Here are all the best easy soup recipes worth making! From hearty tortellini to cozy potato to zesty tortilla soup, there’s something for everyone.
What’s the best way to make delicious, easy, healthy meals on the regular? Soup recipes! We’ve long been proponents of the soup solution to getting dinner on the table. Why? They’re usually pretty simple to make and full of nutrient-dense vegetables. The best part: they’re almost always so incredibly satisfying, you’ll be ready to fill your bowl for seconds before you’re done with firsts.
We’ve been writing soup recipes for a decade, so we thought it was time to create a collection of our greatest hits. Here are all our best easy soup recipes! There’s a soup in every genre, like Italian-style tortellini soup, creamy wild rice, cozy potato soup with all the toppings, and zesty tortilla soup. Let’s just get started, shall we?
What makes this the best lentil soup? Let’s just say that everyone we’ve served it to immediately asks for the recipe…and seconds. This one is so full of hearty flavor, you’ll feel like you’re wrapped in a cozy hug. Did we mention it’s a plant based dinner recipe, too?
Here's our perfect soup recipe: the best black bean tortilla soup! It's hearty and full of savory, smoky flavor from fire roasted tomatoes and a hint of adobo sauce. What sends it over the top is the garnishes: homemade tortilla strips, radishes, cilantro, and a squeeze of tangy lime, making for a healthy and easy weeknight dinner.
First up in our best easy soup recipes: tortellini soup! Savory and hearty, it's got a lightly sweet depth that makes you want the bowl to be never-ending. Tomato paste and paprika give just the right complexity to the broth. Basil leaves added right after the tortellini cooks meld into the beautiful velvety broth. Add a bit of Parmesan cheese and it’s a little bit of heaven.
Another best soup recipe, and probably our top fan favorite, is this thick and creamy wild rice soup! It's almost impossibly creamy, packed with flavor and full of tender veggies and hearty rice. White beans and cashews bring a creamy body and loads of plant-based protein. Everyone who tastes it asks for the recipe—it’s that good.
This Italian-style white bean soup is over the top delicious! We've dubbed it "pizza soup" because people tell us is tastes like liquid pizza! The pizza flavor comes from the fire roasted tomatoes, fennel and the smoked paprika. They give the soup a subtly smoky and hearty flavor.
Ready for our new favorite cozy and healthy soup? Loaded potato soup. Who could pass that up? This one is impossibly creamy with intermittent potato chunks, using no heavy cream at all! Old Bay gives it an irresistible undertone. It’s so easy to make: you don’t even need a blender! Of course, the best part is loading it up with toppings.
Who wouldn’t want all the flavors of a supreme pizza wrapped up in a cozy bowl? This pizza soup recipe is sublime. The broth is flavored with pizza sauce, tomatoes, and a little Parmesan to make it creamy. The toppings are swimming along inside: bell peppers, garlic and mushrooms, making for a savory pop that surprises you in every bite. Serve with garlic toast, grilled cheese or simply crusty bread and it’s a meal you’ll want to make over and over…and over.
This homemade vegetable soup is the very definition of easy to make. It’s basically a plant based (WFPB) version of chicken noodle soup, full of healthy veggies and restorative spices. It's simple, with a beautifully flavorful broth and lots of chunky veggies.
Another of our best easy soup recipes? Minestrone! Minestrone is a thick Italian soup that’s full of chunky vegetables, a hearty broth, and often pasta or rice. It was originally intended as a way to use up whatever veggies you have on hand. This minestrone soup is ultra classic, using the veggies you’ll most often see if you order it at a restaurant or buy it in a can.
This golden cauliflower soup recipe is...well, GOLDEN. Here the cauliflower is roasted until it's browned and caramelized, then blended with onion and carrot. The magic happens with the spices: Moroccan-style spices like cumin, coriander, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon bring this bright puree to life. It's become a fan favorite.
Here's a lentil soup that's bursting with flavor! It’s full of hearty red lentils and root vegetables, and the broth is swirled with red curry paste and coconut milk. With all the texture and flavor going on, it feels rich and luxurious. But at the same time it’s a healthy, plant based meal!
This creamy broccoli potato soup recipe will blow your mind. (We hope.) It’s incredibly creamy, whole food plant based (WFPB), and it tastes like the coziest bowl of comfort. And it’s 100% made of veggies! How’s that for amazing? This easy and healthy soup is vegan and gluten-free, so it works for a variety of diets. But it tastes like an elevated version of broccoli cheese soup from a can (you know the one)
Split pea soup might sound humble, but it’s pretty much the perfect meal. Really, split pea soup? Yes, this tasty soup has lots of virtues. First of all, it’s delicious: full of cozy, lightly smoky flavor. It’s a plant based recipe (WFPB) and because split peas have lots of plant-based protein, it’s very filling. Best of all, it’s very easy to make!
This pasta and chickpea soup is a traditional Italian soup full of big flavors: intense vibrant tomato, leafy Tuscan kale, and a creamy broth made with Parmesan rind. Swimming in it all are the chickpeas and pasta of the soup’s title, making it hearty and filling. This Italian stew is traditionally served in Roman restaurants on Tuesdays and Fridays. It’s a stunner!
This brilliant red tomato artichoke soup is bursting with tangy flavor and the perfect thing for a gray day! This soup recipe is so flavorful and comforting that we could almost eat it for every meal (almost). Serve with homemade garlic croutons and shaved Parmesan for the ultimate in cozy.
This Italian soup recipe is homey, comforting, and heart-meltingly good. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make! It’s chock full of nutritious veggies: spinach, chickpeas, green beans, tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Then add gnocchi, those tasty homemade pasta pillows! It’s full of tangy, herby flavor without too much effort.
Here’s a recipe that morphs this tough-to-cut squash into a silky orange puree. Meet our go-to Butternut Squash Soup recipe! To put a modern spin on the classic, it’s a plant based and vegan butternut squash soup. You’ll find the flavor is so lusciously creamy, it makes all your fall dreams come true.
Here’s of the coziest soup recipes: it’s mushroom barley soup! This one is full of flavor: it uses both dried and fresh mushrooms for earthy savoriness. And it’s got a warming broth and nutritious veggies. But the star? Whole grain barley, which infuses each bite with a pasta-like chewy texture. It’s perfect for healthy desk lunches in a thermos or enjoying a big steaming bowl after a long day.
Food is all about vibe, and this soup recipe channels all those cozy, comforting, and warm feelings! This tomato gnocchi soup recipe is tangy and bright, filled with chewy gnocchi pillows and topped with Parmesan cheese. This comfy, cozy gnocchi soup recipe is the perfect thing for a gray day.
The velvety orange puree is creamy with just the right amount of spice! The secret to the big flavor in this carrot soup recipe is the Thai red curry paste. Thai curry paste has beautifully fresh flavors in a single jar: garlic, lemongrass, and ginger. Mix a spoonful of that with sweet carrots and silky coconut milk, and you'll be a believer in no time.
This corn soup recipe is sweet and nuanced, full of vegetables like onion, celery, potatoes, and of course: loads of corn! Many corn soup recipes are heavy with rich cream and butter, but this one is light and healthy. On its own it’s vegan and plant-based, but we like serving it with a dollop of sour cream to make it a little more filling.
Bright red lentils are packed with nutrients and can cure any case of the fall or winter blues! This dreamy, creamy vegan red lentil soup recipe is an easy dinner that’s ready in under an hour. Top it with crunchy toasted almonds, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of tangy lemon and this easy soup recipe is next level.
Here's an easy soup recipe where you don’t have to worry about slow roasting a pumpkin. Nope, all you need is a can of pumpkin puree! It’s got another secret ingredient (lentils) that makes it more filling than a standard creamy soup. Top sour cream swirls and crunchy homemade croutons, and well: it’s a cozy masterpiece.
This Israeli soup recipe features freekah, an ancient grain that’s starting to have a moment here in the US. This soup feels like an elevated take on the chicken and stars canned soup of my childhood, but 100% tastier and healthier. The freekah adds body and just a wisp of smoky flavor.
This easy tomato soup recipe is tangy, pure tomato-y, and made creamy using blended cashews. The nuts thicken the soup, at the same time adding protein. (Use almond milk for nut allergies.) But the best part? The star toast garnish! Cutting toast into stars is an easy way to dress up a soup: both kids and adults love it.
Here’s a soup recipe that's perfect for wrapping your hands around a cup in chilly weather: our best Vegan Potato Soup! This one is so full of flavor and impossibly dreamy that you’d swear it had cream or milk in it. Turns out, it’s easy to make a potato soup without dairy that’s the equivalent of wearing a cozy sweater next to a roaring fire. There’s no blender needed: this soup is beautifully chunky and flavored with savory Old Bay.
This tomato sage chickpea soup recipe is savory, cozy and comforting: like the vibe of a canned soup, but better! This vegan soup features sliced onions instead of the typical diced, which add a unique extra texture to the dish. The other stars are dried porcini mushrooms, which add a hefty umami to the dish, and fresh sage, which tastes like the culinary form of a hug.
Why make butternut squash soup when you can make curried butternut squash soup? Yes, the Thai flavors of coconut, ginger and curry are the perfect match to this lightly sweet orange squash. It’s silky, creamy, and warming from the inside out.
This lentil and kale soup recipe is earthy and homey, featuring tangy artichokes and hearty lentils with a garlicky tomato base. Dark leafy green kale brings in nutrients and soaks up the flavor-packed broth. To make it a meal, serve with crusty artisan bread and garnish with Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese.
This Brussels sprouts soup recipe is a cozy winter soup full of nourishing vegetables! Shred Brussels sprouts and add them to a soup pot along with the other star ingredient: farro. Farro is a whole grain that’s a bit like barley, but cooks in about 1/3 the time, which significantly speeds up the prep time!
This butternut squash lentil soup recipe tastes like a bowl of sunshine! It’s chock full of beautiful, colorful healthy ingredients, and it tastes surprisingly more delicious than you’d imagine from the humble ingredients. Using leeks brings a complexity to the flavor and makes it beautifully irresistible.
Best sides to serve with soup
Once you’ve got your soup recipe: what to serve it with? There many great sides to serve with soup; here are a few favorites:
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and fennel and saute for 6 to 7 minutes until translucent. Add the carrots, lentils, tomatoes, broth, water, salt, paprika, and oregano.
Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 22 to 25 minutes until the lentils are tender.
Stir in the spinach and grated garlic, and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Taste and season with additional salt and fresh ground pepper as necessary. Serve immediately. Stores refrigerated for up to 4 days and frozen for 3 to 4 months.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.