10 Winter Soup Recipes (Slideshow)

Kick the can – here are 4 reasons homemade soup is worth the simmer time

Salmon Chowder Recipe

This scrumptious chowder is one of the most satisfying ways we know to get your omega-3s, and it's a great way to warm up a chilly evening. Make it a day ahead for company, reheating gently without boiling.

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Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp Recipe

Savor this Thai-inspired soup, with a base of creamy coconut milk, rich butternut squash, a hint of spicy peppers and succulent shrimp. For a shortcut, look for peeled and cubed butternut squash in the produce department. Serve over rice or noodles if you like.

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Chicken and Brown Rice Soup Recipe

To make a vegetarian version, use low-sodium vegetable broth and substitute quartered button mushrooms or cubed firm tofu for the chicken.

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Classic Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

This traditional squash soup is a serious crowd pleaser. Put a spin on it by trying one of the flavorful variations suggested.

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Hearty Greens Soup Recipe

Use all manner of kale, chard or other hearty greens in this filling cold weather soup. Look for Parmigiano Reggiano rinds, ideal for flavoring soups and stews, in the specialty cheese department.

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Hearty and Lentil Sausage Soup Recipe

This robust one-pot dinner packs in lentils, sausage and plenty of vegetables, including mushrooms, spinach, onions and garlic. A loaf of crusty bread is the only accompaniment you need for a complete meal.

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Vegetable and Bean Soup Recipe

Here's how to make warming, satisfying soup with a few basic ingredients and plenty of options for substitutions. Customize your soup further by stirring in something especially flavorful just before serving, or topping with croutons or shredded cheese.

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Easy Lentil Chili Recipe

This simple vegetarian chili recipe uses lentils instead of beans. Brown lentils work best as they will hold their shape even when tender after cooking. Serve over brown rice or with whole-grain hearth bread.

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Mexican Chicken Soup with Ancho Chiles Recipe

Here's a soup that can be put together quickly and offers comforting, warm and spicy flavors. Serve the soup family-style in a large tureen and arrange the garnishes around the table in colorful bowls for everyone to dress up their soup. Easily double or triple this recipe to feed a larger crowd.

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White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage Recipe

At your game party, instead of chili, serve this hearty soup and learn the budget power of using a little bit of flavorful sausage to create a lot of satisfying food. Let guests garnish their own bowls with sliced red onions, red pepper flakes or hot sauce, crumbled Feta cheese, fresh chopped parsley or basil and whole-grain croutons.

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