60+ Warm & Comforting Soup Recipes for Fall and Winter

updated Oct 4, 2022
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two bowls of Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Tahini and Feta
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Soup may very well be the perfect food to get you through fall and winter. It warms you on a cold day, sustains you when you’re sick, helps you feed a crowd, and makes easy-to-eat leftovers. We love a “throw-it-all-in-the-pot” stone soup, but we also appreciate a soup with a bit more forethought. For those occasions, we humbly present this list of our very favorite soups: brothy delights, creamy chowders, veggie-packed broths, hearty stews, and more. Here are more than 60 warming, comforting, delicious and especially hearty soup recipes for every occasion.

3 Tips for Making Soup from Scratch

  1. Use good-quality broth. For a full-bodied flavor, use homemade chicken stock or vegetable broth or a quality low-sodium store-bought broth. If you’re in a pinch, even a 10-minute broth will add flavor and body.
  2. Have a freezer plan. If you’re tempted to stash a few servings of soup in the freezer, know that some types of soup freeze better than others. The noodles in pasta-packed soups, once frozen and thawed, will devolve into a mushy mess — so eat them within a day or two. Chowders and other soups with milk or cream can turn grainy when thawed. Still, almost any soup can be frozen if you plan ahead. Simply prep the soup up to the point of adding the pasta or dairy, then freeze. After thawing, continue with the recipe, adding the remaining ingredients.
  3. Use the right equipment. A heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven is a must-have for any serious soup chef. The heavy bottom means more even heating, which helps with browning ingredients to build a flavor base. If hands-off cooking is more your style, invest in a slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker.

Satisfying Slow Cooker Soups

Come home to dinner simmering in the slow cooker. This hands-off approach is ideal for turning pantry staples into rich and flavorful broths.

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
A hearty root vegetable soup that's incredibly versatile — and perfect for meal preppers.
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Sausage and Lentil Soup
This soup is inspired by sausage and white bean soup, but we gave it a Southern twist by adding a pack of Andouille chicken sausage.
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Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
This slow cooker recipe make you fall in love with the bean and pasta Italians know best.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
A warm bowl of chicken enchilada soup, made in the slow cooker, tastes like you're eating an enchilada with a spoon.
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Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
This easy slow cooker lasagna soup is everything you love about the classic Italian casserole, but it's so much easier to make.
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Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup
This slow cooker twist on classic potato soup is the perfect fall dinner for a crowd.
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Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup
This is wholesome comfort food at its finest, with a taste and texture that's equal parts hearty as can be, yet bright and totally nourishing.
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Gingery Tofu Slow Cooker Soup
The fragrance of this warm gingery soup perfumes the kitchen, rejuvenating you after a long day.
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Everyday Green Vegetable Slow Cooker Soup
Learn how to make a gorgeous hearty but healthy green soup in the slow cooker with this recipes.
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Slow Cooker Easy Lentil Soup
Wholesome and satisfying, this vegetarian lentil soup is how to reboot after a season of overindulgence.
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Slow Cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup
This slow cooker cream of mushroom soup is an ideal make-ahead addition to your dinner party menu.
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Comforting Chicken Soups

There’s no remedy quite like mom’s chicken soup. We’ve got you covered with restaurant-soup dupes, hands-off slow cooker soups, and everything in between.

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Ginger Chicken Soup with Yuzu Kosho
Classic chicken soup gets more zing thanks to ginger, lemon, and one more special ingredient that brings extra brightness and heat: yuzu kosho.
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Creamy Chicken Soup
Chicken soup with vegetables and herbs is pure cold weather comfort food, and this version takes it up a notch with a luxe, creamy broth.
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Chicken and "Clunkers" Soup
This weeknight recipe starts with boxed chicken broth and a rotisserie chicken for ease and convenience.
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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
A gentle soup, chock full with wild rice and shredded chicken, that is creamy enough without being too light or too rich.
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Chicken, Tomato, and White Bean Soup
This pantry-friendly soup features shredded rotisserie chicken, creamy white beans, and a full bunch of leafy nutrient-dense kale.
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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
This copycat Olive Garden chicken gnocchi soup has everything from the creamy broth to the pillowy gnocchi, chicken, and vegetables.
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Classic Chicken Soup
This chicken soup is miles better than anything from a box or a can, but isn’t quite so laborious as starting with a whole chicken and making stock from scratch.
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Chicken and Rice Soup
A whole chicken is simmered to make a rich broth, tender chicken and rice that is as thrifty as it is lux.
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Real Chicken Soup with a Whole Chicken
If you’ve somehow made it this far in life without making chicken soup from scratch using a whole chicken, then prepare yourself for something truly special. Dinner is going to be amazing.
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Colombian Ajiaco (Chicken and Potato Soup)
The broth for this soup grows deep in flavor first by cooking the chicken, then the potatoes, then simmering the broth with corn and a bunch of cilantro and green onions tied up like aromatics.
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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Made in the Instant Pot, this one-pot chicken noodle soup is just like the classic, loaded with juicy pieces of chicken, chunky vegetables, just-tender egg noodles, and a rich, herb-flecked broth.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup
This classic chicken tortilla soup in one pot uses a few grocery store shortcuts to come together in just about a half hour.
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Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken Soup
This creamy, dreamy slow cooker soup has all the comforts of chicken pot pie without any of the effort.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
Tender chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce crowned with pillowy dumplings, all cooked in a slow cooker.
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Greek Egg and Lemon Soup (Avgolemono)
Assembled from just a few ingredients, this vibrant lemon and egg soup might be better than grandma's chicken noodle.
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Restaurant-Style Ramen at Home
Really good home made ramen don't mean you need to mimic the intricacies of what you find in the ramen shop, but good broth matters. Here's how!
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Vegetarian Soups

From creamy classics to soups topped with crispy kale and mushrooms, these soups are a great way to get your veggies.

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Carrot Soup
Just one bowl of this thick and nourishing creamy carrot soup won't be enough.
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Snookums’s Okra Soup

This dish shines a light on a rather unsung hero of summer vegetable: okra. It gets wonderful flavor from fresh tomatoes and is served over fluffy rice.

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Salt and Vinegar Potato Soup
A vegan and budget-friendly soup that pulls inspiration from a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips.
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Cream of Artichoke

Earthy artichoke hearts are simmered with aromatics, blended, and then strained to deliver a silky-smooth soup.

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Kabocha Squash Soup
The rich texture of a kabocha squash makes it the perfect choice for a velvety blended soup. Enjoy it as a festive fall lunch or light dinner.
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Vegan Roasted Broccoli Soup
Cauliflower and potatoes give this plant-based soup its creamy texture.
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Creamy, Satisfying Mushroom Soup
This soup treats you to a double dose of mushrooms, plus a silky, mushroom-infused vegetable broth that gets partially pureed and kissed with a touch of cream at the very end for just a hint of richness.
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Toasted Grain Soup with Crispy Mushrooms and Kale
This vegetarian soup is supremely satisfying, thanks to a winning combination of veggies, herbs, beans, and grains.
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Tuscan Bread & Tomato Soup (Ribollita Soup)
An easy, satisfying recipe for Tuscan ribollita soup with white beans, kale, and bread.
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20-Minute Pumpkin Soup
The easiest (and tastiest) pumpkin soup, thanks to a can of pumpkin and your spice drawer.
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Classic Minestrone
Minestrone is a soup of scraps, and because the recipe is infinitely changeable depending on what you have, it’s also a soup of the moment.
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Soup from Any Vegetable
If you are craving soup and you have vegetables and broth in your cupboard, you’re all set. You can transform nearly any kind of vegetable into delicious, nourishing soup.
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Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup
In this Southwestern spin on butternut squash soup, cumin and coriander add spicy warmth while a squeeze of orange and lime give it a hit of late-fall sunshine.
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Mediterranean White Bean Soup
A wholesome recipe for vegetarian white bean soup with wilted spinach and Parmesan.
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Tofu-Miso Stew
It tastes and feels like a chicken pot pie, but instead it's a pile of veggies doused in a rich miso gravy.
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Classic Tomato Soup
Served piping hot with a golden-brown grilled cheese sandwich, classic tomato soup conjures up memories of the crisp fall days of our youth.
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Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Soup
Answer the call of creamy comfort food with this nourishing, Whole30- and Paleo-friendly soup.
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Soba Noodle Soup with Mushrooms & Chard
This particular soup comes together rather quickly and is primarily flavored by the mushrooms and ginger. No need to be picky about the type of green being used — chard, kale, spinach, and bok choy all work just fine here.
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Potage Recipe
With a combination of puréed vegetables mixed with heavy cream, this soup is impossibly creamy.
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Miso Soup
Say hello to your newest cold-weather best friend: Miso soup is that salty, savory broth, dotted with green scallions and silky tofu.
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Vegetarian Phở (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)
Between the broth, noodles, and assorted garnishes — like onions, herbs, chiles, and lime — phở (pronounced “fuh” not “foe”) is a wonderful interplay of textures and flavors.
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Better-than-Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup
Panera Bread’s broccoli cheddar soup has something of a cult following, but this one is even better (and vegetarian).
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Carrot-Ginger Soup
A bright and cozy bowl of carrot-ginger soup might just be the perfect dinner to warm you up from the inside out.
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Tomato Bisque
Tomato bisque is like the chic, fancy, grown-up version of good ol' tomato soup.
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Cream of Broccoli Soup

This cream of broccoli soup is lush, velvety, and savory.

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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Tahini and Feta
This pantry-friendly soup swaps the cream for tahini, which not only provides a creamy texture, it gives each spoonful a nutty richness.
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Vegetable Soup
Packed with a rainbow of crisp-tender vegetables, it's light and fresh, yet hardy and warming all at the same time.
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Hearty Soups and Stews

If soup isn’t satisfying unless you’ve need a fork nearby, these are for you. Fill your bowl to the brim with hearty beans, tender braised pork, or cozy curried veggies.

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Moroccan Chickpea and Squash Stew
A hearty, nourishing stew with butternut squash, dried apricots, and fragrant saffron.
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Hamburger Soup
Hamburger, but make it a simple, warming, budget-friendly soup that feeds a crowd.
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Italian Lentil and Chanterelle Soup
This hearty lentil soup with a cheesy mushroom topping makes for a deeply fulfilling yet easy to make midweek meal that can be made ahead and eaten for days.
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Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup)
For a hearty soup recipe, look no further than ribollita.
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Sausage Meatball Soup
A comforting recipe for pasta and mini meatball soup made with Italian sausage.
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Alphabet Soup
Packed with a medley of vegetables and tender pasta, all swimming in a tomato and herb-kissed broth, this soup is comforting, nourishing, and oh-so-fun to eat.
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Pozole Rojo (Red Pork Soup with Hominy)
Pozole rojo dates all the way back from the Aztec times in Mexico, but today it continues to evolve and every cook has a different version.
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Kale and Salmon Coconut Curry
This creamy ginger and turmeric-spiked coconut sauce features salmon and kale. Serve over quinoa or rice for a simple and delicious dinner.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup
From the tender bell pepper to the ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning, this is everything you love about stuffed peppers, in soup form.
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Cuban Black Bean Soup
Vinegar is the secret ingredient in the black bean soup; it makes the soup more creamy and gives it a little “tang.”
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The Absolute Best Instant Pot Beef Stew
Tender beef stew made in the Instant Pot in less than an hour.
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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms
When you get a craving — especially if it’s for beef and barley stew when snow clouds are building outside — it’s best to just give in and make it.
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Slow Cooker Pork & Cider Stew
Pork and apple is such a classic pairing, and this slow cooker stew gets not one, but two doses of apple mixed in.
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Navy Bean Soup Recipe
Add this old-time classic to your go-to autumn soups.
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Chile Verde Stew
Chile verde is more than a simple stew. Pork shoulder is rendered into supple, tender meat after a slow simmer in a sauce of roasted tomatillos, peppers, cilantro, and oregano.
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White Bean & Chicken Sausage Stew
This soup is one of those magical recipes with just a few ingredients, and all the usual suspects — carrot, onion, beans, chicken broth — that nevertheless turns out to have such a deep, wonderful flavor you don’t mind that it makes enough to feed you for a week.
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Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew
This creamy coconut curried stew is full of tender vegetables and chickpeas, along with the warming flavors of ginger and garlic — and it’s vegan!
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Turkey Stew Recipe
A hearty bowl of stew is the most creative way to use up leftover holiday turkey.
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Italian Wedding Soup
This soup is simple to prepare, but has enough flourishes — herby meatballs and a last-minute addition of cheesy egg ribbons — to make it special enough for guests.
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Oxtail Soup
This comforting, hearty soup from Mister Jiu's cookbook is full of meaty oxtails, roasted veggies, star anise, ginger, and two kinds of peppercorns.
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Vegetarian Mushroom Stew

This stew is a hearty mix of mushrooms, nutty chickpeas, and greens in a thick and creamy coconut and tomato broth.

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Cozy Chilis

There’s a chili to satisfy every kind of eater. Texans, avert your eyes, there are beans involved.

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Very Good Chili Any Way You Like It
Whether you like your chili with ground meat or chuck roast, pinto beans or no beans at all, the basic method for making it is the same. Want to make a very good pot of chili? Here’s how.
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The Best Vegetarian Chili
A simple combination of veggies, beans, and spices transforms into an easy, flavorful vegetarian chili.
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Whole30 Chili
Loaded with ground beef, vegetables, and warm spices, this Whole30 chili is a winter essential for anyone who loves bean-free chili.
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Keto-Style Chili
No need to give up chili if you're following a keto diet. A few substitutions make this chili keto-friendly and delicious.
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
This hearty six-ingredient vegetarian chili doesn't skimp on flavor, thanks to smoky ancho chili powder and two types of beans. Plus, the slow cooker does all the work for you.
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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
This is a hearty slow cooker chicken stew with white beans, Southwest spices like cumin and coriander, and a few cans of fire-roasted green chilis.
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Instant Pot Turkey Chili Recipe
Want a fast-cooking chili that tastes like it cooked all day on the stove? Whip out your pressure cooker for this veggie-packed turkey chili.
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Instant Pot Chili
This Instant Pot chili tastes like it's been cooking all day, but it only takes about 45 minutes in the pressure cooker.
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Pumpkin Chili
Stir in some pumpkin puree and you'll be on the fast track to a truly memorable pot of chili.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
This simple chicken chili comes together with just six ingredients. It's perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner, but it's equally as great for feeding a crowd on game day.
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White Rotisserie Chicken Chili
Leaning on a few shortcuts, this is a white bean chicken chili that can be churned out in under 30 minutes.
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Slow-Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
This chili is a winner with its delicious, healthful mix of ground turkey, sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, and chipotles.
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Texas Chili Recipe
This "bowl of red" is made with cubed chuck roast that’s slowly braised in a purée of dried chiles and garlic.
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