10 Fancy Soups to Make at Home

Shrimp and Crab Bisque
Photo: Aja

Serve one of these elegant, impressive soups next time you want to go all out for dinner. From French favorites (this French Onion Soup Gratinee is comfort food incarnate, and this Cream of Brie Soup is about as luxurious as it gets) to seafood-packed classics (every chef needs to have a good Cioppino recipe in their arsenal, and this Creamy Shrimp and Crab Bisque is velvety perfection), these fancy soups will make any meal feel like a special occasion.

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Creamy Shrimp and Crab Bisque

Shrimp and Crab Bisque
Photo by Aja.

Creamy, velvety, and absolutely delicious, this Creamy Shrimp and Crab Bisque is much easier than it looks: It only takes about 20 minutes to throw together.

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Chef John's Gazpacho

Chef John's Gazpacho
Jennifer Baker

There's nothing like cooling gazpacho on a warm summer night. Only use the sweetest end-of-season tomatoes for this one, warns Chef John. Anything else just won't do.

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French Onion Soup Gratinee

closeup of a spoon lifting a mouthful of cheese-topped French onion soup from a red bowl
France C

Here's a tried-and-true, restaurant-quality soup that will never disappoint. For the best presentation, serve this in your coziest ceramic crock bowl.

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Chef John's Cassoulet

Chef John's Cassoulet in a red cocotte

This classic French dish, which falls somewhere between soup and casserole, is a labor of love — but it's seriously worth the effort.

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French Beef Stew

a bowl of beef stew with chunks of carrot and potato
Ava Goei-Vujovich

This hearty beef stew is quicker and easier than it looks. It's perfect served with homemade crusty French bread.

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Chef John's Tuscan Fish Stew

Tuscan Fish Stew
Photo by Chef John.

"I spent a few days in Florence about 30 years ago, and while I don't remember much, I do recall my surprise at how delicious the Tuscan fish stew was," says Chef John. "What I found so interesting was how herbs like oregano, sage, and rosemary, which I'd only associated with meat, were also used with seafood."

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Beef Bourguignon Without the Burgundy

Beef Bourguignon Without the Burgundy
Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!.

We bet Julia Child would approve of this rich and flavorful recipe, which is made with merlot instead of the traditional Burgundy.

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KCinAZ Cooks

"A wonderful seafood stew," says recipe creator Star Pooley. "Serve with a loaf of warm, crusty bread for sopping up the delicious broth!"

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Cream of Brie Soup

cream of brie soup in white bowl
MaryJane Serene Ring

Sometimes you just want to eat a bowl of creamy cheese and butter — that's where this luxurious soup comes in.

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Beef and Wine Soup with Dumplings

Beef and Wine Soup with Dumplings

"I've been making this recipe for at least five years," says reviewer bubba. "During the winter, I make it at least twice a month. It is one of the best I've ever had."

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