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5 Soups to Stop Winter's Worst Weather

When cold weather sets in, is there anything better to cut through the chill better than a steaming bowl of soup? But many soups are about more than just tasting good; they also offer sustenance perfect for fueling up...

When cold weather sets in, is there anything better to cut through the chill better than a steaming bowl of soup? But many soups are about more than just tasting good; they also offer sustenance perfect for fueling up for everything from massive shoveling sessions to skiing, sledding, snowboarding and all manner of winter fun. Let's count down five of our favorite hot, hearty soups guaranteed to ward off winter weather from the inside out.

1. Loaded Bacon Split Pea Soup

Does anything say "comfort" quite like bacon? Delish.com delivers and then some with this rich and smoky take on popular split pea.

The best part? (Aside from all that bacon, that is.) You've probably already got all of these ingredients in your pantry or fridge. So when the weather forecast falls short and you don't make it to the supermarket for the requisite bread and milk, you'll still be able to serve up a bowlful of goodness.

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What's more comforting than bacon? Bacon in soup.

 

2. Baked Potato Soup

Just because they don't get a whole lot of wintery weather down south doesn't mean they don't know soup. From the pages of Southern Living comes this ridiculously creamy soup which earns rave reviews from fans for its ratio of ease to enjoyment.

And while the recipe itself is straightforward, toppings options know no bounds so let your imagination run wild with everything from crumbled bacon to sliced green onions to shredded sharp Cheddar cheese.

This recipe also includes a tasty two-for-one by serving up the perfect sandwich accompaniment, as well: the a shrimp and pesto baguette.

3. Sopa de Albóndigas de Pollo (AKA Chicken Meatball Soup)

How can you go wrong with a recipe from a food blog author with a "truck driver's appetite"? María del Mar Sacasa shares this magnificent meal inspired by regional cuisine from Central and South America.

One caveat? This recipe is slightly more labor intensive than some others on this list, but can you think of a better way to while away the snow-bound hours than by making this bold, robust, and strikingly aromatic offering?

4. Oxtail and Barley Soup

What's heartier than barley soup? Oxtail and barley soup. Combine these substantive ingredients with turnips, carrots and more than a healthy splash of red wine, and the result is a wonderfully warming dish.

One note? You will need a fat separator to excecute this five-star Chowhound recipe.

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So many soups, so little time.

 

5. Italian Vegetable Soup

"Hearty" doesn't have to mean meaty. This super zuppa from San Francisco hotspot Bar Agricole combines day-old bread with an abundance of nutrient rich veggies, including collard greens, Tuscan kale, carrots, celery and leeks. White kidney beans pack a filling punch while zesty red pepper flakes add just the right kick. Shaved Parmesan, meanwhile, provides a flavorful finish.

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Soup is anything but a "fair weather friend."

 

While the fact that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow this year means means an early spring is in sight for believers of the weather-prescient woodchuck, we're not convinced that winter doesn't have some life left in it yet. These recipes are good enough to make you wish winter would stick around long enough to let you enjoy them all. Browse cookware, kitchenware, ovenware, and everything else you need to make these five winter-proof soups and so much more at Cilantro The Cooks Shop: your one-stop shop for all things cooking and kitchen.