10 Soul Warming Soups For A Cold Winter’s Day

Beef and Barley Soup

Karista’s Beef and Barley Soup

When time is short and the “to do” list is long, I reach for my slow cooker. Then I throw all my ingredients into the pot and set out to tackle that nagging list that just won’t leave me alone. But I’m always somewhat excited when I walk through the door at the end of the day. It is the next best thing to coming home to one of my mom’s home cooked meals . . . which incidentally is one of the many perks of having my mom stay with us every couple of months. (We’re very lucky because my mom has a wonderful, giving spiritshe’s the most generous and helpful person I know.)

One of my favourite things to make in the slow cooker is soup—especially in January. It’s a time when many of us are trying to lighten things up in the kitchen or being lured to the great outdoors for fun, family snow adventures (well, here in North America anyway). Is there any better way to soothe away the winter chills than with a piping hot bowl of nourishing soup? It just feels like home.

Here are 10 hearty, healthy and delicious soups that may just make you feel as good about yourself as walking up 19 flights of stairs two or three times a day. Some are from my trusty “tried and true” collection of soups and a few are on my “must make soon” list after discovering them on blogs I love to read.

1. Beef and Barley Soup from Karista @ Karista’s Kitchen. This was my first attempt at making Beef and Barley Soup and I’ll never eat Campbell’s again. Thanks for the great recipe Karista! My only modification was to add an extra carrot and extra tablespoon of tomato paste.

2. Tortilla Soup from Ali @ A Few Stories.  I’ve made this soup a few times and we all LOVE it!

3. Fassolada (Greek Bean Soup). I’ve made this soup countless times on the stove top and in the slow cooker. The ponytails never complain when I make this soup and that is really saying something. For my post on this soup, click here.


Greek Bean Soup (Fassolada)

4. Acini di Pepe with Meatballs from John @ from the Bartolini Kitchen. This is one of four soups that John has posted that are based on his mother’s homemade brodo (broth). I can’t wait to make this soup!

5. Oatmeal Mushroom Soup from Sawsan @ Chef in Disguise. I am quite intrigued by the addition of oatmeal to this mushroom soup. That’s why it is high on my list of soups to make soon.

6. Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese Balls. For my post on this soup, click here.

Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese Balls

Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese Balls

7. Chicken Leek and Corn Soup that can also be transformed into Chicken and Leek Pot Pie from Saskia @ One Equals Two. Saskia says that this soup is a hit with parents and kids alike–and I believe her!

8. Cauliflower Soup and Pecorino Puffs from Under the Blue Gum Tree. I’ve been wanting to make a cauliflower soup for a while now and so this recipe caught my eye. I’m equally excited about giving the pecorino puffs a try. I’m sure I could stop at just one puff. . . or ten!

9.Chorizo & Bean Soup from Sophie @ Sophie’s Food Files. Chorizo is a family favourite, so I know that this soup is sure to be a big hit.

10. Greek Lentil Soup. I made this soup on the weekend because I have a cupboard full of lentils that I need to start using. I pureed one cup of the soup to thicken it, but you could puree the entire soup if you prefer it that way. For the recipe, see below.

Greek Lentil Soup

Greek Lentil Soup

Greek Lentil Soup

Adapted from Three Sisters Around the Greek Table

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup brown lentils, dried
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 6 cups water
  • Red wine viegar, as desired
  • Kalamata olives (for garnish)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the lentils, onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots celery and saute for 2 minutes further.
  3. Add the bay leaf, oregano, salt and pepper and stir.
  4. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the lentils are soft. If the soup becomes too thick, just add some hot water.
  5. Discard the bay leaf before serving and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle with olive oil. Add a teaspoon of red wine vinegar to each bowl and garnish with olives before serving.

Keeping Your Soup Jazzy

Biscuits on the side . . . croutons on top . . . sprinkled with cheese . . . there are so many ways that I try to jazz up soup for the ponytails. I can’t wait to try these Goat Cheese and Scallions Muffins from Anne (at Uni Homemaker) or Naan Bread from Eva (at Kitchen Inspirations) with my next batch of soup. In the meantime, here’s my current favourite biscuit recipe:

Mini Cheddar Biscuits

Recipe from Cuisine Grilling Magazine

Makes 12 biscuits

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp shortening
  • 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp melted unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450˚. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until pea-sized. Mix in cheddar, chives and parsley then stir in buttermilk.
  4. Knead dough on a floured surface just to incorporate. Shape into a 6” square, 1 inch thick. Cut into 12 pieces and arrange on prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart; brush with melted butter. Bake until golden, 15 minutes.

45 Comments on “10 Soul Warming Soups For A Cold Winter’s Day”

  1. All the soups look comforting and delicious! I love soup on a cold day and try to make it quite often summer and winter. The best part of the soup is how to dress it up and what accompaniments to have.


  2. ChgoJohn says:

    This is such a great round-up of soups and perfect for the cold snap we’re enduring. Not only did you give us a nice variety, you even included a recipe for biscuits. Talk about one-stop shopping! Thanks for your kind mention of Mom’s soup and brodo. It’s an honor to be included in this fine collection.

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    What an amazing line-up, particularly when it’s so darn cold. And thank you kindly for the beautiful shout out, always appreciated.
    You do have the loveliest Mom, and you’re so fortunate to have her; I know her gift is not lost on you. XO

  4. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Beautiful array of soups there Barb. Thanks for the shout-out (spookily, I just made my chick n’ leek soup on the weekend)! Your photos are fantastic – I find soups one of the hardest foods to photograph. The beef and barley soup is now on my ‘to try’ list – looks lovely, as does the Fassolada. We’re in the middle of a heatwave, but I’m happy to eat soup any time.

  5. Ohmygosh I love soup so much and these all sound delicious!! Thank you for this wonderful list!! I’ll definitely be trying a bunch (if not all!) of these!

  6. Anne says:

    It’s like you’re reading my mind –I LOVE soups! 🙂 And these soups look so hearty and delicious. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for the mention Barb, am always very appreciative. 🙂

  7. This is such a wonderful round up Barb, I am honored to have a recipe in it! I can’t wait to explore all the wonderful soups on your list. The weather here is still very cold as the snow is melting and soup is indeed soul warming in such conditions

  8. Tandy says:

    They all sound so heart warming. Enjoy the time with your mom 🙂

  9. I want to try all of these my friend despite our summer heat 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Laura says:

    Thanks Barb! I have been hoping you would post some great soups as they are such a big part of our weekly suppers in the winter. I have been needing some new inspiration and this does the trick. Can’t wait to try a few on my picky crew!

  11. underthebluegumtree says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my cauliflower soup. I do hope you get to try it and I guarantee that you won’t be able to stop at one pecorino puff 😉

  12. Norma Chang says:

    It snowed again last night and is still snowing today, would love to have a bowl of your Greek Lentil soup right now, yes, for breakfast.

  13. A_Boleyn says:

    Every soup on your list is unique in its colour and flavour palettes. Real winners any time of year and especially during the cold and gray days we’re experiencing right now. I also liked your jazz up suggestions. 🙂

    It’s time to dig out a container of frozen home made turkey broth (or ham stock) and get to cooking.

  14. Kristy says:

    We’ve been eating a lot of soup too. Great selection of recipes here! And I love the cheese biscuits!!!! Those are perfect with soup. Thank you for the idea. 🙂

  15. Love the asparagus soup! It is most surely soup weather.

  16. Karista says:

    Thanks for sharing Barb!! I too love soup. I’ve now got the others on my list to try along with those fabulous looking cheese biscuits. Yum!

  17. Chef Randall says:

    Thanks for sharing. All the soups look great. I am going to try Greek Lentil Soup and the Chorizo and Bean Soup. Chorizo is also a family favorite here. As well as my mother-in-law loves lentils. Going to surprise her with this soup.

    Way to go Ponytails…with it being 3 degrees at night here in Idaho these will warm the tummy for sure.

    Thanks again. 🙂

    Chef Randall

  18. Chef Randall says:

    Hey just a thought about the Greek Lentil Soup. Do you think you could change out the Red Wine Vinegar for Balsamic Vinegar? 🙂

    Chef Randall

  19. Is there anything better than soup or chili in the winter? No, I don’t think so! What an amazing line-up and one I have to bookmark to try some of these. I’d already bookmarked John’s brodo and soup variations. Would really like to try both of the Greek soups, too. Thanks, Barb!

  20. Nothing’s better than a great soup right now. Thanks for sharing these recipes!

  21. Lovely lovely soups – thank you for all those great links with delicious recipes 🙂
    You inspired me I will be reaching for the slow cooker!

  22. What a wonderful round-up of soups to try. I’ll be coming back here to take a look at your links when I’m craving a bowl of hot soup! I like the sounds of your little cheddar biscuits, I might have to make those even without the soup:) xx

  23. trangquynh says:

    this is exactly what I’m looking for, thank you so much for this post with all the amazing ideas for soups, I’ll definitely save this and try out the recipes ^^

  24. Sissi says:

    Barb, your post couldn’t be more timely and what a choice! We are having now the coldest days this winter (very very cold for my city…) and all I can think about is sleeping and eating soups, thick stews etc.. I have never made any of these body and soul warming dishes and if I could, I would test all of them, one very day! The lentil soup looks excellent and reminds me of a lentil soup I have been making for some time and which has a small link with Greece, but it’s quite different… I must prepare it soon. You have inspired me! Thanks a lot.

    • Thank you so much Sissi. While we had a mild weekend, it is very cold here. I’m always impressed by the recipes that you and other bloggers share, but many of my mom friends don’t follow other bloggers. I try to think of them when I post. Hopefully you will make one of these great soups. I can’t wait to try them all myself.

  25. We’ve been eating a lot of soup recently. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  26. Karen says:

    Soup is so great this time of the year and what a list you have given us.

  27. Ali says:

    I’m so pleased you’re still making the tortilla soup! I’ve only made it the once…my aim this year, is to make all of my new dishes from last year again! The other soups look fabulous, too, it’s a bit too hot here at the moment for soup, but I shall bookmark this page for winter…thanks for sharing!

  28. i think that soups fit with rainy season in a tropical country….
    thx for sharing,
    i just need to slurrrrp on of those…..

  29. petit4chocolatier says:

    What a great variety of soups and just in time for the cold weather. They all look delicious. Thank you for taking the time to put this together for us 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

  30. chef mimi says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Read all about it here:

  31. This is a very interesting list of soups, some combinations I certainly haven’t thought of before, so a great point of soupy reference. Thanks, Tracey

  32. Liz says:

    It’s definitely soup weather around here…the temps are going to fall into bitter single digits by tonight…ugh! Love the sound of your beautiful lentil soup…and those cheesy biscuits look divine!!!

  33. melanietoulouse says:

    Wonderful and yummy ideas… 🙂 We have lots of potages(thick soups) in France during the winter; lentils, leek, pumpkin, asparagus are very popular. Goat cheese is THE best one for all these soups… Bon appétit! 🙂 P.S. We do love profitéroles… 🙂

  34. Amy Tong says:

    Oh amen! This is definitely the time of the year to enjoy soups. I love your idea of making them in the slow cooker. I gotta try these wonderful recipes out. I’m envy you’ve got you Mom to stay with you and help out. I always love it when my Mom visit (or when I visit her) so I can enjoy her cooking. 😉

  35. These all look so damn good. Unfortunately it is very hot here in Sydney and I am sticking to sorbet 🙂 I will definately look into these for Winter though!

  36. WOW what a list! The tuna salad I’m eating right now all of a sudden seems mundane :S

  37. Just in time– I needed a dinner idea and I’m going to run out and the indgredients for the Beef & Barley soup! (and cheddar biscuits)– I think January should be the official soup month! A little more low key after all that December eating. This is a perfect post. Love your blog.

  38. musingmar says:

    I’ve been on a soup making kick lately, so it was great to see this post. The combinations are endless for a good bowl of soup, and it’s so comforting. I like freezing soup, and then having a bowl of homemade goodness in no time after a long day, or just a lazy one!

  39. All these soups look delicious! i love the idea of putting little goat cheese balls in the asparagus soup!

  40. […] to Barb at Profiteroles and Ponytails for trying my chicken tortilla soup and sharing it on your blog (a couple of times!!) and to Judy at Petit4Chocolatier for adding me to your Reblog Tastings list, […]

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