We’re a soup family.
Meaning that a batch of soup makes its way onto my family’s dinner menu at least once a week. And while we like to enjoy a bowl no matter the season, there’s something extra comforting about a warm, hearty cup of soup when the weather takes a chilly turn.
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If the sound of a hearty meal has you running into the kitchen to cook something of your own, you’ll have to check out some of my favorite soups and dishes I make at home.
From my grandma’s cheesy casserole dish to my super simple vegetable soup, I’m sure one of these recipes will warm your belly.
Grandma Metzger’s Best Casserole
Leave it to Grandma to make some of the most delicious recipes I know to date! This one is cheesy, crunchy (in a good way!), and oh so satisfying!
We didn’t call her the queen of casserole kingdom for nothing. Her recipe box was FILLED with all kinds of casserole creations.
This one takes under an hour to make and includes ingredients like broccoli, rice, cheese, chicken, and more. You can make it easier on yourself by using a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the store!
To find the full recipe and instructions, click HERE.
Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili
Whether you eat it for family dinner or at a tailgate party, chili is a classic that never seems to disappoint. Soups and dishes
In my family, we have a chili cook-off between me and my husband, Doug. While he changes his version every time, I always turn to this simple recipe filled with simple, hearty ingredients.
My opinion: If you have a good foundation for your chili, it’s easy to add some extra spices to kick it up a notch! My own kids go back for seconds with this recipe… so I’m sure you will too. Find everything you’ll need HERE.
Three Cheese Baked Ziti
I don’t know what it is about this recipe, but you all seem to love it! I don’t blame you, though. It’s super easy to make, and that cheesy topping? To die for!
When I first started making this dish, I never really followed a recipe. Instead, I threw in a little bit of this and a little bit of that… but it always seemed to work out. After playing around with different meats and cheeses, I finally figured out a winning combo.
Filled with Italian sausage and three cheese types including mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan, I can promise you you’ll want to make this one of your regular weeknight meals. HERE is the full recipe.
Vegetable Soup Soups and Dishes
The best part about this easy vegetable soup recipe is that you probably have all the ingredients on hand. It’s also a great way to make use of those veggies that are about to go bad!
Because this is a “dump and simmer” recipe, it’s one of the easiest soups in my personal recipe repertoire. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that the vegetables you add to the pot all cook at different rates.
For example, carrots and potatoes take longer than peas and zucchini. So don’t dump everything at once… but that doesn’t mean you can’t get crafty with it!
Use your favorite veggies and add meat if you want something a little heartier. To check out how I make mine, click HERE.
Easy Macaroni and Cheese Soups and Dishes
No one… I mean NO ONE can turn down mac and cheese. Right? And although Kraft is still a treat, this recipe may have you ditching the blue box for good.
This easy version of macaroni and cheese doesn’t take a lot of time or ingredients. In fact, it’s more like a casserole (or southern-style mac) since you can actually cut it into pieces without it falling apart.
If there’s one thing to know about this recipe, it’s that it won’t be the same without fresh-grated cheese. DON’T CUT CORNERS! Trust me, it’s 100 percent worth it. Find the rest of the details you’ll need HERE.
Hopefully, these soups and dishes are enough to get your cold-weather recipe roundup started! Which one do you think you’ll make first?
From my kitchen to yours,