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40 Classic Homemade Soup Recipes to Warm You Up

Simmer up one of these homemade soups on a cool day. We've rounded up our favorite soup recipes for chicken noodle, French onion, split pea and more.

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The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup

Whether you’re feeling under the weather or simply love traditional soup recipes, chicken noodle will hit the spot every time. If this is already a go-to meal for you, test out some of the variations this recipe has to offer, like Greek egg and lemon soup or chicken tortilla soup.

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Grandma’s Chicken ‘n’ Dumpling Soup

When crisp fall days start become into cold winter nights, hearty soups will warm you up. This chicken and dumpling soup makes 12 servings, so it’s ideal for sharing or for enjoying leftovers all week.
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Easy Beef Soup

In 25 minutes, you can have a protein-filled colorful beef soup to brighten up a gloomy day. Don’t forget to add a fun soup topper, like chips or mini grilled cheese.
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French Onion Soup

Before making French onion soup, be sure you have oven-safe soup bowls. The first part of the recipe calls for cooking in a saucepan, but then it’s broiled in the oven so the cheesy topping can melt and crisp to perfection.
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Pasta Fagioli Soup

You won’t need to visit an Italian restaurant to enjoy pasta fagioli! With its hearty mix of sausage, vegetables, beans and noodles, this soup is filling enough to be a meal all by itself.
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Fennel Carrot Soup

Talk about bright, cheery soups! If you’re looking for something to serve with grilled cheese instead of tomato soup, try this fennel carrot version.
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Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

This creamy chicken soup uses rice instead of noodles, so it won’t need more than a quick side salad to become a hearty meal. The recipe only calls for half an onion, so use a handy onion storage container to stash the other half.
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English Pub Split Pea Soup

Grab a slow cooker and whatever light beer is in your refrigerator! The English pub flair takes this classic soup recipe up a notch. If you’re not a fan of chunky soup, pour small batches into a food processor to puree the chunks.
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Beet Borscht

This borscht is packed with vibrant color—cook up this soup when you need a bright side for a hearty meat-and-potatoes dinner.
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Cheesy Cream of Asparagus Soup

This is the type of soup you would have looked at as a kid and thought, no way. Hopefully as an adult you’re willing to explore vegetable-based foods, because you won’t want to miss this cheesy cream of asparagus soup!
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Land of Enchantment Posole

Lots of ingredients go into the delicious posole, a traditional Mexican soup. The mix of flavors is outstanding, so if you like a hint of heat, add this to your must-cook list.
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Spanish Chicken Soup

A hearty soup that’s made from scratch is the perfect antidote for chilly weather. Save leftovers of this Spanish chicken soup for weekday lunches sent to work in a thermos or quickly reheated in the microwave. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Egg Drop Soup

Cooking up a stir-fry? Add this egg drop soup as a quick appetizer. It takes 15 minutes to prep and make and only calls for five ingredients.
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Beef Lentil Soup

Lentils are super tasty in dishes like salads or tacos, but they’re also a great way to make soup more filling. This Beef Lentil Soup is so packed with good ingredients, one bowl might be enough for dinner!
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Quick Cream of Mushroom Soup

Sure, canned cream of mushroom soup works when you’re in a pinch. But you can make a from-scratch version at home in 30 minutes. For a gluten-free option to thicken the sauce, try cornstarch or arrowroot.
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Cheddar Potato Chowder

Two comfort foods in one pot? We’ll take it! This cheddar potato chowder may not last long once it hits the dinner table, but if you do have leftovers, simply freeze and reheat whenever you need a quick lunch or dinner.
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Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Though this spicy Thai coconut chicken soup calls for light coconut milk, you can substitute whole coconut milk for an extra rich and creamy consistency.
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Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

This soup is tasty as-is, but if you’re looking for something extra, melt in a cup of cheese at the end of the cook time.
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Hearty Vegetable Soup

Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list for this vegetable soup recipe. The blend of seasonings will fool even the pickiest eaters in your family into thinking cabbage and green beans are delicious.
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Chicken Barley Soup

If you’re trying to add more whole grains to your weekly dinners, this is one of the soup recipes that you’ll keep coming back to. It’s so good! The best part is that you don’t have to spend time waiting to cook while your barley presoaks. The barley will naturally cook and expand during the simmering process.
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Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup

This soup works as a quick, 30-minute stovetop recipe—or you can adapt it for the slow cooker. Either way, it’ll have you reaching for seconds. Pair bowls of soup with soft dinner rolls or homemade garlic bread.
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Best Ever Potato Soup

Is there anything better than creamy potato soup on a cold night? The recipe calls for Velveeta cheese, but if you don’t have that on hand, use cheddar or Colby Jack instead.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup

Soup recipes are perfect weeknight dinners—you save so much time cooking and cleaning up. There are quite a few different ways to make stuffed peppers, but this stuffed pepper soup might be the simplest.
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Cheesy Ham Chowder

If you love homemade bread, you’re going to have to bake one of your favorite recipes to pair with this super cheesy, flavor-packed chowder. Have a little fun and serve your chowder in a bread bowl.
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Cheeseburger Soup

We love a good comfort food mashup! If you love the taste of a delicious burger and the convenience of a soup, cheeseburger soup might become a staple in your dinner rotation.
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Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl

Have extra yeast packets in your pantry? With a bit of time, you can be on your way to making our favorite Panera Bread copycat recipe: cheesy broccoli soup in a bread bowl.
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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup is always a hit, but if you want to switch up your vegetables and flavors, cream of cauliflower soup is a tasty, cheesy alternative. Bookmark this recipe for a busy night when you need a quick and comforting meal.
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Veggie Meatball Soup

Pop the ingredients in a slow cooker, head to work and come home to a ready-to-eat dinner. This soup recipe calls for simple ingredients and you can dump them all in the slow cooker without browning any meat first.
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Quick Mushroom Barley Soup

Aside from making the cutest home decor ever, mushrooms are also a great addition to soups because of their flavor and texture. With relatively few ingredients and a short cooking time, this quick mushroom barley soup will be great to try out when you want something cozy but light.
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Tuscan Cauliflower Soup

Whether or not you’re following a low-carb meal plan, cauliflower is a great alternative to potatoes in soup. This recipe calls for four cups of cauliflower, so stock up next time you’re at the grocery store!
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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Soup

If you like simple soup recipes with lots of flavor, you’re going to have to try this slow cooker sweet potato soup. It’s light enough to be served as a side to a larger meal, or you can top it off with sour cream and pepitas and enjoy it on its own.
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Carolina Shrimp Soup

For a change of pace, Carolina shrimp soup might be just the thing you need. It’s light, nutrient-dense and adaptable to tastes of all kinds. Not a fan of kale or sweet peppers? Use spinach and sun-dried tomatoes instead.
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Ground Turkey Vegetable Soup

The turkey gives this soup plenty of lean protein, while the celery, carrots, green beans, mushrooms and tomatoes give your dinner a wholesome burst of flavor.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spice things up with this Anaheim and jalapeno pepper dish. Be sure to reserve half of the tortilla strips so you have a crispy topper for each bowl.
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Sausage & Greens Soup

The Swiss chard adds a nice pop of green and the beans and sausage make this soup hearty enough to enjoy as a standalone dinner. Bonus: This soup recipe is a one-dish meal.
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Hearty Beef Barley Soup

Though the ingredient list for this hearty beef barley soup is pretty typical, it does call for fresh mushrooms, so pick up your favorite types of mushrooms to add to the pot.
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Beef & Black Bean Soup

Would soup season feel the same if there weren’t slow cooker recipes to make life easier? This one simmers in a slow cooker for six hours. The only work you really have to do is brown the beef before placing it in your Crock-Pot.
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Chicken Potpie Soup

This soup is a fun way to switch up a traditional chicken potpie recipe. We topped ours with a heart-shaped crust, but use a cookie cutter to make any shape you like! The crust needs time to chill, so keep that in mind when you’re getting ready to prep this recipe.
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Split Pea Soup with Bacon & Crab

If you’re a big fan of soup, chances are you’ve tried a split pea recipe. To change things up a bit, this version calls for bacon and crab. For any leftovers you have, freeze the soup separately from the add-ons so the bacon and crab don’t get too soggy.
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Potato Clam Chowder

This is one of the best soup recipes to warm you up after a long day. Keep the ingredients handy for a busy day when you want cold weather comfort food.

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Rosemary Siefert
Rosemary is an editor at Taste of Home where she can combine her love of writing with her love of all things food. When she's not working, Rosie can be found curled up with a coffee and a book, testing a new recipe for dinner or trying a new dish at a local restaurant.