Although many of us eat soup all throughout the year, there are some soups that seem as though they were specifically created for those cold and gloomy winter days. These are the kinds of soups that are hearty, thick, and rich; not those watery concoctions of broth and a noodle or two. Save those soups for the rest of the year, because when winter rolls around only the following soups will do:
1. New England-Style Clam Chowder. This is the prototypical winter soup, a gut-warming combination of clams and potatoes that is best enjoyed on a cold winter night. Unlike its runny cousin, Manhattan-style clam chowder, this soup brings to mind images of grizzled and weatherbeaten fishermen braving the sleet and freezing rain, casting their nets into the icy Atlantic. One does not get the same impression from French onion soup.
2. Tomato Soup. An American classic, few soups can hold their own with a can of Campbell’s classic tomato soup. Creamy and simple, this soup is best served with a grilled cheese sandwich. The beautiful thing about tomato soup is that it is enjoyed by young and old alike. Whether you’ve just come inside from shoveling the sidewalk or building a snowman, no soup is better at warming up your body and soul on a snowy afternoon.
3. Split Pea Soup. This oft-overlooked soup has been a cold weather staple for generations. Ugly in color and occasionally bland in flavor, split pea soup makes up for its aesthetic shortcomings with a thick and hearty texture that is perfect for the winter months. Throw in a few chunks of ham and bacon, and you’ve got yourself a meal.
4. Chili. Although chili is popular all year round, it takes on a sublime quality when eaten during winter. Spiced up with paprika, chili powder, or even Tabasco sauce, chili is a sure-fire way to warm the bones. When served with fresh-baked cornbread, you’ve got a meal that satisfies even the heartiest appetite.
5. Chicken Noodle. Sometimes no other soup will do, especially when you are fighting off a sore throat and a stuffed nose. Chicken noodle soup holds such a prestigious place that it is probably the only soup that is not only regarded as a food, but a folk medicine as well! Think about it: when you were a child with a cold, did your mother bring you a steaming bowl of consomme? Of course not.