Winter weather along the East Coast brings all sorts of predicted and unpredicted unpleasantries, and cold arctic temperatures rise close to the top of that list. And one of the best and most meaningful ways to chase the awful weather blues away is a family gathering around the dining table to enjoy a warm and hearty meal. Winter soups are healthy, delicious, and satisfying. Add these yummy soup recipes to your winter meal menu plans for easy, filling, and family-friendly meals that will satisfy the finickiest eaters in your house.
Ham and Potato Cheddar Soup
If you’ve been looking for a way to use up the leftover ham you froze after the holidays, this recipe is ideal. The main ingredients are ham, potatoes, and cheddar cheese. Add vegetables and a few other ingredients, and you’ll have a hearty family meal on the table within 30 minutes. Serve it with a tossed salad and a warm loaf of crusty bread.
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Chicken pot pie is a quintessential American comfort food meal. And it’s ideal in winter. But it can be time-consuming to make. You get all of the hearty flavors that characterize chicken pot pie, the delicious creaminess, without the effort. Fill the slow cooker before you leave the house in the morning, and you’ll return home to an almost fully prepared meal. Throw some frozen or store-bought biscuits in the oven, and add a salad.
Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup
There’s nothing as satisfying as coming home after a long day to a fully cooked meal, especially when the aroma fills your home. If you know you’ll be short on time in the morning, brown the sausage the night before to save time. You can also get the vegetables ready, so you can toss them in the slow cooker before you leave the house in the morning.
When you’re ready to have dinner, place your bowls, plates, and utensils at one end of the buffet or server. Put your soups, salad, and bread at the other end of the cabinet. Encourage family members to serve themselves before they sit down at the table.
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