Homemade soup never fails to make cold winter weather just a little bit more bearable. Whether you love a simple chicken noodle soup or you go for more alternative flavor combinations, a hot bowl of soup is a fitting meal for a cozy evening spent curled up in front of the TV, the fireplace, or both.
Intimidated by the notion of making soup from scratch? Keep in mind that many soups require only a few steps from start to finish. What's more, soups are one of those meals that you can make in large batches and then freeze, cutting down your kitchen time even further. According to The Kitchn, soups that freeze well tend to feature ingredients like beans, rice, broth, and meat. On the other hand, avoid freezing soups that contain a lot of dairy, potatoes, seafood, or eggs, as these ingredients are likely to change in texture or flavor or become watery over time.
Ahead, we've rounded up 10 freezable soup recipes—from chicken tortilla soup to black bean soup—meant to be saved for later. Whip up a big batch ahead of time, then store your favorite soup in an airtight container until your next cold snap or craving—whichever strikes first.
To maximize space in your freezer, ladle your soup (make sure it's cooled first) into quart- or gallon-sized zip-top plastic freezer bags, then lay them flat to freeze.
Tomato Basil Soup
The Recipe: Tomato Basil Soup by Foodie Crush
The Hero Ingredient: Roasted in the oven with garlic and fresh thyme, Roma tomatoes (fresh, not canned) serve as the foundation for this recipe.
Pro Tip: For a lighter take on this soup, try subbing in whole milk for the half-and-half.
Why We Love It: This homemade tomato basil soup recipe is made with simple, healthy ingredients and will result in a flavorful, creamy dish that's perfect for lunch. It calls for shredded carrots, onions, vegetable broth, orzo pasta, and, of course, Roma tomatoes, a variety of tomato that delivers the soup's thick, velvety texture. After using an immersion blender to achieve your desired smoothness, ladle the freezer soup atop orzo pasta and garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup by The Modern Proper
The Hero Ingredient: A store-bought rotisserie chicken cuts way down on this soup's prep and cook time.
Pro Tip: Slice avocados into your soup for a welcome contrast of color and texture.
Why We Love It: The only thing better than chicken tortilla soup is chicken tortilla soup that's ready to eat in just 30 minutes flat. This freezable soup recipe comes together in one pot and you'll love how easy it is to make. Simply toss all of the ingredients into a large pot and cook until tender. Top it all off with fresh tortilla strips, avocados, lime juice, or sour cream when you're ready to indulge.
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Hearty Chicken Soup, adapted by Half Baked Harvest and originally from Share: The Cookbook that Celebrates Our Common Humanity
The Hero Ingredient: All of the vegetables in this soup, from the onions to the parsnips, add flavor.
Pro Tip: Be sure to remove the farro (or whatever starch you're using) before storing your leftover soup to prevent the starch from getting too soft.
Why We Love It: For a hearty dish that promises maximum flavor with minimal effort, turn to this recipe for chicken soup. Just toss some chicken stock, chicken breasts, onions, carrots, parsnips, celery, leeks, and herbs into a slow cooker, cover, and allow to simmer for four to six hours, depending on your chosen heat setting. The best part? This freezer soup tastes even better the next day.
White Bean Vegetable Soup
The Recipe: White Bean Vegetable Soup by Hello Glow
The Hero Ingredient: Yummy leeks add flavor.
Pro Tip: Whip up a grilled cheese sandwich to eat on the side.
Why We Love It: A healthy meal that tastes good to boot, this white bean vegetable soup checks all the boxes. Replete with vegetarian protein, this dish is easy to make with pretty much any vegetables you have on hand. The recipe calls for veggies like onions, carrots, leeks, white beans, butternut squash, and tomatoes, but you can substitute any of these for whatever happens to be in your refrigerator. Enjoy it plain or serve the soup over a bed of rice or quinoa.
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
The Recipe: Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup by Joyful Healthy Eats
The Hero Ingredient: Chipotle pepper and smoked paprika add a nice kick.
Pro Tip: Try topping this soup with Greek yogurt and avocado to add dimension.
Why We Love It: This gluten-free, vegetarian black bean soup can easily be made in a crock-pot. Think smoky, Southwestern flavors in the form of a nutritious bowl of soup. It's filled with black beans, vegetable broth, red onion, red bell pepper, chipotle pepper, and more flavorful seasonings. The best part is that you can simply toss all of the ingredients together in the crock-pot and wait for the soup to cook itself. Six hours later you'll be ready to serve it or pop it straight in the freezer.
Golden Curry Lentil Soup
The Recipe: Golden Curry Lentil Soup by Minimalist Baker
The Hero Ingredient: Carrots are the main vegetables in this soup, contributing to its orange-yellow color.
Pro Tip: Top with lime juice and chopped cilantro for a zesty fresh taste.
Why We Love It: If you're following a vegan diet (or you're simply a fan of curry), you need to try this one-pot golden curry lentil soup. Not only does the meat- and dairy-free soup deliver creamy, subtly spiced flavor with every spoonful, it's ready in just 30 minutes—including five minutes of prep time. The hearty soup calls for carrots or (another hearty, seasonal veggie) as well as vegetable broth, coconut milk, lentils, sautéed garlic, shallots, ginger, and serrano pepper. Serve the soup atop a bed of rice for a cold-weather meal that's equal parts filling and comforting.
Leftover Turkey Soup With Rice
The Recipe: Leftover Turkey Soup With Wild Rice by The Modern Proper
The Hero Ingredient: Your leftover Thanksgiving turkey finds its perfect use in this soup.
Pro Tip: Head to the grocery store after Thanksgiving to snag a turkey at a discounted price, then enjoy crafting a variety of recipes on a dime.
Why We Love It: Put your leftovers to good use with this flavorful recipe for turkey soup with wild rice. It calls for onions, celery, carrots, broth, wild rice, and shredded turkey. If you're working with turkey that you've already cooked, this freezable soup comes together in just 30 minutes.
Coconut Miso Butternut Squash Soup
The Recipe: Coconut Miso Butternut Squash Soup by Salt & Wind
The Hero Ingredient: Squash is the main source of flavor in this vegan soup.
Pro Tip: Plate your soup with quinoa, radishes, red pepper flakes, and a bit of coconut milk on top.
Why We Love It: If you're looking for a flavorful, sophisticated soup to add to your cooking repertoire, turn your attention to this coconut miso butternut squash soup. It combines the rich tastes of butternut squash and yellow miso with ingredients like coconut milk, ginger, quinoa, and dried chile de arbol. Other than roasting the squash in the oven and preparing the quinoa on the stove, the soup is prepared in a single heavy-bottomed pot. You can also mix the soup together in a blender or food processor to attain your desired texture.
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
The Recipe: Vegetarian Split Pea Soup by Pickled Plum
The Hero Ingredient: Yellow split peas, which are naturally high in fiber and protein, take top billing here.
Pro Tip: For a set-it-and-forget-it dinner on a cold day, the soup can be prepared in a slow cooker for 6–8 hours (set on low) or 4–5 hours (set on high).
Why We Love It: Proof that vegetarian soup can be hearty, nutritious, and filling this vegetarian split pea soup is an updated twist on a childhood favorite. The freezer soup recipe relies on two cups of yellow split peas for texture and substance, while onions, carrots, and celery impart a depth of flavor and a little bite. As for preparing the soup, it couldn't be much easier: Simply sauté the aromatics in olive oil until translucent and soft, then add them to a pot with vegetable stock, yellow split peas, herbs, and bay leaves. Cover the pot and allow to simmer for 90 minutes or until the peas are tender.
Italian Wedding Soup
The Recipe: Healthy Italian Wedding Soup by The Modern Proper
The Hero Ingredient: The meatballs in this soup are packed with flavor.
Pro Tip: Add cauliflower rice instead of orzo pasta—it's healthier.
Why We Love It: It doesn't get better than a Whole30-approved healthy Italian wedding soup recipe. A play on the traditional Italian soup, the recipe skips breadcrumb-laden meatballs for a lighter version filled with shredded carrots, garlic, herbs, and fennel. The recipe also swaps out orzo pasta for a few handfuls of cauliflower rice for a seriously healthy alternative. When combined in a pot with Italian kale and chicken stock, the ingredients create a nutritious comfort food to eat now or freeze for later.