Comfort Food: Two Hearty Soups for Cold Winter Days

When my son, daughter-in-love and grandsons were visiting during the Thanksgiving holidays, I made Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. My dil really loved it and requested I make it during my visit to see them during Christmas. Since I’ve been here, we’ve made it twice, including yesterday. It never gets old!

Easy and Delicious Butternut Squash Soup Recipe


If you’re in the mood for something a little different, delicious and healthy, you need to try this soup! To be honest, I’m not a huge soup fan, I don’t typically like hot liquids, be it coffee, soup or whatever, but I love this soup! It tastes incredibly rich, yet everything in it is really good for you. The only ingredient that could be considered a bit rich is the cream, and there’s only 1/3 of a cup of cream in the entire batch of soup. I guess its richness really comes from the buttery goodness of the butternut squash.

This photo below shows the butternut squash shortly after it finished baking yesterday. The squash is so good after it’s roasted, you’ll be tempted to eat it right out of the oven!

Butternut Squash to Make Butternut Squash Soup


While the squash was baking, I heated up the chopped onion, Granny Smith apple and sage leaves in a large soup pot. The smell of everything cooking will drive you (and anyone else in the house) crazy! lol

Onions, Apples and Sage for Butternut Squash Soup


If you’re in the mood for some comfort food, this soup is it! You’ll find the recipe in this previous post here: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.

Easy and Delicious Butternut Squash Soup Recipe


Another favorite soup I like to make this time of year is this hearty vegetable beef soup. When I was growing up, my father used to make a similar soup and this one is as close to his as I have found. If you could use a stick-to-your-ribs, hearty soup, this one will do the job. You’ll find the recipe here: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup/Stew.

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe


Stay warm! Springtime is coming! In the meantime, we’ll just cocoon with good movies, good books, and good puzzles. What’s your favorite winter-time indoor activity?

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  1. Linda Page Gurganus says

    I make your Vegetable Beef soup often. Ben loves it and I make it for him to eat while I am away on scrapbooking retreats! Best soup recipe ever!

  2. Sounds delish, Susan! Tried your beef soup/stew recipe when you had first posted it and loved it. (It froze very well too.) Re the hand immersion mixer you use; would very much appreciate if could you advise the brand and/or provide a link as did check under your ‘shop and several recipes’ but couldn’t find it. Thank you. -Brenda-

    • So glad you enjoyed it! Mine is by Kitchenaid. This is the one I have here, except the handle is red on mine:

      My daughter-in-law has one by Cuisinart and it worked great when I used it to make soup here. I think it may be the first one on the 3rd row down on this page:

      I went with KitchenAid just because I know they make great stand mixers. I only bought an immersion blender a few years ago and now I don’t know how I lived without it. So convenient!

  3. on my way to the grocery store now, thanks for sharing

  4. Donna Zoltanski says

    I need to make your butternut soup recipe! Looks so delicious!

  5. Happy 2020, Susan!
    I’ve been quite busy, lately: we had relatives from Italy celebrating the Holidays with us and let’s say it was quiet and calm … NOT! lol
    I hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones, too!
    Susan, unlike you, I love hot liquids and I’ll be cooking and eating only soups the next few weeks as I “forgot” to count calories and carbs the last two weeks, I’m afraid! 🙂
    Hugs to you, my dear friend!

  6. cleo headley says

    I make a similar soup all year round…..but use olive oil instead of butter, omit the tomato sauce, many times use cubed left over ham and chicken stock. I brown all the veggies even the frozen ones, then add the tomatoes, stock and seasonings, esp. fresh parsley. Sometimes I omit the potatoes and about 1/2 hr before done add about 1 cup of rice. Sprinkle each serving with parm cheese !!!

    My fav winter activities are binging on movies, quilting and other crafts, cleaning closets and cupboards, and, of course, napping when I can……

    Happy New Year…..Cleo

  7. This is so funny, because I’m not a great soup fan either, but there is just something about chilly weather that makes me want to cook soup. 😀 I’ve recently made a yummy stuffed pepper tasting soup that uses peppers, ground beef and diced tomatoes, and today I made some chicken soup with lentils, carrots and celery. Of course, both of those soups have more to them than I mentioned, but I didn’t think you’d want me to post the entire recipe, lol.

    I have been seeing you tout this butternut squash soup for years and always think, I must try that. Well, 2020 is the winter I do it! Haha. In fact, I think I’ll make both of those delicious sounding soups this month. Thanks, Susan!

  8. I am totally into soups when the temperature drops below 60. Right now a big pot of tortilla soup is simmering.

  9. Definitely at least one of those butternut halves would never see the soup pot!

  10. Those both look wonderful! I love soup although I don’t make it as often as I’d like! Now I’m inspired – especially that beef one! Thanks for the great ideas, and Happy Cozy January!

  11. Cyndi Raines says

    Both sound wonderful and since I am a soup fan ( you have to be when living in the north, haha) I will add these to my must try list. Thanks Susan! (P.s. I am not a coffee drinker, but I do agree I liked it better cold rather than hot when I tried it.)

  12. Kathryn Occhipinti says

    So delicious. Have printed off your recipe and will surely make it this winter!

  13. A butternut squash has been sitting on the counter waiting to be made into soup, so I’m going to try your recipe this time, it sounds so good! I’m anxious to see how the apple adds to the flavor. Immersion blenders — mine is an electric Hamilton Beach, and I don’t know how I lived without it, either!

  14. Vickie Hurst says

    Just have to write and say that I made the butternut squash soup for our dinner last night and it was AMAZING. Since my husband is vegan, I made it so by using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter in place of real butter and I used Silk Organic Unsweetened Soy Milk in place of cream ( because it is a very thick and creamy product, quite like real cream). We were both completely thrilled with the outcome, so thank you so much for sharing this recipe for what will now become a staple in our arsenal of soups! Bless you!

    • That sounds delicious, Vickie! I’m so glad you guys loved it. I’ve made it twice while I’ve been here in Ohio and I think I’ll be making it again tomorrow. It’s addictive! 🙂

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