22 Soothing Soup Recipes That Are Incredibly Easy to Make

And they're satisfying enough to be a main course.

Different types of soup recipes
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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.

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Gochujang Gumbo

Gochujang Gumbo
Hector Manuel Sanchez

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.

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Curried Lima Bean Soup with Tomato

Curried Lima Bean Soup with Tomato
Jennifer Causey

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.

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Quick Hot-and-Sour Soup

Quick Hot-and-Sour Soup
Hector Manuel Sanchez

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.

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Zesty Corn Soup With Chicken

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Jennifer Causey

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.

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Ginger Meatball Ramen With Greens and Scallions

Ginger Meatball Ramen Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup Recipe
Jennifer Causey

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.

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Red Lentil Squash Soup With Lemon

Red Lentil Squash Soup Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Chicken and Chard Dumpling Soup

Chicken and Chard Dumpling Soup Recipe
Greg DuPree

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.

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Whole-Grain Minestrone With Parmesan Crisps

Whole-Grain Minestrone Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Red Cabbage and Beet Borscht

Red Cabbage and Beet Borscht Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Cod and Clam Chowder With Smoky Oyster Crackers

Cod and Clam Chowder Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Peruvian-Style Chicken Soup With Cilantro and Lime

Peruvian-Stye Chicken Soup Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

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.

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Spicy Chicken and Hominy Soup

Spicy Chicken and Hominy Soup
Paul Sirisalee

Spice up standard chicken soup with chopped chipotles in adobo.

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Tomato Soup With Parmesan and Croutons

Tomato Soup With Parmesan and Croutons
Paul Sirisalee

Make easy homemade croutons for a crisp, delicious soup topping.

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Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup
Paul Sirisalee

Pearl barley might take a little longer to cook, but its nutty, hearty flavor and health benefits are well worth it.

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Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
Paul Sirisalee

Puree all the ingredients in a blender to get the smoothest, creamiest results.

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White Bean and Escarole Soup With Chicken Sausage

White Bean and Escarole Soup With Chicken Sausage
Paul Sirisalee

Start with fully cooked chicken sausages to cut down on prep time.

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Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic

Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic
Paul Sirisalee

This dairy-free soup has minimal ingredients but lots of deep flavors.

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Asian Noodle Soup With Shrimp

Asian Noodle Soup With Shrimp
Paul Sirisalee

Make quick "noodles" by slicing wonton wrappers into strips; they'll cook quickly in the broth.

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Chickpea, Vegetable, and Pesto Soup

Chickpea, Vegetable, and Pesto Soup
Paul Sirisalee

This vegetarian option gets a hit of protein from hearty chickpeas.

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Split Pea Soup With Chorizo

Split Pea Soup With Chorizo
Paul Sirisalee

Chopped chorizo adds a meaty, spicy kick to every spoonful.

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Curried Squash Soup

Curried Squash Soup
Paul Sirisalee

This Thai-inspired soup incorporates red curry paste, coconut milk, and tart lime juice for lush, bright flavors.

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