While some people can go for a good bowl of soup anytime of the year, even they would probably agree that it seems to be especially satisfying on a chilly winter’s night. There’s just something warm and cozy about soup, making it the perfect choice to eat and sip while sitting by the window and watching the snow fall outside.
You don’t necessarily want just any kind of soup in the winter, though, as a light, broth-heavy soup isn’t likely going to hit the spot after you’ve been trudging through the snow all day. And at the same time, if you’re especially busy with work or school, you don’t want something that’s going to take hours to make either. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 3 quick, hearty, and above all delicious soups to help get you through those busy winter nights.So, fire up the stove and get that pot out – let’s get cooking!
Sausage, Potato, and Spinach Soup
If you’re looking for a protein-packed soup after a long winter’s hike, then you’ve got to try this sausage, potato, and spinach soup. More specifically, this recipe uses spicy Italian sausage, red potatoes, and baby spinach along with garlic, onion, chicken broth, heavy cream, and assorted spices to create a quick, easy, and hearty recipe in just 30 minutes!
Reviewers rave about how delicious this soup recipe is, and how easily you can make substitutions depending on your food preferences and dietary restrictions. For example, if you’re dairy-free, then you can easily switch out the cream for something like almond milk.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Winter time and a slow cooker seem to go hand in hand, so if you’ve been itching to break yours out then you have the perfect opportunity with this slow cooker split pea soup recipe. All you need is 10 minutes in the morning to prep some split green peas, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and ham, and then put them in your slow cooker with some herbs, spices, and chicken stock. Then, depending on your schedule, set the timer for 4-5 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low, and you’ll have a hearty, healthy meal waiting for you at the end of the day.
If you want to increase the smoky, savory flavor of the soup, then consider switching out the chicken stock for ham stock. And, if you don’t have any diced ham on hand, you could always put in a nice, meaty ham bone instead.
Hearty Italian Meatball Soup
If you don’t want to have to slice and chop meat and vegetables in order to get your soup fix, then try this hearty Italian meatball soup recipe. Just throw some beef broth, canned tomatoes with garlic and onions, and Italian seasoning in a pot with frozen meatballs, frozen Italian vegetables, and dried pasta to get a flavorful and satisfying soup in under 30 minutes. Don’t forget to top with parmesan cheese!
Just one tip from reviewers: some found that the frozen meatballs they used were a little too big to easily eat in the soup, so they cut them before putting them in or used smaller, homemade ones instead.