Winter is coming. Oh no, wait, actually, it's already here. Although the friendly folks further up north (read: Canada) will probably insist that people down here in New York really don't have anything to worry about when it comes to winter weather, when it's really coming down outside, snow is snow, wind is wind, and soup is a most welcoming prospect.
OK, so, sure, it may be tempting to pop open a can of soup and stick it in the microwave, but that's probably not very resolution friendly. Besides, most canned soups are total salt bombs and full of mushy "vegetables," flaccid noodles, and questionable pieces of "meat." Disappointing every time.
So instead, here are nine fantastic winter soup recipes that are sure to set things right after a romp through the powdery gray (sadly, yes, it always turns gray) stuff on the way home. Highlights include a lovely slow cooker split pea soup that uses leftover ham, and Seamus Mullen's winter market soup recipe, a real treat that's well worth the effort. But with such a fantastic collection of recipes, it's pretty hard to go wrong with any of them.
Cream of mushroom soup
Denise Woodward of Chez Us whips up a versatile cream of mushroom soup that can be made vegetarian and/or gluten-free. Forget the can, and make this comforting treat instead; after all, nothing beats homemade.
Curry pumpkin soup
Sawsan Abu Farha, author of Chef in Disguise, made this curry pumpkin soup recipe in the midst of a huge snowstorm that descended upon her native Jordan. It's a cherished family recipe, and it's definitely a keeper for anyone who has to stay out of the cold.
French onion soup
A piping hot bowl of Matt Moore's French onion soup is a welcome sight on the dinner table for anyone wandering in from the cold. Moore is the author of the blog Have Her Over for Dinner and the eponymous cookbook.
Sometimes, a classic split pea soup is just what the doctor ordered. Barbara Kiebel, author of Creative Culinary, shares her easy slow-cooked version which will be ready by the time dinner rolls around after work. It's a fantastic way to use leftover ham.
Tuscan cabbage soup
The cabbage is a humble and much overlooked ingredient, but Manuela Zangara, author of Manu's Menu, returns it to its rightful place as the star of this traditional Tuscan cabbage soup.
Winter squash soup with citrus-mint pesto
Viviane Bauquet Farre, author of Food & Style, brings some dynamic flavor to a winter favorite that can sometimes become one-dimensional, winter squash soup. She uses a white wine reduction and a refreshing citrus-mint pesto to balance out the sweetness of the squash, with great effect.
Winter market soup
Seamus Mullen's winter market soup is a bracing combination of hearty winter kale and squash, earthy mushrooms, and pearl barley in a lovely broth accented with pungent horseradish and zingy lemon zest.