6 Soups That Will Keep You Warm on a Cold Day

On cold days, is there anything better than a piping hot bowl of homemade soup? There are endless varieties of soup to choose from, ranging from classic comfort foods — like chicken noodle — to recipes that use trendy ingredients — like kale. The following six recipes will have you ditching the canned variety for a homemade bowl that will warm you up better than a pair of woolen socks.

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1. Sausage and Kale Soup

The many health benefits of kale are present in this soup recipe from Martha Stewart. Ready in just under an hour, it makes 4 servings, and can be a main, or side dish for your dinner tonight; it yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 5 waxy potatoes (1½ pounds), peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 3 cans (14½ ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch kale (12 ounces), stemmed and shredded
  • 12 ounces smoked chicken sausage, cut into ½-inch half moons

Directions: In a large pot (6 to 8 quarts), heat oil over medium. Add onion and cook until soft, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add potatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. In a blender, puree half the soup. Return to pot; add kale and sausage. Simmer until kale is wilted, 10 to 15 minutes.