Festive Thanksgiving Soups

Our favorite holiday soups, from pureed sweet potato to squash blossom.

See the RecipeAndré Baranowski
The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite estimates that it serves about 45 gallons of soup at every seating of the annual Bracebridge Dinner. See the recipeArthur Meehan
See the RecipePaolo Destefanis

Greengrocer's Soup with Onion, Peppers, Rapini, and Potatoes

A classic soup recipe that hails from Marcella Hazan showcases the unique flavor of each of the vegetables used. See the recipe for Greengrocer's Soup with Onion, Peppers, Rapini, and Potatoes »Christopher Hirsheimer

Squash Blossom Soup

This soup is a close version of the dish served at Tlamanalli de Abigail Mendoza Ruíz restaurant in Teotitlán del Valle, a town about 15 miles northwest of Oaxaca, Mexico. See the recipe for Squash Blossom Soup »Laurie Smith
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Leek and Potato Soup

An iconic soup is adapted from Julia Child's classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I. See the recipe for Leek and Potato Soup »Christopher Hirsheimer

Pureed White Bean Soup

Pancetta and bread crumbs garnish warm white bean soup seasoned with sage and rosemary in classic Tuscan fashion. See the recipe for Pureed White Bean Soup »Paolo Destefanis

Fennel and Potato Soup

As the fennel cooks in the simmering liquid, it breaks down, thickening the broth. You can prepare this dish as a hot soup, but it is just as delicious served cold. See the recipe for Fennel and Potato Soup »M. Ferruccio Carassale

Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin

This recipe proves that the flesh isn't just for pies but makes a delicious soup as well. We found it best to use a heavy pumpkin, with thick flesh that keeps it intact during baking. See the recipe for Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin »Christopher Boas
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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup
Braised onions, bread, and melted cheese are the main components of this timeless dish, which epitomizes the robust cuisine of Parisian brasseries.Helen Rosner

Light Mussel and Pumpkin Soup

Don't try to make this elegant soup with Halloween pumpkins. Instead, try kabocha squash, or Cinderella or cheese pumpkins, often available in autumn at farm stands and specialty markets. See the recipe for Light Mussel and Pumpkin Soup »Martin Schreiber
Oyster Stew

Oyster Stew

This dish, made creamy with milk and butter, smells like a beautiful day at the beach.James Baigrie
Potato Soup This is a flavorful and creamy soup with just the right amount of cheese. See the recipeChristopher Hirsheimer

Strongbow Inn’s Turkey Noodle Soup

Tender, hand-cut noodles are a hallmark of this delicious from-scratch soup. See the recipe for Strongbow Inn's Turkey Noodle SoupJames Oseland
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Zuppa di Verdure all'Agliata (Umbrian Vegetable Soup)

Unlike a classic slow-cooked minestrone, the vegetables are cooked quickly to preserve their bright flavor. See the recipe for Zuppa di Verdure all'Agliata (Umbrian Vegetable Soup) »Penny De Los Santos
Mushroom Cappuccino (Bouillon de Champignons Comme un Cappuccino)

Mushroom Cappuccino (Bouillon de Champignons Comme un Cappuccino)

Michelin three-star chef Alain Chapel wowed author Gael Greene with this innovative "cappuccino", a rich, earthy soup made with mushrooms. To foam the broth, use the steamer attachment on a cappuccino machine, or froth it in a blender.Todd Coleman

Wild Rice Soup with Maple Syrup

A rich, creamy mushroom and rice soup is balanced by the addition of sweet maple syrup. See the recipe for Wild Rice Soup with Maple Syrup »Landon Nordeman
Pear, Shallot, and Delicata Squash Soup

Pear, Shallot, and Delicata Squash Soup

Pear and autumn squash take on savory depth in this elegant soup, brightened by a splash of vinegar and a drizzle of maple syrup.Helen Rosner

Winter Squash and Apple Soup

Winter Squash and Apple Soup
A garnish of fried mushrooms and a drizzle of spiced mint butter adds elegance to a simple pureed vegetable soup.Todd Coleman

Kartoffelrahmsuppe (Spiced Potato Soup)

A creamy potato soup, fragrant with nutmeg and marjoram, gets a zesty kick from a grating of fresh horseradish root. After cooking, it's whipped into a smooth, airy froth. See the recipe for Kartoffelrahmsuppe (Spiced Potato Soup) »Todd Coleman

Escarole Soup

Escarole Soup
Escarole lends sweet depth to this comforting soup from former Saveur executive editor Dana Bowen.Todd Coleman
Poblano Chile Soup (Sopa de Chile Poblano)

Poblano Chile Soup (Sopa de Chile Poblano)

Sweet roasted poblano chiles add smokey depth to this soup made with spinach and enriched with cream.James Oseland

Cream of Tomato Soup

Classic tomato soup gets brightness and body from crushed tomatoes; smoky depth from bacon; and a luxurious finish from a little crème fraîche. **See the recipe for Cream of Tomato Soup »**Todd Coleman

Senate Bean Soup

Senate Bean Soup
This simple bean soup is studded with ham.Todd Coleman

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
Warming, filling chicken soup just may be the ultimate panacea. Cooking the noodles in the broth enriches both the noodles' flavor and the soup itself, which thickens slightly from the released starches.Landon Nordeman

Mushroom-Barley Soup

Mushroom-Barley Soup
A hearty beef stock serves as the base for mushroom and barley soup, a more elegant (but no less satisfying) version of the New York deli staple, elevated with fresh thyme and a squeeze of lemon juice.Landon Nordeman

Chicken Fricot

Chicken Fricot
Chicken and vegetable soup dotted with airy dumplings is a beloved Acadian comfort food. Savory—a pungent, peppery herb—adds a piney zest.Gemma and Andrew Ingalls

Creamy Garlic Soup

Creamy Garlic Soup
A rich soup heavy with garlic and shallots makes a hearty first course or light main dish. Serve it with plenty of crusty bread. Get the recipe for Creamy Garlic Soup »Vanessa Rees