The Christmas season is the perfect time for a warm bowl of soup. A good, hearty bowl of soup can warm your body and your heart while keeping your stomach full. Here are 17 Christmas soup recipes that are sure to keep you cozy no matter how cold it gets outside.
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is a classic, but adding cream to the broth turns it into comfort in a bowl. With egg noodles, tender chicken, and a smooth, creamy broth, it will be a hit with your whole family. The best part? It’s easy to make and will be ready in under an hour.
- Christmas Eve Clam Chowder
For many families, the best Christmas Eve soup is clam chowder. The warmth and comfort of buttery-smooth potatoes in a deliciously creamy broth will last you through the night.
- Tortellini Soup
Just because it’s cold and dark outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a light and flavorful soup to brighten up your dinner. This classic Italian tortellini soup packs a punch of vibrant flavors that will wake up your tastebuds and warm your stomach.
- Alton Brown's Christmas Soup
This Christmas Soup from Food Network’s Alton Brown is a healthy and hearty dish that is fit for any Christmas dinner table. While fresh kale can taste bitter, this soup shows that when cooked correctly, it will take on the flavors around it and adds a hint of sweet to every spoonful.
- French Onion Soup
The secret to this delicious soup is cooking onions on low heat until they are mellow and sweet. Topped with tasty Gruyere cheese, this instant pot French onion soup is one you’ll turn back to over and over again.
- Tomato Soup
Nothing says comfort food for many of us quite like a warm bowl of tomato soup. While the stuff from a can may get you by, making 10-minute tomato soup from scratch brings a flavor that you’ll never forget. To replicate that childhood memory of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, try making garlic cheese bread to dip in the soup.
- Split Pea Soup
The star ingredient for this split pea soup is your Christmas ham leftovers. Using the ham bone and any leftover ham will give this soup a rich, smoky, meaty taste that is warm and comforting. When you are looking for split peas, you might run into yellow or green peas. Typically, green peas are a bit sweeter, but if you’re looking for a more mellow soup, try using the yellow ones as they have a more mild flavor.
- German Borscht
Unlike its Russian counterpart, this borscht isn’t best when you serve it cold. Instead, German borscht is a comforting warm soup with both a sweet and robust taste that is so much more than a simple beet soup. It combines a beautiful mix of meat and vegetables without using expensive ingredients.
- Vegetable Soup
You can never go wrong with a bowl of 10-Minute Alphabet Veggie Soup. This recipe calls for a wide range of vegetables, but any combination of fresh or frozen vegetables will work. As you change the vegetables in your soup, the soup will change flavors just a bit so that every time you make it, you’ll get a slightly different taste that will always leave you wanting just one more bowl.
Spice up your Christmas table with a bowl of this delicious and somewhat spicy cream-based soup. The best part of this soup might be the toppings that go with it. It’s just not the same without avocado and a large dollop of sour cream, along with a spritz of fresh lime juice and a dash of cilantro. Most importantly, don’t forget the tortilla strips for this memorable Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.
- Butternut Bisque
Winter soups aren’t just about hearty spoonfuls overflowing with ingredients. A soon-to-be-classic soup in your home is this butternut squash bisque. This smooth, elegant soup brings with it the warm tastes of home with roasted butternut squash and a splash of nutmeg. One sip of this soup, and you’ll feel like you’re cuddled up with your favorite blanket next to a crackling Christmas fire.
- White Chicken Chili
While it’s not exactly soup, chili can be a Christmas comfort food. Made with hearty beans and a rich, creamy broth, this is a great take on your standard chili that makes for a super satisfying Christmas Eve dinner.
- Matzo Ball Soup
This warm cozy soup will keep your stomach full. If you’ve never had matzo ball soup before, imagine a dumpling that is steamed in soup, allowing it soak up all of the delicious herbs and spices in the broth, making for a savory, mouth-watering dough. It’s good enough that it’ll start on your Christmas list, but then you’ll find yourself making it in spring, summer, and fall.
- Soba Soup
With a savory broth and slurpable noodles, this soba soup builds off of one of the building blocks of Japanese cuisine, called dashi. Dashi is a type of broth that comes together in less than 15 minutes while still creating tasty flavors. If you don’t like soba noodles, you can always try using ramen or udon noodles instead. Try spicing up this recipe with a soft-boiled egg to add an extra layer of creamy texture from the yolk.
- Beef and Bacon Stew
After a day of unwrapping presents and sitting around the Christmas tree, this Beef & Bacon Stew for Christmas dinner is inviting, filling, and rich way to end your day with your family. The beef simmers and becomes tender as it slow-roasts in an aromatic broth of wine, garlic, carrots, and onions. It is easy to make, which gives you time to enjoy Christmas Eve with your loved ones, rather than spending most of your day hiding in your kitchen.
- Açorda à Alentejana
This Portuguese bread and garlic soup with cilantro is fast and easy but packs a serious punch of flavor. When picking out which bread to use, always try to use stale, old bread. Fresh, moist bread won’t taste as well. If you want to try a variation of this in your kitchen, instead of using beaten eggs, try making a softly poached egg to include with each serving.
Palócleves is a Hungarian lamb soup with sour cream. With every spoonful, you will enjoy a creamy and tangy sour cream broth surrounded by well-cooked potatoes and lamb. With this soup, you’ll have a cozy new way to enjoy the holidays with a crowd-pleasing dish.
Soup Brings Hygge to Your Home
In Denmark and Norway, there’s a word for the cozy comfort you want in your home during the Christmas season—hygge. You want to be able to feel it from when you’re cozied up next to the ones you love most watching holiday movies to when you’re all sitting around your table sharing Christmas dinner. Hygge keeps you warm, relaxed, and in the mood for the holidays.
Spoonful of Comfort can help you bring hygge to any home. Consider sending one of our care packages to family members who you can’t visit this year to share with them the hygge feeling while you’re away.