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9 Soups That Are Perfect for Chilly Nights

For those days when we don’t have a few rounds or a literal liquid layer, the ultimate winter comfort food is just a pot and a spoon away.

by Munchies Staff
Dec 1 2017, 11:00pm

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

There comes a point every year when we desperately wish we could have an IV of hot, flavorful stew in our veins. Alas, modern technology has yet to make our dreams come true—for now, we'll settle for enjoying these filling cold-weather soups via mouth. For those days when we don't have a few rounds or a literal liquid layer, the ultimate winter comfort food is just a pot and a spoon away.

Chickpea and Pork Soup

Delicious, fatty hunks of pork belly save this chickpea soup from being too light and healthy for winter. The potatoes also help to bulk up the servings and, when smashed into the broth a little bit, give the whole thing a rich, creamy texture.

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin
RECIPE: Chickpea and Pork Soup

Korean Beef Brisket Stew

Making broth from scratch is a daunting proposition, especially when you're just trying to get some hot-ass soup down your gullet as soon as humanly possible. This Korean brisket stew by Kimchi Pete should quell your DIY-broth anxieties—the base is just water, kombu, dried anchovies and Korean fermented soybean paste, and it comes together in just enough time for you to prep your meat, vegetables, and tofu.

RECIPE: Korean Beef Brisket Stew

Bison Short Rib Stew

Come on. Just looking at this meaty stew is filling. Matty Matheson makes his with bison ribs (because he's Canadian AF), but this'll be just as delicious with any meat you'd like.

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin
RECIPE: Bison Short Rib Stew

Chickpea Egusi

This West African soup uses roasted and ground seeds from the egusi melon to thicken the base, but you can substitute pumpkin seeds or even almonds and get a similar effect. The rest is mostly vegetables, including a ton of chickpeas that make this super-satisfying.

Courtesy of the Groundnut Cookbook
RECIPE: Chickpea Egusi

Apple Snail Stew

Here's the perfect example of a recipe that sounds intimidating, tastes complex, but is deceptively simple. And don't let the apple snails scare you—they add a subtle layer of flavor to this rich, creamy, fast-fancy soup that you can make in ten minutes.

RECIPE: Apple Snail Stew

Oyster Pan Roast

Is there anything more epically decadent than an oyster pan roast? We'd argue that this is as good as it gets—a toasty slice of white bread drowned in a creamy sauce and topped with gorgeous, plump oysters. Close the blinds, add a martini, and have the best damn weeknight of your life.

Photo by Janelle Jones
RECIPE: Oyster Pan Roast

Chanko Nabe

This soup may look light and brothy, but make no mistake—this is a hibernation-friendly bowl of filling goodness. After all, we got the recipe from a sumo wrestler. Sure, there's some fish broth and vegetables, but it's the pork meatballs and tofu that'll sustain you through through a wrestling match with a 300-pound dude—or a walk through the cold to your laundromat. Whatever.

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin
RECIPE: Chanko Nabe

Turtle Soup

Turtle soup isn't necessarily a thing of the past. It's known as "snapper soup" in the South and in Philly, and it goes by "caouane" in Creole cuisine. Call it what you will—we call it delicious. But if you're totally shook by the thought of eating turtle, you can sub in veal.

RECIPE: Turtle Soup

Cockle Chowder

We snagged this winter-friendly recipe from Dutch chef Werner Dent, who uses sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and red bell pepper to add a touch of sweetness to this otherwise savory bivalve soup. The cockles open up with a big pour of white wine (just like we do) and they give the dish a comforting, ocean-y chowder aroma.

RECIPE: Cockle Chowder

This first appeared on MUNCHIES in February 2017.