soup

Serves 8

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 5 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans
  • 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
  • 3 zucchinis, quartered and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup seashell pasta
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. In a large stock pot, over medium-low heat, heat olive oil and saute garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add celery and carrots, saute for 1 to 2 minutes.Add chicken broth, water and tomato sauce, bring to boil, stirring frequently. If desired add red wine at this point. 
  2. Reduce heat to low and add kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves, zucchini, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, the longer the better.
  3. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain water and set aside.Once pasta is cooked and soup is heated through place 2 tablespoons cooked pasta into individual serving bowls. 
  4. Ladle soup on top of pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Spray with olive oil and serve.

Split Pea and Ham Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 1 pound ham bone
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a medium pot, saute onions in oil. Add the split peas, ham bone, and enough water to cover ingredients; season with salt and pepper.Cover, and cook until there are no peas left, just a green liquid, 2 hours. While it is cooking, check to see if water has evaporated. You may need to add more water as the soup continues to cook.Once the soup is a green liquid remove from heat, and let stand so it will thicken. Once thickened you may need to heat through to serve.

Tomato Bisque

Serves 4

  • 2 pounds tomatoes
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart milk
  1. Run the tomatoes through a food mill to remove the seeds and skins, and place in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the bouillon, sugar, salt, bay leaf, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. (If you’re going to can this mixture, process it now.)
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour all at once to form a roux, cook 1 minute. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, cooking and stirring constantly until thickened. Stir into tomato mixture and heat through.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups egg noodles
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes. Pour in chicken and vegetable broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.

French Onion Soup

Serves 6

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups sliced onions
  • 4 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices French bread
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese, diced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

  1. Melt butter with olive oil in an 8 quart stock pot on medium heat. Add onions and continually stir until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add beef broth, sherry and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 30 minutes.Heat the oven broiler.
  3. Ladle soup into oven safe serving bowls and place one slice of bread on top of each (bread may be broken into pieces if you prefer). Layer each slice of bread with a slice of provolone, 1/2 slice diced Swiss and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Place bowls on cookie sheet and broil in the preheated oven until cheese bubbles and browns slightly.

 

 

Happy Cooking!

 

 

all recipes and photos from http://www.allrecipes.com

 

What’s your favourite kind of soup?

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