The weather is bound to get colder and when that happens all I want to do is curl up with a cup of coffee or a big bowl of soup. Let’s be real, here this is what I usually do every day during the fall and winter months. I am not a lover of cold, but I am a lover of warm, cozy food- especially soup.
As soon as football season starts, even if it is 80 degrees in September, we kick off our Sunday Soup tradition. This means that every Sunday from September until the end of February you will find me in the kitchen cooking up a big pot of soup. Most of the time I double the recipe or make two different soups so that we have enough for to have soup for lunch too.
Often times you can also find me whipping up a quick soup in the middle of the week when it is cold too. I love that I can put it on the stove during “quite time” or throw all the ingredients in a crockpot in the morning and dinner is ready when my husband walks through the door.
Of course there are those soups that I make “on the spot” where I don’t really know what I am doing or measure, but it always tastes awesome. Like when I make Chicken and Noodle Soup, Chicken with Rice Soup and my infamous Vegetable Beef Soup. One of these days, I will write down how I make those and share with you all. But until then, I will share some of my favorite go-to recipes for those cold, chilly nights that cal for soup.
This was the winner last night- and often at our house. I usually have everything I need for this in our house. It is the perfect soup to serve with some yummy cheese toasties (I am from Fort Wayne, Indiana- the rest of you know these as grilled cheese). I add carrots to the recipe and cook the rice or quinoa on the side and add my own amount.
2. Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Throw all the above ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once ready, pull the chicken breasts out and shred with a fork and put back in the soup. Top your bowl with toppings of you choice: avocado, tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, or greek yogurt.
This is another go-to recipe. In fact, cooked this last Sunday. Before leaving for churchI threw everything in the crockpot and it was ready late afternoon. What I love about this recipe is that I barely have to cut anything and I just throw it all in the crockpot including my frozen chicken breasts. I also usually have everything in the pantry for this recipe which makes it super convenient.] This is one of those recipes that I have modified from several different Chicken Tortilla Soups over the years to become my own.
(Picture courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats)
This crockpot recipe from Kristin is amazing! I love everything about this chili. I do make one substitution and use black beans instead of baked beans and it is delicious. This is the best recipe to throw in the crockpot before church on Sunday morning. By mid afternoon you have the perfect chili to eat on all day long.
I am adding this one because my husband LOVES this soup. This is his all-time favorite. It is also a crowd pleaser and I have made it to entertain several times. When we make this soup, I also make another soup that I really enjoy such as my Dairy Free Chicken Corn Chowder. It is not that I don’t like the tortellini soup, I just prefer something with less cheese. I do use fresh spinach and add kale as well to the recipe. It sure is delicious!
I have talked about Tosca Reno and her Eat Clean Cookbooks several times and some of my favorite go-to recipes come out of these books- especially her soups. I haven’t cooked anything of hers in 7 years that I haven’t liked. My two favorite soups are her Maui Black Bean Soup and her Zesty Spinach Soup (it is your lucky day because I found BOTH of these recipes for you) . If you don’t have her cookbook, get it. Now.
Both of these soups are outstanding. I love adding some grilled chicken into the Maui Black Bean soup and serving it with some warm hard crust bread- perfect for cold weather. The Zesty Spinach Soup is full or nutrition and I love the quinoa that is added to the soup.
While you are here, go ahead and “Pin” this post so you have all six of these soup recipes at your hand when you are looking for something delicious to cook your family on that next cold fall or winter day. I promise you will be coming back to these soups no matter what day it is.
Your turn- tell me!
What is your favorite soup recipe?