Not Your Grandma’s Chicken Soup Recipes
Everyone loves a big bowl of comforting chicken noodle soup, but sometimes it’s time to try something new. Get creative in your kitchen with these non-traditional chicken soup recipes.
One chilly April afternoon, I craved a hearty soup but had less than an hour to prepare a meal. I came up with this chowder that uses pantry ingredients, and everyone thought it hit the spot. —Jenna Rempe, Lincoln, NE
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
Tender cubes of chicken, fresh vegetables and wild rice make this soup hearty enough for a meal. You can’t beat the down-home comfort of a warm bowlful. I like to serve it with whole wheat rolls. —J. Beatrice Hintz, Neenah, Wisconsin
With chicken, pasta and a bold tomato broth, this hearty and inviting soup is like a big, comforting hug in a bowl! —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
No question—this is my favorite barley soup! It’s so filling that I serve it as a hearty main dish, and I have given the recipe to many of our friends and relatives. It simply tastes too good to keep to yourself! —Diana Costello, Marion, Kansas
This is one of my favorite soup recipes to serve in the winter time because it’s super easy to make and fills the house with a wonderful aroma. My whole family loves it! —Brandy Stansbury, Edna, Texas
This south-of-the-border chowder is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes, and it’s a winner at family dinners and potlucks alike. We like ours topped with fresh avocado, shredded cheddar cheese and chili cheese corn chips. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
Years ago, I fell hard for a lemony Greek soup at Panera Bread. It was just a special back then, and I re-created it at home so we could eat it whenever a craving hit! —Kristin Cherry, Bothell, Washington
This chicken tortilla soup is as good as (if not better than) any I’ve had in a restaurant. I get so many compliments when I serve it: you will, too. —Laura Black Johnson, Largo, Florida
This recipe is close to one my mom used to make for us kids when the weather turned cold. Hers called for heavy cream, but I came up with a slimmer version that I think is pretty true to the original! —Kendra Doss, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper give my slow-cooked specialty its kick. I serve bowls of it with crunchy tortilla strips that bake in no time. Leftover soup freezes well for nights I don’t feel like cooking. —Margaret Bailey, Coffeeville, Mississippi
This satisfying soup gets its Italian flair from fennel, thyme, basil and orzo pasta. If you don’t start with a low-sodium or sodium-free stock, you might want to decrease the amount of salt called for in the recipe. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mashed squash helps make this chowder creamy but not heavy, and it’s a favorite way to get barley on the table. My kids even ask for leftovers for lunch. —Pamela Cleghorn, Campbellsburg, Indiana
When I turned 40, I decided to live a healthier lifestyle, which included cooking healthier for my family. I make this soup every week, and everyone loves it. It’s nutritious, too. —Trina Bigham Fairhaven, Massachusetts
“My husband and I love buffalo chicken wings, so we created a soup with the same zippy flavor,” reports Pat Farmer from Falconer, New York, “It’s very popular with guests.” Start with a small amount of hot sauce, then add more if needed to suit your family’s tastes.
Here’s a new and interesting twist to traditional chicken soup. Everyone who samples it can’t resist the delicious soup paired with homemade spaetzle.—Elaine Lange, Grand Rapids, Michigan
I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to try and make it myself. Here’s the delicious result! It’s wonderful on a cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California
My husband is Greek, so I’m always trying new Mediterranean recipes. This soup is his favorite dish that I make. Serve it with a little feta or Parmesan and a side of toast. —Kristine Kosturos, Olympia, Washington.
I learned to make Cazuela while we were living in Chile for a few months. We grow extra butternut squash in our garden just for this favorite recipe. Besides gardening, my retired husband and I also enjoy birdwatching, volunteer work and visiting our five children and six grandchildren. —Louise Schmid, Marshall, Minnesota
“Despite the longer ingredient list, this yummy soup is quick and easy.” What a fantastic way to get veggies! —Jane Hacker, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This slow cooker soup is a semi-homemade version that coaxes all of the flavor out of a rotisserie chicken. Do the prep work the day before and toss the broth-making ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning. It’s a snap to finish when you get home. —Beth Jacobson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
After my sister spent a year in France as an au pair, I created this lighter, easier version of traditional French cassoulet for her. It uses chicken instead of the usual duck.—Bridget M. Klusman, Otsego, Michigan