22 Soothing Soup Recipes That Are Incredibly Easy to Make
Whether it's peak summertime or mid-winter, soup will cure what ails you.
Soup is, after all, comfort food at its finest—it's warm, rich, and incredibly nourishing. Most of the recipes here should only take 20 minutes or less, and a single pot will be able to feed a crowd on its own. If you know you'll be craving more in the near future, we recommend doubling up on ingredients and freezing the leftovers for busy weeknights ahead. Pro tip: gallon-size Ziploc bags work surprisingly well for this and take up almost no space inside your freezer when laying flat.
Here, 22 of our finest soup recipes for any time of year.
This just-spicy-enough stew gets its delicious flavor from a mixture of Andouille sausage, fresh garlic, Gochujang (Korean chile bean paste), and red Fresno chiles, plus a dusting of filé powder. Here, you'll use Gochujang, available in the international aisle of most supermarkets, as you would tomato paste—by sautéing it with the celery, bell pepper, and garlic at the start so it gets infused into the entire dish.
Curried Lima Bean Soup with Tomato
This soothing soup starts out with your standard base of onions, garlic, and carrots before getting a delicious lift from fresh tomatoes, curry powder, ginger, allspice, and cayenne pepper. It's hearty, flavorful, and full of nourishing vegetables and protein-packed beans.
Quick Hot-and-Sour Soup
This take on hot and sour soup swaps a few pantry staples in for specialty ingredients (think tomato paste in place of traditional dried tree ear fungus or wood ear mushrooms). It's wonderfully warming, umami-rich flavor will pair perfectly with a glass of Riesling.
Zesty Corn Soup With Chicken
This cozy treat combines savory cotija cheese, spicy cayenne, tart lime, and toasted sweet corn. Best part? You can whip up this easy recipe in under 20 minutes, thanks to shortcut items like frozen corn kernels and rotisserie chicken. Just don't skip cooking the cilantro stems in butter and garlic. Pair this soup with tortilla chips, homemade guacamole, and fresh-cut mango.
Ginger Meatball Ramen With Greens and Scallions
Truly the best of both worlds. This delicious dish combines two comfort food classics: spaghetti with meatballs and ramen noodles. The flavors mesh together perfectly because the pork gets mixed with fresh ginger, scallions, and soy sauce. You'll drop the finished meatballs into a miso-spiked broth with bok choy and wonder why you didn't think of this match sooner.
Curried Cauliflower Soup
This cauliflower soup is proof that a simple, nutritious vegan recipe can be just as comforting and delicious as meat-and-dairy-rich dishes. Curry powder gives the soup its soothing spice and golden color, and the combination of nutritional yeast (a vegan alternative to parmesan) and roasted cauliflower doubles down on the savory umami flavor. Pair with a green salad or basmati rice with tofu.
Red Lentil Squash Soup With Lemon
This isn't your standard lentil recipe. Rather, this silky, spiced soup is one of the most warming, comforting concoctions you'll start to crave time and again. The dish combines carrots, butternut squash, harissa paste, and plenty of spices for layered flavor; fresh ginger gives it an extra zing, too.
Chicken and Chard Dumpling Soup
If you're bored of your standard chicken soup, bring this delicious chicken and chard dumpling rendition into your noodle soup recipe rotation. It's a super healthy fridge-and-freezer cleanout dish, meaning you can make it almost entirely with pantry staples in the freezer (and swap them for whatever you have on hand). To make it vegetarian, skip the chicken and go for tofu instead.
Whole-Grain Minestrone With Parmesan Crisps
We made this veggie-packed minestrone recipe extra hearty (and healthy) by swapping the noodles for farro, a whole grain. If you're gluten-free, feel free to sub in brown rice instead. And who knew: DIY parmesan crisps only require one ingredient and three minutes to make. They'll add a salty, satisfying crunch to your soup.
Red Cabbage and Beet Borscht
Borscht is as beautiful as it is good for you. This jewel-colored cure-all combines beets, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, and onions with beef broth, caraway seeds, apple cider vinegar, and plenty of fresh herbs. Top each bowl with a dollop of sour cream and more dill; serve with buttered rye bread.
Cod and Clam Chowder With Smoky Oyster Crackers
We gave classic clam chowder a modern twist by combining in-shell littleneck clams with chunks of tender cod. Adding leeks, onions, and fennel to the broth makes for a deliciously aromatic base. And the last delicious upgrade? These semi-homemade spiced oyster crackers.
Peruvian-Style Chicken Soup With Cilantro and Lime
If you've ever had Peruvian-stye chicken soup, you know what a treat it is. This dish starts with your basic chicken soup ingredients (chicken, carrots, broth), then gives them a flavorful upgrade with the addition of cumin, bell peppers, and potatoes. A spoonful of lime-scallion-cilantro puree is the perfect finishing touch to the bowl.
Spicy Chicken and Hominy Soup
Spice up standard chicken soup with chopped chipotles in adobo.
Tomato Soup With Parmesan and Croutons
Make easy homemade croutons for a crisp, delicious soup topping.
Mushroom Barley Soup
Pearl barley might take a little longer to cook, but its nutty, hearty flavor and health benefits are well worth it.
Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
Puree all the ingredients in a blender to get the smoothest, creamiest results.
White Bean and Escarole Soup With Chicken Sausage
Start with fully cooked chicken sausages to cut down on prep time.
Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic
This dairy-free soup has minimal ingredients but lots of deep flavors.
Asian Noodle Soup With Shrimp
Make quick "noodles" by slicing wonton wrappers into strips; they'll cook quickly in the broth.
Chickpea, Vegetable, and Pesto Soup
This vegetarian option gets a hit of protein from hearty chickpeas.
Split Pea Soup With Chorizo
Chopped chorizo adds a meaty, spicy kick to every spoonful.
Curried Squash Soup
This Thai-inspired soup incorporates red curry paste, coconut milk, and tart lime juice for lush, bright flavors.