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35 Scary-Good Soups for October

A hearty autumn soup is just the thing as the weather turns cold. Keep an eye out for the ghoulishly good soups—including a Halloween soup or two—that lurk here!

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Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie’s Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

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Anti-Vampire Potion (Butternut Squash & Garlic Soup)Taste of Home

Anti-Vampire Potion (Butternut Squash & Garlic Soup)

I remember making this velvety soup with my mom. Butternut squash gives it warm color, and garlic wards off any unfriendly spirits. Try using whipping cream for an extra smooth texture. —Steven Eder, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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Chipotle Chicken Soup with Cornmeal DumplingsTaste of Home

Chipotle Chicken Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings

I combined two of my favorite recipes and came up with this filling soup that has a Tex-Mex flair. The cornmeal dumplings are the perfect finishing touch. —Nancy Granaman, Burlington, Iowa

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Mexi-Stroni SoupTaste of Home

Mexi-Stroni Soup

If you're a fan of classic minestrone but love bold Mexican flavors, this soup's for you! Pumped up with spices as well as veggies and pasta, it's a fill-you-up bowl of fun. —Darlene Island, Lakewood, Washington

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Tomato Soup with Cheesy Ghost CroutonsTaste of Home

Tomato Soup with Cheesy Ghost Croutons

Kick off your night of trick-or-treating by making this hauntingly delicious recipe. It’s just like having grilled cheese and tomato soup. We eat it every year on Halloween. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Carrot Soup with Orange & TarragonTaste of Home

Carrot Soup with Orange & Tarragon

A pretty orange color, a delicious hint of citrus and a garden-fresh flavor make this soup a requested dish at my many celebrations. Try sprinkling individual bowls with fresh tarragon before serving. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

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Pressure-Cooker Lentil Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Plenty of herbs and spices brighten up my hearty pumpkin soup. It?s just the thing we need on nippy days and nights. —Laura Magee, Houlton, WI

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Bat Wing SoupTaste of Home

Bat Wing Soup

This spooky tomato soup gets extra richness from a splash of cream. It's laced with garlic (to keep those vampires away!) and garnished with toasty bat wings. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Creamy Cauliflower Pakora SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Cauliflower Pakora Soup

My husband and I often crave pakoras, deep-fried fritters from India. I wanted to get the same flavors but use a healthier cooking technique, so I made soup using all the classic spices and our favorite veggie, cauliflower! —Melody Johnson, DePere, Wisconsin

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White Bean & Chicken Enchilada SoupTaste of Home

White Bean & Chicken Enchilada Soup

I made this soup to please my daughters’ craving for creaminess, my husband’s for spice and mine for white beans. Garnish with jalapenos, sour cream and green onions. —Darcy Gonzalez, Palmdale, California

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Cheeseburger SoupTaste of Home

Cheeseburger Soup

A local restaurant serves a similar cheeseburger soup but wouldn't share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased with the way this all-American treat turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin

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Bewitched ChiliTaste of Home

Bewitched Chili

One pot and thirty minutes—yes, please. Kids and grown-ups love this warm-you-up chili for Halloween. —Janice Westmoreland, Brooksville, Florida

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Pressure-Cooker Provencal Ham & Bean SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Provencal Ham & Bean Soup

There is nothing quite like the wonderful aroma of this soup. Let your pressure cooker make it easy! —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, British Columbia

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Coconut Curry Cauliflower SoupTaste of Home

Coconut Curry Cauliflower Soup

When I'm in need of comfort food, I stir up a velvety batch of this Asian-spiced soup. Then I finish it with a sprinkle of cilantro over the top. —Elizabeth DeHart, West Jordan, Utah

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Bats, Twigs and Things ChiliTaste of Home

Bats, Twigs and Things Chili

You’ll want to serve up hearty portions of this chili before you set the kids loose to trick-or-treat. The edible bats are made from tortillas and take less than 10 minutes to bake. Make extra because they will go fast! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Beer-Cheese Velvet SoupTaste of Home

Beer-Cheese Velvet Soup

This soup was a hit with a group of German exchange teachers who visited our high school. When I don't use bread bowls, I usually serve it with soft pretzels or crusty bread. And it's also an even bigger treat with slices of cooked bratwurst or kielbasa stirred into it. —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah

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Sweet Potato and Crab SoupTaste of Home

Sweet Potato and Crab Soup

This sweet and savory soup is quick and easy to prepare. You can substitute butternut squash or pumpkin for the sweet potatoes, depending on what you have on hand. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana

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White Bean Soup with EscaroleTaste of Home

White Bean Soup with Escarole

This escarole and bean soup has become a favorite because it uses kitchen staples, it's packed with healthy ingredients and is a cinch to prepare. If I can't find escarole, I sub fresh spinach at the very end of cooking. —Gina Samokar, North Haven, Connecticut

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Autumn BisqueTaste of Home

Autumn Bisque

I like cozy comfort soups that taste creamy—without the cream. This one’s full of good stuff like rutabagas, leeks, fresh herbs and almond milk. —Merry Graham, Newhall, California

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Ham and White Bean SoupTaste of Home

Ham and White Bean Soup

I came up with this recipe when I wanted to make dinner in the slow cooker but didn't have time to go to the grocery store. I went through my freezer and cupboards and threw in what I thought would go well together. At the last minute, I decided to add Old Bay. This flavorful soup was a make-again! —Stacey Cornell, Saratoga Springs, New York

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Zippy Chicken and Corn ChowderTaste of Home

Zippy Chicken and Corn Chowder

Gently spiced corn chowder is always a good option for kids, but feel free to rev up yours with hot pepper sauce. This chowder’s a lifesaver on busy weeknights. —Andrea Early, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Turkey Ginger Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Turkey Ginger Noodle Soup

I wanted something comforting yet healthy, and ginger is my favorite spice. This recipe was a must-try, and it didn't disappoint. —Adina Monson, Nanaimo, British Columbia

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Butternut GoulashTaste of Home

Butternut Goulash

We make this treasured family goulash recipe using squash from our own backyard. The chili powder and cayenne really warm you up! —Allison Wilmarth, Forest City, Pennsylvania

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Hearty Turkey 'n' Rice SoupTaste of Home

Hearty Turkey 'n' Rice Soup

Use the leftover cooked turkey in the fridge to speed up dinner. You'll be ladling up bowlfuls of goodness in only 30 minutes. —Maggie Brewer, Canandaigua, New York

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Tomato-Orange SoupTaste of Home

Tomato-Orange Soup

Who knew orange and tomato were such a good pair? Whenever I serve this, I keep the recipe handy for requests. —Barbara Wood, St. John’s, Newfoundland

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Pork Edamame SoupTaste of Home

Pork Edamame Soup

My husband grew up in a traditional Asian household and gives this soup high marks for authentic taste. I think the Asian hot chili sauce is what makes the dish, but any type of hot sauce would give it a delicious kick! —Kari Sue, Bend, Oregon

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Smooth & Creamy Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Smooth & Creamy Pumpkin Soup

My mother-in-law shared this recipe with me. She doesn't cook anymore, so now I make it for her, and she enjoys eating it as much as I enjoy making it. The pumpkin flavor brings a little Thanksgiving to any meal. —Helen Espinosa, Miami, Florida

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Pumpkin-Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Pumpkin-Lentil Soup

I was really craving a hot delicious soup—something filling and healthy. I looked around my kitchen for a few ingredients, then created this recipe. Pumpkin adds creamy richness and body. —Amy Blom, Marietta, Georgia

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Southwest-Style Wedding SoupTaste of Home

Southwest-Style Wedding Soup

I turned leftover ground chicken into meatballs and dreamed up this cozy southwestern soup. Now my Italian family asks for it over traditional wedding soup. —Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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Roasted Autumn Vegetable SoupTaste of Home

Roasted Autumn Vegetable Soup

Roasting sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips brings out their best features. Blend them, and you have a warm, healthy soup for a cool fall night. —Stephanie Flaming, Woodland, California

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Slow-Cooked French Onion SoupTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked French Onion Soup

My husband and I love French onion soup, so I wondered if I could turn it into a less labor-intensive dish by altering my recipe to work in a slow cooker. The rich, cheesy result was an instant winner at home. —Ronda Eagle, Goose Creek, South Carolina

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Easy Portuguese-Style Bean SoupTaste of Home

Easy Portuguese-Style Bean Soup

One day I was looking at Portuguese recipes and decided to put together a bean soup that embraced the bright and spicy flavors of Portugal. My family liked it so much, it became a classic in our household. To save time and work, the sausage, vegetables and herbs can all be prepped in minutes with a food processor. —Steven Vance, Woodland, Washington

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Pumpkin-Coconut SoupTaste of Home

Pumpkin-Coconut Soup

Thai food lovers will go crazy for this soup. It has a deep flavor from the combination of onion, coconut milk and spices. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

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Chicken & Vegetable Wild Rice SoupTaste of Home

Chicken & Vegetable Wild Rice Soup

This go-to weeknight recipe is one I tweaked over and over till it was just right. It has morphed from a labor-intensive wintry bowl to a steamy, comforting, slow-cooked favorite for our family. —Courtney Riggin, Hatchechubbee, Alabama

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Beefy MinestroneTaste of Home

Beefy Minestrone

I know lots of minestrone recipes don't contain meat, but my husband thinks a meal is only a meal if it contains some sort of meat. Consequently, this is the perfect meal. It strikes that balance of flavorful, healthful, and soul-satisfying. —Juli Snaer, Enid, Oklahoma

Hazel Wheaton
Hazel is a writer and editor who has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years in the fields of travel, jewelry arts and food. As the editor of the Taste of Home Christmas Annual (among other titles), she's in the holiday spirit all year round. An enthusiastic baker, she's known for her cookies, cakes and other baked goods. And she still wishes she could cook like her mother.