When cold temperatures strike, food fans look for comforting recipes. There's often nothing more soothing than a bowl of soup.

A variety of ingredients combine to make a tasty soup whether that broth is packed with vegetables, cubes of meat or grains, noodles or beans.

Good winter choices for a soup menu can include everything from a healthy chicken rendition to vegetable-barley combos, beef recipes, spicy tortilla creations and more.

Carla Snyder, author of  "One Pan, Whole Family," features assorted soups in her book. Snyder believes home cooks can get creative with soup recipes by adding limitless possibilities of ingredients in their recipes.

Among recipes in Snyder's book are Chicken Soup with Black Beans, Corn and Pepitas; Tortilla Soup with Chicken and Sausage; Curried Lentil Soup; Vegetable Soup with Poached Eggs; and more.

"Soup. Simple  soup. It sustains, revives, strengthens, cures and most of all, fills you up on winter-chilled nights," Snyder writes. "A steaming bowl of soup is probably the most healthy and thrifty of meals, not to mention the fact that you can throw all those wondrous ingredients together in a pot and walk away to other chores while it simmers to deliciousness all by itself."

In the book "Cooking with Scraps," author Lindsay-Jean Hard says that appetizing recipes, including soups, can be made with items such as stems, peels, cores and rinds. Hard mentions that turnip greens can successfully be used in any number of broth creations.

"Young turnip tops tend to be sweeter and can be tossed in a salad, but you'll likely want to cook them. Use the greens in comforting staples, like beans, gratins, soups and stews, or turn them into a pesto," she writes.

Featured in "Cooking with Scraps," is a recipe for Ginger-Garlic Miso Soup with Turnip Greens as well as other recipes.

If you'd like to try your hand at a new soup recipe, test the following creations.

By Eloise Marie Valadez, Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, 219-933-3365