15 Cozy Soups Full of Fall Flavor
Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup
Diced carrots and a Granny Smith apple bring out butternut squash's natural sweetness without masking its flavor. In fact, some reviewers recommend swapping the potato with a sweet potato to enhance it even more.
Lentil and Buckwheat Soup
This thick vegetarian soup makes a substantial cold-weather meal. "This is a typical ‘zuppa' for a winter evening in Italy. Serve with crusty bread topped with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Typical to most Italian food, this is healthy and delicious," recipe creator Buckwheat Queen says.
Cream of Cauliflower Soup II
Butter, milk, and potatoes give this soup its creamy consistency. Thanks to cauliflower's mild flavor, this soup would pair well with basically any main.
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Reviewer naples43102 calls this soup "exquisite." In addition to halving the amount of parsley, she recommends using a medley of mushrooms to create great texture and bold flavor. "The dill and lemon both play their parts and have important contributions," she says. "I used a good, sweet Hungarian paprika, which really makes a difference in the final result."
Thai Sweet Potato Soup
Red curry paste, Sriracha, grated ginger, and garlic bring the heat to this Thai-inspired soup. "Delicious! Loved the consistency and different layers of flavor: sweet, spicy, warm, and savory," Brianna Dickel says.
Italian Wedding Soup I
Homemade meatballs, orzo, carrots, and escarole (or another leafy green) come together in this comforting soup. Reviewers recommend cooking the pasta in a separate pot to keep it from absorbing the broth.
Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup
"My friend's mother from Ukraine taught me this recipe for the classic beet soup," Patti says. "It can be served vegetarian-style by omitting the sausage."
Cabbage Beef Soup
Consider this dense soup a cross between cabbage rolls and chili, thanks to ground beef, cabbage, kidney beans, tomato sauce, and cumin.
Cream of Fennel Soup (Fennel Vichyssoise)
Cheese Soup with Broccoli
Several reviewers prefer Cheddar (or sharp Cheddar) to processed cheese in this soup, while others report five-star results with Muenster, Swiss, or Monterey Jack. Which cheese will you choose?
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Whether you prefer pumpkin or butternut squash, you'll want to make this soup all season for its gourd-geous color and spiced, sweet flavor.
Brussels Sprouts Soup with Caramelized Onions
Take advantage of Brussels sprout season with this pureed soup, which gets its flavor from caramelized onions and fresh thyme. Top it with sour cream, hot sauce, and (as reviewer lutzflcat suggests) crumbled bacon. "I think a cup of this would be an elegant starter for a fancy company (or family) dinner," lutzflcat says.
Curry Red Lentil Soup
Red lentils, cauliflower, carrots, and kale bulk up this vegan soup. Spices like turmeric, cumin, paprika, and curry powder add extra warmth.
Potato-Parsnip Soup with Creme Fraiche and Bacon
Not sure how to use parsnips? Roast these starchy, sweet root veggies with potatoes, onions, and garlic before transferring these ingredients to a pot with half-and-half and vegetable broth. Top each bowl with creme fraiche, bacon pieces, and chives.
Curried Pumpkin Soup
Reviewers agree that Macintosh apples bring enough sweetness to eliminate the need for added sugar. Swirl a dollop of sour cream on top, then finish it off with roasted pumpkin seeds, as reviewer Chuck Wesserling suggests.