I realized recently that I have been pretty much living on soup for several weeks now. I love soup. Soup and good crusty bread is my idea of a great cold weather meal. But this began when a month ago, I got a cold......that never left. I think it really was a cold in the beginning, but has morphed into bronchitis and a sinus infection. Soup sounded really good with all that going on, so during this time I have made all kinds of soup, and really enjoyed this simple but good food.
An easy-easy soup I like all the time, starts with basic potato soup. I steam or simmer cauliflower, broccoli, or brussels sprouts (or a combination) until very tender, then mash them and add them to the soup. It adds thickness and nutrition, especially with a handful of shredded cheese stirred into the hot soup.
I found a recipe for hot-and-sour soup (my favorite when eating at a chinese restaurant) but haven't tried making that at home yet. It may be a while because we have a combo of ice/snow and slush on the ground that makes anything other than necessary travel - to and from work - unthinkable. So I will wait to go out to buy some of the exotic ingredients it takes.
Do you have a cold-weather soup recipe that is a favorite?