35 Soup Recipes to Kick off Thanksgiving Dinner

updated Nov 15, 2023
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Carrot Ginger Soup with a cream and pine nut garnish, in a bowl
Credit: Laura Rege

Thanksgiving dinner might descend into a face-cramming marathon of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but if you start the meal with a bowl of warm, perfectly seasoned soup, your dinner will feel downright elegant, if only for a moment.

We’ve compiled more than 30 Thanksgiving soups that rely mostly on the hearty vegetables of late fall and early winter — roasted carrots, butternut squash, cauliflower — and dress them up with holiday-worthy garnishes like spicy toasted pumpkin seeds and a splash of cream.

Soups like these freeze well, you can make a few batches this weekend and cross at least one course off your to-do list. However, if you’re making one that does involve cream or milk, just leave it out when freezing and add it to the soup after reheating to prevent it from becoming grainy.

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The Best Potato Leek Soup
Classic potato leek soup has all the comforts of cold weather-cooking wrapped into one — a good bit of butter, slightly caramelized leeks and onions, creamy Yukon gold potatoes, and a splash of heavy cream for good measure.
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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash, sage, and apple join forces in this easy Instant Pot soup that celebrates all the flavors of winter and fall.
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Creamy, Satisfying Mushroom Soup Recipe
This soup treats you to a double dose of mushrooms, plus a silky, mushroom-infused vegetable broth with just a touch of cream for just a hint of richness.
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Quick and Easy Pumpkin Soup
This is the easiest (and tastiest) pumpkin soup, thanks to a can of pumpkin and your spice drawer.
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Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Soup
A generous splash of coconut milk lends nutty richness to this soup while also keeping it totally dairy-free.
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Carrot Soup
A simple ingredient list — featuring sweet carrots, spicy fresh ginger, and creamy nut butter — yields a silky-smooth, bold-flavored soup.
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Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup
You can roast vegetables with the intention of making this soup or you can use whatever roast vegetables you have leftover to make this soup a part of your Thanksgiving table.
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Perfect Potato Soup with Crunchy Kale
This rich and elegant take on potato soup is filled with heaps of melty cheese.
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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
Consider this recipe a blueprint for making any type of root vegetable soup you Iike. If you have a little more sweet potato and a little less squash, that’s a-OK.
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Roasted Tomato Soup
Turn on your oven, toss canned tomatoes in, and roast them until they’re caramelized and sweet, and the result is the ultimate base for a killer tomato soup.
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Butternut Squash Soup
We upgraded the classic soup with a few key ingredients (like apples and pumpkin puree) that makes it even better than any you've tasted in the past.
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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Soup
This comforting winter soup cooks in less than 20 minutes in the Instant Pot, but tastes like it's been simmering away all day on the stovetop.
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Creamy Tomato Soup
Decent fresh tomatoes are hard to find after September, so a reliable tomato soup (one that can be enjoyed year-round) starts with canned tomatoes.
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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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Leek, Potato, and Fennel Soup with Bacon
This soup is comfort in a bowl. Thick, creamy, and fragrant — with the deliciously salty crunch of bacon — this unusual leek, potato, and fennel soup is equally at home at an everyday dinner or a holiday dinner party.
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Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup
From the harvest ingredients to the kitchen-warming preparation, this soup just embodies autumn. Sweet, nutty squash and tart apples are tossed with herbs and spices, roasted in the oven until soft and caramelized, and then pureed into a golden-hued, full-flavored soup.
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A Light & Fresh Ginger Broccoli Soup
This 5-ingredient broccoli soup is the polar opposite of broccoli and cheddar soup, but just as crave worthy.
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Kabocha Squash Soup with Pomegranate and Pepitas
Sprinkled with a colorful and crunchy garnish of pomegranate seeds and toasted pepitas, this Kabocha squash soup will become a quick favorite.
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Fresh Pea Soup
We adore this soup for many reasons. First, it’s a cinch to throw together, requiring only a simple chop for the leek and potato. Second, it uses frozen peas which are usually the freshest and can be found year round.
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Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe

The rich texture of a kabocha squash makes it the perfect choice for a velvety blended soup.

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Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar Soup
It might not be the prettiest, but this puréed soup more than makes up for its homely appearance with the deep flavors of roasted broccoli and extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and a creamy yet cream-free texture.
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Beer Cheese Soup (Bierkäsesuppe)
This soup combines beer, Emmentaler cheese, and rye bread together in one warming, satisfying bowl.
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Red Lentil and Squash Soup with Za'atar Croutons
Za'tar is used to make crunchy, tangy croutons to adorn an aromatic soup of roasted butternut squash and spiced lentils. Roasting the squash intensifies its flavor and sweetness, giving the soup a glorious silky texture that perfectly contrasts with the crispy croutons.
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Sweet Potato and Leek Soup Recipe

The best part of this deeply flavorful soup? Each bowl is topped with crispy potato skins.

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Cauliflower Soup
This easy, creamy cauliflower soup, flavored with garlic and thyme, is naturally dairy-free and vegan.
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Moroccan-Spiced Carrot and Sorghum Soup

Warm spices, sweet potato, and sorghum adds a twist to the basic carrot soup, topping it off with a swirl of tart, plain yoghurt.

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Salt and Vinegar Potato Soup Recipe
A vegan and budget-friendly soup that pulls inspiration from a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips.
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Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

This hearty vegan soup gets a hefty dose of pungent spices and a thick, velvety texture from cauliflower and coconut milk.

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Carrot Soup Recipe
Just one bowl of this thick and nourishing creamy carrot soup won't be enough.
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Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
This blended soup is velvety and deep from the roasted sweet potatoes, warm from the addition of cinnamon and garam masala, and gently spiced with ginger and crushed red pepper.
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Acorn Squash Soup Recipe
Apples and leeks highlight the savory-sweet squash flavor of this soup.
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Vegan Roasted Broccoli Soup Recipe
Cauliflower and potatoes give this plant-based soup its creamy texture.
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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Tahini and Feta Recipe
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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Spinach Soup Recipe
In addition to a kiss of half-and-half, a small potato is the secret to this soup's sensuous, creamy texture.
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Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
You only need a handful of pantry-friendly ingredients to make this hearty vegan soup.
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