16 Essential Soup Recipes for Fall

(Image credit: Christine Han)

While I will happily dip my spoon into a warm bowl of soup all year long, there is no time more satisfying and comforting than right now in the early days of fall. Now is when I trade the light, summery soups for ones loaded with hearty fall veggies, warm spices, beans, and grains.

From sweet potato chowder and roasted vegetable soup, to mushroom and barley soup and a slow cooker chicken tortilla number, these are the 16 essential soup recipes to take you through fall.

Creamy Soups

Lush, velvety-textured soups have a way of feeling totally indulgent — but it doesn’t always mean they are full of cream, butter, or even coconut milk. Starchy or puréed vegetables are another way to get there. This season lean on sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkin for creamy soups.

Mushroom and Barley Soup(Image credit: Jerrelle Guy)

Brothy Soups

Slow-simmered brothy soups win my heart every single time. From these early fall days straight on through winter, you’ll want to make these recipes over and over again. They’re filled with a mess of seasonal ingredients that leave your kitchen with with a warm, earthy aroma.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup(Image credit: Brie Passano)

Slow Cooker Soups

Soup is just one of so many reasons you need to pull our your slow cooker ASAP. Whether you’re after a recipe that can simmer all day while you’re at work, or one that’s ready in a few hours, there’s one just right for you.

Jacques Pépin’s Rustic Leek and Potato Soup(Image credit: Melissa Ryan)

Quick and Easy Weeknight Soups

Once the slightest chill hits the air in early fall, my cravings for soup are immediately on the rise and soup night becomes a regular occurrence in my meal plan. For those nights, I lean on a roster of soups that get some help from grocery store shortcuts and can be pulled together in about 30 minutes.