Soup is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer or side, or as the main course. Its versatility spans across all four seasons: soup can be enjoyed in any weather. We’ve rounded up our best soup recipes, from a unique strawberry soup for the summer to a gingered squash and pear soup packed with the flavors of fall. (For more cold weather soup ideas, you’ll find endless inspiration in our recipe roundups of the best winter soups and easy fall soup recipes.)
These easy-to-prepare soup ideas feature simple ingredients and can be ready in a short amount of time, like our aptly-named school-night meatball soup recipe. As if you needed another great reason to enjoy soup! For more formal affairs, a silky, pureed soup — like our chestnut-parsnip soup — is a fancy option to consider for your next dinner party.
And, of course, when feeling less than your best self, a classic chicken soup recipe is great for fighting off a cold or warming up with on a rainy day. If healthy weight loss is the goal, the right soup can also help create the required calorie deficit. Our basic soup recipe for weight loss can be savored as is or changed up with easy substitutes that don’t go over your calorie count.
Whatever your needs, you’ll find a soup for every mood and craving among these 30 soup recipe ideas.
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All the taste of chicken parmesan in just one pot. A hearty soup that combines pasta, chicken, cheese and if you like, chunks of garlic bread, too.
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Cinnamon-Spiced Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Croutons
Chickpea and Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa
Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup
Jalapeño-Spiked Black-Bean Soup
This recipe makes a flavorful Tex-Mex soup that goes great with salad, tacos, or a quesadilla. Use a hand blender to quickly make a soup of the black beans.
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Whether it’s a rainy day or you’re feeling under the weather, a classic chicken soup is a favorite comfort food — especially when you have a sore throat.
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Chilled Buttermilk-Vegetable Soup
Packed with cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado, the added buttermilk makes this a very refreshing soup. Enjoy in the summer months with a nice sandwich for lunch.
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Gingered Squash and Pear Soup
Ginger spice cuts through the vegetables and helps keep this soup from tasting overly sweet. The beautiful orange hue of this soup makes it a perfect accompaniment to a fall dinner table.
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If you love fish or the fruits of the sea, this French classic is for you. Hailing from Marseilles, France, this French twist on a fish soup is one for the books.
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Winter Root Vegetable Soup
As per its name, you’ll love this hearty, comforting soup in the cold of winter. With uncomplicated ingredients, it offers an abundant serving of vegetables in one bowl.
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‘All-You-Can-Eat Soup Diet’ Basic Soup Recipe
This slim down recipe makes several cups allowing you to use the recipe all week in your dieting pursuits. You can also change it up day by day by using the recipe as a base and adding additional ingredients over the week
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Honeydew and Lime Soup
For a refreshing spring or summer soup, try this recipe for a soup that’s served cold. A touch of hot sauce prevents this soup from tasting like a juice or smoothie.
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Onion Soup with Parmesan Croutons
In this update of a classic recipe, onion soup is prepared with cheesy croutons that are made of French bread. The addition of leeks helps separate the taste of this onion soup recipe from others.
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Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup
Peanuts add a unique flavor and heat to a classic sweet potato soup. This savory soup is a nice way to enjoy sweet potato without added fruits, like with other sweet potato recipes.
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Whether for spring or summer, this simple minestrone puts the season’s best veggies forward. Asparagus and snap peas make this a delectable soup.
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Rather than a creamy potato bisque, this Potato Leek Soup has a base of chicken broth. Chunks of soft potatoes are added in for a light-as-air soup.
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The addition of sour cream separates this soup from tasting like a strawberry smoothie. Enjoy it as a dessert course!
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This soup is a delectable variation of our All-You-Can-Eat soup. Just add noodles, coconut milk, and a few choice Thai-style ingredients for a completely different taste from the basic broth recipe.
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Perfect for the winter months when chestnut is in season, try this silky soup. It gets its texture from puréed potatoes.
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This Cold Avocado Soup is great when served with warm, spicy shrimp — either as a topping for the soup or on the side on skewers.
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A leaner take on soup, the turkey here adds something different from a traditional chicken and vegetable soup, if you’re looking for variety in taste. It also features rice, fresh corn, and frozen Lima beans.
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Perfect for fall, this soup makes a welcome dish during apple picking season. But it’s delicious to enjoy year-round with its comforting combination of cheddar and apple.
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Tomato soup is a classic — especially when enjoyed with grilled cheese or a good sourdough bread. In this recipe, traditional tomato soup gets a flavorful spin with the addition of dill.
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Why just have tortellini when you can have tortellini soup? Adding pasta to soup will leave you feeling more full. For a heart-healthier option, try adding whole grain pasta instead.
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Chilled Fresh Pea Soup
Perfect for spring or summer, this chilled soup is an elegant entrée for tea parties and similar fêtés. It goes great with croutons or crackers.
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Chilled Beet-Carrot Soup
School-Night Meatball Soup
Oven-Roasted Mushroom Soup
A hearty soup option, oven-roasting the mushrooms helps bring out their natural flavors. This one is especially enjoyable during the chilly autumn and winter months.
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