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10 Great Winter Soups

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Warm your family on a snow-filled Sunday or supply an easy hot meal for a busy weeknight by adding these 10 soups to your winter menu.

1. Creamy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup by Nava Atlas

The squash and apples give this soup a warm golden color, and the addition of ginger and nutmeg add to its appeal. If you have vegan diners, simply replace the low-fat milk with rice or soy options.

Per serving: 169 calories, 6g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 5.2g fiber

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2. Leek or Onion and Potato Soup by Julia Child

Potatoes plus a touch of cream or butter help turn this dish into the ultimate comfort food. Julia also lists several variations, including a lighter, broth-based recipe.

Per serving: 98 calories, 2g fat, 15g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 2g fiber

3. Chicken Tortilla Soup by Jon Ashton

If you're craving some spice for your winter table, try this tortilla soup, which includes ancho chilies, tortilla strips and cheddar cheese.

Per serving: 489 calories, 8g fat, 36g carbohydrates, 43g protein, 3g fiber

4. Mixed Wild Mushroom Soup by James Peterson

This super-simple soup highlights the rich flavors of the mushroom mix. Add in extra herbs and vegetables to make it your own.

Per serving: 176 calories, 2g fat, 12g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 6g fiber

5. Minestrone by Frank Pellegrino

Minestrone is a vegetarian classic, with an assortment of vegetables, beans and pasta that makes it healthy, delicious and satisfying.

Per serving: 364 calories, 3g fat, 41g carbohydrates, 15g protein, 10g fiber

6. New England Clam Chowder by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

This New England-style clam chowder has fresh clams and lots of bacon. Serve it in bread bowls for a creative touch.

Per serving: 332 calories, 10g fat, 24g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 2g fiber

7. My Favorite Chicken Soup by Tom Colicchio

Carrots, celery and chicken provide the foundation for this iconic dish, which may be close to your grandma's own version.

Per serving: 818 calories, 12g fat, 48g carbohydrates, 58g protein, 5g fiber

8. French Onion Soup by Judith Finlayson

Need a hassle-free recipe? Let the onions stew in a slow cooker for most of the day, and add other ingredients later. To serve, top with bread and cheese.

Per serving: 447 calories, 11g fat, 46g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 3g fiber

9. Pumpkin Soup With Sage Croutons by Ann and Scott Goodfellow

This is a great make-ahead option: You can puree the base of the soup up to three days before you're ready to eat it.

Per serving: 129 calories, 2g fat, 16g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 3g fiber

10. Pasta e Fagioli by Nigella Lawson

Pasta e fagioli is a chunky soup, perfect for a snow day when you have time to let rosemary infuse the broth with flavor.

Per serving: 393 calories, 1g fat, 65g carbohydrates, 20g protein, 19g fiber

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