You know no matter what the groundhog said, there’s more winter ahead, right? And that means it’s going to be cold and miserable (Unless you’re somewhere in Florida or Hawaii or California or something…then congrats - you already are warm, more than likely!)
What’s great for cold and miserable winter days (or rainy and miserable spring days)?
A nice, velvety, warm mug of soup you can wrap your entire body around. Something that’s simmered for some time, melding flavors together into a symphony of comforting flavors waiting to warm you up from the inside out and give you that “homey” feeling.
And sure, you can order soup from Grubhub and chance getting a greasy topped French onion that’s lost a lot of its charm, but you can also turn the stove on, chop a few ingredients, warm up your kitchen and give yourself the gift of a nice warm pot of soup you can eat from all day and then freeze for the next round of dreary doldrums.
Here’s three of our absolute favorite soups to wake up your weekly routine and comfort you with their warmth and depth of flavors. And don’t worry - we’ve tested these recipes time and again and can tell you they’re worth the effort!
White Lightning Chicken Chili:
Let’s start with a chili that’s been a favorite for a lot of reasons for me personally. This was one of the first chilis I ever made when I first started cooking, and it’s also representative of my time in New Mexico, where you can’t eat anything without a little bit of green chile in or on it. I love some good spicy heat to go with my hot soup and this is one of my favorite ways to get that. It’s easy to make, you can skip the dairy if you’re lactose intolerant or want to eat a little healthier, you can add more or hotter green chiles to dial up the spice if you’re a chilehead, or sub in a rotisserie chicken if you don’t feel like cooking chicken on your own today, and it’s great with a whole plethora of toppings and dippers. Consider this instead of your standard beef and bean chili as the big game approaches!
West African Ground Nut Stew:
Here’s one for anyone who’s grown tired of the same ol’ soups that every salad bar and grandma’s cabinet has to offer. It’s rich, comforting and full of bold flavors and it’ll be a new favorite for sure. It even got the lifelong sweet potato hater in me to acquiesce!
Broccoli Cheddar Soup:
I like variety, and I love trying out new flavor combinations, but I’m also into the classics. Tomato soup and grilled cheese, pumpkin spice if it’s your thing, and DEFINITELY broccoli cheddar soup. It’s a classic for a reason, and that creamy, cheesy goodness is tops. Go all out on the cheese with expensive sharp cheddar or a mix of fantastic cheeses and see where it takes you!