With fall and winter quickly approaching, the cravings for a hot, steamy bowl of soup take over. Okay, I'll admit that I'm down for a bowl of soup even in hot weather, but when there's a chill in the air, it's even better! This list includes our 10 BEST soup recipes ever! Each one is tried, tested, and bowl-you-over good.
Why these are the best
Among this list, you'll find several quick options that make perfect busy weeknight meals. You'll also find several that are great for the freezer, so you can do the work once and enjoy it twice!
These hearty soups are sure to make you feel warm and cozy. Soup is the ultimate comfort food!
But what are we waiting for? Let's get to the soup recipes!
Easy Potato Soup
Our Easy Potato Soup is thick, creamy, hearty, and filling—everything you'd want in a soup when you're famished on a chilly day. The good news is that you can make it in about 30 minutes with simple ingredients you probably have on hand already.
A 30-minute soup that tastes like it's been simmering for hours? Yes, please! Instead of using milk or heavy cream, try sour cream to enhance the flavor profile.
We prefer our soup thick and chunky, but if you like yours a little soupier, add more vegetable stock. Serve with crusty bread, a light salad, or a sandwich to complete the meal.
Authentic New Mexico Posole
Our flavorful New Mexico hominy stew is packed with rich, warm flavor with a heat that's just right. Although it takes about 4 hours to make, don't be intimated. This stew is incredibly easy; it just takes a bit of time to build up the stew and develop the flavors.
Posole is made with tender pork (use butt, shoulder, or loin), hominy, red chile sauce, and basic spices. Garnish the stew with cabbage, onions, radishes, or limes. If you want to serve something on the side, try chips and salsa, tortillas, cornbread, or a simple salad.
Homemade Tomato Bisque
You're going to love the layers of flavor in our Tomato Bisque! Bisque is creamier and thicker than tomato soup, so it's more filling. It's ready in just over 30 minutes, so this bisque makes the perfect weeknight or lunchtime meal.
It gets its delicious smoky flavor from the paprika and fire-roasted tomatoes and the tangy, earthy flavor from the goat cheese. Of course, if you're not a fan of goat cheese, simply sub in cream cheese instead.
Serve with warm, crusty bread. This soup freezes beautifully, so reserve some (or double the recipe) and put it in the freezer for an easy meal later.
Instant Pot Ham and Potato Soup
This meaty, hearty, savory, thick Ham and Potato Soup will quickly become a family favorite! It's made with two kinds of potatoes—Yukon Gold for the creamy texture and some russet potatoes to thicken the soup.
While we made ours in the Instant Pot, you can easily adapt it for the stovetop or slow cooker. Pair this filling soup with a green salad or a classic grilled cheese sandwich.
Turkey Corn Chowder
For a stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup, try our Turkey Corn Chowder. It's perfect for using up those holiday turkey leftovers, but it's fantastic with leftover chicken, too. With big chunks of potato and turkey in a thick, creamy soup, you can't go wrong.
Use frozen yellow corn or creamed corn for added creaminess. If you're tempted to leave out the Tobasco sauce, DON'T! Just give it a chance—it really adds that something extra to the flavors.
This chowder is ready in less than an hour when using the Instant Pot!
Sausage and Okra Stew
Think of this as an autumn harvest stew with all the delicious, earthy flavors of fall thanks to the potatoes, corn, and okra.
It's a fusion of Italian and American flavors to create a thick, hearty, rich, flavorful stew that's so filling and delicious. The okra is coated with polenta in this recipe, giving it a bright, crunchy flavor and texture.
Serve with crusty bread to soak up all that flavorful broth!
Crock Pot Beef Stew with Dumplings
How could you not love beef stew and dumplings in one yummy dish? The beef is so tender and flavorful, surrounded by big chunks of carrots, potatoes, and light, fluffy dumplings.
The secret to tender stew meat is cooking it low and slow, so the slow cooker is the ideal appliance for this recipe!
It's a meal on its own, but if you'd like to serve something with it, try a light salad or some dinner rolls to sop up all that beefy goodness.
Vegetable Orzo Soup
Make a delicious, easy meal for your family in just 30 minutes. This healthy soup is chock full of flavor and good-for-you ingredients. Carrots, celery, spinach, fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, orzo pasta, and more come together in this simple weeknight soup.
It keeps in the fridge for three days, so if you meal prep your lunches, this soup's for you! It also freezes well, so consider doubling the recipe to stash some in the freezer.
Zuppa Toscana Soup
We're all missing some of our favorite restaurants right now, but you can get that restaurant flavor and quality right at home. This copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup is easy, savory, flavorful, and delicious. That's why I had to include it with the best soup recipes ever!
With Italian sausage, diced potatoes, onions, and your favorite greens, this is a hearty, satisfying soup that'll keep you full for hours.
Easy Ramen Noodle Soup
Dress up ordinary Ramen noodles with crunchy veggies and leftover chicken for an easy weeknight meal that's pure comfort food! Leftover barbecued pork is another yummy addition to try in this soup.
Don't leave out the soft-boiled eggs; they add richness and protein to the bowl. While we used carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and bok choy, you can add your favorite veggies or whatever you have on hand.
It's a versatile recipe that easily allows substitutions and will still come out tasting fantastic.
Soup making tips
You know soup is my jam, right? Well if you want all of my soup-making tips and tricks, be sure to click here!
You'll learn how to making soup from scratch, how to thicken it, what gives them the BEST flavors and brightness. Learn what recipes freeze best and which should be eaten immediately. It's like a soup encyclopedia!
Expert Tip: Garnish with fresh parsley, green onions or cilantro for brightness. Adding a fresh squeeze of lemon, lime or a teaspoon of cider vinegar adds a briny freshness. Adding acidity and freshness at the end of cooking will take your soup to the next level!
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