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12 Comforting Soups for Winter

Brrrr, it’s cold out there! Wintertime forces us to stay inside more than we would prefer because of the dropping temperatures outside. One of my solutions to beating the winer blues is to hunker down and cook away! I like to get the entire family involved in chopping, mixing, seasoning, and of course sampling all the goodness in the kitchen. Sometimes I’ll even make three comforting soups at once so that we have plenty to choose from, plenty to last the entire week, and plenty to freeze for later! Nothing makes me feel better in the cold winter than a hearty, comforting soup. So a collection like this one is just what I need to keep my family’s bellies full and taste buds happy. Enjoy some cozy cuddle time with your family this winter, then get up and get those bodies moving in the kitchen to prepare some comforting soups together!

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  • Spiced Carrot Cauliflower Soup 1 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Weelicious! 

    The flavorful spice combination of curry, cinnamon, and garam masala partnered with the sweet taste of the carrots and creamy texture of the cooked cauliflower makes for one of the most flavorful soups you could imagine. While you're making it, let your kids smell and taste the spices. You can also let them shake them into the pot and even use a hand blender (pretty kid-safe with adult supervision) to puree everything together. They will really feel a part of the fun and it's a great way to introduce kids to the incredible world of spices.

  • Pasta Fagioli Soup 2 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Shutterbean! 

    This Pasta Fagioli Soup really has it all. Meat, beans, vegetables, pasta, cheese! It's like a big, warm, comforting bowl of everything you crave in a meal. I can't wait to serve this up to my family.

  • Spicy Tomato Lentil Soup 3 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Heather Christo! 

    "20 minutes to delicious" as Heather says, and I couldn't agree more! Just look at that beautiful bowl of soup waiting for you to sink your spoon into. Thick, hot, creamy, with added texture from the lentils and rice. Now that is what I call Mm Mm Good! ;)

  • Creamy Potato Leek Soup 4 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by This Week For Dinner! 

    The best part of this Creamy Potato Leek Soup is that is doesn't use any cream! So it maintains it's creamy texture and delicious flavor while being quite healthy, too!

  • Pork and Hominy Stew 5 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Pressure Cooking Today! 

    Comforting, warm, hearty, and filling. What more could you ask for in a stew? Oh right, full of flavor! This Pork and Hominy Stew really fits the bill for everything you need this chilly winter!

  • Elopement Soup 6 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Bev Cooks! 

    Or is it Wedding Soup...? Either way, whats not to love about Italian sausage browned and mixed in with super healthy kale and white beans? Absolutely nothing. This hearty winter, wedding, elopement, whatever-you-want-to-call-it stew is just what your family needs for dinner tonight!

  • Mexican Corn and Bean Soup 7 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Weelicious! 

    It takes less than 15 minutes to put this hearty Mexican Corn and Bean Soup together, and it features a rainbow of nutritious veggies your kids are sure to love. The soup is incredibly flavorful, and while the cumin and chili powder might make you think it's spicy, the taste is actually quite mellow. I like to put out some grated cheddar or parmesan and a bowl of sour cream for my kids to sprinkle and dollop on top. I find that little touches like those make eating fun and allow little ones to make this soup their own.

  • Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup 8 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Mom's Kitchen Handbook! 

    Healthy, healthy, healthy and great flavor to boot! This Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup comforts me just looking at the photo. Wait until you click the link and read the story to accompany this soup. That'll warm your heart just as much as this hearty soup will warm your belly!

  • Roasted Red Pepper Soup 9 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Simple Bites! 

    When you roast red peppers, you add tons of depth of flavor to them. They make the kitchen smell wonderful, and they take on a pleasant sweetness mixed with the smokiness from roasting. Blend them up into this Roasted Red Pepper Soup and serve with some warm crusty bread for a wonderful meal.

  • French Onion Soup 10 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Weelicious! 

    I've been seeing the most beautiful onions at our local farmers' market, and I can never resist buying a bunch. As a kid, I wasn't the biggest onion fan, probably since my grandmother added them to everything and so the house always smelled strongly of them. Yet as the years have passed, I have come to love onions. While both of my kids have craved them raw from the time they could chew (go figure?!), I much prefer my mine cooked. Luckily, I never have to twist my kids' arms to get them eat onions, but when they're cooked down to a buttery perfection in this French Onion Soup and topped with bread cubes and gooey Swiss it brightens my onion-obsessed kids faces to a new onion-loving level. Big time happiness!

  • Carrot, Curry and Ginger Soup 11 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by With Style and Grace! 

    Just look at that gorgeous color! How fun it'll be to sit down to the dinner table and see this beautiful Carrot, Curry and Ginger Soup waiting for you. Now, add little bowls of yogurt, bacon, chives, goat cheese, or whatever other toppings you can think of to get all those hands involved in their own dinners!

  • Magic Winter Squash and Bean Soup 12 of 12
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    Recipe and Photo by Edible Living!

    Like Sarah says, "...the point of soup, to me, is a meal that's warm and satisfying on the fly — something simple but downright good. " Thankfully, she sticks to her own advice and offers us here a soup that is quick to pull together, vegetarian, and full of yummy flavors that will have your entire brood asking for seconds! No wonder she calls this Magic Winter Squash and Bean Soup!

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