Favorite Soups to Liven Up the Winter

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As these winter days move slowly, slowly toward spring, try savoring the tastes of winter.  It might be maple sugar season, and the hills might be starting to turn red with new buds, but there’s still a bit of winter left to go.  It’s March: though the days are gradually growing longer and the first stirrings of spring are in the air, and life seems to be returning, it’s still soup weather to us here at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.  There is nothing quite like a big warm bowl of soup at the end of a cold snowy day.  Here are a few Cooperstown Farmers’ Market favorite soups to brighten the winter.

Hearty:

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup – this wintertime chili is filling and delicious.  An absolute favorite, it can be spiced up with sausage or made vegetarian as you like.  Any winter squash will do.

Curly Kale and Potato Soup with Sausage – It’s hard to go wrong with a soup like this.  Creamy potatoes, delicious pork sausage, and a flash of green kale.  Enjoy it any night of the week.

Simple:

Onion Soup with Loads of Thyme – a simple and delicious soup for two, this soup is perfect for a quiet evening.  And the ingredients are as easy as can be: onions, thyme, bread, and cheese.

Butternut Squash Soup – This dependable favorite comes from Mary Marx and it is a weekly delight.  Almost nothing but butternut squash and onion, this soup is versatile and warming.  Try it with cheese and bread, with extra cumin and a side of black beans, or with a minced topping of fresh herbs and a little cream.  No matter how you try it, it’s amazing.

Luxurious:

Curried Sweet Potato Soup – A rich, full bodied soup with the warmth of a curry and a the creaminess of sweet potatoes.  This is a guaranteed winner.  The sweet potatoes and curry make an excellent flavor pair.

Celeriac Soup with Fennel, Apple, and Crispy Pancetta – Wondering how to eat celeriac? How about this smooth and delightful soup!  It’s got the surprising brightness of celeriac (don’t let its appearance scare you, it’s wonderful) and a subtle apple sweetness, not to mention lightly fried pancetta.

Find more great winter recipes here!