10 Hearty Soups to Enjoy After a Cold Day Spent Outdoors

This winter, outdoor sports are all the rage. Alpine hiking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing...these are all good reasons to play outside. And once back in the comfort of our homes, cheeks red, all we want is to curl up under a blanket with a bowl of hot soup. Come on and get cozy! To showcase our love for hearty soups, here are 10 to savour after a day spent outside (or not!).

1. Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

Let’s start with a classic that can never be dethroned: this invigorating chicken and rice soup. Not only is it a great zero-waste recipe, this clear-out-the-fridge soup is a great way to use wilted veggies. With leftover chicken, carrots, celery and herbes salées, you have everything needed to make this delicious, satiating, quick and easy soup.

2. Hearty Vegetable and Chickpea Soup

Here’s a vegetarian option that’ll titillate your taste buds as well as your eyes. Its lovely orange colour will add some sunshine to your bowl, even in winter. Mix it with a hand blender and it turns into a smooth and silky soup. Add some texture with a garnish consisting of reserved veggies and chickpeas, a dollop of yogurt, a few herbs and currants. It’s both pretty and delicious!

3. Pho Soup

Our love for pho soup is like Ricardo and Brigitte’s: unconditional. Nothing’s better than a large bowl of Vietnamese soup to share. The hot broth cooks the beef directly in the bowl. Place the rest of the ingredients on a large plate at the center of the table, and let everyone garnish their soup as they choose!

4. Hearty Soup with Quinoa and Pork Meatballs

Perfectly cooked udon noodles. A mouth-watering, fragrant broth. Quinoa mixed with ground pork in a tender meatball. Bring them all together and you’ve got a soup that’ll make you happy.

5. Coconut Curry Ramen with Chicken and Bok Choy

Without a doubt, this is the unanimous favourite among RICARDO staff. The star? Bok choy, a vegetable that’s common in Asian cuisine for its versatility and delicate flavour. After all, the best way to beat the winter blues is with an abundance of cooked green veggies for an instant boost!

6. Hearty Chicken, Barley and Vegetable Soup

Buh-bye, noodles! We’re replacing the pasta with pearl barley, a cereal grain that is absolutely nourishing. Try this recipe that’s even more nutrient-rich than the traditional chicken-and-noodle variety to energize you after a day spent outside.

7. Hearty Noodle Soup with Squash and Tofu

Some sriracha, a bit of soy sauce, a hint of toasted sesame oil… In short, this vegan soup will add some spiciness to your day. It’s practically restaurant-worthy! It’s the perfect combination of sweet, savoury and spicy, and a great way to use any excess spaghetti in the pantry.

8. Cream of Corn with Barbecue Tofu

Frozen corn as the key ingredient in this creamy soup? That’s right! Strain it through a sieve to ensure a smooth texture. The barbecue-flavoured tofu is the perfect touch to a nourishing meal with added punch!

9. Spicy Lentil and Beef One-Pot-Meal Soup

This spicy lentil and beef soup is a great recipe to prepare on Sunday night and freeze the rest for lunches during the week. By cooking a simple and affordable roast beef with the help of a meat thermometer, you’ll leave nothing to chance in your goal of satiating your brood that’s been expending energy outside all day.

10. Hearty Lentil, Shrimp and Cauliflower Soup

Meet your new winter favourite. You’ll require, among other ingredients, a few spices, some shrimp and all your love to cook this fragrant soup with panache. A healthy recipe and a marriage of flavours that’s good for the soul.

For even more inspiration, we have hundreds more soup recipes available. Spoons at the ready? Go!