That hint of a chill in the air at night you’ve started to notice is a sure sign that fall has finally arrived. The turning of the season means that it’s time for light sweaters, reasonable use of the fireplace again, and warm, hearty foods. While there are some dishes that receive honorable mentions (baked macaroni and cheese, looking at you), when it comes to providing that soul-warming, comfort feeling? Only a good soup will do.
Before you go and get all overwhelmed with the sheer amount of soup recipes there are on the internet, take a deep breath. Here are some of the best, time-tested soup recipes that are sure to make your fall dinner line-up amazing.
Potato Cheddar Soup
A bowl of cheesy potato soup is the ultimate in comfort food. It has a rich cheesy flavor, with little bits of potato goodness and bacon if you’d like. There’s nothing better than this soup on a cold day, with a liberal sprinkling of pepper.
Check out this recipe here. It calls for beer, which is never a bad thing.
Feel free to omit the salad that accompanies it. We don’t need no stinking salads!
Nothing screams fall more loudly than use of gourds in your cooking. Though pumpkins don’t typically fall under the category of savory, this pumpkin soup is a rich, creamy (surprisingly not sweet) soup worth a second look.. and bite!
This recipe is sure to please, though you can omit some of the stock if you’d like something slightly thicker.
First, let’s have a moment of silence for those who think tomato soup comes out of a can.
Now that you’ve had time to think about that statement, please know that you can simply, easily prepare this soup at home. You don’t need any over cooked, over salted, canned garbage.
Check out this recipe that uses only fresh ingredients. It literally only takes about 20 minutes of prep time (and some time to simmer) and it will blow your mind. Promise!
This, probably one of the most popular soups in the US, has several variations. Pictured here is an East Hampton Clam Chowder, which (in addition to the requisite clams and onion and potatoes) also contains celery and carrots. It’s another magnificent and easy recipe that you can make from scratch pretty easily. No more soup from cans. Seriously.
Here’s another recipe from Ina Garten. She clearly knows soup!