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40+ Soup Recipes with a Perfect 5-Star Rating

Go grab a spoon! These top-rated soup recipes have earned all 5 stars from Taste of Home readers, like you.

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

A friend gave me the idea to use V8 juice in veggie soup because it provides more flavor. My best vegetable soup recipe, this homemade meal is perfect to prepare on a crisp autumn afternoon. —Janice Steinmetz, Somers, Connecticut

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Lemony Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

This isn't Grandma's chicken soup, but it is comforting. The lemon juice gives this easy soup enough zip to make it interesting. —Bill Hilbrich, St. Cloud, Minnesota

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Lauren's BouillabaisseTaste of Home

Lauren's Bouillabaisse

This golden-colored soup is brimming with an assortment of seafood and is paired with savory and colorful sourdough toast with spread.— Lauren Covas, New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Upstate Minestrone SoupTaste of Home

Upstate Minestrone Soup

If you love vegetables, you'll find this minestrone especially satisfying. Keep the recipe in mind when you have a bounty of fresh garden produce. —Yvonne Krantz, Mt. Upton, New York

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Steak & Beer ChiliTaste of Home

Steak & Beer Chili

A cup of chili is always a pleasant way to warm up on a cold day. This one has a combination of budget-friendly chuck steak and brats in a spicy broth. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota

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Coconut Shrimp ChowderTaste of Home

Coconut Shrimp Chowder

After eating a coconut soup at a Thai restaurant, I added coconut milk in my fish chowder recipe. The fresh, simple ingredients allow the seafood to shine. —Michalene Baskett, Decatur, Georgia

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Ham and Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Ham and Lentil Soup

This lentil soup with ham is a combination of two soup recipes I came across and adapted. I often serve it for Sunday dinner, making enough so there are leftovers for my husband's lunch thermos. A bricklayer, he regularly works outside during winter. —Andi Haug, Hendrum, Minnesota

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Vegan Cream of Mushroom SoupTaste of Home

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

I love mushrooms and am learning how to make heartier dishes out of my old favorites. This delicious vegan cream of mushroom soup is low in fat and high in nutrition, and it meets my dietary restrictions. Tofu, used in place of cream, provides a silky texture, but keeps the soup vegan and dairy free. —Maria Davis, Flower Mound, Texas

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Spiced Split Pea SoupTaste of Home

Spiced Split Pea Soup

A hint of curry adds the perfect amount of kick to this family pleasing soup. Just assemble the ingredients in the slow cooker and go about your day while it cooks. —Sue Mohre, Mount Gilead, Ohio

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Sausage Sauerkraut SoupTaste of Home

Sausage Sauerkraut Soup

I've taken this satisfying soup to church gatherings and family reunions, and it always receives great compliments. Everyone loves it!—Elizabeth Goetzinger, Lewiston, Idaho

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Beefy Sweet Potato ChiliTaste of Home

Beefy Sweet Potato Chili

This recipe was created with friends when we lived in rainy Seattle. There's nothing better than a bowl of chili on a cold day. Sweet potatoes are the secret ingredient that makes this one fabulous, but they may be omitted and you'll still have a nice basic chili. —Jonell Tempero, Omaha, Nebraska

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Chunky vegetarian chiliTaste of Home

Chunky Vegetarian Chili

This robust chili teams rice and two types of beans with a variety of colorful vegetables for a hearty meatless meal that's great tasting and good for you. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Curried Chicken SoupTaste of Home

Curried Chicken Soup

My German mother would occasionally cook dishes that were not traditional German recipes. One of my favorites was her Curry Chicken Soup. I've added my own touches to it, such as the chickpeas, coconut milk and fresh cilantro.—Deanna Hindenach, Paw Paw, Michigan

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Lunch-Box Chicken SoupTaste of Home

Lunch-Box Chicken Soup

A friend gave me this recipe, and I tweaked a few things to make it healthier. It’s so delicious and quite easy to make! I use it for family gatherings, church functions, care packages...just about anything. For shortcuts, I sometimes replace the celery and carrots with 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables. The prepackaged rice saves time, too, so you can have the soup ready and waiting even when the kids are busy with activities. —Jean Ann Fairchild, Shelby, Ohio

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Chorizo ChiliTaste of Home

Chorizo Chili

I modified a bean soup recipe and came up with this wonderful chili. I make it mild, as that's how my family likes it, then I just add Tabasco sauce to spice up my bowl. Feel free to make it vegetarian by using soy chorizo and vegetable broth. —Jenne Delkus, Des Peres, Missouri

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Mexican Leek SoupTaste of Home

Mexican Leek Soup

This soup is so satisfying. You can substitute other beans, use kale instead of spinach, or add leftover corn. For brunch, I add a fried egg on top and for dinner, my husband adds lots of hot sauce! —Donna Ahnert, Scotia, New York

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French Onion Soup with MeatballsTaste of Home

French Onion Soup with Meatballs

I got the idea for how to make this soup after I went to a brewhouse restaurant that put ale in their gravy. I make this every time the weather starts to cool down in the fall—it's comfort food for the soul. —Crystal Holsinger, Surprise, Arizona

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Elegant Seafood BisqueTaste of Home

Elegant Seafood Bisque

Creamy bisque is elegant enough for sit-down dinners yet hearty enough for casual gatherings.—Mike Payne, Hixson, Tennessee

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Chicken Wild Rice Soup with SpinachTaste of Home

Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Spinach

I stir together my chicken-and-rice cream soup whenever we’re craving something warm and comforting. Reduced-fat and reduced-sodium ingredients make it a healthier option.—Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona

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Slow-Cooked Manhattan Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Manhattan Clam Chowder

I came up with this simple, delicious soup years ago when my husband and I both worked. It's easy to dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning...and wonderful to come home to the aroma of dinner ready. —Mary Dixon, Northville, Michigan

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Turkey ChiliTaste of Home

Turkey Chili

I've taken my mother's turkey chili recipe and made it thicker and more robust. It's a favorite, especially in fall and winter. —Celesta Zanger, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Greens and Beans Turkey SoupTaste of Home

Greens and Beans Turkey Soup

On winter evenings, we like nothing better than a piping hot bowl of soup. This one uses the turkey carcass to make a flavorful stock for the soup. —Susan Albert, Jonesburg, Missouri

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Flavorful Meatball SoupTaste of Home

Flavorful Meatball Soup

Rebecca Phipps shares a favorite entree soup from her kitchen in Rural Hall, North Carolina. “My husband and I are both diabetics and like to find tasty recipes like this one that are in line with our dietary requirements.” TASTY TIP Rebecca Phipps likes to serve her Meatball Soup with baked wheat tortilla triangles, fresh fruit and a variety of cubed cheeses to round out this meal.

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Cheesy Meatball SoupTaste of Home

Cheesy Meatball Soup

With meat, potatoes and other vegetables, this rich-tasting soup is really a meal in one. Process cheese sauce makes it taste like a cheeseburger. I serve this soup with a nice crusty loaf of French bread. —Ione Sander, Carlton, Minnesota

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Creamy Cauliflower & Goat Cheese SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Soup

Here's an elegant choice for a first course or even a meatless dinner. Goat cheese adds an extra-special touch. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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Brie Mushroom SoupTaste of Home

Brie Mushroom Soup

Simmer up the earthy flavor of fresh mushrooms and the richness of Brie cheese in one delicious, creamy soup. I serve big bowlfuls to warm up everyone on chilly days.—Maria Emmerich, River Falls, Wisconsin

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Butternut Squash and Barley SoupTaste of Home

Butternut Squash and Barley Soup

I love to use my garden produce in this veggie-packed soup. Serve it with oatmeal dinner rolls and you've got a delicious, healthy dinner. —Julie Sloan, Osceola, Indiana

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Red Pepper SoupTaste of Home

Red Pepper Soup

While I don't have scientific proof of it, Red Pepper Soup works for me as a head cold remedy! It is a good gift to take when visiting a sick friend, too. For a pretty touch, top the soup with grated cheese and parsley. We enjoy it with jalapeno cheese buns. You can also serve it with warm garlic bread. —Barb Nelson, Victoria, British Columbia

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Slow-Cooker Lasagna SoupTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

Every fall and winter, our staff has a soup rotation. I have modified this recipe so I can prep it the night before and put it in the slow cooker in the morning. My colleagues love it! —Sharon Gerst, North Liberty, Iowa

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Vegetable Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Vegetable Lentil Soup

Here’s a healthy soup that's ideal for vegetarians and those watching their weight. Butternut squash and lentils make it hearty, while herbs and other veggies round out the flavor. —Mark Morgan, Waterford, Wisconsin

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Creamy Turkey Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup

I was honored when my fireman son-in-law asked to add this recipe to their firehouse cookbook. You can prepare parts of this turkey soup ahead of time and then assemble when ready. Serve with crispy whole-grain crackers. —Carol Perkins, Washington, Missouri

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Easy Pork PosoleTaste of Home

Easy Pork Posole

Looking for a meal in a bowl? Sit down to a Mexican classic full of cubed pork, sliced sausage, hominy and more. It all goes into the slow cooker, so you can come home at night to a table-ready dinner. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

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Market Basket SoupTaste of Home

Market Basket Soup

I use kohlrabi in this soothing veggie soup. The vegetable has a mellow broccoli-cabbage flavor and can be served raw, but this is my favorite way to eat it. —Kellie Foglio, Salem, Wisconsin

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Turkey and Dumpling SoupTaste of Home

Turkey and Dumpling Soup

To show some love at a family gathering, I fill a stockpot with this rich turkey soup brimming with veggies, potatoes and dumplings. —Lea Lidel, Leander, Texas

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Potato Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Potato Clam Chowder

I ran across this recipe in one of my antique cookbooks. It's a timeless classic I like to prepare for friends and family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. —Betty Ann Morgan, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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Cold-Day Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Cold-Day Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was sick, my mom would make me this heartwarming chicken noodle soup. It was soothing when I had a cold, but this soup is a bowlful of comfort on any chilly day. —Anthony Graham, Ottawa, lllinois

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Smoky Cheddar, Ham and Corn ChowderTaste of Home

Smoky Cheddar, Ham and Corn Chowder

When I'm making a pot of Smoky Cheddar Corn Chowder, no one misses dinner. Smoked cheese the flavor to another level. —Danielle Crawford, Pelzer, SC

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Sweet Potato BisqueTaste of Home

Sweet Potato Bisque

I love to serve this bright orange, sweet potato bisque for special occasions in fall and winter. The recipe includes a minted chili oil to drizzle on top. It's well worth the few extra minutes it takes to make! —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Barbara's Italian Wedding SoupTaste of Home

Barbara's Italian Wedding Soup

In a little Italian restaurant in Santa Cruz, my husband and I had an amazing soup with orzo. I tweaked it at home to make it healthier but kept the warm, comforting flavor. —Barbara Spitzer, Lodi, California

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Cajun Corn SoupTaste of Home

Cajun Corn Soup

I found this recipe years ago and substituted Cajun stewed tomatoes for a bolder taste. Now I prepare this dish for out-of-state guests who want to taste some Cajun food. Everyone who tries it gives it high marks. Plus, it's easy to prepare. —Sue Fontenot, Kinder, Louisiana

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Maryland-Style Crab SoupTaste of Home

Maryland-Style Crab Soup

Try this hearty soup that incorporates the best of vegetable soup and flavorful crab. I break whole crabs and claws into pieces and drop them into the soup to cook, then serve it with saltine crackers and a cold beer. —Freelove Knott, Palm Bay, Florida

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Super Fast Mexican SoupTaste of Home

Super Fast Mexican Soup

We take this spicy soup to rodeos on cool nights or sip it by a campfire. For toppings, try onions, avocado, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and salsa. —Gloria Huse, Simpsonville, South Carolina

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Mushroom Tortellini SoupTaste of Home

Mushroom Tortellini Soup

This colorful veggie soup gets all bulked up thanks to cheesy tortellini. It's a real comfort on a cold or rainy day. —Jen Lucas, Baldwinville, Massachusetts

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Creamy Vegetable Turkey SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Vegetable Turkey Soup

For a creamy turkey soup with a sense of fun, we go wheels up at our house. We load it up with wagon-shaped pasta and veggies. —Nancy Beyer, Hayden Lake, Idaho

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.