01/14/2017 05:53 am ET Updated Jan 11, 2018

11 Winter Soups That Warm The Soul

Warm your body and soothe your spirit with a steaming bowl of soup or stew. From Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup to Pasta e Fagioli, these recipes will have you satisfied and snug as a bug on the coldest winter days.

1. Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup


Made with rotisserie chicken and Asian pantry staples, this fragrant Thai soup can be on the table in just 25 minutes. One reader wrote: "My husband gobbled and slurped. Truly. It wasn't pretty, but it is an accurate measure of how outstanding this recipe is." GET THE RECIPE

2. Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes


In this classic French beef stew, aka Beef Bourguignon, chunks of beef are slowly braised with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth. After a few hours, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich, deeply flavored sauce. With over 900 reviews, it's one of my most popular recipes. GET THE RECIPE

3. Pasta e Fagioli


Pasta e fagioli -- literally "pasta and beans" -- is a hearty and heartwarming Italian soup, perfect for a chilly night. There are countless variations but this one, adapted from Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtu in Philadelphia, is the best I've tried. Serve it with Rosemary Focaccia and a Big Italian Salad. GET THE RECIPE

4. Smoky Chickpea, Lentil & Vegetable Stew


This hearty vegetarian soup is ready in 30 minutes yet tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. Plus, it's made with pantry staples you can always keep on hand. GET THE RECIPE

5. Classic Tomato Soup


This is the ultimate tomato soup, and it's incredibly easy to make. The only chopping involves some onions, garlic and basil, and the rest comes out of cartons and jars (though you'd never know by tasting it). GET THE RECIPE

6. Guinness Lamb Stew


In this hearty and comforting Irish stew, lamb is braised in a flavorful Guinness-spiked broth until fall-apart tender -- and the vegetables are added at just the right time so they don't get mushy. GET THE RECIPE

7. Potato Leek Soup


This creamy Potato Leek Soup is a French classic. Feel free to top your bowl with fresh herbs, bacon, or leftover vegetables to make it your own. GET THE RECIPE

8. Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Homemade Croutons


Topped with crisp homemade croutons, this hearty broccoli and cheese soup warm your bones from the inside out. GET THE RECIPE

9. French Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Bacon


The smokiness of the bacon, earthiness of the lentils, and sweetness of the vegetables give this soup many layers of flavor. Be sure to use French green lentils, or lentilles du Puy, which hold their shape when cooked and thicken the soup without turning it to sludge. GET THE RECIPE

10. Spicy Pumpkin Leek Soup


In this velvety soup, pumpkin is simmered with leeks, apples, maple syrup, and herbs. Cumin and cayenne pepper lend smoky, spicy flavor. GET THE RECIPE

11. Texas Beef Chili


With meltingly tender chunks of beef in a deep, spicy, and smoky sauce, Texas beef chili (or Chili con Carne) is essentially a chili-flavored beef stew. Try it, and you may never go back to that ground beef and bean chili again. GET THE RECIPE