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6 satisfying soup recipes for chilly winter nights

6 satisfying soup recipes for chilly winter nights
Rich and hearty white bean soup.
Recipe: Creperie du Village's soupe aux haricot blanc
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

There are times when it's just too cold out to cook anything other than a comforting bowl of soup. We've combed our recipe database to find six of our favorite soup recipes, perfect for those chilly winter nights.

Soupe a l'oignon gratinee

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Soupe a l'oignon gratinee

(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Start with a generous amount of slowly caramelized onions, and gently simmer them in a broth brightened with a little Sherry and hints of thyme and bay leaf. Serve each portion of this rich soup topped with a slice of crusty French toast -- or two -- hidden under a creamy layer of melted Gruyere.

Jason's Deli's chicken chili

The <a href="http://recipes.latimes.com/recipe-jasons-delis-chicken-chili/" target="_blank">chicken chili</a> from Jason's Deli makes a hearty dish.
The chicken chili from Jason's Deli makes a hearty dish. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

For this 60-minute chili, shredded rotisserie chicken is simmered with kidney beans, jalapeños, tomatoes, diced peppers, cilantro, garlic and a medley of spices. It makes a great dinner, and even better leftovers.

Sally Lunn's carrot, lentil and cumin soup

The carrot, lentil and cumin soup recipe from a restaurant in Bath, England, is flavorful and easy to make.<a href="http://recipes.latimes.com/recipe-sally-lunns-carrot-lentil-and-cumin-soup/" target="_blank">Read the recipe &raquo;</a>
The carrot, lentil and cumin soup recipe from a restaurant in Bath, England, is flavorful and easy to make.Read the recipe » (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

It's so rich and full of deep flavor, you might never guess this soup is vegetarian.

Mendocino Farms' coconut curry cauliflower soup

<a href="http://recipes.latimes.com/recipe-mendocino-farms-coconut-curry-cauliflower-soup/" target="_blank">Recipe: Coconut curry cauliflower soup</a>
Recipe: Coconut curry cauliflower soup (Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times)

A quick lentil broth provides a nice base to this soup, and along with the coconut broth, gives this soup a hearty richness. Chunks of cauliflower, carrot and potato are flavored with curry powder, with a little cayenne pepper added for heat and agave nectar for a touch of sweetness.

Hog's Breath Inn's artichoke soup

Artichoke lovers, rejoice!<br> <a href="http://recipes.latimes.com/recipe-hogs-breath-inns-artichoke-soup/" target"_blank"> <b>Recipe: Artichoke soup</b></a><br>
Artichoke lovers, rejoice!
Recipe: Artichoke soup
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Artichoke lovers, rejoice! A simple ingredient list brings the artichoke to the forefront in this rich, thick soup, the flavors nicely rounded out with a touch of Sherry.

Creperie du Village's soupe aux haricot blanc

Rich and hearty white bean soup.<br> <a href="http://recipes.latimes.com/recipe-creperie-du-villages-soupe-aux-haricot-blanc/" target"_blank"> <b>Recipe: Creperie du Village's soupe aux haricot blanc</b></a><br>
Rich and hearty white bean soup.
Recipe: Creperie du Village's soupe aux haricot blanc
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Ham and beans are a classic combination, and this soup doesn't disappoint. Great Northern beans are gently cooked with aromatic vegetables and herbs to creamy tenderness, with chopped bacon and ham folded in.

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