Thanksgiving Soup Recipes

From butternut squash and pumpkin to creamy cauliflower and topped with mini grilled cheese croutons, these soups will warm up holiday guests before the big meal.

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Sweet Potato Soup with Matchstick Fries and Frizzled Leeks

Even soup lovers crave a certain satisfying crunch after a while. Chuck adds in fried potatoes and frizzles leeks to address just that issue (while still allowing the creamy puree to stand on its own).

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Aged Cheddar, Pancetta and Sauteed Leeks

If you've only ever used onions in your soup base, leeks will be a welcome change. Cut the potatoes and cauliflower into similarly sized pieces so they’ll cook evenly. Salty pancetta and sharp cheddar add extra depth of flavor.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Chili and Ginger

Coconut milk adds creamy richness to this classic fall soup, while spices keep its flavor from feeling overly heavy. Peel ginger simply by scraping it with the back end of a spoon.

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Spiced Squash Soup

Though vegetarian, this richly flavored butternut squash soup owes much of its unique taste to an array of spices, including smoked paprika, coriander and cumin. The secret ingredient, however, is fenugreek seeds, which add subtle Indian-inspired aroma to this healthy dish.

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Lentil and Caramelized Onion Soup

This soup combines sweet caramelized onions with dense lentils for a hearty duo that'd serve equally well as an app or main course. Garlic-roasted croutons and a heaping portion of Gruyère cheese add savory dimension and turn these bowls into downright indulgent starters.

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Squash Soup

Honey, nutmeg and heavy cream give this soup a decadent dessert-like sweetness, but it still offers the salty satisfaction of a savory side.

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

All you need to create this soup is a batch of seasoned, roasted cauliflower and chicken broth. After a swirl in the blender and a quick simmer, this super-easy soup is ready to be topped with sour cream and served.

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Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Levi Roots' Caribbean-style soup has sweet and spicy notes thanks to creamed coconut chunks and a super-hot chile.

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Pumpkin Squash Soup

David Rocco's squash soup is thickened by potatoes and heavy cream, then topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and, for the wow factor, truffle oil.

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Porcini Soup

Overflowing with comforting, earthy flavor, this Italian mushroom soup is all about highlighting the fresh quality of a few simple ingredients.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This classic butternut squash soup from Michael Chiarello will become a staple in your home. Toasted spice rub and molasses give the rich broth incredible depth of flavor.

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Sausage Pumpkin and Arborio Soup

If you're looking to really bowl your guests over (pun intended), give them a taste of Tuscany with this recipe from Rachael Ray.

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Soothing Sweet Potato Soup

Bal Arneson’s sweet potato soup — speckled with fenugreek leaves and fennel seeds — is rich with the flavors of Indian curry.

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Celeriac Soup

Roger Mooking livens mild celeriac soup with herbs, thickens it with potatoes and whipping cream, then sprinkles on nutmeg and black sesame seeds for spiced, nutty flavor.

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Smoked Sausage, Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Soup

A creamy butternut squash soup gains bite with rich, smoky sausage and chewy kernels of corn.

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This rich, thick soup of starchy root vegetables becomes even more comforting fare when topped with miniature grilled cheese crouton sandwiches.

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Rustic Fall Vegetable Soup

Kelsey's vegetable soup is as colorful as it is hearty, loaded with zucchini, winter squash and sweet potato.

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Pumpkin Soup

Two Fat Ladies’ pumpkin soup gains flavor from chicken meat and stock, a crushed garlic clove, onions, and, for a green finish, scallions and thyme.

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Buttery Baby Pea Soup with Pan Grilled Bread

This five-ingredient soup is a simple, rich starter.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Apples and a candied walnut topping add sweetness to butternut squash soup, while a toasted spice rub brings mild heat.

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Ellie adds loads of flavor to her butternut squash soup with curry powder and honey, but keeps things light with a clear broth base and just a drizzle of low-fat yogurt for that creamy effect.

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Ginger Soy Carrot Soup

Tamari is made from fermented soy beans but is thicker, darker and less salty than soy sauce. In Rachael Ray's Asian inspired soup it pairs perfectly with the sweetness of carrot and zest of ginger.

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