I realized earlier this month that I ate soup for two weeks straight, but it was SO necessary. I was fighting a bad cold and soup is one of the best antidotes. It’s warming, spicy, fragrant (even if you can’t really smell), and comforting.
I decided to roundup a few of my favorite soups below. It’s not an exhaustive list but it includes some of my favorite recipes including miso-tahini squash soup, French lentil soup, and classic chicken noodle soup. These soups will get you through the cold winter months and remind you that eventually, spring will come.
I enjoyed digging through my archives to find these. I’d forgotten about some of them including sunchoke soup with thyme, which sounds super intimidating but is actually pretty easy to make (as long as you can find sunchokes). I want to make that one again soon.
I did not include gazpacho on the list because I can’t/won’t think about cold soups during the winter. If you want some good recipes, though, just search my archives for “gazpacho.” I have a good recipe posted that calls for sungold tomatoes, which are popular during the summer at farmers’ markets.
I’m sick of writing “soup” so I’ll just cut to the chase. Here’s a roundup of the best soup recipes on Allez Le Food:
1.) French Lentil Stew with Mushrooms and Kale
This soup got me through a very cold winter in Washington, D.C. It’s full of hearty ingredients including lentils and garlic, and it has thyme and white wine, so your apartment/house/dwelling will smell amazing while you’re cooking it.
2.) Seven Spice Chickpea Stew with Spinach
As you can tell from the beginning of this post, 2016 was a very cold winter in D.C. and I relied on soup to get me through. This soup is skillet friendly so you can make it on the stove top, stirring occasionally for the best results.
3.) Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
There are few soups as comforting as classic chicken noodle. I rely on this soup to get me through sickness, cold weather, and any other obstacles that winter throws my way. The best part about this recipe? You don’t even need to cook a whole chicken.
4.) Miso-Tahini Squash Soup
If you like multi-layered flavors in soup, this one is for you. There’s a lot going on in this miso-tahini squash soup but it works in its favor. Ginger, turmeric, and squash all come together to create something spicy and warming. Pair it with brown rice for an even heartier meal.
5.) Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
I made this soup with my sister a couple years ago and it is so. good. You can make it in a slow cooker, which shaves off a lot of steps in the cooking process. Your house will smell so good as it cooks. Caramelized onions, baguette, thick, melted cheese…what more do you need in life?
6.) Tomato Bread Soup
I’m a big fan of bread in soup, which brings me to this tomato bread soup. It’s a playful take on classic tomato soup that calls for any day-old bread you have lying around. If you don’t have any bread, it’s a perfect excuse to buy some and then not close the bag all the way for a couple days.
7.) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lentil Soup
Winter calls for slow cooker recipes and this sweet potato lentil soup is one of my favorites. It requires minimal effort but yields maximum taste. If you want to spice things up, consider adding some hot sauce or harissa to the mix.
8.) Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup
A lot of times during the winter, I go out for Thai food just so I can have a spicy, warming soup. If you’re feeling ambitious and want to make one at home, this soup is for you. It’s full of noodles, red curry, garlic, and ginger. Just writing about it makes me hungry.
9.) Carrot Turmeric Coconut Soup
This soup gets a big lift from coconut milk, which gives it a thick, velvety texture. Double or triple the recipe for the maple-glazed nuts on top and use them in other dishes such as salad.
10.) Sunchoke Soup with Thyme
I made this soup a few years ago with a friend when I was living in D.C. I forgot about it until today, not because it’s forgettable but probably because it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime soups. It requires a lot of ingredients including sunchokes, which can be hard to find in grocery stores. If you find them, though, this soup is worth making. I wouldn’t make it every week but now that I’ve found it again, I want to make it at least once or twice a year.
Enjoy these soups! Here’s a song that reminds me of this list.