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35 Best Soup Recipes


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A steaming bowl of soup is one of the best comfort foods on a cold day. Here you’ll find the best Soup Recipes, including classic soups as well as new favorites!

Minestrone soup served in a bowl.

Something I look forward to most when the weather turns cool in the fall is soup season. When it’s cold and dreary outside, nothing warms you up at the end of a long day quite like a bowl of soup! I’ve created so many homemade soup recipes over the years that I decided to collect all of our favorites together in one place.

Most of these soups come together in one pot for easy dinner prep and clean up. They reheat wonderfully for lunch or dinner the next day, and many of them freeze well too. Hello, cozy comfort food!

Chicken Soup Recipes

Nothing says homemade comfort food like a bowl of chicken soup. These chicken soups are warm and nourishing, filled with chicken and vegetables, plus noodles or rice.

When I’m feeling under the weather, a bowl of this Chicken Noodle Soup always seems to make me feel better. This classic soup has tender bites of chicken, egg noodles and vegetables in a flavorful broth, plus fresh herbs to brighten up the flavors. Also try this Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup and Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup.

Homemade chicken noodle soup served in bowls with crackers on the side.

This Chicken and Rice Soup is made in one pot. As the chicken, rice and vegetables simmer in the broth, the flavors meld together. It’s a delicious alternative to traditional chicken noodle soup.

Chicken and rice soup in a Dutch oven pot with a ladle.

Vegetable Soup Recipes

Craving veggies? These flavor-packed vegetable soup recipes are full of healthy veggies. They’re one of my favorite ways to eat the rainbow!

Everyone needs a classic Vegetable Soup recipe in their collection, and this is mine. I add both sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes for flavor variety. This recipe is great for cleaning out your veggie drawer at the end of the week! Want to make it in the Instant Pot? Try our Instant Pot Vegetable Soup recipe.

Vegetable soup in a dutch oven pot.

Not sure about Cabbage Soup? This recipe is sure to win you over! It has a lovely smoky, savory flavor thanks to earthy thyme, warmly spiced cumin and smoked paprika. The cabbage softens as it simmers in the broth, yet retains some of its bite so that it isn’t mushy. Give it a try – I’m predicting you’ll love it!

Cabbage soup in a dutch oven pot with a ladle.

When you’re craving a hearty yet healthy meal, this Vegetable Beef Soup is the recipe you need. Lots of fresh garlic, dried herbs, plus balsamic vinegar and tomato paste bring rich, robust flavor.

Vegetable beef soup in a Dutch oven pot.

Homemade Potato Soup Recipes

If you ask me, potato soups are some of the most comforting. Especially if you stir in a little cheese and top them with flavor-boosting toppings like bacon, sour cream and green onions.

Our classic Potato Soup Recipe is everything you want in a potato soup: it’s rich, creamy, and perfect for loading up with toppings (cheese and bacon, anyone?) I like to partially puree this soup so that it has both a creamy base and chunks of soft, creamy potatoes.

Potato soup in a soup bowl topped with bacon, cheese and green onions.

This Crockpot Potato Soup became an instant favorite in our house and in many of yours, too! Readers have reported that it gets rave reviews and big compliments to the cook whenever they make it. And the chef will love how easy it is to prepare.

Bowl of crockpot potato soup topped with cheese, sour cream, green onions and bacon with a spoon.

All of you Instant Pot fans will appreciate this Instant Pot Potato Soup. It’s perfectly seasoned and the flavors meld together beautifully as it cooks in the Instant Pot.

Instant pot potato soup served in a bowl.

Leeks bring mild onion flavor to this Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup. It’s easy to make with just a few ingredients and so good served with some crusty bread for dunking.

Leek and potato soup on a ladle over an instant pot.

Creamy Soup Recipes

These soups are luxuriously creamy, but guess what? Most of them are made without cream or milk. Instead, simple steps and ingredients like blending, adding cheese, coconut milk, or even potatoes, bring creaminess to these scrumptious soup recipes.

This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is perfect for when you need a dinner idea that’s easy and family-friendly. A secret ingredient gives this healthier broccoli cheese soup a creamy texture without using cream.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup served in a bowl with a spoon.

I’ve been making this Carrot Ginger Soup for years and it always satisfies. It’s made with just 6 ingredients and is richly flavored and wonderfully creamy.

Creamy carrot soup in dutch oven pot with wooden spoon.

You’ll be amazed at how delicious Cauliflower Soup can be! Roasting the cauliflower before adding it to the simmering soup creates a lovely caramelized, nutty flavor. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice is the perfect finishing touch.

Cauliflower soup served in a bowl with a spoon and fresh thyme garnish.

Making this Asparagus Soup is one of my favorite ways to welcome spring. You’ll love the bright, fresh flavor and vibrant color of this creamy soup!

Spoonful of asparagus soup held over bowl of soup.

This is the best homemade Tomato Soup! It’s made with pantry ingredients, and so simple to prepare that it just might become one of your weeknight staples. Serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches for dunking.

Tomato soup in a bowl garnished with fresh basil.

Soups with Pasta

When you want to add noodles to your bowl, these pasta soup recipes are here to win over the dinner crowd in your house. These hearty soups are filled with robust flavor and oh so cozy.

This is the best Minestrone Soup I’ve tried. This hearty vegetarian soup features vegetables, pasta and beans in a rich and flavorful broth. Serve it with garlic bread or a crisp green salad.

Minestrone soup served in a bowl.

Meatball soup is a delicious thing, and we are here for it! This Italian Wedding Soup has homemade mini meatballs, veggies and tiny acini de pepe pasta. You are going to love it!

Italian wedding soup in red Dutch oven pot.

One of the easiest soup recipes, this Tortellini Soup is especially comforting. It’s sure to become a weeknight staple in your dinner routine.

Tortellini soup with kale in red Dutch oven pot.

We’ve turned our favorite homemade lasagna into a cozy Lasagna Soup. Ground turkey or beef, lasagna noodles and a rich tomato-based broth make this soup hearty and layered with flavor. Serve it with a spoonful of ricotta cheese to add creaminess.

Lasagna soup topped with spoonful of ricotta cheese in a bowl.

Butternut Squash Soup Recipes

Fall produce makes some of the best soups, and butternut squash tops my list of autumn favorites. Here are three different ways to enjoy this buttery, nutty squash.

This Butternut Squash Soup is made with roasted butternut squash, apple and shallots. It’s luxuriously creamy with a touch of sweetness. Or try our popular Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe.

Butternut squash soup in a white bowl garnished with pepitas and thyme.

This Golden Winter Soup has been one of our favorites for years. It features a delicious trio of ingredients: butternut squash, potatoes and leeks, which meld together into one creamy, cozy soup. Give this one a try on a cold winter day.

Golden winter soup served in two bowls.

You’ll love this Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup for its ease and simplicity. To make it, you combine all of the ingredients in your crockpot, set it to cook, and then blend until smooth. The sweet potatoes and butternut squash are a lovely combination.

Slow cooker butternut squash sweet potato soup in a soup bowl.

Here’s another easy slow cooker soup recipe: Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup. This vegan and vegetarian soup is made with butternut squash, wild rice and kale, plus white beans for protein. The leftovers reheat well for quick lunches.

Slow Cooker Wild Rice Vegetable Soup in a soup bowl with a spoon.

Healthy Soups Full of Plant Based Protein

Split peas, lentils and beans, oh my! These soups pack in the flavor and the protein. You are going to love them!

This Lentil Soup is warming, nourishing and layered with flavor. Your kitchen will be filled with the enticing aromas of warm spices as it simmers on the stove. Prefer to use your Instant Pot? Try our Instant Pot Lentil Soup.

Ladle filled with lentil soup held over pot of soup.

This easy Split Pea Soup is warm, satisfying and made with just a few simple ingredients. You don’t need a ham bone for this recipe. Instead, bacon brings salty, savory flavor to this comforting soup.

Split pea soup with bacon in a white bowl.

This Tuscan White Bean Soup comes together in just 30 minutes, start to finish, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. Creamy sweet potatoes, protein-rich white beans and kale bring nutrition and flavor to this broth-based soup.

White bean soup with kale and sweet potatoes served in soup bowls.

Taco and Enchilada Soups

Craving something with a little spice? These easy soup recipes have Mexican-inspired flavors thanks to ingredients like taco seasoning and enchilada sauce. They’re not too spicy, so they’re perfect for a family dinner.

You can’t beat a dump and go slow cooker recipe for getting dinner on the table fast and this Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup doesn’t even require you to chop any ingredients before adding them to the slow cooker. It’s the easiest way to make taco soup!

Chicken taco soup in a slow cooker with a serving spoon.

This versatile Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Chicken, black beans, corn and enchilada sauce make this soup so satisfying.

Bowl of chicken enchilada soup with toppings.

It doesn’t get much easier than this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup! Everyone can load up their bowl with their favorite toppings.

Two bowls of instant pot chicken tortilla soup with toppings with instant pot in background.

Here’s another 30 minute soup recipe for you: Turkey Taco Soup. Ground turkey and beans add lean protein. Taco seasoning and green chiles ensure that this soup has lots of flavor!

Turkey taco soup in a dutch oven pot with a serving spoon.

These Soups are Pure Comfort Food

I consider all soup to be comfort food, but the recipes below are especially soul-satisfying. They’ll be the recipes you turn to when you want to relax and unwind after a long day, or when it’s especially cold outside.

This French Onion Soup is richly flavored and makes an especially cozy meal. It features melt-in-your-mouth caramelized onions in a rich, savory broth, all topped with toasted cheesy bread. This soup is pure indulgence!

Close up of soup in bowl with a spoon topped with cheese toasts.

This tasty Hamburger Soup is filled with colorful veggies, ground beef and potatoes. It’s hearty, family-friendly and easy to make!

Hamburger soup with vegetables in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew is the ultimate comfort food. Tender chunks of beef, carrots and potatoes in a rich and flavorful broth make this beef stew recipe a family favorite in the colder months.

Beef stew in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon.

Choose a recipe, grab your soup pot, and let’s make some soup! What to serve with soup? Try one of these Salad Recipes, slice up a loaf of crusty bread for dunking, or make a batch of Dinner Rolls.

35 Best Soup Recipes

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword minestrone soup, soup, soup recipes, soups
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings 8 servings
Calories 230kcal
The BEST Soup Recipes to warm you up when it's cold outside! This Minestrone Soup is hearty, healthy and flavorful. Easy to make, with vegetables, pasta, beans and tomatoes in a rich broth.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 medium carrots (sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds or half rounds)
  • 3 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes (unpeeled, chopped into ½-inch pieces, approximately ½ pound of potatoes)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 28 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini (chopped into ½-inch pieces)
  • ¾ cup uncooked short pasta shapes (such as ditalini, small shells or elbow pasta)
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans, kidney beans or small white beans (rinsed and drained)

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring often, for about 8 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and tomato paste. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the broth, fire roasted diced tomatoes and zucchini. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the pasta and beans. Simmer, covered, stirring every few minutes, until the pasta is cooked to al dente and the vegetables are tender, about 8-12 minutes. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Notes

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • This recipe is easily adaptable to use other vegetables. Try green beans (fresh or frozen), spinach, cabbage, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, yellow squash or peas. If using spinach, stir it in at the end, once the soup is done cooking. Frozen peas can be stirred in along with the pasta and beans.
  • You can add brown rice, barley or farro instead of pasta. Since brown rice takes longer to cook than pasta, add it to the soup along with the broth, tomatoes and zucchini. Cook barley or farro in a separate pot and then stir into the cooked soup.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1362mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4846IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition information is an estimate.
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