12 Winter Soups You Can Make With 10 Ingredients or Less

Because trips to the grocery store are overrated.


Linda Pugliese

Sure, winter can leave you with chapped lips, dry hands, and brittle hair, but one of our favorite parts about the (occasionally) unbearably cold season is that it gives us the perfect excuse to dust off our favorite cold-weather soup recipes, or better yet, give some new recipes a try.

However, given that many soups are made with an array of spices and other ingredients you might not typically have on hand, making soup is often a very involved undertaking. Still, not all soups require you to purchase a dozen (or more) ingredients you'll likely never use again. In fact, we've come up with 12 savory soups that, in addition to providing an antidote to the winter blues, can be made with 10 ingredients or less.

What's more? We're guessing that for many of these soup recipes, you likely have most (if not all) of the ingredients at home already, which means no extra trips to the grocery store in the freezing cold for you.

Keep reading to find out which easy and comforting soup you should make tonight!

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Creamy Potato-Cabbage Soup

A Bowl of Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup Next to a Spoon and a Piece of Toasted Bread
Greg DuPree

Not only does this soothing soup have exactly 10 ingredients, but it also takes approximately 30 minutes to make, meaning you can whip up a practically perfect winter meal in record time. This soup combines sliced cabbage and onion with chopped potatoes and carrots in a vegetable broth. A dash of vinegar adds brightness to this meal, while a dollop of sour cream makes it irresistibly creamy.

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Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

This plant-based tomato soup still boasts that creamy texture you know and love, but doesn't contain any cream or dairy. Instead, this soup gets its richness from French bread that's been soaked in rice or almond milk before getting puréed with a cooked tomato mixture. The soup is also flavored with onion, garlic, oregano, and a dash of Champagne vinegar.

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup Recipe
Jennifer Causey

This soup (another vegan offering!) gets its bold flavor and bright hue from curry powder. It's also made with nutritional yeast (a vegan alternative to Parmesan), roasted cauliflower, and unsweetened cashew milk.

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Creamy Miso White Bean Soup

In this recipe for Creamy Miso White Bean Soup, miso blends into the silky base, drawing out the fresh rosemary leaves, heightening the richness of butter, and adding savory depth to the cannellini beans.
Caitlin Bensel

Miso soup is a classic, and while this recipe doesn't yield the kind of miso soup you might find at a Japanese restaurant, it's still worthy of a spot in your dinner rotation. Here, white miso paste elevates a standard white bean soup, making it silky, rich, and savory, and bringing out the flavors of the other ingredients, including fresh rosemary leaves and ​​cannellini beans.

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Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup
Pearl barley might take a little longer to cook, but its nutty, hearty flavor and health benefits are well worth it. Get the recipe. Paul Sirisalee

If you like mushrooms, you'll want to save this recipe ASAP. This soup contains a pound of sliced fungi, and is also made with hearty barley and carrots, as well as fresh thyme and several other spices.

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Winter Lentil Soup

Winter Lentil Soup
RealSimple.com. Kana Okada

Since this recipe has "winter" in the name, you know it will be cozy and comforting. This vegetarian soup is packed with plant-based ingredients, including lentils, kale, leeks, and sweet potatoes. And if you happen to have leftovers, rest assured that this soup freezes and thaws very well.

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Chile Corn Chowder

chile corn chowder
Antonis Achilleos

Fresh corn is the star of this spicy corn chowder, which you can whip up in 30 minutes flat. If corn isn’t in season, the canned stuff will do. To make this bold soup, you’ll begin by cooking potatoes and onion in a generous amount of butter before adding sweet corn kernels, hot green chiles, and stock. Then, a quick simmer is all you need before lightly blending the soup for a thick and creamy texture.

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Tortellini-Mushroom Soup

Tortellini Mushroom Soup
Antonis Achilleos

Since this soup is made with refrigerated, cheese-filled tortellini, it’s pretty easy to make and requires just nine ingredients. Aside from the tortellini, this recipe calls for flavorful mushrooms, springy leeks, creamy cannellini beans, and a dollop of store-bought pesto on top that adds an herby richness to the meal.

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One-Pot Italian Sausage-Gnocchi Soup

Gnocchi and sausage soup served in a bowl
Jennifer Causey

With one pot and just nine ingredients, you can make this simple soup that also manages to be rich and hearty. Inside, you’ll find turkey sausage and potato gnocchi in every bite. You'll start by cooking the sausage with onion and garlic so that the rendered drippings infuse the broth. Then, you’ll add a can of diced tomatoes, and all that's left is poaching the gnocchi in the liquid as it simmers and folding in a handful of baby spinach. Easy enough, right?

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Scallop and Corn Chowder

Scallop and corn chowder is served in a white bowl and garnished with parsley.
Frances Janisch

This soup combines zinc-rich scallops and smoky bacon with onions, potatoes, and corn to create a rich meal you'll want to eat all winter long.

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Miso Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy chicken recipes - Miso Chicken Noodle Soup
Linda Pugliese

While there's certainly nothing wrong with standard chicken noodle soup, this version calls for white miso paste (hello, umami!) and a full cup of spicy kimchi. You've also got the standard chicken and noodles, though this recipe uses soba noodles instead of egg noodles or small pasta. And if you're not squeamish, feel free to drop an egg yolk right into the hot broth. It breaks open and creates a deliciously creamy sauce that's hard to resist.

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Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic

Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic
This dairy-free soup has minimal ingredients but lots of deep flavors. Get the recipe. Paul Sirisalee

If you've got some cauliflower you need to use ASAP, consider puréeing the veggie and using it as a base for a savory soup. This dish is also made with chicken broth, thyme, and plenty of garlic, and is topped with a drizzle of olive oil.

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