Nothing beats the winter chill like a piping hot bowl of soup. Whether you’re cozying up by the fireplace with a fuzzy blanket or snuggling on the couch with a good book, soup is one of our favorite ways to ward off the January cold. It’s satisfying, it’s easy to make, and it’s even better with the addition one key ingredient: Wisconsin cheese.
Plus, soup is one of those dishes that taste even better the next day. So… what are you waiting for? Fire up the stove and get cooking on a big batch of cheesy, comforting soup. Here are five of our favorites:
Asiago Broccoli Soup
Asiago Broccoli Soup is just what the doctor ordered on a frigid winter day. Slip into your coziest pajamas, and relax with this homey vegetable soup. Broccoli bursts with bright green color, while shredded Wisconsin asiago cheese adds nutty flavor to the creamy soup base. Season to taste with pepper, paprika and mustard powder, then serve immediately for instant comfort.
Beer Cheese Soup
Beer Cheese Soup is classically Wisconsin—nothing beats the combination of our state’s favorite food and drink into a satisfying, one-pot meal. This version is made with Wisconsin cheddar and Colby cheeses, then served with chives and salty bacon for topping. It’s perfect for a family-friendly weeknight dinner or serving to a crowd of hungry fans during the football game.
Mexican Tortilla Soup with Monterey Jack
Sometimes, simple soup is the best. This classic Mexican recipe is guaranteed to warm you to the bones in just 30 minutes and six ingredients. Cumin gives the tomato-y broth deep, earthy flavor, while shredded chicken and corn tortilla chips add belly-filling bulk. Where’s the cheese, you ask? This tortilla soup is all about the toppings, and Wisconsin Monterey jack is the ultimate finish—creamy, mild and slightly tart.
Cheesy Vegetable Confetti Soup with Whole Wheat Alphabet Croutons
After a busy afternoon of playing outside in the snow, this kid-friendly recipe is one of our favorite bowls of comfort. This soup is loaded with lots of good-for-you vegetables and is extra cheesy with both Wisconsin sharp cheddar and buttery gouda cheeses. Kids will love the wholesome alphabet croutons—they’re a fun, interactive topping that will have them spelling Y-U-M.
Italian Wedding Soup with Romano
If you’re in the mood for a warm bowl of zuppa, this Italian-inspired recipe hits the spot. Named for the marriage of green vegetables and meats, wedding soup makes a surprisingly light and flavorful meal. Italian sausage and Wisconsin romano meatballs are spicy, sharp and cheesy; while escarole, frozen carrots and orzo pasta finish off this broth-based soup with a kick of color and added nutrition.
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