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"Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living…for soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish." – Louis De Gouy, The Soup Book (Dover Publications, 2011)

Nothing beats the soulful goodness that a bowl of homemade soup can bring.

Whether it's the aroma of simmering chicken noodle soup that draws your entire family into the kitchen, or the fresh zest of chilled tomato and yogurt soup that's perfect for a garden brunch, good soups have a special place in our hearts and homes.

From our largest collection of soup recipes ever, find the right soup below to match every occasion, ease of preparation, and budget. Let our best soup recipes inspire you to get cooking.

Vegetable and fruit soups:
  • Asparagus Cream Soup - Tender young asparagus yields the best results. If you don't have homemade Chicken or Vegetable Stock, substitute commercial sodium-reduced stock.
  • 20-Minute Tortilla Soup - Garnish with chopped avocado, shredded Cheddar cheese and a dash of hot pepper sauce.
  • Autumn Leek and Carrot Creamed Soup with Chive Oil - Alternatives to garnish this autumn soup could be crispy bacon sprinkles, chopped herbs or even just a dollop of sour cream.
  • Beet and Buttermilk Soup - This glorious pink soup is delicious with traditional dill or fresh coriander.
  • Bok Choy, Mushroom and Tofu Soup - The stock for this soup should be light in flavour. Serve the soup alongside the dumplings, as you would a side vegetable.
  • Broccoli Soup - Made with frozen broccoli, potatoes, onions and skim milk, this soup can be made any day of the week with ingredients that can be kept in your pantry and freezer.
  • Broccoli Tortellini Soup - Warm soothing soup is a perfect lunchbox idea for chilly fall and winter days — and it takes less than 15 minutes to make.
  • Butternut Cream Soup - This satisfying soup gets its creaminess from pureeing the vegetables and not from added cream. The swirl of red pepper garnish adds colourful flair.
  • Carrot and Dill Soup - Pack this quick nutritious soup in a vacuum bottle to enjoy with a slice of whole wheat bread for a warming lunch.
  • Carrot and Lots of Garlic Soup - This soup is so tasty that you may want to try it not only as a quick weeknight vegetarian supper (with crusty bread and a salad) but also as a first course when entertaining.
  • Carrot Soup with Basil Pesto Swirl - Pesto adds pizzazz to this classic fall soup and is a great way to use up the last of the basil from the garden.
  • Carrot, Leek and Rice Soup - This soup is so simple, so easy to simmer up and so good.
  • Cauliflower Soup - This soup skips the frying step so less fat is used and nutrients are preserved in the stock.
  • Celery Root Soup with Parsnip Chips - Substitute Jerusalem artichokes for celery root in this leek-infused soup recipe. Pair with fried parsnip chips for a great side.
  • Cheddar and Leek Soup - This rich and intensely flavoured English-style soup will become a winter favourite.
  • Cheddar Chili Soup - Cheddar originated in England, but Canadian Cheddar is now more famous worldwide. Corn chips or tortillas make a great crunchy accompaniment to this fabulous soup.
  • Chilled Carrot Soup with Parsley and Chives - This smooth blend of carrots and chicken stock takes just minutes to make and keeps in the refrigerator for several days.
  • Chilled Spiced Peach Soup - This refreshing, subtly sweet soup is the perfect starter or dessert soup. For optimal flavour, use extremely ripe and juicy peaches.
  • Chilled Tomato and Zucchini Soup with Yogurt - Serve this pretty summer soup in clear glasses.
  • Chunky Gazpacho Soup - You can substitute field cucumbers in this spicy soup, but be sure to seed them. Tote the soup to the picnic in a chilled flask and pack the garnish separately.
  • Chunky Vegetable Barley Soup - A smoked turkey leg or drumstick adds richness to the simple broth that forms the base of this hearty root vegetable soup.
  • Corn Soup with Red Pepper Swirl - Choose the freshest, darkest yellow corn to give this soup a pretty colour and creamy texture.
  • Cream of Asparagus Soup - This is an ever-popular classic that's wonderful as an appetizer – hot or chilled.
  • Cream of Celery Soup with Blue Cheese - Serve this soup hot on cold days or cold on warm ones. Organic celery is highly recommended.
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup - Dried mushrooms add even more flavour to the fresh mushrooms in this creamy, delicious soup. Save the shiitake stems for the stockpot.

25 more Tested Till Perfect vegetable and fruit soup recipes:
  • Cumin Chickpea Soup - Lovers of hummus will really appreciate this mildly spiced sesame-flavoured soup.
  • French Onion Soup - This classic soup isn't hard to make, and it's a good way to use up stale bread.
  • Fruit Soup - This is pluma moos, a favourite Mennonite dried fruit dish.
  • Garlic Soup with Parmesan Croutons - The abundance of garlic might intimidate you, but just remember that roasting develops its nutty, caramelized flavour.
  • Ginger Noodle Soup - Finish with sliced fresh fruit.
  • Herbed Mushroom and Gorgonzola Soup - This luscious soup is a perfect introduction to blue cheese for those who have not yet discovered their love of it.
  • Hungarian Potato Soup - Either warm or cold, this thick, creamy soup, with its vibrant accents of vinegar and sour cream, makes taste buds sing.
  • Irish Root Soup with Cashel Blue Cheese - Rich with vegetables, this pureed soup has highlights of Cashel Blue Irish cheese.
  • Onion Mushroom Soup With Cheese Croutes - A combination of sweet onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese make this an instant comforting classic.
  • Parsley, Sweet Onion and Watercress Soup - Flecks of parsley shine through in this delicate spring soup. The watercress cooks in the broth just to add flavour before being strained out.
  • Peasant Soup - If you like, substitute 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh mint or dill for the dried mint; add with the parsley.
  • Pumpkin Apple Soup - Made with sugar pumpkins or butternut squash, onions and apples, this creamy soup has the perfect balance of sweet and slightly savoury.
  • Roast Carrot and Tomato Soup Shooters - Serve this dairy-free soup in demitasse or espresso cups. You can also garnish with small herbed croutons.
  • Roasted Parsnip Soup - The convection oven gives roasted vegetables a crisp exterior in this soup, and enhances their natural sweetness.
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup - Although it takes a little time for the vegetables to roast, you can set the table and toss a salad in the meantime.
  • Root Cellar Soup with Canadian Blue Cheese - Made with diced rutabagas, potatoes and carrots, this luscious soup provides the perfect base to showcase local Canadian cheese.
  • Rosemary Zucchini Soup - This soup will have you hoping for a bumper crop in the vegetable garden. Its creamy texture comes from the rice, not cream.
  • Spiced Apricot Dessert Soup - Tender apricots float in a pool of clear, subtly spiced dessert broth. This Korean-inspired dessert has a touch of the exotic and a lot of class.
  • Strawberry Melon Soup with Mint - This refreshing fruit soup, made with cantaloupes, strawberries and orange juice, is great for a sunny summer afternoon on the patio.
  • Succotash Soup - Make this hearty soup vegetarian by replacing the called-for amount of chicken stock with your favourite veggie brand.
  • Swiss Chard Soup - Did you know that Swiss chard is a member of the beet family? It's also an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid and magnesium.
  • Tomato and Fennel Soup - This rustic, hearty soup fills the kitchen with tantalizing aromas.
  • Tomato Pepper Tortilla Soup - Look for the Mexican ingredients in Latin American markets and specialty stores. Toasting the dried peppers removes any bitterness and adds flavour.
  • Tomato Vegetable Soup - Tomatoes provide the perfect base for this delicious vegetable soup, made with mushrooms, small shell pasta and lima beans or peas.
  • Wild Leek and Potato Soup - Wild leeks have a nice garlicky flavour in comparison to regular leeks, so this simple soup needs few ingredients to taste delicious, either hot or chilled.
  • Yukon Gold and Mushroom Soup - Shiitake caps are the most woodsy mushrooms available in produce sections.


Meat and seafood soup recipes:
  • Bean and Ham Hock Soup with Kale and Croutons - The flavour of ham permeates this hearty soup.
  • Beef and Cabbage Soup - Perfect for warding off the winter chills, this hearty soup is ready in half an hour.
  • Beef Ramen Soup - Fresh grilled steak tossed with veggies, ramen, beef stock and a splash of teriyaki make this savoury soup a quick comfort classic.
  • Beefy Vegetable Noodle Soup - Rich with noodles and vegetables, this chunky soup needs only a slice of crusty bread to make it the perfect hearty meal.
  • Beet Soup with Smoked Sausage - If you have this soup ready and waiting to just be heated up on your return, stir in chopped green onions and sour cream.
  • Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup - Kielbasa sausages add a burst of flavour to this filling soup made with shredded cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions.
  • Catalan Soup - Earl Johnson collaborated with two students, one Spanish and one Portuguese, to refine this vegetable-and-chorizo soup.
  • Chinese Hot and Sour Soup - Strips of mushrooms, noodles, tofu and pork float in this flavourful broth. Streamers of egg make this even more authentic.
  • Clam Soup - Portuguese cuisine celebrates seafood, usually cooked in a simple and direct manner, emphasizing its freshness and flavour.
  • Classic Pea Soup with Ham - This flavourful, chunky yet smooth soup simmers away when you're relaxing around the house.
  • Dutch Meatball Soup - Catherine Van Hezewijk, mother of test kitchen home economist Susan, often makes this traditional soup, which is the inspiration for our streamlined version.
  • Hot Spicy Soup - This soup is loaded with authentic Thai flavours but can be made with mainstream ingredients.
  • Kale, Bean and Sausage Soup - Chopped kale is the star of this supper soup, made together with white kidney beans, potatoes and summer sausages.
  • Maritime Medley Seafood Soup - Bring Nova Scotian shores to your kitchen with this vividly coloured and flavoured soup.
  • Oyster Soup with Sherry Cream - Begin your special occasion dinner with bowls of this velvety-smooth soup that's both decadent and elegant.
  • Pizza Soup - Shredded mozzarella cheese for the top and a buttered whole grain roll are welcome and filling additions.
  • Potato and Arugula Soup with Chorizo - The spiced flavour of arugula adds a lift to this velvety soup. Serve with Red Pepper Corn Bread Muffins.
  • Shrimp and Lime Soup - For a stronger zing to this sweet-and-sour soup, serve with a wedge of lime to squeeze onto each bowlful
  • Southwest Pulled Pork Chili Soup - This hearty soup-stew version of pulled pork has a rich, smoky tomato broth with a little kick.
  • Spaghetti and Meatball Soup - This hearty soup has all the elements of a big pot of spaghetti and meat sauce.
  • Split Pea and Ham Soup - A ham bone lends smoky flavour to the soup. The tangy garnish adds a little zip. Or just sprinkle the soup with croutons.
  • Thai Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp - Perfect for entertaining, this lightly spiced soup can be prepared a few days in advance.
  • Vegetable Beef and Rice Soup - Imagine the pleasure of coming home on a cold winter's evening to a steaming bowl of this chunky soup of beef and vegetables.
  • Wonton Soup - Serve with Egg and Radish Salad, and finish with a Strawberry Rhubarb Compote.


Chicken soup recipes:
  • Asian Chicken Noodle Soup - This meal in a bowl can satisfy any finicky soup lover by offering separate garnishes, such as bean sprouts, watercress, tomato wedges or pea shoots.
  • Chicken and Clam Soup - Clams play a major role in Taiwanese cuisine. This dish has the unusual but delicious combination of chicken and clams.
  • Chicken and Gnocchi Soup - This rustic chicken soup is made with fresh gnocchi and wonderfully paired with a Spinach Gremolada.
  • Chicken and Rice Soup - Create a flavourful, intense broth using a whole chicken, then use it in a hearty soup for dinner.
  • Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup - This thick, hearty, ultraquick soup makes enough for supper plus more to freeze for those busy days ahead.
  • Chicken Meatball Soup with Pasta - A tip for lunch packers: pour boiling water into a vacuum bottle and let warm for 5 minutes while you reheat the soup.
  • Chicken Soup with Lime - Sprinkle soup with sliced warm tortillas and hot pepper sauce and serve with a romaine-and-avocado salad.
  • Chicken Soup with Wontons - This light yet satisfying soup is perfect for chasing away the chills.
  • Chinese Noodle Soup - A few slivered red peppers add colour, and a dash of sesame oil just before serving adds a nutty flavour.
  • Egg and Orzo Chicken Soup - Called stracciatella in Italian, this light and simple chicken noodle soup with threads of egg and cheese is perfect for a sensitive tummy.
  • Filipino Chicken Soup (Tinola) - Tinola, a favourite on Filipino dinner tables, is made in many variations. The soup is traditionally finished with herbal leaves.
  • Italian Easter Soup - Homemade chicken stock poured over egg and Parmesan-dipped toasts makes a lovely, delicate dish.
  • Turkey Meatball Soup - This family-friendly dish appeals to both young and old.
  • Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup - Arrange bean sprouts, basil, chilies and limes on a platter with small bowls of hot sauce and fish sauce to serve.

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