Best Soups

A collection of hearty, soul-warming recipes

It's easy to serve up a bowl of comfort with one of these hearty and nourishing soups. Choose from: Rustic White Bean, Lentil with Escarole, Spicy Black Bean with Fresh Salsa, Mushroom Bisque, Fish Chowder, Turkey Tortilla, Curried Butternut Squash, and more.

Plus learn the basics of making homemade stock. It's easier (and tastier) than you may think.

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    Lentil Soup with Escarole
    Lentil Soup with Escarole.
    This is one of my all-time favorite soups. It’s so easy to make, very satisfying, and not to mention good for you. You can substitute other greens for the escarole, such as Swiss chard, spinach, or mustard greens.
  • 02 of 10
    This soup has tender, creamy tender beans in a broth perfumed with garlic and rosemary. For a more authentic soup, place a small slice of lightly toasted Italian bread in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup over it.
  • 03 of 10
    The fragrant flavors of ground cumin, coriander, ginger, and cinnamon make this soup soothing and warming. Half the soup is puréed and half is left chunky for the best of both textures.
  • 04 of 10
    Roasting intensifies the flavor of mushrooms, giving this soup a rich, earthy flavor. The soup is flavored with a splash of Madeira, a sweet wine made in Portugal.
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    Curried Butternut Squash Soup
    Curried Butternut Squash Soup.
    This curried butternut squash soup recipe is rich, fragrant and nicely complemented by slices of crusty peasant bread. You can also use acorn squash in place of the butternut for this recipe.
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    Fish Chowder
    Fish Chowder.
    This New England-style chowder is chockful of generous chunks of fish, onion, and potato, which gives it a rich flavor and a luxurious texture. Serve the chowder with oyster crackers and a dash of hot sauce.
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    This Southwestern-inspired soup is served with a colorful fresh salsa, which adds texture and a tangy flavor. If you like a milder flavor, reduce or eliminate the ground red pepper (cayenne) in the soup.
  • 08 of 10
    Easy to make and economical, this Portuguese Potato and Kale Soup is one of those cold weather standards you crave if you happen to live where the weather turns cold and wet in the winter, as it surely does in New England.
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  • 09 of 10
    Tortilla soup is probably one of the easiest soups to prepare, and a terrific way to use leftover turkey or chicken. This soup is on the spicy side and makes an excellent opener to a simple entree.
  • 10 of 10
    Salmon and Corn Chowder
    Salmon and Corn Chowder.
    This Salmon and Corn Chowder keeps dinner easy, yet interesting. Because I'm they type of cook that's easily bored, I like to make dishes that appeal to both my tastebuds and kitchen skills. As much as I like simple and straightforward comfort food when it's cold out, I don't want to cook something that makes me think: This again?