Our Top 10 Favorite Ina Garten Soup Recipes

published Feb 13, 2019
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Name something better than a one-pot meal, that feeds a crowd, warms your soul, requires minimal dish washing, and just so happens to have been prepared by Ina Garten. I’ll wait. You can’t think of anything? Me neither! This is why we put our heads together with Ina’s biggest fan (Trent Pheifer from @StoreBoughtIsFine) and whipped up a list of our favorite soup recipes from the master herself.

Here’s what Trent has to say about Ina’s soups:

“Ina has nearly 50 soup recipes, I’ve made all but six, and there are few if any misses. She’s known for her perfect roast chicken, but she also makes a pretty mean and soul-satisfying soup. Her varied options are perfect for any season or occasion, whether it’s her refreshing summertime gazpacho or her hearty minestrone to keep you warm in the depths of winter.”

And now, without further ado, the top-ten best cozy, soul-warming, tastebud-delighting soups from the Ina archives.

Ina loves to serve a soup as a first course, (bonus points if you make it ahead). She loads this creamy mushroom soup with lots of vegetables, diced pancetta, a scoop of créme fraîche, and a glug of Marsala wine to finish it off. It’s best served with a slice of crusty bread.

Keep this recipe from Barefoot Contessa At Home in your back pocket at all times. Topped with avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, and crispy tortilla strips, this soup brings the heat.

I know we say that a lot of Ina recipes are ingenious around here (and they are!), but this tomato and eggplant soup recipe is actually ingenious. Ina makes a big batch of this soup to enjoy one day, and then uses the leftovers as the sauce for her Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Eggplant. She calls it a two-fer!

As Ina would say, this is classic French onion soup “with the volume turned up!” Please sign us up for a bowl of this topped with bubbly Gruyère (obvi) and toasted sourdough. According to Trent, “this soup is even better the second day!”

Somehow only Ina can make something as simple as grilled cheese with tomato soup look and taste utterly gourmet. Not only will your kids love it, but so will you.

Punxsutawney Phil might have predicted an early spring this year, but we’re okay with a long winter if it means we can eat Ina’s winter minestrone on repeat. “It warms my entire body. This soup is my happy place,” Trent says.

When we’re craving the flavors of fall (and have a giant butternut squash we don’t know what to do with), a go-to is a big bowl of this hearty, puréed soup. Trent has opinions about this one: “Trust Ina and get a food mill when it comes to purée. It provides the perfect texture so you don’t feel like you’re eating watery baby food.”

Scoff as you may at Ina’s use of the word “easy,” but she’s not wrong, especially when it comes to gazpacho. This chilled soup with tomatoes, scallions, cucumber, onion and garlic comes together in the food processor. Toasty croutons spread with goat cheese (or in @StoreBoughtIsFine‘s case, Parmesan) are highly recommended. This was one of the first Ina soups that Trent ever made. “It’s still a summer favorite especially when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. It also satisfies my life-long desire to drink salsa straight from the bowl,” he says.

Mark our words, this is all you’re ever going to want to eat on sick days from now on (and also all other days). If you’ve never made matzo balls from scratch before, Ina will walk you through the process and have you feeling like a pro. According to Trent, don’t skip out on making homemade stock. “For most of Ina’s recipes, you can swap in store-bought chicken stock, but the exceptions are her soups where broth is the star. If you don’t want to use three whole chickens (or don’t have a cauldron to accommodate said chickens, the recipe can easily be cut by two thirds.”

To make this cheddar corn chowder even more decadent, garnish it with crispy bacon bits. You will thank Ina later.

What’s your favorite Ina Garten soup recipe?