BEST SOUPS THAT KEEP YOU WARM IN WINTER
Hot soup has always been a favorite. It’s great on those cold winter days when you simply have to be outside. A good, large bowl of the right soup, piping hot, can keep the shivers away for some time. What’s great is it doesn’t even have to be homemade soup. We can find that same hearthside comfort from a can of soup. Some favorites, using only the convenient canned soups you can find at almost any grocery, include;
CHICKEN NOODLE: Chicken noodle soup has always had a good reputation. It’s good for you, is the resounding proclamation. The fat from the chicken does seem to have some sort of healing effect. Besides that it tastes very good. A twist on the chicken noodle soup recipe involves black pepper. Even the most simple condensed chicken noodle soup will warm a tummy if you include black pepper. Pour a cup of soup or a bowl then almost thoroughly blacken the surface with black pepper. Mix it up good and drink it down. It’s hot going down and keeps you warm from the inside out.
TOMATO: If you are planning on being in the snow for any period of time you might want to consider a hot bowl of tomato soup first. Not much to it but if made with milk instead of water it thickens into a nice soothing puree of rich tomato. Add a little garlic to spice things up a bit and you have started the furnace heating. Tomato soup made with milk and garnished with garlic will keep the chills away for some time.
CREAM OF MUSHROOM: Another favorite is the “Cream of…” soups. One of the most popular is Cream of Mushroom. One of the tricks you should consider with cream of mushroom soup is to make it with only half the required liquid. Also, use milk instead of water. If you have it, condensed milk or evaporated milk is better yet. For the best warmth you can add a can of mushroom pieces just to thicken things up a bit. This one will keep you warm for some time.
CHEESY BROCCOLI: Cheese is one of the well known warming foods. Melted and liquefied into almost any soup is a good way to make a liquid heater. Broccoli is a good base but you can also use potato or even corn. The cream soups should all be made with milk or cream instead of water. This just adds to the thick richness of their natural blend. For the cheese soups you could consider melting a bit of Velveeta cheese just to thicken it up a bit more; the thicker the warmer.
Although homemade soups can make some of the best meals, you don’t have to wait for someone who knows what they are doing to make you a pot of soup. You can get almost the same effects from a can of soup. Try any of the above variations and you will see what I mean.