Hearty Soups That Will Fill Your Bowl With Goodness

Every cozy day calls for soup. Whether it's a crisp autumn afternoon and you're enjoying a hearty helping of butternut squash soup at your local café, or you're grabbing fresh veggies and chicken from the market to make your own pot of chicken noodle, once you're in soup mode, there's no turning back.

The warm and welcoming aroma of homemade soup that fills the entire house is enough to make your mouth water with delight. No matter what time of year it is, nothing beats a lunch or light dinner that consists of a warm bowl of tomato soup paired with a panini-pressed grilled cheese sandwich (to dip, of course), or digging your spoon into a cheesy bowl of French onion soup.

Soup has been around literally forever and has really evolved over the millennia. What started out as a quick, easy, and healthy meal made in one big pot to serve a family is now actually a very trendy and fun dish to prepare with a dizzying array of ingredients and techniques at your disposal (via Food Timeline). There are certainly many yummy soups you probably haven't even tried to make yet, so we've come up with the most delicious recipes that should definitely be on your radar. Plus, one of the best things about preparing soup is the fact that you can make it on the weekend and have several meals to enjoy during the week. You can even freeze some to eat at an even later time, making meal planning all the easier.

Whichever recipe you whip up first, don't forget to complete it with a batch of warm buttermilk biscuits, crackers, or crostini for an elevated soup experience.

French onion soup that's made with wine

This French onion soup recipe is seriously to die for. The presentation alone, with its restaurant-ready slices of baguette floating on top of the soup, is likely enough to coax you into making this recipe the next time you're craving a bowl of soup.

First, you will need to sauté butter with sweet white onions, dried thyme, salt, garlic powder, and sugar. The browned onions will create a wonderfully fragrant and tasty aroma in your kitchen while you're cooking, which is all part of the soup experience. Next, you'll add all-purpose flour and white wine — yes, white wine! — before bringing the soup to a boil with added beef stock and a bay leaf. Each bowl is complete with its own slice of French baguette and melted mozzarella cheese on top.

In less than an hour and a half, you'll have a hearty soup and everyone will be begging for second helpings.

Slow cooker soup that'll remind you of a loaded baked potato

If you're in the mood to break out your slow cooker and just so happen to love baked potatoes, this recipe for slow cooker potato soup will be an instant favorite as soon as you take your first spoonful. The only ingredients you'll need to slow cook the heart of this tasty concoction are frozen diced hash browns, canned mushroom soup, chicken broth, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

The exciting part comes in the toppings and presentation. You can personalize your bowl just as you would a baked potato, adding sour cream, bacon bits, chives, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, or even chopped chicken and steamed broccoli. Choose one or all, depending on how exactly flavorful and colorful you want your soup bowl to be.

Cabbage soup that's as tasty as it is healthy

Not only is this cabbage soup recipe undeniably delicious, but it's also a healthy meal choice for you to prepare. According to Healthline, cabbage is filled with vitamins, including vitamins B6, C, and K. It's also known to help manage chronic inflammation, improves digestion, and is a significant player in the effort to keep your heart healthy.

The fire-roasted tomatoes in this soup, combined with cabbage and dried thyme, create a deeply flavorful combination that you won't be able to get enough of. Additional ingredients include chopped onion, butter, sea salt, carrots, potatoes, and chicken stock.

You can make this soup in just 40 minutes, and it's sure to be a newly coveted recipe. It's a great choice for a meal or even a first course appetizer if you're planning a more involved dinner.

Tomato soup that's best enjoyed with a grilled cheese sandwich

A bowl of this tomato soup paired with a grilled cheese sandwich is quite possibly the happiest food marriage that has ever happened in culinary history. Once you make our tomato soup recipe, you'll never want to look elsewhere.

All you'll need to do to make this soup is sauté onions with a bit of salt and then add bay leaves, garlic, chili pepper flakes, cumin, and fire-roasted tomatoes. Next, you'll add veggie stock and bring this tasty concoction to a boil. Soon enough, you'll have a beautiful pot of tomato soup you can enjoy with your grilled cheese. Garnish the top with parsley for an extra-professional touch.

Chicken noodle soup will never go out of style

Chicken noodle soup is such a classic, whether you're not feeling well or simply want a bowl of goodness to warm the tummy and the soul. You'll be so hooked on this recipe, and the best part is, it can be prepared in just 20 minutes.

Carrots, yellow onion, minced garlic, celery, fresh thyme, oregano, and pepper come together to create a flavorful masterpiece in one pot. Egg noodles then bring this dish full-circle, because that's the best part about chicken noodle soup, right?

Simple vegetable soup that looks oh-so fancy

Don't let the long ingredient list or fancy picture of this recipe fool you, because this simple vegetable soup comes together quite simply. Plus, it's chock-full of vitamins and nutrients that will make your body happy.

You'll need to sauté your vegetables first, including chopped onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, and parsnips in oil, along with Italian seasonings. You'll then add tomatoes, vegetable stock, vitamin C-rich kale, rosemary, bay leaves, cilantro, and thyme. Once your soup is complete, you can serve a salad on the side and have a very impressive meal whipped up in just about no time.

Creamy winter squash soup that'll warm you up on cold days

This creamy winter squash soup recipe hits the spot on particularly cold days when you're craving something savory and sweet. The pumpkin puree and roasted acorn squash combo will instantly warm you up, while hints of clove and cumin will have your tastebuds dancing.

After roasting the acorn squash and scooping out the meat, all you'll need to do is simmer the majority of your ingredients, including pumpkin puree, roasted squash, garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander, cloves, and salt. Then, add lemon juice and vegetable broth to the pot. When serving your soup, don't forget to top each bowl off with a dollop of sour cream and a few toasted pepitas for a really solid, restaurant-quality presentation.