Champaign-Urbana is colder than ever, and if you’ve been on campus during the winter months before, you know this is just the beginning. The students that are back from break can be seen walking around campus in layers of sweaters, coats, scarves, and hats, but everyone still looks cold. In this week’s DIY, you’ll find a few recipes for homemade soup, sure to keep you warm from the inside out. Grab some fresh baked bread to go with it, and you are all set for a toasty lunch to get you through the wintery days at UIUC. 

Chicken Noodle Soup

This classic soup is what most likely revived you when you had a cold as a kid. If you like the canned version, try making it from scratch with this wholesome recipe. Adding fresh herbs makes all the difference, and you can learn how to use them easily with this beginner recipe. The best part? It only takes 20 minutes! Click here for the ingredients, step by step instructions, and a video showing you exactly how to make it. 

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower had its well-deserved shining moment in 2019. Let’s keep it going into 2020 with this tasty cauliflower soup. You’ll need a full head of cauliflower, your favorite type of shredded cheese, and accompanying vegetables. Hot sauce adds a little kick to liven up the otherwise kind of bland soup. Of course, adjust to your taste. Follow this link to find the full recipe!

Thai Coconut Soup

This recipe tastes like what you would order from your favorite Thai restaurant. Flavors of lemon, cilantro, and lime go well with the coconut milk and shrimp. If soup isn’t your thing, this is a recipe to try. With dynamic flavors and a bit of heat, this is a soup that will brighten up your winter days. Find the recipe here! (the comments under the recipe have some helpful tips if you don’t have all the ingredients)

Tomato Soup


This creamy tomato soup goes so well with grilled cheese or crusty bread, and a new cooking skill can be learned if you try this recipe. To start, you will combine butter and flour in a saucepan to make a roux, which is what makes this soup thick and creamy. It only takes 15 minutes to make and serves 6, so you can share with your roommates or save it for lunches later in the week. Click here for the recipe!