7 Cozy Soup Recipes for Snowy Days

I pulled back my bedroom curtains this morning to reveal yet another fierce snowstorm. The snowflakes are the size of fists and as far as I can see it's just gray gray gray.

Even Hudson is not pleased. Eugene took him out for a few minutes this morning, and he basically stampeded through the apartment and jumped back into his bed as soon as he got back. He's still there, cozy and warm and I don't anticipate that he'll be moving from that spot all day.

Days like this call for bowls of comforting soup. Here are 7 of my favorites (and a few can be made with pantry ingredients, so you don't even have to leave the house)!

1. Spicy Roasted Tomato Soup
Made with canned tomatoes and a few other common pantry ingredients (garlic! spices!), this cozy soup is one of my go-to recipes on days when I need a bowl of comfort.

2. Mexican Chorizo, Sweet Potato & Spinach Soup
I love this combination of spicy chorizo with sweet potatoes--it hits all my favorite flavor notes. If you don't have or like chorizo, you can substitute any other kind of fresh sausage (a spicy Italian sausage would work well), or you can even spice up some breakfast sausage or plain ground beef. Feel free to get creative and use what you have on hand.

3. Creamy Asparagus Soup with Bacon
It's technically not asparagus season, but lately I keep finding gorgeous bunches of it on sale at the store. This harsh winter has me craving some freshness so I go for it, and this creamy soup is one lovely way to serve them. The crunchy, salty bacon garnish at the end is a MUST.

4. Potato and Leek Soup
This is a classic, and with good reason. A rich, creamy, mashed potato-y bowl of comfort, it's absolutely perfect for days like these.

5. Mexican Lime Soup with Spinach
A little chicken broth seasoned with fresh lime juice and chillies, this is a lovely alternative to plain broth when you want something light. I add plenty of spinach to mine, and it's a warming and filling meal.

6. Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with a Smokey Yogurt Swirl
Regular split pea soup is usually made with ham, which adds a lovely flavor to the soup. For this vegetarian version, I added this smokey yogurt swirl which is absolutely wonderful.

7. Chestnut Bacon & Green Apple Soup
The ingredients here might seem a little odd, but I can assure you that the combination is incredible. It's creamy, a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and the tart apple adds just the right amount of "zing" to cut through the richness. You can used canned chestnut puree for this, or roast and puree your own chestnuts.

It takes a little work, but the results are worth it!

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