Our best soup recipes, from gazpacho to pozole

Our best soup recipes, from gazpacho to pozole

Bowl of thick potato leek soup with sour cream, bacon bits, and shredded cheese on top
Photo: Kate Bernot

A good soup can be kept all to yourself, or you can enjoy it in the company of others. While often just associated with the chillier months, soup is something to enjoy year-round—and not only because it usually leaves you with tons of leftovers. In order to convince you of soup’s perennial utility, we’re rounding up our best soup recipes. From classic lentil and indulgent broccoli cheese to slightly avant-garde gazpacho, we’ve got a soup for everyone. Just remember to keep your slurping to a minimum.

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Mario Soup

Mario Soup

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Photo: Allison Robicelli, Graphic: Libby McGuire

This one is for all the parents out there with picky eaters in the house. If your child shuns vegetables, try repackaging them all together as Mario Soup, a genius concoction that integrates elements of the Super Mario Bros. video game universe, including stars (star-shaped pasta), mushrooms (sauteed in olive oil), and “fire flowers” (aka fried artichokes). And hey, if your kid remains unconvinced, you will be happy to eat the leftovers. Get the recipe here.

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Everything But The Kitchen Sink Lentil Soup

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Lentil Soup

Colorful graphic featuring bowl of lentil soup ingredients
Graphic: Rebecca Fassola

When you’re cold, lentil soup is a great way to warm up. Lentil soup is also incredibly versatile—you can flavor it in endless ways with whatever spices you have on hand. Just think of the lentils as the hearty soup base and then add whatever you’ve got a hankering for. Our go-to recipe has a little bit of everything, but it’s highly customizable if something else suits your fancy. Get the recipe here.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Bowl of Italian wedding soup
Photo: Danny Palumbo

This classic Italian wedding soup contains the Holy Trinity: homemade meatballs, homemade egg squares (the sign of a good wedding soup), and homemade broth. We also recommend going all in on homemade stock. Sure, you can go to the store and buy chicken stock if you want, but putting in the work is part of this soup’s appeal. It’s also a great excuse not to leave the house for almost two days. Get the recipe here.

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Pumpkin (and) Spice Soup

Pumpkin (and) Spice Soup

Bowl of pumpkin and spice soup topped with green onions
Photo: Kate Bernot

This Pumpkin and Spice Soup is light enough to make for a weeknight dinner, but hearty enough to fill you up. It lacks the nap-inducing heft of a stew or the fibrous bulk of lentil soup; the pumpkin effect is actually quite light, sweet, and earthy. You can adjust the spices to your liking, adding more kick from curry or red pepper, or even playing with the additions of garam masala. Get the recipe here.

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Magic carrot soup

Magic carrot soup

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Photo: Kevin Pang, Graphic: the_burtons / Getty Images

This carrot soup is at once homey and elegant. The portions are small, just enough for two diners, but still satisfying. What’s most novel about this recipe is how the carrots are cooked by being wrapped in plastic film and steamed in a microwave. Turns out, this is way faster than boiling in water, with the added benefit of not losing any nutrients into the cooking liquid. Get the recipe here.

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Velveeta Broccoli Cheese Soup

Velveeta Broccoli Cheese Soup

Bowl of broccoli cheese soup
Photo: Karl Gustafson

You can really use any kind of vegetable in this soup, but Velveeta Broccoli Cheese Soup is a classic combo. Go the easy route and defrost some frozen broccoli, or amp it up a little and sauté the broccoli with some shallots. Or even roast it for a smokier addition. Whatever vegetable preparation path you take, this is an easy and delicious soup home run right out of the park. Mainly thanks to the Velveeta. Get the recipe here.

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Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder

Bowl of chowder
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You probably already have most of the ingredients for this corn chowder in your kitchen somewhere—potatoes, frozen corn—making it an easy dinner when you’re out of everything else. You can swap in veggie broth for chicken broth for a vegetarian option, and you can even make it in the summer in the slow cooker when you don’t want to turn on the oven. And if anyone in the house is suffering from a cold or flu bug, corn chowder is a great way to let an ailing someone know how much you care about them. Get the recipe here.

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Hangover-Killer Pozole

Hangover-Killer Pozole

Bowls containing pozole ingredients
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Pozole is a stew that leads two lives in Mexican culinary folklore. Like the angel on one shoulder, pozole can be an innocent winter warm-up to be enjoyed with family as a holiday meal. Or, like the devil on the other shoulder, a known hangover cure urging you to go out and drink all the drinks. Even though you might not be going out to drink all the drinks, this is still a great option for days when you feel a bit under the weather. Get the recipe here.

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Carne En Su Jugo

Carne En Su Jugo

Bowl of carne en su jugo
Photo: Jesse Valenciana

At its heart, carne en su jugo is steak, bacon, and beans stewed in an intensely savory broth. Radishes add crunch, diced onions add bite, chile de arbol add heat, lime juice adds acid, avocado adds richness. Soups like menudo or tortilla or pozole may grab all the attention, but carne en su jugo really is a soup that has it all. Whether for the church crowd or the too-many-cervezas folks, carne en su jugo is a soup more people should know about, made to be enjoyed by both the pious and the pitiful. Get the recipe here.

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Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli

Bowl of pasta fagioli
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This ain’t your mama’s fagioli. This recipe employs small, soup-friendly ditalini and elbows, which are jazzed up with more intense flavors (read: exponentially more fresh garlic and a more generous handful of crushed red pepper), color (fresh spinach and/or arugula), and meat like pancetta or guanciale. Get the recipe here.

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Baked potato-leek soup

Baked potato-leek soup

Bowl of potato-leek soup
Photo: Kate Bernot

This baked potato-leek soup captures the starchy goodness of a baked potato with some perky freshness courtesy of leeks and garlic. The texture is what makes it: you can puree the mixture until nearly smooth, or you can leave chunks of potato to enhance its baked potato factor and contrast nicely with the salty-crunchy bacon bits and smooth sour cream. Get the recipe here.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup

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Photo: A. E. Dwyer

Forget everything you know about cream of mushroom soup, the often gloopy pale stuff that comes from a can. This version is made much more complex thanks to a base of stock formed from boiling pork and chicken bones together for two hours, reducing until all their flavors come together to bring heretofore unknown depth to this misunderstood soup. It’s a dinnertime revelation, and worth picking up some pork bones for. Get the recipe here.

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Muhammara Gazpacho 

Muhammara Gazpacho 

Bowl of gazpacho on graphic background
Graphic: Rebecca Fassola

Gazpacho is one of those dishes that elicits strong and occasionally irrational reactions. “Cold soup!” exclaim the pessimists, “If I wanted frigid vegetable liquid, then I’d order a juice!” Oh, those poor souls, who always see their glass of frigid vegetable liquid as half empty. They’re viewing things from the wrong perspective. What if gazpacho isn’t a thick juice, but a thin dip? It’s a sippable dip for go-getters who have no time to waste seeking chips. It’s also zesty enough to keep you coming back for more. Get the recipe here.

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