Enjoy our collection of the Best Soup Recipes for every season – creamy soups, hearty chowders, chili, stews, and warm broth-based soups. We compiled a list of our favorites, from Bacon Corn Chowder to Zuppa Toscana. There’s a soup here for every season.

We typically have a pot of soup in our regular rotation. Soup is so easy to throw together and nutritious (a meal in itself), and everyone knows leftover soup tastes even better the next day after the flavors meld.

Bacon Corn Chowder in a white bowl garnished with bacon

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There is a soup for every occasion; Game days, snowy afternoons, restful sick days, or dinner parties. Whether you’re looking for a tasty starter, a satisfying lunch, or a comforting dinner, this collection of over 37 of the BEST soup recipes features our favorites. We categorized them to help you navigate and find whatever you’re craving.

Tips For Making the Best Soup Recipes

When it comes to homemade soup, there is no need to be fancy. Many of these recipes are proof that you can use humble ingredients to make a delicious-tasting soup. Soups are fairly forgiving and you can often use what you have on hand. Don’t have fresh vegetables? You can use frozen or canned in a pinch. Life is busy, give yourself a little grace in the kitchen.

  • The right pot – Use a pot with a heavy bottom that will distribute the heat evenly. We love our 5 1/2 quart Dutch Oven.
  • Using homemade stock such as Chicken Stock or Turkey Stock is easy to make, nutritious, and has a deeper flavor profile than storebought. However, you can use storebought in any of these recipes.
  • Garnish your soup. Not only does it make for a beautiful presentation, but it elevates the flavor and color of your soup. Try a dollop of sour cream; a sprinkle of cheese or bright, fresh herbs; Croutons; tortilla chips, or crispy chopped Air Fryer Bacon.

Pro Tips for Storing Leftover Soup

Soup usually tastes better on the second day, after all of the flavors have infused the broth. Cooking once and being able to get several meals out of one pot of soup is truly a gift. Here are some general rules for storing leftover soup:

  • Cool the soup to room temperature – setting the pot over cold water can speed up the process.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • To freeze – portion your soup into freezer-safe bags. Mark the bag with the date, and lay the bag on its side so it freezes flat, allowing for better organization in your freezer.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or speed thaw over a bowl of cold water (change the water every 30 min). You can also use the defrost setting on your microwave and add water to bring your soup to your desired consistency.

So, grab your favorite Dutch oven or stew pot, and let’s get cooking. Be sure to have a loaf of crusty French Bread or Biscuits to make it a meal!

Broth-Based Soups

Something about broth-based soups just feels so comforting. They’re light and soothing, hydrating, and full of healthy nutrients. The simple, yet flavorful broth allows these recipes to be very flexible as far as ingredients, allowing you to easily add or subtract for your flavor preferences or health needs.

Chicken Noodle Soup

This healthy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is the comfort food you need to warm you from the inside out. Filled with juicy chicken and tender noodles, this easy chicken soup only takes about 30 minutes to make.

Chicken Noodle Soup in a blue pot

Italian Wedding Soup

This simple recipe for Italian Wedding Soup is known for its flavorful meatballs with vegetables, spinach, and pasta in a delicious broth. This recipe comes together quickly, making it a great recipe for busy evenings, and best of all, it’s a one-pot wonder!

Italian Wedding Soup with ladle scooping into a pot of soup

Chicken and Rice Soup

This recipe uses everyday ingredients that you probably already have on hand. With an aromatic vegetable base of onion, carrot, and celery, this healthy Chicken and Rice Soup is very similar to chicken noodle soup but uses rice instead of pasta.

Chicken and Rice Soup in a soup pot

Zuppa Toscana

This hearty, homemade Zuppa Toscana recipe is so loaded with Italian sausage, kale, bacon, and potatoes that it could seriously pass as a complete meal. I love being able to recreate this restaurant-inspired dish at home. It has been a reader favorite since 2010!

Zuppa Toscana in soup pot

Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover holiday turkey. It is warm, comforting, and completely customizable, it’s so easy to throw together with veggies that you already have on hand. It’s satisfying, filling, and nutritious.

Hearty turkey noodle soup being scooped out of a pot with a large ladle

Rich and Creamy Soups

I didn’t grow up eating creamy soups but fell in love with them in Mexico while on our honeymoon over 20 years ago. The 5-star restaurants we dined at served soups as starters and I have been hooked ever since. Whether it’s a luscious and smooth vegetable puree or a rustic loaded potato soup, the creamy goodness enhances the flavor of each ingredient making every bite delightful.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This Creamy Butternut Squash Soup is so simple but tastes gourmet. It is filled with flavorful roasted butternut squash puree and is finished on the stovetop with butter, maple syrup, and Fall spices that make this soup oh-so-cozy.

A bowl of homemade butternut squash soup garnished with bacon and parsley, with a spoon.

Potato Soup

This loaded Potato Soup is comfort food at its finest. The smooth and creamy potato base is loaded with bite-sized pieces of potatoes, bacon, and cheese. It’s like a loaded baked potato in a bowl.

Loaded Potato Soup in a pot garnish with chopped bacon, chive, shredded cheese, and a dollop of sour cream

Tomato Soup

This Creamy Tomato Soup is easy, comforting, and has a rich flavor profile. Adding parmesan and cream cuts down the acidity and makes it so satisfying. We enjoy this recipe year-round, with a gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Tomato Soup in a soup bowl with two spoons and grilled cheese sandwich next to it

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Our Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe is creamy, comforting, and hearty. You can use cooked chicken breasts or use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. This one-pot, convenient soup is an easy spin on classic Chicken Pot Pie without the effort of making a crust.

chicken Pot Pie Soup in a bowl

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup is so delicious and creamy you will have a hard time believing it’s dairy-free The addition of coconut milk makes it silky smooth and adds a sweet and nutty flavor to the soup. It’s perfect topped with crisp, salty bacon.

Sweet Potato Soup garnished with bacon bits, fresh parsley, and coconut milk

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Our rich and creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is a comforting combination of warmth and flavor. Tender pieces of chicken and hearty wild rice make this a go-to recipe for a cozy and delicious meal that takes less than an hour to prepare and serve.

A bowl of chicken and wild rice soup in a bowl with a spoon and slice of bread

Creamy Carrot Soup

This Creamy Carrot Soup is a feel-good comfort food and will warm your belly. Who thought a humble carrot had the power to create such a rich and comforting flavor when combined with aromatic vegetables and spices? You will love the silky smooth texture when blended with cream or coconut milk.

Creamy carrot soup in pot garnished with bacon and parsley

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon

Creamy, dreamy, delicious, and good for you, this Creamy Cauliflower Soup is almost too good to be true. It is loaded with sweet corn, salty bits of crisp bacon, and only one cup of cream in the whole pot- the blended cauliflower is the secret to the velvety smooth texture!

Creamy cauliflower soup in a bowl with a spoon, garnished with bacon, parsley and corn

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Our Broccoli Cheese Soup is another menu favorite that I knew I could recreate and make simply at home. It is creamy and loaded with broccoli florets and a blend of cheddar and parmesan cheeses to give this amazing flavor. Serve this in bread bowls for a real treat.

Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheese soup served in bread bowl

Hearty Chowders

If you’re craving a comforting thick and creamy chowder, these recipes are bound to steal your heart, no matter the season. Chowders pack so many flavors and textures into each spoonful and transform humble ingredients into a delightful and wholesome meal experience all on its own.

Clam Chowder

This creamy Clam Chowder recipe is loaded with tender clams, silky potatoes, and crunchy bacon. This is honestly better than any restaurant Clam Chowder that I have tried (and I always order the clam chowder).

Clam chowder in bowl

Corn Chowder

This Corn Chowder is PERFECT for summer nights! It is loaded with corn cut off of the cob at its peak of freshness, but you can use canned or frozen corn when it’s not in season.

Corn chowder in soup pot with ladle

Healthy Vegetable Soups

Vegetable soups are guilt-free indulgence. Load your pot up with fresh vegetables and nutritious broth, then cozy up and enjoy. Add some fresh garnish to really showcase the colorful, nutrient-rich vegetables simmering in your dutch oven.

French Onion Soup

Caramelized French Onion Soup has a rich sherry-beef broth under a layer of melted gruyere cheese that creates a warm and satisfying experience with every spoonful. The crispy golden-brown crouton topping adds the perfect crunch, completing this irresistible, timeless dish.

French onion soup topped with cheesy toasts

Vegetable Beef Soup

This rich and hearty Vegetable Beef Soup is essentially a vegetable soup, plus tender chunks of beef that have been infused with flavor from a medley of vibrant vegetables, herbs, and spices in the tomato beef broth.

Vegetable Beef Soup recipe in pot

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is a classic, made with savory lean ground beef, tangy tomato broth, and plenty of veggies. Imagine the satisfaction of biting into a juicy hamburger, paired with the comfort of Tomato Soup. It reheats well and is so comforting.

Hamburger soup in dutch oven

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup is a hearty and nutritious dish that combines the nutritious goodness of cabbage with a flavorful tomato broth. This recipe is easily turned into a vegan soup by omitting the ground beef and using vegetable broth.

Cabbage Soup in a pot with a ladle

Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut Soup, also known as Kapustnyak, is hearty, filling, and will warm your body from the inside out. The tangy sauerkraut and quinoa give it a lovely texture while the bacon provides a subtle smokiness.

Sauerkraut Soup in a bowl with a spoon beside it and three slices of bread

Split Pea Soup

This Split Pea Soup is a nutritious blend of split peas, savory ham, and sautéd vegetables creating the perfect comfort food to warm you right up. This smooth soup is a comforting and hearty dish and you can use diced ham or a left-over hambone after the holidays.

Split pea soup in a dutch oven pot being scooped with a wooden spoon to reveal all of the hearty vegetables

Borscht

Borscht is a vibrant and flavorful Ukrainian soup that combines the earthy sweetness of beets with the richness of beef or vegetable broth. I love, love, love the deep red color, against a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of dill. Borscht is so healthy and nutritious.

A bowl of beet red Borscht in a white bowl with a spoon and slices of bread around the bowl

Soups with Pasta

Soups with pasta are just so comforting. You get all of the flavors of your beloved pasta dishes in a lighter, more wholesome soup format.

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup is one of my favorite ways to satisfy the craving for lasagna with very little effort. All of the classic lasagna ingredients are immersed in a flavorful tomato broth infused with Italian herbs and spices, and topped with creamy ricotta cheese and fresh basil.

Lasagna soup in soup pot

Creamy Tortellini Soup

This Creamy Tortellini Soup is packed with tender tortellini pasta, fresh kale, and Italian sausage. The combination of tortellini and vegetables in a rich and creamy broth is perfect when you’re craving pasta but don’t want to fill up on carbs. 

Tortellini soup in a pot

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is a soul-warming soup that adds a creamy texture to the traditional chicken noodle experience. It’s loaded with tender shredded chicken, plump noodles, and healthy vegetables.

Creamy chicken noodle soup in red pot

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli is like an Italian spin on chili. This copycat recipe is chock full of beans, veggies, noodles, and lean beef and is sure to win you over. 

pasta e fagioli in soup pot with serving spoon garnished with basil

Chilis and Bean Soups

Perfect for Game Day a Snow Day, or any day, chili is a great way to pack protein and vegetables into a bowl. We love that you can make chili quickly on the stovetop or set it and forget it in your Crockpot for even deeper slow-cooked flavors. There are so many ways to make chili, but the recipes below are a few of our favorites and they’ll win you over every time.

Slow Cooker Chili

An easy Slow Cooker Chili recipe with Ground Beef, beans, tomato sauce, and the best homemade chili seasoning. The slow cooking process melds the flavor into every bite while the beef becomes so juicy and tender. If you need this recipe faster, try our 30-minute Stovetop Beef Chili.

Chili in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream and garnished with cheese, diced avocado and tortilla chips

Taco Soup

Thinner than traditional chili, Taco Soup is a great substitute for Taco Tuesday when you want tacos yet something hot and satisfying. Loaded with ground beef, beans, and vegetables, and topped with cheese, it has the beloved taste of tacos in soup form.

Taco Soup loaded with taco soup toppings

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili has a creamy texture and zesty flavors making it a great alternative to tomato-based chili recipes. It is done in less than an hour from start to finish in the Instant Pot with melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken. 

This White Chicken Chili is done in less than an hour start to finish in the Instant Pot with melt-in your mouth tender chicken. Stir everything together in the instant pot, top with cream cheese and set for 20 minutes.

White Bean Sausage and Kale Soup

Sausage and Kale Soup is a flavorful and hearty soup that marries the taste of savory sausage with earthy kale. The sausages make easy fuss-free meatballs that infuse the broth with bold flavor.

This White Bean, Sausage and Kale soup is wholesome comfort food. The sausages make fuss-free meatballs and infuse the soup with great flavor | natashaskitchen.com

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili is a lean alternative to traditional beef chili but has all of the same fillings and is just as hearty and satisfying. Serve with tortilla chips and your favorite chili toppings. 

This turkey chili recipe has been on the regular rotation at our house for years. It is hearty, meaty, and so easy! This chili can be made in 30 minutes on the stovetop or as a crockpot turkey chili. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup is a vibrant and flavorful soup known for its bold and zesty taste. Full of shredded chicken, corn, black beans, and homemade tortilla strips, this soup is a meal in itself. It’s comforting, hearty, and filling.

chicken Tortilla Soup garnished with avocado, cilantro and lime

Stew Recipes

Stews are typically simmered instead of boiled, which allows the ingredients to mingle but still lets every flavor shine through. Cooking low and slow makes even the least tender cuts of meat tender and juicy.

Beef Stew

Nothing compares to the cozy comfort of classic Beef Stew. Tender chunks of beef, slow-cooked to perfection, practically melt in your mouth while the combination of vegetables and beef infuse the broth with incredible flavor as they simmer together. Want to set it and forget it? Try our Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe.

Beef Stew in a red pot

Lamb Stew

Tender chunks of lamb combined with hearty vegetables create a comforting and satisfying Lamb Stew that showcases the deliciousness of slow-cooked lamb, bacon, potatoes, mushrooms, and carrots.

Classic lamb stew is loaded with hearty, healthy ingredients. This lamb stew recipe is simple (a one-pot meal!) and perfect for special occasions (think Easter!). Baking the stew in the oven makes the tender lamb morsels and root vegetables just melt in your mouth. Learn how to make traditional lamb stew. | natashaskitchen.com

Well, there you have it folks, a collection of over 37 of our best soup recipes. I hope you found a few to try, either for yourself, to bring to a potluck dinner, or to share with a friend or neighbor in need of a warm meal. These soups truly feed the soul, and I hope you will love them as much as we do.

If you make one of these soups and share it on social media, be sure to tag us. We love reading about your favorite recipes and seeing our favorites end up on your dinner table.

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Best Soup Recipes: Bacon Corn Chowder

5 from 5 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
This Bacon Corn Chowder recipe is one of our favorite soup recipes – loaded with sweet summer corn and crisp, salty bacon. This is a crowd-pleasing chowder that is perfect year-round.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 cups

For the Corn Stock:

For the Bacon Corn Chowder:

  • 4 cups corn kernels, (from 4-5 ears of corn), reserve cobs for stock
  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, 3 medium, peeled and cut into 1/4" thick pieces
  • 1 cup carrot, (1 large) cut into 1/4" dice
  • 1 cup celery, 3 stalks, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, (1 large onion), finely diced
  • 4 oz. bacon, (4 slices), chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped, to garnish

Instructions

How to Make Corn Stock:

  • Cut the kernels from the cobs and set kernels aside for making chowder.* Place the bare cobs in a soup pot.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups milk, 4 cups broth, and 1 cup cream to the pot. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes while you prepare the chowder. Use tongs to remove and discard the cobs before using corn stock in step 3.

How to Make Corn Chowder:

  • Place a 5 1/2 quart Dutch or soup pot oven over medium-high heat. Add chopped bacon and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. With a slotted spoon, remove bacon bits and set aside. Do not rinse the pot.
  • Add chopped celery, onion, and carrot into the same pot and cook in the bacon fat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 min or until the onion is soft.
  • Add sliced potatoes, corn kernels, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Pour corn stock into the pot, bring to a light boil then simmer uncovered until the potatoes are tender (approximately 10-15 minutes). Season with more salt and pepper to taste**.
  • Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with reserved bacon and chopped chives to garnish.

Notes

*After cutting the corn off the cobs, remove as many of the silk threads as possible to give your Bacon Corn Chowder a creamier, smoother consistency.
**Corn naturally has varying degrees of sweetness. If your corn is super sweet, add a little more salt to balance the sweetness.
For a Creamier Soup: Blend 1/4 of the soup in a blender until smooth then return it to your Dutch oven and stir it into the rest of your chowder.

Nutrition Per Serving

1cup Serving325kcal Calories31g Carbs13g Protein18g Fat9g Saturated Fat2g Polyunsaturated Fat6g Monounsaturated Fat0.02g Trans Fat50mg Cholesterol1074mg Sodium750mg Potassium4g Fiber10g Sugar3357IU Vitamin A17mg Vitamin C110mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Best Soup Recipes: Bacon Corn Chowder
Serving Size
 
1 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
325
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
50
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
1074
mg
47
%
Potassium
 
750
mg
21
%
Carbohydrates
 
31
g
10
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
Vitamin A
 
3357
IU
67
%
Vitamin C
 
17
mg
21
%
Calcium
 
110
mg
11
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon corn chowder
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 325

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Sasha
    January 30, 2024

    Such a great collection of soup recipes! I’ve already tried the split pea soup and the chicken tortilla soup to rave reviews, and I’ve bookmarked this page so that I can try even more of these soups this winter…can’t wait!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2024

      Awesome! Great to hear that you enjoyed the recipes that you have tried!

      Reply

  • Melissa
    January 30, 2024

    So many good soups to choose from! We loved ALL of them, they are simple and delicious!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      January 30, 2024

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for the wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    January 30, 2024

    Soups are the best!! That’s all I want lately! Your corn chowder recipe is amazing!! So much flavor & so comforting!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      January 30, 2024

      Thank you Kristyn! That corn chowder is definitely a favorite in our house.

      Reply

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