30 Best Soup Recipes

If there's one thing I love about cold weather, it's soup! Read on to find over 30 easy soup recipes I'll be making all fall and winter long.

Best Soup Recipes

Soup season is here! There’s a lot to love about fall – beautiful weather, changing leaves, cozy baked goods and hot drinks – but the soup recipes are hands down my favorite part. I adore soup. I love making it, I love eating it, and I love packing up the leftovers so that I can enjoy it again the next day. When I’m stressed, I turn to soup because I find it meditative to cook. When I’m snowed in, I turn to it because I keep a stash stored away in my freezer. And when I’m in need of a healthy reset, I turn to it because it just makes me feel good inside.

To celebrate the start of soup season, I’m sharing my best tips for making soup recipes, as well as over 30 of my favorite soups. In addition to classics like French Onion and Butternut Squash Soup, you’ll find a host of inventive, veggie-forward soup recipes like Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup and Tomatillo Zucchini White Bean Chili. I love them all, and I hope that you do too.

Best Tips for Making Soup Recipes

1. Season to taste. Raw vegetable ingredients need seasoning, and vegetable broths vary in salt level. If your soup is bland, don’t hesitate to add generous pinches of salt and lots of fresh black pepper. Taste as you go!

2. Drizzle with olive oil. I always finish soups with a generous drizzle of olive oil. It adds richness and makes the flavors sing.

3. Save some for lunch! Soup often tastes better on the second day, so be sure to make enough to have leftovers. Most soup recipes also freeze well for up to a few months. Check out this post for my best freezing tips!

4. Spice to your level. Customizing your soup is the fun, creative part of cooking soup recipes. If you’re making a recipe that calls for lots of spice but you prefer milder flavors, start with less. If you like things spicy, add more! Taste as you cook, and adjust the flavors to make something you really love.

Favorite Autumn Soup Recipes

In Chicago, soup season lasts from September to…well, way later than it should. I make soup recipes the whole way through, but I especially crave them now, in the heart of autumn. These 3 easy soup recipes are my favorites at this time of year. They’re cozy, comforting, and filled with aromatic flavor from herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme.

Butternut squash soup

Butternut Squash Soup
Ginger, rosemary, and sage fill this soup with cozy autumn flavor. Lightly creamy, warming, and nourishing, it’s my go-to recipe for a cool fall night.

Wild rice soup

Creamy Wild Rice Soup
It might not look like it, but this soup’s base isn’t made with dairy. Instead, it gets its creamy texture from blended white beans, cashews, and savory miso paste.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Don’t even think about adding this cream of mushroom soup to your next green bean casserole! Brimming with rich, savory flavor, it’s meant to be enjoyed all on its own.

Smoky, Spicy Soups and Chilis

Bring on the heat! Seasonings like smoked paprika, canned chipotles in adobo sauce, and fresh and dried chiles fill these hearty soup recipes with bold flavor.

Vegetarian chili

Easy Vegetarian Chili
Do we count chili as a soup? I’m on the fence, but I still had to include this recipe here. It’s super quick and easy to make, and on a cold night, its smoky/spicy flavor will warm you up in no time.

Best Corn chowder

Yellow Split Pea Soup
Yellow split peas mingle with the fresh corn kernels in this vegan riff on corn chowder, making it extra-hearty and super fun to eat. It’s delicious on its own, but I like it even more with crispy, smoky coconut bacon on top!

White bean chili

Tomatillo Zucchini White Bean Chili, page 99 of Love & Lemons Every Day
This zesty green chili is nice and hearty, but it’s so flavorful that I always go back for a second bowl. Serve it with homemade cornbread for a pitch-perfect weeknight dinner.

Creamy potato soup - easy Soup Recipes

Creamy Potato Soup
Can comfort food be…healthy? This recipe answers with a resounding, “YES!” It’s thick, creamy, and packed with smoky flavor, but it’s entirely plant-based. Instead of heavy cream, blended white beans and potatoes create its luscious texture.

Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

Pumpkin Tortilla Soup
I love classic butternut squash soup as much as the next person, but when it comes to soup, winter squash can do so much more! Try simmering it in a smoky roasted tomato broth to make this delicious vegan spin on tortilla soup.

Best Black Bean Soup Recipe

Black Bean Soup
This black bean soup is creamy, spicy, and satisfying, but best of all, it’s really darn easy to make. It has a permanent spot in my regular recipe rotation, and I think it will in yours, too!

Easy Blended Soup Recipes

Traditional puréed soup recipes commonly call for butter, heavy cream, or whole milk, but you won’t find any of those ingredients in the creamy soups below. Instead, blended vegetables give each one its smooth, velvety texture. Yum!

Homemade Tomato soup recipe

Tomato Basil Soup
Served with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich, this rich, savory soup is a tough one to beat.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Vegan “Cheesy” Broccoli Soup
Tasting this soup, you’d never guess that it’s totally dairy-free. It’s creamy, tangy, rich, and satisfying – everything cheesy broccoli soup should be!

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup
You only need 7 ingredients to make this energizing, refreshing carrot ginger soup! If you can get your hands on a bunch of carrots with good greens, make sure to blend up the carrot top pesto to drizzle on top.

Healthy soup recipes - roasted red pepper soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup
A fan favorite from our first cookbook, this bright red soup is super easy to make! Serve it with homemade focaccia or a big hunk of crusty bread for a quick, healthy, and comforting dinner.

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup
This 10-ingredient soup comes together in 2 easy steps: roast and blend! Roasted garlic, shallots, and miso fill it with nutty, savory flavor.

Homemade Curried Soup Recipes

If you have a jar of red curry paste or a jumble of curry spices in your pantry, you’re well on your way to making a flavorful pot of soup!

Best Lentil Soup

Best Lentil Soup
If you open your pantry, you’ll likely find all the ingredients to this bright, warming, and weeknight-friendly lentil soup inside. It’s one of our favorites and a fan favorite, too!

Homeade soup recipes - Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin Soup
This fall, Jack and I have eaten this ultra-creamy pumpkin soup more times than we can count. Still, we’re nowhere near tired of it. Spices like turmeric, ginger, cumin, and cardamom pack it with warm curry flavor.

Red Curry with rice

Red Curry Lemongrass Soup
1 soup, 3 ways! Make this Thai-inspired recipe as-written for a light, brothy vegetable soup, bulk it up with baked tofu, or add coconut milk for a creamy broth. Whichever option you pick, serve it with a scoop of freshly cooked rice.

Easy soup recipes - Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup
The beauty of this soup isn’t just its creamy texture, golden color, and bright curry flavor. It’s also a breeze to make! On a busy weeknight, you can get it on the table in 30 minutes flat.

Healthy Carrot coconut soup recipe

Carrot Coconut Soup
I think of this recipe as a “gazpacho” because it comes together easily in the blender. Chill it if you want to eat it gazpacho-style, but if you’re craving something warm, it’s equally good after a few minutes on the stove.

Best White bean soup recipe

Curried Parsnip & White Bean Soup, page 223 of The Love & Lemons Cookbook
If I had my way, we’d all cook with parsnips more often! They give this soup an amazing velvety texture, and their sweet, nutty flavor tastes wonderful with the warm curry spices.

All About the Onions

You’ll find onions in almost every recipe in this post, but most often, they’re playing a supporting role. In the recipes below, they’re finally front and center, filling each soup with rich flavor.

French onion soup

French Onion Soup
This easy French onion soup recipe will rival any you’ve had at a restaurant. Topped with crispy, cheesy baguette, it’s rich, comforting, and packed with umami flavor.

Best Mushroom Soup Recipe

Oyster Mushroom Soup
This brothy soup is light and nourishing, but that doesn’t mean it’s bland. A whole lotta leeks create its savory, umami base, and miso, lemongrass, celery, ginger, tamari, and rice vinegar amp up its flavor even more.

Potato Leek Chowder

Vegan Potato, Leek & Artichoke Chowder, page 91 of Love & Lemons Every Day
This hearty soup is like a plant-based cross between potato leek soup and clam chowder. Blended potatoes and cashews give it its rich, creamy texture, while leeks, artichokes, and capers pack it with briny, savory flavor.

Nourishing Noodle Soup Recipes

You won’t find any chicken in these noodle soup recipes, but trust me, you won’t miss it. Each one is wholesome, energizing, and fun – the perfect pick-me-up on a cold, cloudy day, or anytime you’re under the weather.

Vegan Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho
In Austin, we lived just down the street from a Vietnamese restaurant that made the most amazing vegetarian pho. After ordering it on repeat for years, I finally developed my own version at home. Made with a richly flavored aromatic broth, it’s light, nourishing, and delicious.

Best Noodle Soup Recipe

Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup
This invigorating recipe will brighten up the darkest days! Sunny turmeric and tangy citrus juices give the broth its vibrant color and flavor.

Minestrone soup recipe

Spiralized Zucchini Vegetable Noodle Soup
This light, fresh riff on minestrone soup features spiralized zucchini and sweet potato instead of pasta.

Ginger Miso Soup Recipe

Ginger Miso Soup
Craving a classic miso soup? This recipe is for you. With ginger, soba, mushrooms, and tofu, it’s a simple, wholesome lunch or dinner.

Homemade Lasagna Soup Recipe

Lasagna Soup with Vegan Ricotta, page 93 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Soup recipes don’t get more fun than this vegan lasagna soup! I love eating through the big, curly, sloppy noodles. Tasty and nutritious, it’s the perfect easy way to satisfy a weeknight lasagna craving.

Best Flexible Soup Recipes

I love to make these two soup recipes at the end of the week, when I have a bunch of vegetable odds and ends that I need to use up. They’ll work with almost any veggies, so feel free to adapt them based on what you have on hand.

Ribollita

Ribollita
Don’t let your day- (or days-) old bread go to waste! Instead, toss it into this hearty Tuscan white bean soup made with kale, carrots, or whatever veggies you like best.

Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe

Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup
What veggies do you have in your fridge? No matter your answer, you can make this easy, flexible, many-veggie soup.

More Favorite Fall and Winter Recipes

If you love these easy soup recipes, try these cozy recipes next:

Best Soup Recipes: Simple Carrot Ginger

rate this recipe:
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 38 mins
Total Time: 48 mins
Serves 4
This carrot ginger soup is one of my favorite simple & easy soup recipes!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 heaping cups chopped carrots
  • teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste, optional
  • coconut milk, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the smashed garlic cloves (they’ll get blended later) and chopped carrots to the pot and cook about 8 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the ginger, then add the apple cider vinegar, and then add 3 to 4 cups of broth, depending on your desired consistency. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the carrots are soft, about 30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add maple syrup, if desired.
  • Garnish with a drizzle of coconut milk, if desired.

 

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  1. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    03.12.2019

    thank you for sharing all of these, great time of year for these soups, especially since the winter keeps dragging on, hadn’t seen many of these before like Carrot & Roasted Red Pepper soup, great ingredients that I’ve never used in a soup before

  2. Melody
    03.15.2019

    Thank you for sharing all your amazing recipes! Just pre-ordered your new book! Can’t wait to start cooking! 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.17.2019

      Hi Melody, thank you!! I hope you enjoy the book! xoxo

  3. Dorothy
    09.15.2019

    Just picked up the new book and it is great! Colorful, and yummy recipes.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.23.2019

      Hi Dorothy, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!!

  4. KAMEL
    10.01.2019

    VERY INTERESTING SOUPS.

  5. Cathy
    10.13.2019

    5 stars
    Your curried lentil tomato soup is one of my favorites 🙂 I love it as is, sometimes I add a green in the last 10 minutes and top it with goat cheese and eat it with bread. So delightful!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.18.2019

      Hi Cathy, I’m so happy to hear it’s a favorite!

  6. Beth Ann
    10.13.2019

    Hi Jeanine!
    I am already in full swing with soup recipes, and love the ones I’ve tried from you!
    Gratitude & Excitement for the compilation, so I don’t have to wonder what to make For dinner over the next few months 😊
    I’m curious what containers you enjoy freezing in? Thank you 🙏

  7. Charles
    01.11.2020

    A number of the soup recipes that you have posted (such as this one) call for vegetable broth, but I cannot find your recipe for vegetable broth (which I most likely would prefer since the canned vegetable broth I have bought tastes terrible). Could you post a vegetable broth recipe?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.11.2020

      Hi Charles, thanks for the request. I don’t have a vegetable broth post right now, but I can post one soon. Each of these soup recipes has been tested with Whole Foods 365 brand (boxed) vegetable broth, which works great. I haven’t tried canned vegetable broth.

  8. Riya
    10.13.2020

    I have never seen such amazing soup recipes… I am trying to lose some weight and switch over to healthy soups for my dinner.. Your recipes will certainly make my dinners the best meal of the day… Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Sejal Maru
    11.03.2020

    Starting of d winter and 12:30 am… The soup just made my night.. m all relaxed after cooking and having so soothing warm soup.. so yummmie.. loved it thanks for the recipe..

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