Best Soup Recipes

Winter in Central Texas is such a strange experience and I have lived here most of my life.  Thanksgiving Day tends to be warm and Christmas Day we typically don’t get to build a snowman.  However, don’t you love those awesome cold fronts that come after a warmish, sticky, and muggy day?!  Once we have a crisp and cold day then get out your Dutch oven or slow cooker and cook up some yummy soup.  And cold wintery nights are the best time to make up a warm hearty soup recipe for your family to have for a couple continuous dinner nights. 

This list contains several different recipes including some of my all-time favorites as well as some open, drop and heat soups that you can cook up after a long day of working or kid wrangling or both! 

Click on the titles of each soup to find their recipe links.

1| Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup | Your house will fill up with the smell of rosemary and thyme when cooking this creamy soup.  Cremini mushrooms, garlic and half and half…yep, it has milk and half and half in it but also healthy wild rice and chicken for protein.  This soup will not disappoint after a long day away from the house, you will not have to do much after it has been slow cooking while you were working or playing.

2| The Easiest French Onion Soup | If you don’t think you like a classic French onion soup then you are missing out.  Beef broth and sweet tangy onion all mixed together with a melted cheese baguette on top!  Mouth watering.  I tend to make this soup as a side dish along with open faced broiled pastrami melts.  My family loves to dip their sandwich into the soup.  Deeelish!

3| Herbed Tomato Bisque | Try out this other creamy concoction made up of diced tomatoes, butter and herbs.  Think La Madeline’s Tomato Basil Soup with an extra creaminess and herbs so basically you are making a kicked up tomato soup.  Make sure you have a buttered French baguette ready to dip into this fantastic soup.  All together this is a wonderful way to end a cold day!

4| Best Italian Wedding Soup Ever | This soup has to be one of my all time favorite soups.  I love it!  First time I ever ate it was in NYC…couldn’t believe I had missed out for 22 years on this deliciousness.  Little meatballs, spinach and tiny pasta make such a fantastic soup that I cannot get enough.  I like to bake the meatballs prior to placing in the soup broth, however, good both ways.  Also, if you can find already cooked small frozen meatballs at your fave grocery store then try that out!  Save a little time…mamas always need that.

5| Chicken Tortilla Soup | Tortilla soup was always a Winter stable growing up in my family and I have continued the same in my little family.  This great recipe is perfect on a cold fall/winter day.  Another great way to make this soup is throw a couple chicken breasts into your slow cooker in the morning…try a cilantro lime flavored chicken…then shred when you get home.  Pull out your dutch oven and toss all ingredients in and simmer so the flavors combine…it is perfection.

6| Broccoli Cheddar Soup | Yummy cheesy soup full of flavor and vegetables!  Yep, this recipe is loaded with veggies and the kids will love it.  Creamy and deliciousness will take over your taste buds.  There are some simpler ways to make a broccoli cheddar soup however I love this one because of the added nutrients through veggies.  A mama’s got to sneak them in whenever she can! 

7| Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup | Alright, I do not have a link for this fantastic soup however it is as simple as open and pour into a saucepan.  You need a box of butternut squash soup, a can of coconut milk, and a jar of curry sauce.  My first experience with this soup was at the taster area of Trader Joe’s, however, any grocer, especially our local HEB has all these items.  Literally dump and heat.  I like to make a side of Parmesan bread to go with this soup and have also added sausage in it or on the side per husband’s request for meat.

Are any of these your favorites?  What soups do you like to cozy up with during these cold winter nights?

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Abigail Head is a native Texan living in Central Austin with her hunky husband, Chad and their two strong willed rugrats. Their 6 year old son, Teak, is a true walking miracle and a strong force to be reckoned with. Sloan, their spunky firecracker and 2 year old daughter, is a fearless monkey on the playground. Abby loves chocolate, antiques, being creative, authentic people, and lots of coffee! She has been in the real estate business for over a decade however these days keeps busy wrangling her two little redheads and tries to find time to do something else she loves, write. Follow her and her family's shenanigans in the little squares on Instagram @theheadhouseatx or her little blog www.theheadhouseatx.com.

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