Winter soup recipes to warm your soul

Is there anything more soul warming in Winter than a good cup of soup?

Here are two amazing recipes you’ll surely love!

Creamy cauliflower mushroom soup (by thriftydiydiva.com)

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1 /2 cup dry white wine; 2 cups chicken broth (or mushroom stock); 1 small head cauliflower; 2 tablespoons butter; 450gr white mushrooms, sliced; 1 small onion, finely chopped; 2 cups milk; 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley or basil leaves; 1/2 cup pancetta bacon, finely sliced and cooked (if desired); 1/2 cup cheese blend (if desired); salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

1.    In a large pot, add olive oil and saute garlic over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.

2.    Add in white wine and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.

3.    Add in broth, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions and butter and simmer again for 20 minutes.

4.    Empty the pot into a large bowl and blend until smooth.

5.    Empty the blended mixture back into the pot and stir in milk over medium heat for 10 minutes. Sprinkle parsley on top and salt and pepper to taste.

6.    Feel free to add your favorite toppings (mine is the cheese blend and pancetta bacon).

Easy potato soup (by oursmallhours.com)

Who loves potatoes?

Ingredients: 4 jumbo potatoes (6-7 regular sized potatoes); 1 medium onion; 5-10 cloves of garlic (this is a taste preference); 6 cups of chicken stock; 2 cups of water; 450gr of bacon; 1/2 c of bacon grease; 2 tbsp of butter; salt and pepper to taste;

Optional: Cheese of your choice (i.e. cheddar); sour cream

Instructions:

1.     Fry the bacon and reserve the bacon grease.

2.     Pour the chicken broth and water into a large pot and heat to boiling.

3.     Peel, rinse, and chop the potatoes.

4.     When the broth is boiling, put the potatoes into the pot and cook until tender.

5.     While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a pan, dice the onion and saute it in the butter until it is translucent.

6.     Dice the garlic and add it to the onions and butter and saute for a few minutes.

7.     When the potatoes are finished cooking, add the onions and garlic to the pot.

8.     Pour in the bacon grease.

9.     Blend the potatoes until the soup is the desired thickness.

10.  Crumble bacon into the soup.

11.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can add cheese and sour cream directly to the pot if everyone likes it or put it on individual servings.

And so it is. Keep it warm. And Snug!

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