A friend of mine makes an amazing split pea with ham (in her crock pot).
I like to make artichoke soup. It's cream-based.
Butternut squash is a fall favorite.
I also make the most amazing vegetable chowder with turnips, leeks, carrots, celery, and potatoes in a colby cheese base.'
Finally, my husband uses chopped beef (the beef stew meat in the package is fine) for a steak soup featuring beef broth, A1 sauce, and red wine vinegar.
Oh, and what about Minestrone?