I’m pushing this post from last winter up for the beginning of soup season! I’m back on my soup game and can’t get enough.
I go back to old recipes over and over and try one new soup recipe a week in the fall/winter. I’ve been taking notes on each and every one of them for this post and have highlighted only my favorites.
My two favorite online resources for recipes are Cookie & Cake (All vegetarian and she actually has an entire section of her site devoted just to soup recipes) and Love & Lemons (plant-forward recipes that almost never include dairy which I love). Over half of the recipes on my list below are vegetarian or vegan too!
I make almost all of my soups in the Le Creuset dutch oven that we got as a wedding gift years ago. If not that, then I use the slow cooker but I find myself wanting to stir a pot on the stove lately. I like the flavor that develops more from stove-cooking which could just be in my head.
Pro tip: Double the recipe for lunch the next day (most of these serve 4-6) and freeze a batch for a later date. Soup for days!
After each recipe link below, I included my notes and any swaps I made. I would love to hear your favorite soup recipes so that I can try them out this winter.
Image credit: Love & Lemons
15 Delicious Soup Recipes
Tortellini soup with Italian sausage and kale (The Modern Proper): A friend of mine told me this is her family’s go-to soup recipe so we tried it a few weeks back and wow. It’s unreal and maybe can’t be beat. For this one, I blended a can of white beans with about 1/4 cup of broth and replaced the heavy cream with the bean mixture. It was so so creamy and delicious and you would never know it’s missing the cream, seriously! I used Kite Hill dairy free ravioli in place of tortellini because it was all I could find at the store.
Cauliflower soup (Love & Lemons): I actually made this last night and snuck it on the list last minute because it was such a hit. I swapped in chicken broth for the veggie and actually simmered it on the stove for an hour after blending which I think made the flavors even better. It was creamy, delicious, vegan, and I couldn’t stop spooning it right out of the pot as it was cooking! I topped it with microgreens, a few pieces of roasted cauliflower and a dash of olive oil to make it look quite gourmet if I do say so myself.
Roasted carrot soup (Cookie & Kate): When Anel harvested too many carrots earlier this fall, I looked up carrot soup recipes and ended up making this four times because we loved it so much. It’s vegan, healthy, bright, and super flavorful.
Curry lentil soup (Love & Lemons): I made this last week and loved it. Anel isn’t a curry fan in general so it wasn’t his favorite but if you like ginger, coconut, cilantro, and curry powder, this soup is for you. I followed the recipe to a T.
White chicken chili: This has become a regular staple in our household. I talk more about the recipe in the link.
White bean soup (The Clever Meal): I love me a good white bean soup and randomly Google-searched recipes a few weeks back. This one was flavor-packed, creamy, hearty, and just really yummy paired with a piece of crispy garlic bread.
The best vegetarian ramen ever (Bon Appetit): There are no words for this ramen recipe. It has a lot of steps but if you’re in a ramen mood, it’s worth it. The garlic is insane!
Crock Pot turkey chili: This is my go-to chili recipe. I’ve been making it for years and have it down to a science. Lately, I’ve been making it on the stove with all the same ingredients and I think it comes out even better.
Thai shrimp and coconut soup (Damn Delicious): I don’t like red bell peppers so I doubled up on yellow pepper and ditched the red. And I doubled the garlic. This recipe is bright, fresh, and full of flavors that we don’t eat every day in my house which makes it unique and special.
Easy chicken tortilla soup: If you’re looking for a soup recipe you can just throw in the slow cooker and call it a day, this is the one. I make this all the time and everyone always loves it.
Creamy vegan tomato soup (Love & Lemons): Who doesn’t love a good creamy tomato soup? I’ve hit the point in my pregnancy where this is probably not an option anymore (hello heartburn) but have loved it up until this point. Instead of milk or cream, you blend chickpeas to make it creamy which also adds more protein and nutrients. It’s fantastic!
Simple Ribollita (Bon Appetit): When I lived in Florence, ribolitta was one of my favorite things to order at restaurants. It was a staple of the Florentine diet and I became a huge fan. If you’ve never had it, it’s basically veggie soup with chunks of bread in it topped with more bread. A prego’s dream. This recipe brought me back to my Florence days. It’s quite delicious. But if you’re low carb then this is not the soup for you.
Detox lentil soup: This is a family favorite in my house. I’ve been making it for years and keep coming back for more. It’s super hearty and packed full of veggies.
Pasta e Fagioli soup (Cookie & Kate): My Italian grandmother used to make the best ever “pasta fagiol” and I stupidly never asked for her recipe. I’ve been trying out different versions of this classic Italian dish for years and Cookie & Kate’s version is the closest I’ve come to nailing my grandmother’s flavors. I swap in chicken broth for vegetable broth, ditch the kale, and double the garlic.
French onion soup (Love & Lemons): French onion soup is in my list of top 10 favorite foods, so whenever I see it on a menu I order it without the cheese. Which I realize is half the fun of French onion soup but it’s zero fun for my tummy. I craved it one night in my first trimester and made this recipe which satisfied that craving and then some. It takes some time because you have to caramelize the onions for an hour but it really is worth it.
What is your family’s favorite soup recipe? I want to try any and all of them!
Lately loving turkey meatball tortellini soup by Skinnytaste. Just as good with any pasta!
Oooh sounds good will have to try it, thank you!
So excited to try these!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Cookie and Kate has the yummiest recipe for a Mexican Quinoa Stew! It is SO good and so easy! The recipe calls to use water for the liquid but I have been doing bone broth for some extra nutrients and flavor! I think you would love this one, Julia!
So random but I actually made that a few months ago and totally forgot to include it in this list but I agree, it was amazing! I need to go back and do that one again.
Soup is the best! I make a really simple sweet potato and apple soup that I top with bacon and sour cream for when I want my soup to be indulgent. Do you ever make risotto? Kind of soup-adjacent but a slightly different way of using your vegetables!
I’m not a huge risotto fan but send me a good recipe if you have it!
Yum! Always looking for more soup recipes to add to my repertoire. This is my #1 favorite – everyone I’ve shared the recipe with becomes addicted too. Enjoy! https://ohsheglows.com/2016/04/03/glowing-spiced-lentil-soup/
Love this! As an Xmas gift for my parents last year, I got them a slow cooker and then put together a binder with 15+ of my favorite recipes, most of them being soup! It was a pain to put together but also so much fun to have them open and enjoy throughout the year.
A few soups I have found really easy in both the slow cooker and dutch oven (I’ve also done the recipes you have posted and so good!):
– Split pea (recipe on bag of split peas from grocery store. I omit ham sometimes to make it vegan)
– Stuffed Pepper Soup – many variations online
– Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice: from IowaGirlEats.com – this is one of my go to “sick day” soups
– Lasagna Soup – from SkinnyTaste.com
Hi Julia! I love your crock pot turkey chili. How long do you cook it on the stove?
Oh so glad to hear it! I love that one too. On the stove I usually cook it 1-2 hours. Or longer if it’s a lazy weekend day. The longer the better, really.
I wish I could be more to share but I don’t really use recipes much, just put together soups with whatever’s in the fridge. I made Mexican chicken soup recently with bell peppers, tomatoes, chipotles in adobo, cumin, and chili powder. I also love Thai red curry soup. I’ll have to try this one you shared!
If you have a ton of carrots next year carrot tops make amazing pesto! Sub them for basil (or part of the basil) in any recipe.
I’ve been making one new soup a week as well! This has quickly become a favorite, the jammy onions are everything!
Never heard of jammy onions but not sure how I’ve lived without them for so long!
I recently discovered Avgolemono soup– a greek twist on chicken and rice that is SO GOOD. Creamy from tempering egg yolks and tangy from some lemon squeezes. Highly recommend, and freezes well!
Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Kale is our favorite! So flavorful and easy to make. And hearty enough that my teenagers and hubby are willing to call it dinner — with a loaf of crusty bread of course! I’ve already made it several times this fall/winter and will continue throughout the next few months! Also, the Modern Proper has great recipes in general!
Great post! I recently made a potato and leek soup from Ina Garten, yum!!
How does Amalia do with soup? My 3 yo often has trouble with the “hot liquid” aspect of it!
Ohhhh! Might need to try that version of the sausage soup. This is my go to: https://pinchofyum.com/tortellini-soup. I also love https://pinchofyum.com/sweet-potato-peanut-soup and https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/creamy-tomato-tortellini-soup/ anddd Cookie and Kate’s Minestrone
Love soup! Love this post!! Thanks for always posting relevant content 🙂
Thank you for this list of soups! I’ve been running out of ideas for vegan dinners. I am linking a soup I made last night. It’s fantastic and simple! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.