Festive Thanksgiving Soups

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

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See the Recipe André Baranowski
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The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite estimates that it serves about 45 gallons of soup at every seating of the annual Bracebridge Dinner. See the recipe Arthur Meehan
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See the Recipe Paolo 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 »

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 »
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See the Recipe Richard Ross
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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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See the Recipe André Baranowski

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. Get the recipe for French Onion Soup »

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 »

Oyster Stew

This dish, made creamy with milk and butter, smells like a beautiful day at the beach.
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Potato Soup This is a flavorful and creamy soup with just the right amount of cheese. See the recipe Christopher 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 Soup
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See the Recipe Penny De Los Santos

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) »

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. Get the recipe for Mushroom Cappuccino (Bouillon de Champignons Comme un Cappuccino) »
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 »

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.

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.

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) »

Escarole Soup

Escarole lends sweet depth to this comforting soup from former Saveur executive editor Dana Bowen. Get the recipe for Escarole Soup »

Poblano Chile Soup (Sopa de Chile Poblano)

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

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 »**

Senate Bean Soup

Senate Bean Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Mushroom-Barley Soup

Mushroom-Barley Soup

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. Get the recipe for Chicken Fricot »

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 »