21 soul-healing soups that will comfort you from the inside out

These soups are a warm and comforting way to soothe the soul, and they’re also a nutritious and tasty way to support your body’s natural defense system. With at least 20% of your daily needs for two or more immune-supporting nutrients like protein, vitamins A, C, D, and E, and blues, these foods can help you feel good inside and out. Cozy recipes like Creamy Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup and Hearty Minestrone Soup feel like love coming back to you at the end of the day.

Chicken and dumpling soup

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

This hearty and warming chicken dumpling soup contains whole grain crackers that add fiber while maintaining a light texture. Thyme and parsley bring freshness to the traditional flavors of this crowd-pleasing soup.

Spaghetti pumpkin soup with sausage

Caitlin Bensel

This easy soup is a great way to showcase the versatility of spaghetti squash. The sweet Italian sausage goes well with the subtle sweetness of the pumpkin. The broth that covers the thin strands of spaghetti squash is tasty and light.

Creamy sausage and cheese tortellini soup

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This cheese tortellini soup is a quick weeknight meal and a crowd pleaser if you have company. If you like your soup with a kick, choose a hot Italian sausage. Tortellini, like any pasta, will absorb the broth as it sits, so if you make it in advance, cook the tortellini separately and add it right before serving.

Kimchi-tofu soup with sesame and egg

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The cubed tofu soaks up the deliciously aromatic broth, full of flavor and flavor from the kimchi, garlic paste, and ginger paste. Use your favorite brand of kimchi, just be sure to drain it before adding. A fried egg adds protein to this vegetarian kimchi tofu soup. If you avoid eating seafood, look for a brand of kimchi that is vegetarian.

Minestrone soup

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This fresh and simple minestrone soup is the perfect recipe for cold days. By adding the ingredients in stages, this quick-cooking soup creates deep flavor in a short amount of time. Boiling pasta in soup is an easy and effective way to add richness. This minestrone soup would work with a variety of vegetables (think peas, cabbage, or winter squash) or other types of canned beans like creamy cannellini beans or even chickpeas.

Spinach-tortellini soup

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When you need a quick and tasty dinner, turn to this easy spinach tortellini soup. Chilled cheese tortellini add soup and cook in minutes. The tortellini can be delicate, so be careful when stirring the soup so they don’t fall apart.

Coconut stew with spinach and beans

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Sweet potatoes add sweetness and richness to this stew flavored with ginger, cumin, coriander, and turmeric (which gives it its bright yellow color). Seedless chilies add heat, but you can seed them to soften the spiciness. You want the potatoes to cook until they are tender but not fall apart in the stew.

Vegetable lasagna soup

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All the delicious flavors of vegetable lasagna can be found in this cozy soup. Mushrooms, zucchini and spinach provide color and nutrients, while the ricotta and mozzarella glaze gives the characteristic cheesiness and creaminess. Serve as a side dish with a salad or crusty bread for dipping.

Thai Green Curry-inspired vegetable soup

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Green curry paste, fresh herbs and plenty of onion add flavor to this vibrant, refreshing soup. The light but creamy broth is full of vegetables, and the tofu is mixed in at the end. A small spoonful of chili flakes adds a nice heat and crunch, but if you want to tame the spice, chopped cashews would work well instead.

Chicken Tikka Masala soup

Chicken Tikka Masala soup.
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This chicken tikka masala soup tastes just like the original dish, but in soup form! Ginger, garlic and onion combine with aromatic spices to provide flavor in every bite. Butternut squash (or sweet potato) and spinach add sweetness and color to this warming soup. Serve with roasted garlic.

Mother’s Minestrone

Kristin Teig

This is less of a soup than an Italian-American vegetable stew, which is excellent on its own, but is often eaten more like a vegetable stroganoff or Bolognese. It covers the pasta with a thick, rustic vegetable and bean sauce and finishes the bowl with fresh basil and a touch of parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. Adapted fromDon’t Panic Pantry Cookbook: Mostly vegetarian food that happens to be pretty good for you 2023 by Noah Galute. Excerpted courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

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This vegetarian French onion soup is loaded with onions and shallots that caramelize and add a sweet and savory flavor to the soup. Vegetable broth means beef broth, but mushroom broth with its dark color and earthy taste is also a good option.

Cabbage and sweet potato soup with sausage and mustard

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This warming cabbage soup is full of flavor. The bratwurst and mustard add savory flavors, which are complemented by the sweet potatoes and topped with an apple salad that adds sweetness and crunch. Savoy cabbage adds texture to this perfect cold weather soup.

Green Chile Chicken Pozole

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This Mexican-style soup features chicken thighs, hominy and roasted poblano peppers for added flavor and a little heat. Oregano, cilantro and garlic give this simple soup a lovely aroma that will whet your appetite.

Chicken and root vegetable soup with wild rice

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This chicken and beetroot soup will fill you up with chicken and nutty wild rice combined with your favorite beetroot soup. Try pumpkin for a sweeter scent or celery or parsnip for a more earthy taste.

The best chicken tortilla soup

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Hominy adds mild corn flavor, while poblanos add smokiness to this chicken tortilla soup recipe. Spices like cumin, coriander and smoked paprika bring a bold flavor balanced by fresh lime juice.

Pea egg drop macaroni soup

Hetty Lui McKinnon

Hetty Lui McKinnon’s love for macaroni soup runs deep. It’s a memorable dish, a reminder of her mother’s dedication to making a hearty breakfast every morning and the quick lunches they shared when it was just the two of them at home. This version is inspired by her mother’s recipe, but McKinnon’s version includes an egg drop that not only thickens the broth, but also adds richness. He recommends adding it to Umami Crisp, which you can find in his book,Tender heart. Recipe modified fromTender heart 2023 by Hetty Lui McKinnon. Excerpted courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

velvety winter squash soup with smoky garlic foam

Ali Redmond

In the French countryside, soup is the main event, brought to the table in vintage soup pots handed down from families. The color of the sunset, the silky texture, the smoky undertones, every element of this winter squash soup is reminiscent of a southern French winter inspired by Julia Child’s kitchen. This is weekend cooking where you can roast pumpkin and garlic the night before, make soup and custard the next day, and stay warm by the fire. Serve this soup with warm, crusty bread to mop up every delicious drop.

Coconut curry pumpkin soup with spiced seeds

Jacob Fox

In this curry pumpkin soup, we leave the pumpkin pieces intact to give the soup texture. If you start with a whole pumpkin, you can roast the seeds instead of the pips.

French onion soup

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf

This French onion soup recipe uses two types of onion, yellow for sharpness and sweet for sweetness for a more complex flavor. White wine and vermouth add a bit of acidity, while thyme gives an earthy flavor. Thick, cheesy slices of whole wheat bread soak up the delicious broth.

Easy Tortellini Soup

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This nutritious, vibrant soup is on the table quickly, making it the perfect weeknight meal. The broth is delicate and creamy thanks to the Parmesan rind, while the dried basil adds an herbal note. We call for cheese tortellini, but you can easily switch to your favorite kind.

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