Cozy Winter Soups

I’ve been trying to cook more this year, for a number of reasons: homemade meals tend to be healthier, more affordable, and offer an opportunity to stay in during these cold winter months (I know, I live in San Francisco, but I can pretend it’s cold!) I love homemade soups, but they often yield so many servings that I want to be sure I’ll like it before making a whole batch. So, I turned to my trusty crowd-sourcing tool Facebook, and asked my friends and family for some of their favorite soup recipes. I received several appealing recipes, and I’ve had a chance to make three so far. Each was delicious and nutritious; I’ll highlight them here:

Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup from Bon Appetit

My friend Sonia recommended this delicious lentil soup which is packed with spice and flavor and just happens to be vegan/plant-based. A definite crowd pleaser.

Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup

Turkey Chili from The New York Times

A foodie friend of a friend named Deena recommended this chili recipe from The New York Times Cooking section. It was easy to make and delicious. I dressed up the leftovers with tortilla chips, avocado, and cilantro. I even made some chili nachos. A win for the whole family!

Turkey Chili

Ribollita with Italian Sausage from Bon Appetit

Our friend Katie recommended this soup. I had eaten ribollita before (in Tuscany!) and was eager to make this rustic soup. This recipe calls for a teaspoon of crushed red pepper – it was quite spicy, so use less if you prefer less heat. I snapped this photo before adding the shaved Parmesan – definitely don’t skip that last step!

Ribollita with Italian Sausage

I hope you enjoy these soups. Stay warm out there!

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