20 Nourishing Soup Recipes Made for a Crowd
No matter the time of year, there's nothing like a big batch of soup to serve to your family for lunch or dinner. Whether the temperature is in the single digits and you're craving a hearty bowl of steaming chowder, or you're enjoying a refreshing melon soup in the middle of summer, a bowl of soup is always chock-full of delicious ingredients and flavors.
If you have a hotchpotch of vegetables and grains on hand, create your own customizable vegetable soup. The formula allows you to choose your base (chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water), starchy root vegetables (think potatoes and parsnips), quick-cooking vegetables (bite-sized green beans or peas), and cooked grains (such as rice, pasta, or chickpeas).
In the middle of winter, we're all about hearty, warm, and nutritious soup recipes. Make use of dark green vegetables like Swiss chard and kale, along with grains like farro or barley, in this delicious kale, white bean, and farro Soup.
An added bonus of many of these big-batch soup recipes is that they can be frozen. Pop individual portions in the freezer so that they're ready anytime you need a quick lunch or crowd-friendly bowls. All of these recipes serve at least six and up to 12 people.
These soup recipes also use lots of seasonal ingredients in new, inspiring ways. Like this Thai zucchini-coconut soup, for example; zucchini is delicious spiralized, shaved, or roasted but it takes on a whole new life when blended with coconut milk and chilled.
What are you waiting for? Grab a ladle, a Dutch oven or a soup pot, and plenty of quart containers—it's time to make a big batch of soup!
Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken Soup Made with a Whole Chicken
There's a reason why this version of chicken noodle soup is touted as our test kitchen's favorite: It's a simple, well-done classic. Made with egg noodles, a classic mirepoix blend (celery, carrots, and onions), and a flavorful homemade stock, this recipe will never go out of style.
Thai Zucchini-Coconut Soup
Split-Pea Soup with Spinach and Barley
Creamless Creamy Corn Soup
Corn chowder is always a fan-favorite, but it's not the lightest soup option. This riff is a little bit healthier thanks to stock (vegetable or chicken works!) and the "milk" scraped from the corn cobs. The secret to that vibrant yellow color is just a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.
Kale, White Bean, and Farro Soup
Customizable Vegetable Soup
Test Kitchen's Favorite Tomato Soup
Chicken Zoodle Soup
Italian Chicken Soup with Pasta and Tomatoes
Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk and Ginger
Restorative Chicken Soup with Ginger
Chilled Melon, Cucumber, and Mint Soup
Spanish Clam Soup
Peruvian Chicken Soup with Rice and Potatoes
Slow-Cooker White-Bean Soup
The best things in life are worth waiting for—like this soup that takes its time (six hours!) to cook. However, the recipe only requires 25 minutes of hands-on cooking. The secret to getting a soup with robust, umami flavor? Add Parmesan rind to the soup while it cooks, then remove it just before serving.