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Our best winter soups

30 Recipes
A bowl of white bean soup
(Linda Pugliese)

30 of our best winter soup recipes for cozying up at home are found in this delicious round-up.

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According to my cellphone, Los Angeles is in for a bit of a cold spell: Temperatures will not rise above 66 degrees for a good 10 days. In Connecticut, where I grew up, 66 degrees is considered downright balmy. But 20-plus years living in Southern California has taught me that 4 degrees below the annual average of 70 degrees qualifies as soup weather, especially since temperatures here can drop 15 to 20 degrees once the sun goes down (even in Connecticut, 46 qualifies as soup weather!).

A wintertime essential and a year-round staple in most cultures, soup is said to have been consumed by humans as long as 20,000 years ago. The variety that has resulted from peoples around the globe boiling similar ingredients in hot water is extensive. There are brothy soups like pho and tom kha gai; puree soups like creamy mushroom, butternut squash and winter vegetable soup and chunky almost-stews like pasta e fagioli, kibbeh bi’kizabrath, black bean tortilla soup and winter greens and chickpea soup.

Whether you’re looking for an old favorite or something new, any of these 30 soups will provide tasty sustenance and comfort regardless of the outdoor temperature.

Garlic Soup

Time45 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Pho Gà Nhanh (Quick Chicken Pho)

Time50 minutes
YieldsServes 2

Big Sky Cafe vegetarian pozole

Time3 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 10 to 12

Creamy butternut squash soup with ginger

Time1 hour 10 minutes
YieldsServes 6

Bún Cá Kiên Giang Fish and Shrimp Rice Noodle Soup

Time3 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8

Mexican Chicken Soup

Time2 hours 45 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Soupe a l'oignon gratinee

Time3 hours
YieldsServes 8

Winter vegetable soup

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Ginger Chicken Soup With Shiitake Mushrooms

Time1 hour 40 minutes
YieldsServes 6

Chickpea and noodle soup with Persian herbs

Time3 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Beef Vermicelli Soup (Bun Bo Hue)

Time2 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8

Spiced Lamb Meatball and Escarole Soup

Time50 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Black bean tortilla soup

Time1 hour 55 minutes
YieldsServes 8

French leek and potato soup

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Lentil Soup

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 10

Lucque's soup au pistou with Parmesan croutons

Time1 hour 20 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Chunky vegetable chicken soup

Time40 minutes
YieldsServes 4

White Bean and Fennel Soup

Time2 hours 45 minutes
YieldsServes 8

Grub's Spinach-Mushroom-Ginger Soup

Time1 hour 45 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Winter Greens and Chickpea Soup

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8

Dominick's Italian wedding soup

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8

Taix's split pea soup

Time3 hours
YieldsServes 8 to 12

Tom Kha Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup)

Time15 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Red lentil soup with berbere

Time50 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 12

Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Time1 hour 15 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Giant White Bean Soup

Time2 hours 15 minutes
YieldsServes 6

Italian Pasta and Bean Soup With Arugula (Pasta e Fagioli)

TimeActive work time: 45 minutes. Total preparation time: 1 hour 45 minutes.
YieldsServes 6

Le Petit Cafe’s creamy mushroom soup

Time50 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8