30 Comforting Soup Recipes To Warm You Up

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When it’s cold and gray, we crave warmth and sustenance. From vegetable soups, like potato leek and lentil, to hearty chilis and stews, these classic soup recipes will warm you from the inside out. Some of these soups simmer on the stove for hours, while others can be whipped up quickly for instant gratification.

30 Comforting Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

1. Potato Leek Soup

Potato leek is a classic French soup, and it’s endlessly versatile. Serve it cold for Vichyssoise, or garnish it with fresh herbs, bacon, diced vegetables, or whatever you have on hand to make it your own. Get the recipe

2. Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup

This vegetarian soup is made almost entirely from pantry staples. It is the perfect weeknight recipe: it takes just 30 minutes to make, yet tastes like you spent all day at the stove, and it’s super healthy, too. Get the recipe

3. Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Parmesan

Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Parmesan

Perfect for early spring, this creamy soup is made without heavy cream – just asparagus, aromatics, broth, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese blended to silky perfection. Get the recipe

4. Thai-Inspired Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

Thai chicken rice noodle soup

One of my most popular soup recipes, this fragrant, slurpy noodle soup tastes like sunshine on a dreary day. Since it’s made with a rotisserie chicken and Thai pantry staples – like green curry paste, coconut milk, and fresh ginger – you can have it on the table in no time. Get the recipe

5. Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli soup

Pasta e fagioli, literally “pasta and beans” in Italian, is a hearty and comforting soup, perfect for a cold night. The base of the soup is made with pancetta, vegetables and white wine, which give the soup wonderful flavor, and the broth is thickened with puréed beans. Get the recipe

6. Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup

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You’ve probably got most of the ingredients for this soup lingering in your veggie bin, so it’s easy to whip up on a cold day. The sweet potatoes add body to the soup, making it deliciously creamy, without even the slightest bit of heavy cream. Get the recipe

7. French Lentil Soup

French Lentil Soup with Bacon

Whether you’re looking to eat better or chase the winter blues away, this French lentil soup is the ticket. Be sure to use French lentils, which hold their shape nicely when cooked and thicken the soup without turning it to mush. Get the recipe

8. Italian Wedding Soup

The name of this soup derives from the Italian phrase minestra maritata – or “married soup”– which is a reference to the lovely way the flavors combine, like a happy marriage. The soup is traditionally made from homemade stock, but to save time, I use a combination of good-quality store-bought broth flavored with wine and lots of vegetables. Get the recipe

9. Classic Beef Chili

Ground Beef Chili

This is my go-to beef chili recipe. It is thick, rich, melt-in-your-mouth tender, and delicious served over rice or scooped up with tortilla chips. Feel free to add a can of your favorite beans, if you like. Get the recipe

10. Thai-Inspired Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

This Thai-inspired butternut squash soup is flavored with ginger, red curry paste, and coconut milk. It’s creamy and flavorful, and the heat from the spices will warm you right up. Add a scoop of jasmine rice to each bowl to make it a meal. Get the recipe

11. Pea Soup with Basil

When we think of pea soup, we usually think of the hearty split pea variety flavored with a ham bone (there’s a recipe for that below). This version, however, is made from sweet green peas, fresh basil, and lime, making it light, bright, and perfect for warmer weather. The soup can be served hot or cold, depending on the temperature outside.  Get the recipe

12. Tomato Soup

Made from canned tomatoes, this vibrant tomato soup is my go-to when fresh tomatoes are out of season. Top the soup with basil, croutons, and Parmigiano-Reggiano – or serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches to make it a meal. Get the recipe

13. Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice

This classic Greek egg and lemon soup with chicken and rice makes a comforting yet light soup. The only tricky part of the recipe is tempering the eggs, but I make the process easy by using a blender. My secret for this soup is adding a bit of heavy cream – it’s not traditional but it balances the acidity of the lemon and gives the soup a silky finish. Get the recipe

14. Chicken Tortilla Soup

chicken tortilla soup

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Inspired by the signature chicken tortilla soup served at Tommy Bahama Café in Lido Key, FL, this creamy tortilla soup is made from puréed vegetables and corn tortillas. It is a nice change from the traditional broth-based tortilla soup. Get the recipe

15. Classic Turkey Chili

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, this classic turkey chili has a spicy, rich flavor and thick texture, and it’s packed with fiber-rich beans. Instead of adding all of the turkey at the beginning, a portion is held back and added towards the end in small pieces, almost like mini meatballs, which creates nice chunks of turkey in every bite. Get the recipe

16. Pumpkin Soup

When we think of pumpkin, we usually think of sweets, but pumpkin is delicious in savory dishes, too. This creamy pumpkin soup is flavored with leeks, apples, maple syrup, smoky cumin and cayenne pepper. It may sound unusual, but one reader wrote to me that it was one of the best soup recipes she’s made in over 50 years of marriage! Get the recipe

17. Cioppino (Fisherman’s Stew)

Brimming with seafood in a tomatoey broth that tastes like the sea, this Italian-American fish stew originated with Italian fishermen in San Francisco, CA. Serve the stew with crusty bread for sopping up the savory broth. Get the recipe

18. Black Bean Soup

how to make black bean soup

Made from pantry staples, this Southwestern-style soup is a quick and easy. You can have it on the table in 30 minutes! Get the recipe

19. Smoky White Bean & Ham Soup

This rich, smoky soup recipe is adapted from Georgia chef Hugh Acheson’s wonderful cookbook, How to Cook: Building Blocks and 100 Simple Recipes for a Lifetime of Meals. Get the recipe

20. beef stew with Carrots & potatoes

With thousands of 5-star reviews, this stew is my all-time most popular recipe. Pieces of well-marbled chuck roast are seared in a hot pan, and then gently braised with aromatics in a wine-based broth. After several in the oven, the meat becomes fork-tender and swathed in a rich, deeply-flavored sauce.  Get the recipe

21. Crab Soup

Crab Soup

Filled with fresh crab and seasoned simply with Old Bay, this soup tastes like a day on the Eastern shore. The recipe was given to me by the chef at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. It is unapologetically rich and 100% worth it! Get the recipe

22. Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

This is the easiest recipe butternut squash soup recipe out there, and yet, it is everything you expect a good butternut squash soup to be: silky, sweet, and loaded with flavor.  Get the recipe

23. Coq au Vin

A classic French stew, coq au vin is made with chicken braised in a red wine broth with pancetta and mushrooms. It is best made ahead of time, as the flavor continues to develop overnight, and it freezes beautifully too. Serve the stew with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or good bread for soaking up the sauce. Get the recipe

24. French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The mark of a good French onion soup is a rich, deeply-flavored broth. The secret is patience: the onions must be cooked slowly so that they sweeten and turn a deep caramel color without burning. Get the recipe

25. Curried Cauliflower and Apple Soup

Curried Cauliflower and Apple Soup

Cauliflower, apples, and curry give this soup a magical savory-sweet-spicy flavor combination.  Get the recipe

26. Creamy Zucchini Soup with Walnuts and Dill

This creamy zucchini soup with fresh dill is surprisingly healthy. There are no dairy products in it; rather, it is thickened with flavorful toasted walnuts. You can have the soup on the table in 30 minutes, and it’s good cold or hot. Get the recipe

27. Southwestern Corn Chowder

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From my second cookbook and one of my all-time favorite soup recipes, this summer-into-fall recipe is ideal for when the nights turn cooler and you’re looking for new ways to use up late-season corn. I love to serve this soup with chips and guacamoleGet the recipe

28. Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

chicken soup

Matzo ball soup is a bit of project, but it is the ultimate comfort food and oh so worth it. If you have two large soup pots, double the recipe and freeze half for later – you’ll be so glad you did. Get the recipe

29. Split Pea Soup with Ham

This classic American soup is made from split peas and a pork-flavored broth. It’s an easy recipe that delivers big flavor, and it’s hearty enough to serve as a main course. Pair the soup with artisan bread or fresh cornbreadGet the recipe

30. White Chicken Chili

Adapted from the Neelys’ popular white chicken chili recipe, this is a hearty, one-pot supper that you can have on the dinner table in less than an hour. Get the recipe

Comments

  • Those soup recipes look absolutely wonderful. Soup is my overall dinner favoite so I will be trying them.
    I love both your cookbooks. Your instructions are very well written so its easy to get good results every time. Thanks!

    • — Kathleen Pickard on February 10, 2022
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  • I’m a seasoned home cook for many years. I am 82. Love, love your recipes-more than any of the “famous chefs” on TV or online. Just a question, why not recommend escarole in lieu of
    spinach in your Italian Wedding Soup. I know the greens are interchangeable, but I have always made this with escarole. Just wondering. Keep up the good work. You are a fantastic chef!!

    • — Marie Guarino on February 10, 2022
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    • Thanks for your very kind words about the recipes, Marie! 💓
      It’s perfectly fine to use escarole in the Italian wedding soup if you’d like.

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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  • Great inspiration for making soup. I love your recipes…with usually available and easy to get ingredients, I have tried many of your recipes with good success.

    • — Elisa Wever on February 10, 2022
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  • Your split pea soup with ham recipe is utterly scrumptious! I have made it twice in the last two weeks. It’s especially hearty and flavourful and fills up my 4 sons and husband during our long and cold Canadian winter. Thank you for this family favourite!

    • — Christine Roseborough on February 10, 2022
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    • I agree. So satisfying even for an 80 year old without my sons at home. It freezes well for single portion servings and pleasing to share with other single elders. My favorite. I love getting your collection of good healthy alternatives.
      Peggy Rothring

      • — Peggy rothring on February 10, 2022
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