Soup recipes for Winter nights

Winter is the best time to bring out the cookbook and search for some good soup recipes to serve on…
Soup recipes for Winter nights
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Winter is the best time to bring out the cookbook and search for some good soup recipes to serve on cold nights. To save you a little time, here are a few good recipes that you can start with this season. Soups are perfect dinner starters, but these soups can be the main dish. With hearty meats and beans in every recipe, they are sure to satisfy.

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

4 cups of chicken broth
4 cups tomato juice
1 Tbs. dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
2 diced carrots
2 chopped celery stalks
1 chopped onion
garlic to taste
1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups rotini pasta
1 can kidney beans, rinsed

Add all ingredients (except pasta) to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 5 hours. Add pasta and cook on high for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches for a delicious and comforting meal.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 chopped onion
2 Tbs. minced garlic
2 cups of chunky salsa
2 tsp. olive oil
6 ounces cooked chicken breast, chopped
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 tsp. chili powder
cayenne pepper (optional)
4 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
Toppings:
avocado, sliced
tortilla strips
Cheddar cheese, shredded
sour cream

Add all ingredients to a large pot and cook thoroughly. When finished, top soup with shredded cheese and tortilla strips. This soup can be served alone or with a dollop of sour cream and some avocado slices.

Black Bean Soup

2 cups beef broth
2 cups water
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 1/2 chopped onions
3 cans of black beans (do not drain or rinse)
2 cups of chunky salsa
1 Tbs. adobo seasoning
low-fat sour cream
shredded Cheddar cheese

Rinse beans and use a fork to mash. Add salsa to bean mixture. Saute onions in olive oil in a pot or Dutch oven. Add the beans, broth, water, and seasoning. Cook until heated through. Top with cheese and sour cream. This soup is best served with tortas.

Soups are a great way to start a winter evening snuggled at home. These soup recipes will warm you up and satisfy your hunger. Make them healthier by using low-sodium broths, and always choose low-fat products such as sour cream and cheese. Kids will also love getting their soups in fun small ramiken, which are available in multiple colors. Serve all your hearty soups with plenty of toppings, and make them presentable, as it is said that we eat with our eyes first. Enjoy these soup recipes with your family during the colder months.