During the winter, soup is an ideal way to help the whole family boost their health as it's packed with veggies, easy and budget-friendly to produce. Check out our helpful guide on 30 winter 'superfoods' for information on getting extra vitamins and minerals into your diet for the colder months.


Soup can be made as quick midweek meals for hurried days or as luxurious dinner party starters that take the hassle out of prep. For more inspiration on great midweek meals for the winter, check out our top 20 winter dinner ideas, best ever winter one-pot meals, family winter traybake ideas and top 10 quick winter dinner ideas. Forget about bland tinned soups and prepare for ultimate flavour and comfort that will add some excitement to those drab winter days.

Discover even more winter soup recipes to warm you up when the weather gets cold. Need an extra dose of nutritious veggies? Try our favourite healthy soup recipes for bowls of wholesome comfort food. For more popular soup recipes, check out our top 10 most popular soup recipes.

Our best winter soup ideas

1. Winter minestrone with pesto croûtes

Chalice-shaped bowl with ladle spoon filled with winter minestrone and topped with croutes

It is easy for soup to leave you hungry, but this wholesome bowl of minestrone will definitely satisfy with its chunky texture, filling beans and tasty croûtes. The subtle pesto flavours are reminiscent of summer and provide a much-needed break from winter flavours.

2. Slow cooker broccoli & cheese soup

Bowl of broccoli & cheese soup topped with cream and pepper next to a ripped piece of crusty bread

Savour a cosy bowl of broccoli and cheese soup made effortlessly in a slow cooker. It's a perfect start to your meal or a comforting lunch on chilly days. Remember to enjoy it with some crusty bread.

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3. Spiced root vegetable soup

Two bowls of spiced root vegetable soup topped with cream

This soup is supercharged with seasonal vegetables, ensuring all the family get their vitamin and mineral requirements. As the vegetables are in season, they could even be grown at home in the cold and rainy months, so this recipe will look after your wallet.

4. Indian Winter Soup

Lidded pot and bowl of Indian winter soup

This soup is packed with flavour and spice, so is sure to clear any mid-winter sinuses. This recipe proves that hearty food is far from boring, and with the addition of pearl barley and lentils, this soup certainly packs a punch.

5. Slow cooker tomato soup

Tomato soup topped with cream and croutons

Unearth your trusty slow cooker to embark on a delightful homemade tomato soup adventure. This low-calorie, vegetarian masterpiece allows you to customise the soup's consistency. If you prefer a thinner, more delicate soup, simply stir in a bit more water. It's your canvas, your creation, and a healthy treat for all!

6. Roasted red pepper, sweet potato & smoked paprika soup


This is one of the easiest ever soups – simply roast the veg and blend with the remaining ingredients. Great for busy days when you want a minimum effort, maximum satisfaction meal. Coconut and maple syrup also give this recipe an exotic twist to jazz up a midweek meal.

7. Healthy meatball & noodle soup

Bowl of soup with noodles and meatballs topped with lime wedges and coriander

Cosy up on those chilly evenings with a steaming, one-pan delight – an aromatic broth adorned with tender pork meatballs and a tangle of noodles. Inspired by the vibrant flavours of Vietnamese pho, this dish brings an exotic touch to your dining experience, filling your senses with warmth and comfort.

8. Ukrainian pork rib borsch

Two bowls of pork rib borsch

Craft this heartwarming Ukrainian pork rib borsch on a brisk, chilly day. Its adaptability allows you to tailor the broth ingredients to your liking or based on the contents of your fridge. This dish is a delightful exploration of Ukrainian cuisine and caters to lots of dietary needs — it's nut-free, egg-free and gluten-free while being high in fibre. Plus, it's designed to serve a cosy gathering of four to six people, making it a versatile and satisfying choice for your taste buds and loved ones.

9. Chicken noodle soup


This recipe mirrors the classic Chinese soup with its use of ginger, chicken and sweetcorn, and gives inspiration to your mid-winter meals. As a low-fat, low-calorie, high-protein meal, this lighter soup can provide some relief from excess yuletide feasting.

10. Creamy cauliflower soup

Creamy cauliflower soup

Use the cauliflower stalks and leaves to make this creamy cauliflower soup and reduce your food waste – the leaves will give the soup a beautiful light green hue. Not only is this dish a sustainable choice, but it's also incredibly convenient. It's freezable, allowing you to save some for later, and you can have it ready on the table in under an hour.

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