Our 15 Best Spring Soup Recipes, Because Winter Shouldn’t Have all the Fun

Bright, vegetable-packed bowls to get you out of hibernation

Send the hearty winter stews and soup recipes into hibernation and embrace the bounty of fresh spring produce that are showing up at the greenmarket. Whether it’s spring staples like ramps and leeks or the overwintered vegetables that can be even sweeter than their true spring produce counterparts, there are so many exciting ways to celebrate this season’s fruits and veggies. That means spring salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, and of course, these delicious soups. When all you really need to wake up from the grog of winter, we’ve got you covered with everything from cold soba to green minestrone and cream of fennel soup.

Avocado Soup

As ethereal as its origins, this unusual, chilled summer soup is a specialty at the Singular Patagonia, an otherworldly hotel that borders Sena Última Esperanza (or Last Hope Sound). It’s made velvety and rich by the local avocados, which are called paltas. Get the recipe for Avocado Soup »

Italian Bean and Vegetable Soup

In this traditional Lucchese soup, vegetables and beans are slow-cooked until little to no bite remains, making it a rustic, comforting dish. Be sure to give any tougher vegetables all the time they need to scompare, or disappear. The quantities are flexible, so use whatever you have on hand. Get the recipe for Italian Bean and Vegetable Soup »

Cream of Fennel Soup

This rich, smooth soup balances the gentle flavor of fennel with spices and a bracing addition of Pernod. Get the recipe for Cream of Fennel Soup »

Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto

The chef of Lucky Leek in Berlin, Germany, Josita Hartanto makes her minestrone with hearty kohlrabi and briny green olives. The soup is brightened by a fresh pesto, which is stirred in just before serving. Get the recipe for Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto »

Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth

For this deconstructed noodle soup, dip cold noodles into the hot broth, then slurp them quickly—the technique preserves the integrity of the tender, fresh noodles. Get the recipe for Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth »

Cream of Parsley Soup with Fresh Horseradish

Brilliantly green and vibrantly flavored, this simple parsley soup–garnished with fiery fresh-grated horseradish–is the perfect first course for a Passover seder feast. Get the recipe for Cream of Parsley Soup with Fresh Horseradish »

Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro

The recipe for this garlicky bread soup comes from Rosa Filipe of O Barro restaurant in Redondo, Portugal, who claims it is nicknamed “beggar’s soup” because it contains no meat or fish. Get the recipe for Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro »

Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions

Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions

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 »

Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus

Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus

Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa)

This creamy, rich soup is a favorite in Mexico City. In summer it’s usually chilled like a vichyssoise, but it’s also served hot, especially in the cooler months. Get the recipe for Chilled Mexican Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa) »

Cream of Chervil Soup (Kerbelsuppe)

Chervil stems are used to enrich the broth in this simple herb soup. Get the recipe for Cream of Chervil Soup (Kerbelsuppe) »

Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup

A handful of soybeans and fresh spinach lightens up this Chinese restaurant favorite. Get the recipe for Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup »

Cold Yogurt and Herb Soup with Chickpeas

Rice and garbanzos add body to this vegetarian soup laced with fresh greens and herbs. Serve it chilled—as we have done—or, if you prefer, just slightly warmed. Get the recipe for Cold Yogurt and Herb Soup with Chickpeas »

Avgolemono

Avgolemono, a simple Mediterranean soup of eggs, lemons, and chicken broth, is the Mediterranean equivalent of chicken noodle soup. Get the recipe for Avgolemono »

Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup

Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup

Iranian Noodle Soup (Ash-e Reshteh)

This spiced vegetable soup is made with reshteh, Iranian noodles. Get the recipe for Iranian Noodle Soup (Ash-e Reshteh) »

Duarte’s Cream of Artichoke Soup

Blending artichoke with heavy cream makes for a velvety and satisfying bowl of soup. Get the recipe for Duarte’s Cream of Artichoke Soup »

Mexican Fava Bean Soup (Sopa de Habas)

The secret to this soup is a flavorful aromatic base of tomatoes, garlic, and onions—called a recado—that is pureed and fried before the beans go into the pot. Get the recipe for Mexican Fava Bean Soup (Sopa de Habas) »