16 Big-Batch Soups to Warm You Up From Your Head to Your Toes

Soul-satisfying dinners for the whole week.

December  3, 2018
Photo by James Ransom

There may be a few reasons why a bowl of homemade soup is one of the most comforting things to eat in the winter. Maybe that it’s seasoned just how you like it. Or that the vegetables aren’t exactly the same size, some small and slurp-able, others still al dente—all delicious. Or it could be that you've made a big batch of it, and that reassuringly full pot of goodness is still on your stove, ready and waiting for second and third helpings.

And that’s exactly what we need at this time of year, right? When we’re scrambling to find the perfect presents and writing greeting cards and hopping from holiday party to holiday party—it feels so good to hunker down with a big mug of soup and a pile of blankets. It’s the sippable self-care we need for this hectic season.

If you’re looking for big-batch comfort to make for week-long satisfaction—and reassurance!—then bubble away one of these 16 warming soup recipes. (And grab a spoon.)

What's your go-to big batch recipe? Share 'em in the comments section below!

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Laurence T. December 16, 2018
I can tell you from experience that the Lemon Chicken Pepe soup is a winner. Have been making this for several years now, and its very versatile. Sometimes I use chickpeas, sometimes cannelini beans, sometimes both and I always goose up the lemon juice to the max. Its wonderful any time of the year (which is a good thing, since Florida rarely experiences “soup weather”...LOL). My neighbors all love this soup...make some, you will too!
Bernadette December 16, 2018
Two hors d'oeuvres--bacon-wrapped scallops at 450 degrees for 16-20 minutes; mini-brie en croute at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes.