Best Soup Recipes for Chilly Weather

Add a salad and some crusty, fresh-baked bread to the side of one of GRIT's best soup recipes for chilly weather, and you have the perfect meal on a cool autumn evening.
By Diane Hawkes
November/December 2011
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What better way to spend a cold winter’s day than simmering a pot of homemade soup? The comforting aroma permeates the house, with an appetizing scent that evokes memories of Grandma or Mom and all that is good. Knowing that a hot bowl of soup will be ready at suppertime is soothing to the spirit. Read on for GRIT's best soup recipes.

Best Soup Recipes for Chilly Weather: 
Alida’s Clam Chowder
Diane’s Homemade Chicken Soup
Polish Chicken Soup
Evelyn’s Turkey Soup
Ed’s French Onion Soup
Audria’s Hamburger Vegetable Soup
Beef and Barley Soup    

Homemade soups burst with flavor and are full of love and life-giving energy. They are made with concern for family health and sustenance – they warm when you’re cold and offer a lift when you’re down. Toss some vegetables and herbs into the mix, and your winter potion will be positively packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber – a veritable health food extravaganza in every spoonful.

Don’t spare the garlic, as experts say it helps to detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system. Celery acts as an antioxidant and a sedative, and helps reduce high blood pressure. Parsley, an iron-rich herb, according to studies, aids digestion, and black pepper acts as an antibiotic to help ward off cold and flu symptoms. Studies have shown that onions help prevent blood clots and high blood pressure, and also are good for relieving congestion.

A little soup goes a long way to getting you through the cold months more easily. Keep a stockpot simmering on the stove, and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.  

Diane Hawkes earned a college degree at the age of 53 just because she always wanted one. She currently babysits her 3-year-old grandson while working at freelance writing in her spare time. She lives in Orange County, New York, with her husband of 38 years.

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