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Eight Soups to Warm You Up this Winter

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.

Matsvnis Soup

Matsvnis Soup

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

Chicken tortilla soup. Photographed by Lauren Volo

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

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

Sonya Coté's Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

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

Kathy Gunst Potato Leek Soup with Aged Cheddar and Walnut Chive 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

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.

Alli Beard

Alli Beard hails from the Midwest but currently resides in Washington, D.C. On her breaks from Instagram-scrolling and cheese-tasting, Alli enjoys listening to her ever-growing vinyl collection, avidly following St. Louis sports and reading poetry at her local coffee shop.

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