Our Most Popular Soup Recipes Ever

french onion soup served with cheesy bread
Photo: Jenny Huang

No matter the season, soup is guaranteed to please. While this collection is filled with recipes our editors love, they're ultimately your picks! We combed through the archives and rounded up 30 of our most popular soup recipes.

The beauty of these recipes is that you can customize many of them based on what's in season: squash and zucchini during the summertime, root vegetables during winter, or adjust based on what you already have. Whatever you decide, just make sure these all-star recipes are on your radar the next time a craving for something incredibly comforting strikes.

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French Onion Soup

french onion soup served with cheesy bread
Jenny Huang

It all starts with the French Onion Soup you see right here. This recipe's rich, savory base comes from sweet onions cooked low and slow until tender and caramelized; they continue cooking in beef stock, fresh herbs, and a little vermouth. Ladled into individual ramekins, topped with thick slices of bread and grated Gruyère, the soup goes under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Even if you're not dining along the Seine, this ultra-indulgent soup is sure to warm your soul.

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Everyday Vegetable Soup

Big Batch Vegetable Soup
Con Poulos

Consider this soup recipe a choose-your-own-adventure—use any fresh, seasonal produce or frozen vegetables that you please. A combination of tomato paste and diced tomatoes creates a flavorful base.

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Basic Chicken Soup

basic chicken soup
Diana Chistruga

If you're feeling under the weather, our all-time favorite chicken soup—made with an entire chicken—is just what the doctor ordered.

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Split Pea Soup with Ham

Split-Pea Soup with Ham
David Loftus

Just like Grandma used to make! Two cups of pre-cooked ham and a bag of split peas work in tandem to create a satisfying bowl of this old-fashioned soup.

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Cannellini Bean Soup


This meat-free soup gets plenty of protein from cannellini beans and a bit more might from vegetables such as carrots and celery. Leave the Parmesan cheese off to make this recipe vegan.

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15-Minute Lentil Soup


One of our most popular soup recipes of all time is also one of our speediest! This dish comes together in just 15 minutes thanks to the use of pre-cooked lentils.

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Matzo Ball Soup

Jonathan Lovekin

This classic Jewish soup recipe instantly soothes the soul, thanks to our comforting homemade chicken broth and super light matzo balls. Garnish with sliced carrots and fresh chopped dill.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup
Romulo Yanes

An entire pound of broccoli is used to make this vegetarian soup. In addition to the cruciferous vegetable this soup is named after, the only other ingredients you need are unsalted butter, yellow onion, flour, chicken broth, and heavy cream.

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Come autumn, we're all about this cozy soup recipe made with sugar pumpkin (or butternut squash) and shiitake mushrooms. The best part is that it's totally vegan because it gets its creaminess from the gourd.

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Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup isn't truly complete without its partner-in-crime: a golden brown, ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe gets an extra dose of creaminess from 1/2 cup of heavy cream.

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Sausage and Kale Soup

sausage and kale soup

Hearty and balanced, this popular soup recipe comes together in under one hour and doesn't skimp on flavor, thanks to the use of smoked chicken sausage.

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Classic Chicken-Vegetable Soup

classic chicken-vegetable soup
Maxwell Cozzi

The base for this soup begins with a flavorful chicken broth and shredded chicken, followed by a combination of vegetables—carrots, celery, and Yukon gold potatoes.

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Lentil Soup

lentil soup
Chris Court

Bacon brings uber-savory, salty flavor to this all-time favorite soup recipe that also includes fresh thyme leaves, chicken broth, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, and garlic.

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Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soup
Romulo Yanes

Instead of the usual egg noodles, we use thin pasta to create a delicious twist on the usual chicken soup recipe. The rest of what you'll find here—diced vegetables, chicken broth and shredded chicken, and fresh dill—are classic ingredients you know and love.

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Hearty Winter-Vegetable Soup


Just right for a chilly day, this hearty soup is made with a rustic combination of butternut squash, Yukon gold potatoes, leeks, escarole, and chickpeas. Feel free to swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth to create a totally vegan recipe.

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Chicken and Rice Soup

Chicken and Rice Soup

Using a whole chicken for this popular soup recipe is actually more economical than buying individual cuts—plus, you're guaranteed to get even more flavor. We've also added parsnips (an underutilized root vegetable) for a more robust spoonful.

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Vegetable-Bean Soup

Romulo Yanes

Looking for a quick vegan soup recipe? This crowd-pleaser is the answer. Cannellini beans and diced tomatoes work in tandem to create a delicious bowl of soup that everyone can enjoy.

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Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

apple butternut squash soup
LIsa Hubbard

When the leaves are changing colors and there's a chill in the air, it's time to make this beloved autumnal soup recipe.

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Tortilla Soup with Black Beans


If you're short on time, make this 15-minute soup recipe that our readers love. All you need to do is simmer diced tomatoes, black beans, and frozen corn in chicken broth, then ladle into individual ramekins and serve with tortilla chips.

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Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

ginger spice chicken soup
Pernille Loof

This is the ultimate restorative chicken soup; ground turmeric brings a natural yellow hue to this comforting broth, while fresh grated ginger will ease your stomach and help clear your sinuses.

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Vegetarian Split-Pea Soup

vegetarian split pea soup containers

Dried split peas and green bell peppers bring shades of green and deep flavor to this hearty and healthy soup. It's no wonder that this is one of our most popular recipes of all time!

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Potato Leek Soup


Our take on the classic French vichyssoise gets some creaminess from Yukon gold potatoes, as well as a combination of heavy cream and milk. Bay leaves, fresh rosemary, and flat-leaf parsley bring earthy, vibrant flavor to every spoonful.

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Chicken Barley Soup


Use quick-cooking barley to speed up the cooking process for this very popular soup recipe.

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Beef Barley Soup

bowl of beef and barley soup with glass of beer

A combination of stew beef and barley adds plenty of might to this simple bowl of soup that our readers love.

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Hot and Sour Soup with Tofu

Hot and Sour Soup with Tofu

Soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, scallions, and rice vinegar bring bold, savory flavor to this soup. Swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth to make this recipe vegetarian.

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Creamy Celery Soup


Instead of being one of several vegetables floating in broth, celery finally gets its time to shine in this soup recipe. It's sautéed along with potatoes until both are tender; they're then puréed until smooth and creamy.

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Cabbage-Vegetable Soup

Cabbage-Vegetable Soup

Half a head of green cabbage is used in this vegetable-forward soup recipe. Bay leaves and fresh thyme leaves bring an earthy, piney flavor.

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Butternut Squash Soup

David Malosh

This classic fall soup recipe is made with 2 1/2 pounds of butternut squash and six slices of bacon. It comes together in exactly one hour and is cream-free, which means you can easily freeze batches to save for months to come.

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Kale and White Bean Soup


Thick slices of country bread sit atop of this nutritious, robust soup that features an entire pound of kale and two cans of cannellini beans.

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Vegetarian French Onion Soup with Mushrooms

Alpha Smoot

Although French onion soup is usually made with beef broth, this meat-free version uses cremini mushrooms for heft and flavor.

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