Rainy days are known for being the best time to throw together a pot of soup or stew (or chili), but who says you need a rainy day to treat yourself to a tasty hot bowl of delicious comfort food? Soup is always delicious no matter what the weather is like outside,and makes you feel warm and cozy inside. It also almost always is very healthy, containing an assortment of ingredients often with packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and more. Soup is one of the easiest meals to prepare, and most recipes make plenty for everyone, as well as abundant leftovers. It also stores well in the refrigerator or freezer, and is a cinch to reheat later (and in fact tends to gain more flavor after having been stored in the fridge overnight). Whether you enjoy soups that are chunky or creamy, mild or spicy, thick or brothy, there are endless varieties from which to choose. Below you will find soup recipes made with chicken, potato, vegetable, split pea, beans, ground beef, ground pork, turkey, cheese and more. You may also want to check out the Bread page for an accompanying bread for your soup or stew recipe. Homemade Croutons also taste fabulous sprinkled over soup, offering crunch and added flavor.
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If you like Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce (skewed grilled chicken served with a side of spicy peanut sauce for dipping), then you will love this soup! At first glance, a soup made with peanut butter might seem odd, but this African Peanut Chicken Soup made with chunks of chicken, chunky peanut butter, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, sauteéd diced onions, minced garlic and fresh ginger with a pinch of cayenne delivers fabulous flavor!
Albondigas Soup is a brothy Mexican soup made with seasoned meatballs, vegetables and an assortment of spices that give it a mildly spicy and full flavor that will warm you up inside in more ways than one! This soup recipe features ground beef and ground pork meatballs, along with carrots, green bell pepper, onions, chipotle, garlic, spinach and a combination of beef and chicken broths, topped with cilantro and fried tortilla strips.
Though this pastel green soup would easily fall into the category of St. Patrick's Day food, there's no need for a holiday to celebrate this tangy and delicious Avocado, Tomatillo and Green Chile soup! This soup is traditionally eaten chilled, though is also delicious hot, and requires no cooking! This soup is made with avocado, tomatillo, green chiles, chicken broth and sour cream, and is topped with crispy fried tortilla strips.
This Black Bean & Bacon soup recipe is made like most other soups, but is pureed just before it is served, giving it a delightful creamy texture that contains the flavor of every ingredient with each bite and is great for dipping with Garlic Bread or any other bread. This soup starts with dried black beans and water, then combines celery, onion, green chiles and garlic and plenty of bacon. After 1 1/2 hours of cooking, the soup is pureed until creamy.
This Boeuf Bourguignonne recipe (a French term meaning, "Beef Burgundy") features an elegant French beef stew flavored with red wine and beef broth, filled with tender chunks of beef, crisp-cooked bacon pieces, chopped onions, pearl onions (small whole onions), mushrooms and sliced carrots. This particular recipe uses the slow-cooker method, and cooks for 4-6 hours, though you can also cook this on the stovetop.
Bulgarian Meatball Soup features a powerful and fabulous-flavored broth with tender and delicious seasoned meatballs. Yellow chiles, green pepper, carrots, tomatoes and chopped fresh parsley give the soup broth vibrant color and outstanding flavor, while the meatballs, made with lean ground beef, rice and spices give this soup the perfect savory touch. Egg and lemon are added towards the end of the cooking process.
Burgundy Chili is made with ground beef and chorizo and produces a thick and delicious tomato-flavored broth made with tomato puree, tomato sauce, burgundy, chili powder, red diced red onions and diced jalapenos. After this chili cooks for a minimum of 2 hours, the alcohol in the burgundy evaporates, and a subtle delightful flavor remains, giving this meat stew a unique and delicious taste that all ages will enjoy.
This thick and cheesy and very easy healthy homemade vegetable soup recipe can be made using fresh or pre-cut frozen Normandy blend vegetables (traditionally consisting of a combination of bite-size cuts of broccoli forets, cauliflower florets, carrots, yellow squash and zucchini squash.) Once cooked, some of the vegetables are puréed in the blender, then added back to the soup as a thickening agent. Healthy, cheesy and delicious!
This Chicken & Wild Rice Soup is incredibly delicious and very easy to put together. It combines a basic but wonderful mixture of chicken and broth, carrots, celery, assorted herbs and a wild rice blend that gives it fabulous flavor and texture. The wild rice blend in this recipe contains wild rice, brown rice, sweet brown rice, wehani and japonica. This soup tastes great reheated after chilling and is perfect served with Garlic Bread.
Chicken Garbanzo Soup is an exceptionally easy soup to prepare, and has absolutely delicious flavor. This tangy and mildly spicy soup recipe features tender chunks of chicken, garbanzo beans and onions in a chicken broth seasoned with chili powder, garlic, cumin lemon juice and salsa (salsa can be smooth or chunky or mild to spicy). Fantastic topped fried tortilla strips, shredded cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
Chicken Minestrone is a soup that comes fully loaded! Sautéed onions and garlic with chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, pasta shells and long grain rice cook and mingle together in a short 1 1/2 hours to produce a delicious soup with a fantastic broth. One of the beauties of this soup is how all vegetables are cut into large chunks, making every bite hearty and satisfying.
This Chicken, Sausage, Potato and Bean Soup recipe is good any time of year, featuring bite-size chunks of smoked sausage, chicken breast, potatoes, carrots and Great Northern beans swimming in a broth of smoky and wonderful flavors. To adjust this soup to your personal liking, any type of smoked sausage can be used, as well as white or dark chicken meat (or both). Navy or Great Northern Beans (or both) can also be used.
Chicken, Spinach & Orzo Soup is easier than ever to make and delivers a wonderfully fresh and delicious flavor. Perhaps the secret to the uniqueness of this soup is the addition of cinnamon and coriander to the broth, as well as some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Fresh baby spinach is placed in each serving bowl just before serving, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese and lemon wedges give this soup the perfect final touch.
This Chili Chicken Bean Soup recipe is made with shredded (or cubed) chicken breast, onion, carrots, garlic, Great Northern beans and mild green chiles. The broth combines chicken broth seasoned with chicken bouillon, cumin and a small amount of cayenne pepper, and is then thickened slightly using a paste made with milk, flour and small amount of smashed Great Northern beans. Fresh cilantro is stirred in just before serving.
Chorizo Chili is a spicy and powerfully flavored chili that features pork chorizo and lean ground beef in a beef and tomato broth seasoned with cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin and white pepper. Though no kidney beans are cooked with the chili, they can certainly be added to the chili once dished up. While many chili recipes use tomato paste as a thickening agent, Chorizo Chili uses dehydrated potato buds.
Chunky Mexican Pork Stew is a hearty stew that uses large chunks of every ingredient, making this pork stew recipe warm, delicious, and satisfying as well as an impressive presentation! Chunky Mexican Pork Stew features large chunks of pork shoulder potatoes, carrots, slices of corn on the cob, garbanzo beans, onions and stewed tomatoes, simmered in a chicken and tomato-flavored broth seasoned with Mexican herbs and spices.
This Cream of Potato Soup recipe is made with hand-mashed potatoes, half and half, sour cream, leeks and green onions. The flavor is full and satisfying, and the texture, though a creamy-style (without potato chunks), has the unmistakable texture of potatoes created by the hand-mashing technique (rather than using a hand-mixer). This soup can be made with Russet, golden, red or any other potato, or a combination of all.
This Creamy Chicken Cheese Carrot Soup recipe is one of the easiest soups you'll ever make, and is just as tasty as it looks! Green onions and shredded carrots are sauteed in butter until tender, then combined with a little flour to create a roux. Tender bites of chicken breast (canned, deli-style or other), shredded cheddar cheese milk, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper are stirred in, and your delicious soup is ready!
Creamy Irish Vegetable Soup is one of the easiest soups you'll ever make, and delivers full and vibrant flavor with wonderful texture. This soup is made with carrots, celery, potato, onion and fresh cilantro, all which are simmered in chicken broth for just 30 minutes. All ingredients are then blended to a smooth consistency and combined with some heavy cream (if you're watching calories, the cream can be reduced or omitted).
Egg Drop Soup is a Chinese soup made with chicken stock, eggs, thinly sliced green onions (and in this recipe, peas), and is hands down one of the easiest soups you will ever make. This soup is appropriately called Egg Drop Soup (or Egg Flower Soup) because the eggs are literally 'dropped' into the chicken stock and then gently swished around in the stock with a pair of chopsticks, creating wispy 'flower' shapes.
If you're looking for an easy soup recipe that takes only minutes to cook, this Four Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage recipe is for you! This delicious soup features four types of canned beans (white beans, garbanzo beans, black beans and kidney beans), giving this soup lively color and great flavor. Slices of smoked sausage are added, along with diced tomatoes, diced green chiles and seasonings. This soup cooks in just 10 minutes!
Goulash originated as a Hungarian dish (often called "Hungarian Goulash"), but has become a well-known American dish. Goulash combines a mixture of ingredients that are simmered together, much like soup or stew. This Goulash recipe features ground beef, rice, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes and shredded cabbage, producing a delicious and satisfying meal that can be served alone or over rice or pasta.
This Hawaiian Portuguese Soup recipe gets its unique and colorful flavor from the wonderful combination of ingredients, as well as a hint of anise and cinnamon. Garbanzo beans (chick peas), ham hocks, linguica, potatoes, carrots, celery, stewed tomatoes and cabbage add beautiful color and delightful flavor to this soup. This recipe produces a large amount of soup, and leftovers can be frozen and saved for a rainy day!
This recipe for Meatball Soup uses all those basic comfort ingredients we love - seasoned meatballs (made with lean ground beef, turkey or chicken and rice) and hefty bite-size chunks of potatoes, carrots and noodles. Some diced tomatoes sneak their way into this soup as well, after being sautéed with some diced green onions and minced garlic, adding wonderful seasoning to the broth.
This Meatball Stew recipe features seasoned ground beef meatballs, potatoes, celery and carrots in a savory thickened broth, together creating a comfort food that warms and satisfies! The meatballs are seasoned with onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, cumin and fresh parsley, egg and bread crumbs. The gravy-style broth derives its delicious flavor from the juices created by the meatballs and vegetables as they cook.
Mulligatawny Soup is a curry-flavored soup of Anglo-Indian origin. This deliciously unique soup recipe features cubed chicken breast, celery, carrots, rice and believe it or not, apples! If you are a bit skeptical to try soup made with apples, just think of the apples as a replacement for chunks of potatoes, only with a slightly sweeter flavor. Mulligatawny Soup is truly delightful, and will likely having you going back for seconds!
Pasta with Beef and Red Wine Sauce is a unique and elegant French pasta dish with fabulous and distinct flavor. Tender ground beef is cooked with finely diced vegetables in a beef-flavored broth with a hint of red wine, then served over a bed of pasta shells and sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. This dish can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen, then reheated. Truly delicious!
Potaje de Garbanzos (translated to English means, "Chickpea Stew" is a Spanish and sometimes Cuban stew (or soup) that features chickpeas (garbanzo beans), potatoes and meat. While some Potaje de Garbanzos recipes use Spanish chorizo, stewing beef or other meats,this chickpea soup recipe uses ham hocks as the only meat ingredient. A pinch of Saffron is used to season the broth, adding color and a unique flavor.
This Potato Cheese Soup recipe is made with hand-mashed potatoes (rather than using a hand mixer), which gives it authentic potato texture with the perfect balance of texture. Made with cheddar cheese, half and half, sour cream, diced leeks and green onions, this soup is full of satisfying and delicious flavor that all ages will love. Even without the cheese, as a basic potato soup recipe this soup is fabulous!
Potatoes, garlic and onions blend beautifully together in this Roasted Potato & Garlic Soup recipe. The potatoes are actually first roasted in the oven with the garlic and onion, then some of the potatoes and onions pureed along with the garlic, then mixed with the remaining roasted potatoes. This soup is creamy and delicious, and very satisfying. It's also very easy to make. Delicious garnished with homemade Croutons!
Rosy Beef Stew derives its name from the rosy red color of this slow cooker dish as well as its unique flavor. This tasty stew has a thicker consistency than the traditional beef stew and is served over egg noodles much like beef stroganoff. Rosy Beef Stew is made with diced carrots, potatoes, red pepper, parsnips and pearl onions with bite-size chunks of stewing beef (pork, chicken or turkey may be used instead of beef.)
This Sausage and Black Bean Soup recipe features canned black beans, sliced pre-cooked sausage, rice, chopped onions and garlic and a touch of cayenne. The broth is made with a combination of chicken broth, the liquid from the cans of beans and and of all things, orange juice, giving this soup a uniquely delightful flavor. If made with white rice, this soup cooks in just 15 minutes; if made with brown rice, it's ready in 30 minutes!
This Spiced Lentil & Barley Soup is not only delicious and packed with flavor, it has valuable nutritional qualities! (See recipe for more details.) This soup features shredded chicken, barley, garbanzo beans (chick peas). lentils, fresh spinach. onions and parsley, while the broth is spiced up with salsa (you can choose your preferred level of spice). This soup that will please your pallet and boost your health!
This Split Pea Soup recipe features potatoes and carrots and bite-size pieces of smoked sausage, though you can substitute with ham or bacon, and add onions and celery. Any variety of smoked sausage can be used with this soup recipe, including chicken, turkey, pork and beef and mild or spicy, all producing the same delicious result. One of the beauties of split pea soup recipes is that is that no pre-soaking of the peas is required.
This Texas Tortilla Soup recipe is very basic yet very delicious! Bites of shredded chicken chicken are simmered with vegetables in a chicken-flavored broth, then thickened with pureed tortillas, garlic and jalapenos. Photo shows this soup garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, shredded cheddar and jack cheese and chopped cilantro. You can also add a dollop of sour cream on top for added flavor, texture and color.
Turkey Vegetable Macaroni Soup is filled with wholesome ingredients and abundant flavor! This healthy soup recipe only takes about 30 minutes to make and is a great way to use up some of those turkey leftovers during the holidays. Featuring turkey (chicken may also be used), green beans, corn, celery, tomatoes, shredded cabbage (optional) and elbow macaroni, this soup recipe provides a full and balanced meal!
This White Bean Soup with Spicy Sausage recipe will warm you in every way possible! This deliciously vibrant soup features Great Northern beans, sliced sausage, carrots, celery, green bell pepper and an assortment of herbs and spices that bring this soup to life. As with most soup recipes, any leftovers are just as wonderful, because the soup thickens and gains more flavor overnight in the fridge.