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Stay warm and healthy with homemade soup!

There are few delights as simple as the comfort we find in a pot of homemade soup.  At this time of year, when we have felt a chill for far too many months, soup is a perfect warming meal to enjoy at any time:  lunch, dinner or even when hunger pangs strike mid-afternoon.

And as a bonus, it isn’t difficult to find recipes for soups that are lighter in calories, meaning while you warm your body and comfort your soul, you’re also not indulging in anything that will haunt you come spring and bathing suit season.  Soup can also be a great way to coax vegetables and other healthy ingredients into reluctant eaters.  Soup can warm you up on a cold day, boost your health with vitamins and antioxidants, and add some variety to your meal planning.

What kind of soup is best?  Every kind!  There are soups for every palate, every occasion.  You can pick and choose ones you and your family like, and you can usually add, subtract or substitute an ingredient if need be.  Soup is very forgiving. It can be served for dinner in fine china, or sipped out of a mug at your desk.  You can serve it in a big soup tureen (someone probably handed one down to you, or you can find them for sale new or used) or just right from a big steaming pot on the stove.

Hearty, dinnertime soups:

Lasagna soup

Italian sausage soup

Winter minestrone

Classic chicken noodle soup

Lighter or good-for-sipping soups:

Farmer’s Market Tomato soup

Pumpkin soup

Butternut Squash soup

Red Pepper Asparagus soup

Light Potato soup

And for something a little different:

Sopa de tortilla con camaron or shrimp tortilla soup

Mediterranean Fish Soup

Roasted Onion and Gorgonzola soup

Light Italian Wedding soup

What’s been simmering on your stove on the coldest days?  Have a favourite soup recipe to share? Post it in the comments!

Writer, editor, recovering chocoholic. Most often found writing, drinking coffee, and chasing kids. Find her on Twitter @littlemissmocha.

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