20 Hearty Soup Recipes for Fall Lunches

20 Hearty Soup Recipes for Fall Lunches

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Kelli Foster
Nov 2, 2015
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Is soup the perfect lunch? It's conveniently make-ahead, and it will bring a touch of home to your desk with its warm nourishment. But there's just one thing that often holds us back from bringing soup for lunch, and that's the question: Will it fill us up? The answer is yes, if you choose the right soup.

Here are 20 hearty soups that will warm you from the inside out — from cabbage and rice soup to chicken soup with fennel and farro. Every bite is loaded with wholesome things, and will keep you feeling full and fed all day long.

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1. Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is one of those meals that defines autumn. This version combines cumin and coriander for spicy warmth, while a squeeze of orange and lime give it a hit of late-fall sunshine. If you want to make it even more filling, add a handful of barley or brown rice to the soup near the end of cooking.

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2. Chicken Soup with Fennel and Farro


Studded with chewy whole farro and slivers of fennel stalks in place of celery, this is far from your average bowl of chicken soup. (But it comforts just like any good one.)

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3. Red Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is comforting, simple, and easy to throw together with the bare minimum of ingredients. It's the ideal go-to when you want something hearty but healthy.

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4. Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup

The best part about this soup is can roast vegetables with the intention of making it or you can use whatever roast vegetables you have leftover to make it part of your next-day meal plan.

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5. Jacques Pépin's Rustic Leek and Potato Soup

This soup is simple, versatile, comforting, and satisfying — all the best qualities of a meal perfect for chilly days.

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6. Hot & Sour Soup with Mushroom, Cabbage, and Rice

Rich broth, spiked with spicy chili peppers and lime juice, stocked with mushrooms, fragrant rice, and melting strands of cabbage. It's hot and sour, delicious yet simple, hearty yet light — everything you want right now.

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7. Ina Garten's Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup

This soup is rich, satisfying, and will easily remind you of a hearty cream of mushroom soup with all the farro, vegetables, and pancetta.

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8. Chicken Lentil Soup

Not only is this chicken soup delicious and nourishing, but it's also hearty enough to fill you up and keep you satisfied all afternoon long.

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9. White Bean & Bacon Soup

Everything you need to get through winter is right here in one pot. A soup that's creamy, brothy, and chunky, with savory white beans and ham.

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10. Slow-Cooker Celery Soup with Bacon

This quick, easy, and super creamy soup will remind you of traditional potato-leek soup, but with celery standing in for the leeks.

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11. Chunky Italian Wedding Soup with Pasta

From mini meatballs and chunky vegetables, to pasta and a rich tomato broth, it's just too hard to pick your favorite part of this soup.

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12. Hot and Sour Soup

This is the kind of warm, satisfying soup you'll want to eat again and again. It's bursting with flavor, and amazingly easy to pull together.

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13. Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

This seriously satisfying soup in a cinch to make, thanks to helpful store-bought ingredients like rotisserie chicken and potato gnocchi.

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14. Bean, Bacon and Butternut Squash Soup with Swiss Chard

In this rendition of bean and bacon soup, soft cubes of butternut squash and silky shreds of chard add a little freshness, transforming this soup into a comforting and nutritious one-pot meal.

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15. Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

This simple and irresistible puréed soup gets a touch of extra creaminess from coconut milk, and a lightly spiced flavor from cumin, coriander, and turmeric.

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16. 30-Minute Chicken Posole

Posole is a simple meal that combines everything you love about Mexican cuisine. It's fresh and light, spicy and cool, crunchy and chewy — all in one bowl.

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17. Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

A flavorful tomatoey broth makes the perfect base for this hearty soup that mixes warm tortellini with crumbled sausage. This is exactly the kind of lunch that will carry you through a tough afternoon.

18. Mushroom and Barley Soup

To give the broth incredibly rich, umami-forward flavor, this quick soup relies on dried porcini mushrooms along with the fresh mushrooms.

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19. Cuban Black Bean Soup

This recipe is best cooked low and slow, eventually rewarding you with a soup that's irresistibly creamy with deep, rich flavor. This is one to make, eat for a few days, and then freeze as a little care package for your future self.

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20. Turkey Tortilla Soup

This soup is really a collection of leftovers: freezer treasures, half an avocado for garnish, the end of a bunch of cilantro, and the last crushed pieces of a bag of tortilla chips — although you'd never know from looking at it, and definitely not by the taste.

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