Our 11 Most Popular Soup Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

Pair these cozy soups with your favorite fuzzy blanket.

February 11, 2019

I don't know why, but freezing temperatures and even snow storms never bother me in December. Maybe it's all of the holiday cheer or the fact that I finally get to break out my favorite winter boots, but the seasonal doldrums never really set in for me until February or so—aka, right about now. At this point, those picture-perfect flurries have lost their charm, and I'm sick of the coat I was thrilled to snag on Black Friday.

In times like these, one of the only things that helps is cooking. During this time of year, I keep cheesy baked pastas and slow-cooked braises on repeat—but nothing comforts me quite like a big batch of soup. Because no matter what type of soup I'm making, whether it's a tangy hot and sour or classic chicken and rice, slurping something down to the bottom of the bowl always makes me feel warm and cozy.

From a Tuscan onion soup that's oh-so-simple to a roasted carrot soup you'd never guess was vegan, these endlessly popular recipes make long winter nights feel a lot less chilly—and 100 times more delicious.

Our Best Soup Recipes

1. Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Let the slow cooker work its magic in this set-it-and-forget-it recipe, which has all the chicken Parmesan flavors you know and love packed into a single soup bowl.

2. Easy, Lemony Chicken & Rice Soup with Dill

Fresh herbs, mouth-puckering lemons, and loads of vegetables (parsnips, carrots, celery, onion) bring alllll that brothy flavor to this chicken and rice soup. This recipe's a winner no matter how you're feeling, but if you happen to be under the weather, it's a no-brainer.

3. Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup

When reviewing this Genius hot and sour soup, Food52 user kerry.mossler wrote: "I have made this over and over. Perfect every time, and my kids favorite. Only problem is you will never order it out again!" I rest my case.

4. Marcella Hazan's Rice & Smothered Cabbage Soup

You might know Marcella Hazan best for her famous tomato sauce, but this creamy, risotto-ish soup deserves some love, too. The cabbage gets smothered in garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper, before getting slow-cooked and mixed with broth, Arborio rice, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Tomato sauce, who?

5. Roasted Carrot Soup

A taste of this creamy carrot soup will have you wondering how it could possibly be vegan. Its (not-so-secret) secret: quickly broiled carrots and a whir of the immersion blender (or standard blender).

6. Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup

Roasted poblanos, soaked hominy, and tender shredded chicken star in this wonderfully spicy posole soup. Just don't forget to top off your bowlful with a squeeze of lime and sprinkling of fresh oregano for a little extra oomph.

7. Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night

It's all in the title: Whip up a batch of this hearty, soul-warming soup—complete with herbs, garlicky sausage, and aromatic red wine—for the perfect antidote to below-freezing temperatures.

8. J. Kenji López-Alt's 15-Minute Creamy (Vegan) Tomato Soup

Yet another Genius recipe to (unsurprisingly) make its way onto this list, Kenji's super-speedy tomato soup maximizes flavor and minimizes time spent over the stove. For the best results, serve alongside toasty bread or grilled cheese.

9. Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup

This cauliflower soup from Chez Panisse alum Paul Bertolli might look plain, but the taste is anything but. Light, fresh-tasting, and perfectly smooth, this recipe lets cauliflower shine without making too much of a fuss.

10. Instant Pot No-Soak Black Bean Soup (With Alllll of the Toppings)

If you're craving something simple and satisfying, like right now, this black bean soup is just what you should make. Let the Instant Pot do its thang and garnish with anything that strikes your fancy, be it quick-pickled onions, hot sauce, Greek yogurt, or avocado.

11. Tuscan Onion Soup (Carabaccia)

This Tuscan onion soup might just be the easiest recipe on this list, but that doesn't make it any less delicious. Crack a few eggs into the still-simmering soup, top with Parmesan cheese, and sop up the broth with crusty bread for an ultra-comforting meal you'll want to make on repeat.

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Top Comment:
“Paul Bertolli's cauliflower soup is one I make regularly. I just tried Marcella Hazan's smothered cabbage and rice on Friday night and loved it. I'll have to try some of these other recipes, too!”
— Noreen F.

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Susan K. March 9, 2019
I love cabbage. This is one recipe my whole family loves. It's very simple.Saute shredded
cabage large half,thinly sliced celery three stalks and small onion in an iron skillet. Brown one lb.ground beef, drain.
In the skillet add one can crushed tomatoes with juice one small can tomato sauce. Add small amount of hot sauce, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.Add a cup of water.Cover and simmer medium heat until cabbage is tender,


Rita V. March 3, 2019
That Tuscan Onion Soup is one of our house favorites now. Killer. And the Cauliflower soup. I didn't see the parsnip soup, but that's ok because its one of my top favorites of the year! Oh Food52, where have you been my whole life?!
Jackie D. February 11, 2019
I love to make and eat soup. We're a family or 4, all crazy pasta eaters, but me, I make my own soups, maybe max 4 portions at a time, keep a few in the fridge, the rest I'll freeze. One favorite combo for me is peas, leeks. mushrooms, pineapple chunks, chopped lettuce, good veggie broth and in the end I season with lemon juice and fresh erbs of my choice. It's great when you feel a little bloated, the ingrediets make for a depurative , but tasty soup.
Noreen F. February 11, 2019
Paul Bertolli's cauliflower soup is one I make regularly. I just tried Marcella Hazan's smothered cabbage and rice on Friday night and loved it. I'll have to try some of these other recipes, too!
Joan M. February 11, 2019
Thank you for this considerate post. Food for thought and body, indeed.
Bevi February 11, 2019
I cannot count the number of times I have made Antonia James' lentil soup. It's equally delicious with or without the greens. I like to use sliced kielbasa in the version I make. Highly recommended for these cold, wintry nights.
Eric K. February 11, 2019
Eric K. February 11, 2019
I don't have a fuzzy blanket, so I think I'll make one of these soups tonight.