Five Hearty Wintertime Soups & Stews
No soup for you… unless it has wheat
Winter in the wonderful province of Alberta can be a doozy even when we get “warm” chinooks blowing in. One of the best ways to warm up on those below-freezing days is with a hearty, hot meal filled with tasty flavours and satisfying ingredients… like life’s simple ingredient. There are a variety of ways that wheat can be added to your favourite soups and stews to make them more satiating and warm you up through the chill of a Canadian winter. Here are some of our favourite soups and stews for the wintertime.
We’re definitely suckers for one-pot meals, and this sausage, kale and gnocchi soup is no exception. This recipe is packed with veggies and protein, so you’ll be serving your family a well-balanced meal that is warming and nutritious. Give it as much kick as you want by using spicy Italian sausage and adding red pepper flakes for extra heat. The spice will be sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day, that’s for sure!
Perfect for vegetarians or those looking for a meatless Monday option, farro vegetable soup doesn’t miss on being hearty and nutritious. Farro is an ancient grain that is full of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. For a huge bonus, farro is also packed with protein and fibre, making it the ideal whole grain to add into soups to ensure your meal keeps you fuller for longer. Read more on why fibre is important to include in your diet, then get whipping up some delicious farro veggie soup.
Slow cooker recipes are perfect weekday meals—just pop all the ingredients in the slow cooker before work, and you come home to a yummy, warm dinner! Thai flavours combine with coconut milk, Thai red curry and fresh ginger for a wonderful weeknight option to add to your meal plan lineup.
An Italian classic, minestrone is the ideal soup for the end of the week when you’ve got some veggies and greens leftover from previous meals that you can throw in to elevate it even more. Choose a pasta variety of your liking with this one; macaroni, ditalini or orzo are great small pasta shapes ideal for soups.
When you think of the term “hearty meal,” we’re sure stew comes to mind. Filled with sweet potato, beef and chopped veggies, this stew will make your home smell wonderful and also keep you warm through icy weather stretches. Serve it with fresh baked bread and you’ve got the ultimate comfort food ready to fill your stomach and heart.
The warmth doesn’t stop there—we’ve got plenty of soup and stew recipes featuring life’s simple ingredient for you to choose from. Pair a recipe with some homemade sourdough bread for the perfect cold weather meal. Stay cozy out there, Albertans!