Winter Soups

[Here are two winter soup recipes to keep you warm! Potato soup and Turkey, Kale, Rice Soup!]

The second the temperature hits about 50 degrees every fall, I start making stew and soup. The second it hits about 50 degrees in the spring I revert back to salads and anything else that might entice the weather to keep going up.

turkey kale rice soup recipe for winter cold months gluten free dairy free

But while it is still the dead of the winter, and many of you were curious about my soup recipes, I am going to leave with you my favorite two. I like these two soups because they don’t take TOO long to make and can be made with healthy ingredients and, if you so desire, gluten and dairy free ingredients. I don’t taste a difference.

I did not make these recipes up and want to give credit where credit is due, but the potato soup recipe is from my mom from an old school recipe book and all I have is a photo of it on my phone. So can we just call it “My Mother’s Best Creamy Potato Soup”? Isn’t that how all the best recipes happen? As for the Turkey, Kale and Rice Soup, it is from Yellow Bliss Roadย and was a Pinterest find.


(My Mother’s Best) Creamy Potato Soup

creamy hearty potato soup for winter cold months gluten free dairy free

6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 carrots, diced
6 celery stalks, diced
2 quarts of water*
1 onion, chopped
6 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil to make dairy free)
6 tablespoons flour (we use gluten free flour from Trader Joe’s)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups milk (or unsweetened almond milk to make dairy free)
optional: cooked bacon pieces

  1. In a large pot, cook the potatoes, carrots and celery in water, until tender (about 20ย  ย  ย  minutes).
    2. Drain, reserving liquid and setting vegetables aside.
    3. In the same pot saute onion in butter (or coconut oil) until soft.
    4.Stir in flour, salt, and pepper; gradually add (almond) milk, stirring constantly until thickened.
    5. Gently stir in cooked vegetables.
    6. Add 1 cup** or more of reserved cooking liquid until soup is desired consistency.
    7. Optional: Stir in cooked pieces of bacon.
    8. Serve and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

*I will be honest: I never measure out two quarts. I just put enough in to basically cover the vegetables and always have plenty.
** I always end up adding in about 2 cups (maybe more).

ย Turkey, Kale and Rice Soupย (from Yellow Bliss Road)

turkey kale rice soup recipe for winter cold months gluten free dairy free

1 tablespoon olive oil (I use coconut oil)
3 medium carrots, sliced into 1/4 inch round
1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
3 celery stalks, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
1-14 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup cooked white or brown rice
4 cups kale, packed, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
Salt & pepper

  1. In a 5 quart soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring often, for about 8-10 minutes or until vegetables begin to brown and soften.
  2. Add ground turkey, breaking into small chunks. Season with a pinch of kosher salt. Continue to stir frequently until meat is completely cooked; about 5-7 minutes. Drain any fat from the pot.
  3. Add oregano and garlic and stir for about a minute.
  4. Pour in chicken broth, tomatoes and rice. Bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in kale and season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. (I always underestimate the amount of salt and add in a bunch more)
  7. Divide into bowls and serve hot. Garnish individual bowls with parsley and Parmesan, if desired.

xo, bethany rose




  1. The Unfiltered Momma

    January 31, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I definitely want to try these ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sweet Coralice

    January 31, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Soups and winter go hand in hand like pb&j and these two that you’ve shared sound amazingly wonderful! Pinned ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. waves + lilacs

      February 8, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      I love that analogy ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. honestmommasheritage

    January 31, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Iโ€™m definitely trying these before winter ends!

    1. waves + lilacs

      February 8, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Alex

    February 1, 2018 at 8:26 am

    These sound so good!! Will definitely need to try that potato soup, thatโ€™s my absolute favorite!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

  5. Cathryn

    February 1, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Yum! You cannot go wrong with a creamy potato soup. Big bowl of comfort.

    1. waves + lilacs

      February 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Right!? We need that here in PA currently ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. 2020cookingadventures

    February 1, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Hello, I am always looking for new soups to try and being in the deep freeze here right now. I will be trying out these recipe’s.Look forward to seeing more.

  7. swordfightsandstarrynights

    February 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    These look perfect for a Winter day. I’ll have to try your recipes- they look delicious!

    1. waves + lilacs

      February 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      They are so good. Faves around here!

  8. Justine @ Little Dove

    February 1, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, these both sound so good right now! And I have an almost-4-year old who LOVES soup so I know she would gobble these right up!

    1. waves + lilacs

      February 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      I can just picture that and it sounds so cute ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. raisingourstakes

    February 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    These look so delish, Bethany! I need to try both of these. My husband would really like them too.

    1. waves + lilacs

      February 8, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      My husband approves of them too!

  10. ememist1

    February 5, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I already love this because there is RICE! haha

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