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40 Best Soup Recipes

Browse through this round-up collection of the 40 most popular soups on SoupAddict! Whether you’re looking for something filling and comforting, or light and healthy, chances are you’ll find crave-worthy soup recipes for fall and winter here. Soup is the world’s most perfect food!

Chicken Soup

Beloved by everyone, young and old, chicken soup makes the world go ’round! There’s just nothing more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold winter’s day. Especially when you’re feeling a little sniffly and achy.

  • The most popular soup on this blog, the one and only, the original Cold-Fighting Couscous Chicken Soup is more than aptly named. Loaded with health-supporting ingredients, this recipe takes chicken soup goodness to an entirely new level. With fun little pastas that won’t fall off your spoon — just say no to thick, splashy noodles — it’s the feel-good soup for winter (and pandemics).
  • If you’re a fan of preserved lemons, then you know what it’s like to look for any and every way to use them up. I’m here to tell ya: preserved lemons and chicken are like peas and carrots — the perfect flavor companions for Preserved Lemon Chicken Soup!
  • I know that I should be more mature — especially as a food blogger — than to profess an affection for the cheapo packets of ramen noodles. But, I love how they slip so seamlessly into soups, like this Thai Ramen Noodle Chicken Soup, with their fast-cooking, fun, twirly shapes. Just discard the iffy flavor packet. The noodles cook right in the soup.
  • One of my top 10 favorite soups of all time! Mulligatawny Soup is the chicken soup that every chicken soup wants to be when it grows up. Deeply savory, gently spiced and deliciously creamy, this filling soup is exactly the thing that winter meals were made for.

Vegetable Soup

The best way ever to use up a variety of veggies in a single recipe, vegetable soup is the perfect vehicle for delivering the day’s worth of healthy vegetable goodness!

  • Inspired by the soup enjoyed in Sardinia — one of the famous Blue Zones — by the longest lived residents there, Sardinian Longevity Minestrone Soup is a nutritious, vegetable-heavy soup that you’ll feel great about serving to your family. Make a big pot and enjoy throughout the week. Stores great in the fridge and freezer!
  • One method for bringing out deep savory flavors in vegetables is to roast them in the oven. It’s also one way for a homemade soup to be a mostly hands-off meal. Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetable Soup is a chunky-vegetable lover’s dream!
  • I was making my chicken and dumplings one day when, hovering over the pot, I realized that it would also be amazing as a vegetable soup. Cooked in an umami-leveled-up broth, the homemade vegan dumplings add so much character and flavor to this Vegetable Dumpling Soup.
  • Rice and vegetables make a lovely combo in soup. It’s comforting and delicious, with an amazing bite off the spoon. This Hearty Vegetable Wild Rice Soup is loaded with healthy vegetables and is naturally vegan.

Winter Squash Soup

In terms of the sheer comfort factor, nothing really beats a squash soup, whether butternut, honeynut, kabocha, or pumpkin. The squash flesh cooks into a velvety texture — especially when combined with dairy or coconut milk — for a luscious sweet-but-savory delight. For the cook, the options run the gamut, from a lazy simmer on a Saturday afternoon to a super-quick-weeknight prep soup that’s perfect for the busy family.

  • Probably my all-time favorite fall soup, this copycat version of Panera’s Autumn Squash Soup is a smooth and satisfying comfort soup that you can make at home, but tastes like you just got take-out.
  • Pumpkin gets a bit of culinary bad rap because of the whole PSL thing, but in soup, pumpkin is a super star! Creamy Pumpkin Soup is the perfect fall-to-winter transition soup. The secret is a decadent blue cheese sauce (yes!) that blends right into the savory-creamy soup. Top with homemade pumpkin gnocchi for an extra special taste treat.
  • If you’re having one of those days where you really just want to dump a few ingredients into a pot and get on with the evening, this Thai Pumpkin Soup is for you. Weeknight I’m-tired-to-the-bone easy but super flavorful!
  • It might sound a bit strange — fruit in soup and all — but apples are actually a delightful soup ingredient. Both sweet and tart, their flavors contrast nicely with pumpkin’s savory leanings. Curried Pumpkin & Apple Soup also has a gentle dose of curry spices and is made lusciously creamy with coconut milk.

Bean Soups

Everyone needs at least one solid bean soup recipe in their meal-planning repertoire. Beans are healthy legumes loaded with fiber, protein, and essential minerals. The variety of beans to choose from is astounding (my favorite source for the freshest selection of heirloom beans is Rancho Gordo) and their charms are endless. While dried beans are always a favorite — cook them up separately in a pressure cooker — even canned beans are perfectly acceptable, especially for a fast weeknight meal.

  • Beans are not just little health bombs. They also add extra hearty texture to a winter’s meal of soup. Turkey White Bean Soup is layered with savory flavors, including smoked sausage, vegetables, herbs and spices. And of course, turkey. Perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers, too!
  • A thick and hearty bean soup that’s cooked on the stove, Slow Simmered Red Bean Soup is a worthy weekend project full of deep savory flavors, including pork and spices.
  • Black bean soups are always a favorite around here at Casa SoupAddict. BBQ Black Bean Soup takes the standard classic and levels up with barbecue flavors, including BBQ sauce, chili powder, and bacon. Completely comforting and filling!
  • A weeknight easy soup (seriously!), Creamy White Bean Tortellini Soup combines the satisfying texture of white beans with the comfort-food goodness of pasta tortellini and pools them in a creamy broth. Delicious!

Vegetarian/Vegan Soups

With the possible exception of salads, soup is the easiest course to celebrate plant-based eating, with healthy, tasty, and hearty vegetable-strong options galore. I have a lot of vegetarian and vegan soups on this site; the four below are vegan. They’re so tasty and beautiful in the bowl that if you don’t tell the family they’re not eating meat, they probably won’t even notice!

  • Carrots aren’t just background aromatics in soups. They’re superstar ingredients in their own right! This gorgeous Carrot Turmeric Miso Soup is not just all looks and no substance. It features superfoods like turmeric, ginger, garlic, and miso and is a bowl of healthy goodness! (Vegan, as long as the miso is vegan)
  • A delicious combo of red bell peppers and tomatoes (plus other veggies), roasted on a sheet pan in the oven and then spun into a velvety soup, Sheet Pan Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup is taken to another level with an easy, smoky paprika roux. A lovely and unique tomato soup! (Vegan)
  • Lemongrass is an unsung herb that gets far too little attention in world cuisine. Its lemony-gingery flavor lightly scents whatever it’s added to, and is especially delightful in soups. This Lemongrass Curry Soup with barley is no exception. (Vegan)
  • This Vegetarian Tortilla Soup throws a little bit of a curve ball, using tortilla chips instead of traditional flat tortillas to thicken and flavor the soup. I find this soup every bit as tasty as my Chicken Tortilla Soup, especially when you let your inner soup toppings imagination go crazy. (Vegan, gluten-free)

Mushroom Soups

Mushrooms are an amazing source of umami and make incredible soups with that extra special something that turns them absolutely craveable. Mushrooms pair well with so many other main ingredients — beef, grains, chicken, beans — that they’re a natural component of some of the heartiest soups that I make.

  • The perfect post-holiday, clean-eating-goals option, Mushroom Lentil Adzuki Bean Soup is packed with healthy vegetables and legumes and flavor!
  • Naturally vegan, Mushroom Barley Soup is a hearty meal in itself, featuring lots of mushrooms and barley in a thick, comforting broth.
  • Another January favorite, Detox Wild Mushroom Miso Soup features a selection of mushrooms and a generous portion of miso, plus leeks and ginger and garlic, to create a delicious soup that inspires healthy eating.
  • Another one of my all-time favorite soups, Hungarian Mushroom Soup is made very extra with smoky paprika in a creamy broth.

Soups Inspired By Your Favorite Take-Out

“Soupifying” favorite dishes is a little hobby of mine: you take the recipe, deconstruct it, and then reassemble it all in soup form while retaining all of the flavor and character of the original. You’d be surprised what can be turned into a soup! Here, you’ll find some of my favorite deconstruction projects. So much flavor in these take-out inspired soups!

  • Spicy buffalo chicken and blue cheese dipping sauce, all in one pot. Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Soup is your favorite chicken wings take-out in a single bowl.
  • Inspired by the popular Mexican street food, elote, Mexican Street Corn Soup has all the creamy, spicy flavors that make the original snack so beloved. The perfect use for freshly harvested corn!
  • The only thing I can say about BLT Soup is … it absolutely works. The whole B-L-T bit, it all goes into the soup — bread, too — and comes out the other side as a delectable bowl of dreamy goodness.
  • This soup is an example of why I enjoy this kind of experimentation so much: In General Tso’s Chicken Soup, I improvised the sauce right at the stove, thinking it would be a nice little lift to regular broth. Wrong. It turned out to be everything in this soup. Glossy, gorgeous, and so flavorful, it’s really the star of the soup.

Instant Pot Soups

If you’re a fan of the pressure cooker, then you’re going to love these soups! My Instant Pot soups were designed to be easy and weeknight fast enough. And I say that because, while a pressure cooker often doesn’t save time (because of the time it takes to pressurize and then depressurize the unit), it’s a hands-off cooking method that lets you do other things while it’s working its magic.

  • There are few soups more familiar and comforting than Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup. All the zesty flavors of the original with easy prep and cooking, thanks to the pressure cooker. A delicious weeknight worthy meal for the whole family!
  • Potatoes were made for the pressure cooker, especially for soup. Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup is an easy, mostly hands-off dish, resulting in a creamy potato soup topped with your favorite loaded baked potato garnishes (bacon!).
  • Another lovely potato soup entry, Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup levels up the classic soup with bacon and tops it all with zesty horseradish (the peachy color is from vegetable broth).
  • This Instant Pot Carrot Lemongrass Soup was a recipe I first learned about on a PBS show. Their stove top version had a very fussy, chef-y preparation, which I pared down for the pressure cooker. Carrots are another vegetable that cook up beautifully in the Instant Pot, and this soup shows off their best qualities.

Beef, Sausage & Bacon Soups

The soup-lovin’ carnivores in your posse will appreciate these flavorful, hearty soups featuring loads of beef, sausage, bacon, and other juicy cuts. Perfect winter-comfort soups that the family will love!

  • One of the most unique soups in my collection, Mock Turtle Soup is actually a soup from my youth in a region that loves it so much that there’s even a local company famous for its canned version (Worthmore Foods). This recipe, however, is my mom’s and is layered with fascinating flavors that combine to create a delicious whole. (And for the curious: no, it’s not made with turtles, but rather beef, although historically it was made with Green Sea Turtles, which are rightly protected now as endangered.)
  • This soup came about as an excuse to use my creole seasoning blend, which I adore. And it turns out to be the perfect highlight to lentils and Andouille sausage. Creole Lentil Soup begins with a nod to Louisiana traditions, including the Holy Trinity, and veers off course a bit by replacing seafood with lentils. This dish straddles the line between soup and stew, and does so scrumptiously.
  • If there were a soup that personified winter comfort, Italian Sausage Orzo Soup would be it. A tantalizing combo of Italian sausage, earthy seasonings, and loads of orzo pasta creates a meal-worthy soup that you just want to ladle into a big mug and hold in your hands while you binge-watch Ted Lasso for the nth time.
  • Another homage to southern cuisine, Chicken Seafood & Sausage Gumbo was created with Mardi Gras in mind, but fits perfectly into fall and winter menus. This is a great soup to impress company, too!

Summer Soups

Soup in the summer? Yaas! It’s probably no surprise to hear that I enjoy soup all year round — hot or cold, summer or winter — but you might need some convincing in the depths of August, right? And that’s where gazpacho comes in. Chilled soups that are savory and refreshing at the same time. And some are no-cook blender soups, so you won’t even heat up your kitchen. And if you’re a summer vegetable person like me, my bright and tasty minestrone is a healthy use-’em-all-up option!

  • A delightfully sunshiny chilled soup, Yellow Gazpacho gets its color and flavor from a variety of yellow summer vegetables. Light and vegan, this soup is the perfect side to a salad or crusty bread.
  • A vegetable-strong soup accented with wood-smoked sweet corn, Smoked Corn Gazpacho is a refreshing appetizer soup that complements your summer meals.
  • Chock full of summer’s best vegetables, Summer Minestrone is one soup you won’t mind cooking up even in the summer.
  • Avocado soup gets a summery kiss from lemon and basil. Bright, refreshing and lightly creamy Chilled Avocado Soup is a summer favorite here at Casa SoupAddict.

I hope you found some soup-making inspiration from this list. Or, browse my entire collection of soup recipes.

Here’s to the tastiest soup season ever!

Karen xo


Monday 27th of September 2021

SoupAddict, so lovely to see you! It's that time of year and there is lamb in the freezer, barley in the pantry and the Instant Pot has been calling my name. I hope you're staying well and as busy as you like. Here's to great soup.


Friday 1st of October 2021

Darlynne, it's great to see you here! So happy for soup season, I can't even. :)

Nora Crane

Monday 27th of September 2021

Hello there, l I'm wondering if you could please spare me the wading through the recipes to locate that for the one on your home page. I'm aged, and feel unable to do the search....the recipe that you display on your home page for Soups looks fantabulous. If you could cut to the chase, I would be most appreciative....thx

If not, then I understand....Namaste


Monday 27th of September 2021

Hi - Sure, no problem :) Here's the link: https://soupaddict.com/chicken-meatball-noodle-soup/