I have always been a soup-lover in the wintertime but soup has been my number one craving in my second trimester so I make it at least twice a week. I go back to old recipes over and over and try one new soup recipe a week. 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 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!