Even if you’re not a Seinfeld fan, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “No soup for you!” In the show’s famous episode, the soup stand’s chef, who is a stickler for ordering properly, screams the phrase out of exasperation when George asks what the chef considers to be too many questions. Still, the crew keeps coming back to the soup stand, and George eventually gets to eat the dish Kramer was praising.
Growing up, my friend’s mom was our version of the Seinfeld character. Even though we lived in Florida, where the weather only became soup-appropriate for maybe two months out of the year, she’d one-up everyone at our holiday parties with her homemade soups—some of which took days to make. These dishes changed everything for me. Previously the only soup I’d tasted came straight from a Campbell’s can, and the tough chunks of chicken and lackluster noodles were essentially punishment for staying home from school and watching The Price Is Right when I was sick.
Mrs. Phillips’s homemade soups put the dish on my radar, and now I look forward to fall because it’s basically the season of soup. Even if you’ve not had a life-changing soup experience, with these fall soup recipes you’ll get a step closer. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find soup is for you, after all.
Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup
This fresh take on a traditional favorite from Stuck in the Kitchen will prove a little bit more effort is worth it. The recipe combines hearty chicken, vegetables, and noodles with rosemary to give a typically bland soup some extra flavor.
Healthy Italian Meatballs Soup
If you love Italian meatball soup but hate the calories, The Modern Proper delivers a Whole30-compliant spin you can embrace without regret. While there’s no denying the homemade meatballs for this soup are delicious, the broth also operates as a vehicle for veggies, so your daily food pyramid will make your doctor proud.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
If you’re pro-taco, you’ll be pro-chicken tortilla soup. The spicy blend of chicken, green chiles, corn, and fire-roasted tomatoes from The Modern Proper is tasty when topped with cheese, crushed tortilla chips or avocado.
Cream of Pumpkin Soup With Maple Pecans
While fall may be the start of soup season, it also is synonymous with pumpkins. This festive recipe from Half Baked Harvest combines the two, along with a little cream and maple pecans, all served up in a roasted pumpkin bowl.
Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili
In a season full of chili cook-offs, this white bean chili is sure to be a winner. The recipe from The Modern Proper even utilizes an Instant Pot, so you’ll show your competitors how behind the times they are if they’re still cooking in a crockpot. For an extra side of comfort, serve up some warm cornbread.
Old-School Tomato Soup With Toasties
Tomato-basil soup is a simple soup with an effortless charm. This recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen will make you crave a rainy day, so you can dip your grilled cheese sandwich into the familiar broth that never fails to prove why it’s a timeless classic.
Wild Mushroom Chowder with Bacon and Leeks
This creamy soup topped with bacon and leeks will warm you from the inside out. If you’re like Natalie at The Modern Proper, you’ll even forage for the mushrooms in the recipe.
Creamy White Bean Soup With Kale, Rosemary, and Lemon
This hearty vegan dish from The First Mess is as simple as it is restorative. With a richness you’d expect from a soup containing dairy, this soup proves you don’t have to use milk to make a creamy soup.
Italian White Bean and Orzo Soup
This healthy and hearty soup gets better with time. Make this recipe from Creme de la Crumb ahead and enjoy the soup as it sets.
Simple Seafood Bisque
This simple seafood bisque recipe from The Modern Proper is a soul-feeding combination of crawfish, crab, and shrimp mixed with cream and a few other tasty ingredients.
French Onion Soup
What could be better than a good amount of melty cheese? This classic favorite from The Modern Proper will remind you why it’s a beloved dish. According to the blog, if you’re not "twisting your spoon repeatedly to catch that cheese pull from falling on your lap," then you’re doing it wrong.
Welcome Home Soup
This thick green soup from Stuck in the Kitchen is as delicious as it is healthy. Add some fresh herbs for a bright note.