7 Hearty Soups To Warm Your Soul Right Now

A minestrone soup
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I’m sure you know the famous book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, right? Perhaps you’re even a big fan and have read more than a few of their heartwarming stories. Written by average people about their lives, they share lessons about love, happiness, and making the best out of whatever life throws your way. So remember when the grey of November gets you down, burrowing up inside with a good book, and putting a pot of soup on the stove just seems to soothe the dreariness away. Sometimes it’s just that simple.

November 12th is Chicken Soup for the Soul Day—a day meant to celebrate you and all the beauty around you—and what better way to spend it than nourishing yourself with a comforting bowl of soup? Here are 7 simple recipes to inspire you, and feed your soul.

Chicken Pot pie soup

Chicken Pot Pie

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The ultimate comfort foods combined into one miracle of a soup? This short-cut recipe lets you get the comfort you love, without the flakey pastry mess. If you need the carbs, opt for a warm bun on the side instead.

Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil

Slow cooked lemon lentil

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If you’re looking for something a little less rich but still hearty and filling, lentil soups are a great choice. Add lemon and rosemary, and you’re in for a lively herbal palette that is invigorating and healing. Just what chicken soup for the soul day calls for!

White Bean and Ham Soup

white bean ham soup

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Ham and bean soup are a fall tradition in many homes – it’s an excellent way to use up leftover ham from family meals (if there’s any left), and cooking the ham in soup makes it extra delicious. With beans and carrots, it’s protein packed and super simple. Remember, there’s strength in simplicity.

Lasagna Soup

lasagna soup

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Eat your heart out, Garfield. This soup is not for the faint of heart – it’s saucy, spicy, and packed full of everything rich and comforting (if that’s what you crave); lasagna noodles, sausage, and ricotta “cheesy yum.” It’s kind of like French onion soup meets lasagna.

Sauerkraut Soup (Kapustnyak)

sauerkraut soup

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Fermented foods—like sauerkraut—are great for aiding digestion, and are perfect for the winter months. Fermentation is a great way to store vegetables harvested during the summer and fall throughout the cold season, and not to mention, fermented foods are like sauerkraut are tangy and delicious, and for lots of people, the flavours remind them of home.

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Asian chicken noodle soup

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Do you ever get cravings for thai noodles? Maybe it takes you back to simpler times – your college days? Lonely dinners in your first apartment? Or maybe time spent travelling? This thai chicken noodle soup will have you ditching the takeout and staying closer to home, but still satisfies your need for those spicy slurpy noodles you just can’t seem to forget.

Tomato and Basil Tortellini Soup

Tomato and basil tortellini soup

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Tomato soup on it’s own is pretty homey, but adding tortellini makes it a hearty, cheesy version that’s more meal than appetizer. Plus, if you’re looking for the comforts of pasta, but need to warmth of a warm bowl of soup, this is the perfect solution.

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