Our Top 10 Favorite Soups from Pioneer Woman

published Feb 27, 2019
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Ree Drummond knows how to feed a crowd. She’s always got cowboys, ranch hands, kids, friends, and surprise guests rolling through the lodge, not to mention the lines of people who snake around the block just for a bite to eat at The Mercantile. It’s old (cowboy) hat to her!

And what better way to fill all those hungry bellies in the middle of a Pawhuska winter than a giant pot of steaming-hot soup? Ree is definitely on to something. Here are 10 of our favorite Pioneer Woman soup recipes to make at home. Leftovers for the win.

Not Panera, but this will do. Plus, this classic creamy soup comes together in the slow cooker! Bonus points if it’s a floral Pioneer Woman slow cooker. Even more bonus points if it’s served in a sourdough bread bowl. Something tells us that Ree would approve of that choice.

Everyone needs a good tomato soup recipe up their sleeves that doesn’t come out of a can. The real stars of the show are the cheesy croutons, which Ree shows you how to make from scratch. Garnish with a fresh sprig of basil, and before you know it Food Network will be calling to offer you a primetime episode slot.

Another slow cooker soup, this time chock-full of yummy Southwestern flavors! According to Ree, “It requires no pre-cooking, sautéing, or browning. You literally throw everything in, turn it on, then go live your life until it’s done.” Top it off with a squeeze of lime and a dollop of sour cream. Are you in?

Ree calls this recipe “One of [her] favorite meatless marvels on the planet.” It’s packed with veggies (duh) and lots and lots of beans. Ree uses kidney, pinto, black, and garbanzo beans in her version. “You can use one variety or 10 varieties, whatever your approach to bean life is.”

Speaking of bean life, here’s an entire soup devoted to the humble black bean. This soup is so simple, flavorful, and comforting. When garnished with bell pepper, sour cream, and avocado, it’s the tops.

Is there anything more nostalgic than a big bowl of hamburger soup? This crowd-pleasing combination is full of ground beef and hearty veggies in a warm tomato-y broth. Ree says “It’s perfect for a perfectly frigid day.”

Looks like we have some competition in the “perfect” soup category. And what would a Ree Drummond recipe roundup be without a soup topped with bacon bits? This soup is like a loaded baked potato in a bowl. You’ll thank Ree later.

Of this recipe, Ree says “Cauliflower is my boyfriend right now.” And honestly, most of America would agree. This recipe also contains bacon. And a bunch of cheese. It looks super similar to the perfect potato soup, but Ree swears they’re different. We’ll have to be the judge of that. Don’t mind if we do.

Ree’s take on classic Tuscan bean soup is packed with kale and topped with sautéed shrimp. If that doesn’t float your boat, she also says that cooked Italian sausage, or even grilled chicken strips, would do.

This list would not be complete without a classic, feel-good chicken soup recipe. Ree says her chunky celery, carrot, parsnip-filled version (which also contains a whole chicken) is good for the soul. We’re not going to wait for a sick day to try this.