Our Favorite Winter Soups

favorite winter soupsSteaming hot soup is the ultimate comfort food.

Soup is both nutritious and satisfying. It is also easy and inexpensive to make. You can feed a crowd with one large pot, and it smells incredible when it’s cooking.

What are the secrets to making extraordinary soup? Start with fresh, locally harvested ingredients. Use your own stock and high-quality olive oil. Be generous with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs.

Serve your soup with any accompaniment you like, including baguette, crackers, croutons, and sandwiches.

French Onion–Our is made from veal stock, with Spanish onions and gruyere cheese as the stars. We serve it bubbling and delicious at both of our Dressler’s Restaurants.

Bean–Nutritious and economical, beans are a natural choice in soups. Read 11 Health Benefits of Beans. There are so many great kinds, your hardest decision will be choosing what type to use: black, kidney, black-eyed peas, cannellini, lima, chickpeas, Great Northern, or pinto. Dogwood Southern Table & Bar serves an amazing white bean soup with toasted crostini, fresh arugula pesto, and shaved parmesan. The soup is entirely vegetarian and a perfect start to a hearty lunch.

Butternut Squash–Butternut or Acorn squash make for a delicious base to a hearty winter bisque or soup. Dogwood Southern Table does a straightforward, fully vegetarian example that highlights the acorn squash. High quality extra virgin olive oil and toasted pepitas complete the bisque.

Beef Barley–Ingredients like beef, leeks, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves combine to make this rich and satisfying dish.

Chicken–This classic soup has so many well-loved variations, including noodle, rice, dumplings, tortillas, along with every vegetable imaginable.

Cream of Broccoli–Rich and creamy, this soup features butter, onion, broccoli, celery, flour, and cream.

Minestrone–This traditional soup is loaded with pasta, bacon, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, leek, oregano, bay leaf, tomatoes, potato, chick peas, basil, and Parmesan.

Split Pea–Start with leftover ham and a hambone. Add onion, leeks, celery stalks, garlic cloves, potatoes, thyme, bay leaves, and green split peas.

Tomato–Simple, but delicious. Basic ingredients include butter, olive oil, garlic, onions, tomato paste, broth, and whole tomatoes.

Vegetable–This soup is a breeze to make, just add your favorite vegetables and herbs to your favorite broth and simmer. Some suggestions include leeks, garlic, carrots, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, and parsley.