We know, some of you are basking on beaches and don’t even own warm coats, but for those of us weathering real winter, it’s soup season. And of course our very favorite soups feature cheese. While we wait for spring showers and the return of flowers, here are eight bowls-full of comfort to keep you warm and cozy.
Creamy Cauliflower and Comté Soup
Photo by Jackie Botto
Roasting the cauliflower offers this soup a flavor boost, and brings out the nutty notes in the Comté. Toasted hazelnuts and cauliflower florets contribute visual interest as well as a welcome variety in texture.
This Georgian soup based on matsoni (a fermented dairy product much like yogurt) is warm, comforting, and believed to ensure longevity. Serve it with warm flatbread.
Clothbound Cheddar Pumpkin Soup with a Crispy Onion, Ginger, and Chilies Garnish
Photo by Jenny Bravo
Make this easy soup with butternut, acorn, or any similar squash from the farmers’ market, and be sure to enjoy it with the spicy crispy onion garnish. An immersion blender can be used instead of a countertop blender.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Photo by Lauren Volo
This delicately spiced yet hearty tortilla soup is great for a crowd—put out assorted toppings and let people pile them on any way they like.
French Onion Soup with Stout
By Amy Scheuerman
A beer lover’s variation on the classic cheese-and-bread-topped soup, this recipe incorporates a rich dark stout.
Spinach and Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Charred Scallion
Photo by Jody Horton
Broccoli cheddar soup is a classic, but it’s often mishandled resulting in a thick and gloppy mess; this version by Chef Sonya Coté adds spinach for a vibrant color and combines aged cheddar with charred scallions for depth of flavor.
Leek, Potato, and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Soup with Chive-Walnut-Cheddar Topping
Photo by Stacy Cramp
Leeks and potatoes are good companions, and here they are joined by the sharpness of aged cheddar. This soup is pure comfort food—smooth, rich, and bursting with flavor. The chive-walnut-cheddar puree is swirled into the soup at the table.
Moroccan Carrot Parsnip Soup with Spiced Yogurt
Toasted coriander and cumin elicit the sweetness of the carrots and the earthy taste of the parsnips in this satisfying pureed soup. Potato binds the soup and gives it a creamy texture, but you can always add a spoonful of cream to take it over the top.