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Good Soup Recipes

Updated on March 28, 2015

Easy Good Soup Recipes for Snacks, Lunch or Dinner

Are you looking for good soup recipes? I love soup and so does my family. We eat soup several times a week, it's healthy and a great way to add more vegetables to the diet, it's filling, easy to make yourself and you get to control the ingredients so you avoid preservatives, chemicals and a host of unhealthy items found in canned or packaged soups.

Soup is good food for lunch, snacking or dinner. Making your own soup only takes a large pot and some utensils so it also makes cleaning the kitchen afterwards fast and easy too which is another huge bonus of eating soup often!

Does a good soup remind you of your moms time spent cooking for you when you were younger or your grandmother creating huge batches of your favorite soup for you? Soup has a way of filling the air with delicious aromas and tend to conjure up great memories for many of us. Maybe that's one of the best features of a good soup!

When you love soup, there's no right time of year to enjoy your favorites. Soup makes a great snack for the kids after school, a fast and easy lunch idea or a filling meal for dinner. And when you're just learning to cook, soup is super simple to make and enjoy!

This article will give some of my favorite soup recipes and we'll start with creamy soups and broth based soups and we'll continue to add more good soup recipes and a few of my favorite cooking tools, plus soup pots you'll love, soup tureens for serving soup and soup bowls to make a beautiful presentation for your homemade soup.

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Crab Bisque

Recipe for 4-5 gallons of soup, roughly 76-80 6 oz portions of soup

This recipe takes about one hour to prepare and is well suited to serve a large group such as a shower, wedding, family reunion, a church or community event or other large gathering of friends and family.

Crab bisque is a creamy and velvety, buttery seafood soup with a light orange tint that is sweet, luscious and filling on a cool day or any day!

Recipe ingredients you'll need:

2 large carrots (peeled and diced)

2 pounds butter

8 oz brandy

2 Tbs. hungarian paprika

pinch of sea salt

pinch of white pepper

3 gallons 2% milk

1 1/2 - 2 pounds claw meat crab

large 5 gallon stock pot

medium 3 gallon stock pot

12" sautee pan

In a large saucepan, add the milk and heat to 140 degree temperature.

All-Clad E796S364 Specialty Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe 12-Quart Multi Cooker Cookware Set, 3-Piece, Silver
All-Clad E796S364 Specialty Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe 12-Quart Multi Cooker Cookware Set, 3-Piece, Silver

All clad is superior cookware and if you just need a large stock pot or the perfect soup pot, look no further with this line that is more affordable, nice looking and lighter weight. This soup pot not only makes 12 quarts of soup but, is the perfect pot for pasta, stews, corn on the cob or cooking for large groups. The steamer baskets large and small give you an extra pot for straining or steaming asparagus or any other vegetable perfectly with lots of room to keep your produce intact. Stack them inside each other for storage and super easy to clean and keep stainless steel shining for years. A beautiful gift for newlyweds, yourself or your favorite cook or chef!


All-Clad Stainless 12-Quart Multi Cooker with Steamer Basket - One giant soup pot cooks soup and so much more!

Huge savings for all this stainless steel cookware - one All Clad pot is usually more expensive than all these together! My husband is a Professional Chef and uses All Clad Cookware at our restaurant and I use it at home (bet you thought the Chef cooked at home!, nope, not here) and we find it superior in heat retention, even cooking, cleaning and nonstick professional cookware and we recommend it and think you'll love it too!

Taylor Commercial Waterproof Digital Thermometer - Cook like the Professional Chefs do!

Taylor Commercial Waterproof Digital Cooking Thermometer
Taylor Commercial Waterproof Digital Cooking Thermometer

This Taylor Commercial Waterproof thermometer reaches up to 450 degrees, perfect for this crab bisque recipe and to check the temperature of any meats you may use.


In a separate 4 gallon stock pot, cut butter into 4 squares add to pot and turn temperature to low. Add the finely diced carrots, cook over medium heat until carrots are halfway cooked (should take 3-5 minutes). Add the sea salt, paprika and white pepper.

Stand back slightly and then Add 8oz (1 cup) brandy slowly to deglaze the pan and add flavor and be careful so it doesn't flame up.

Cook 1-2 minutes to allow alcohol to cook off.

Return to the carrot pot and add the crabmeat, turn to low.

Make a roux in a separate 12 " sautee pan (mix 1 pound melted butter and 1 1/2 cups flour) whisk over low heat until you can smell bread baking or sometimes almonds and it turns lightly brown. Set aside to cool down slightly, removed from the heat.

Return to the milk saucepan, increase the heat slightly and begin to add the roux a little at a time while whisking. Continue until cream is thickened without any lumps and once it's thick, pour it into the carrot and crabmeat pot.

Stir gently to avoid breaking up the crab pieces and pour into serving bowls.


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Ham and Lentil Soup Recipe

Soup is good food!

Ham and lentil soup is hearty and healthy for you.

Lentils are great food that offer protein and fiber for your diet. The lentils in this recipe per serving contain 9.5gm of carbohydrates, 4.5 gm fiber, 4 gm protein, no sodium, no fat and no cholesterol. You can also eliminate the ham and simply make this a vegetarian recipe without it.

For Ham and lentil soup recipe you'll need:

8 oz. lentil beans

3 stalks of celery (peeled and diced)

1 small onion (peeled and diced)

6-8 medium sized carrots (peeled and diced)

1 ham steak

pinch of sea salt and whole pepper

1 bay leaf

Non stick cooking spray

Rinse the lentils in a bowl to remove any small particles or foreign material that may have entered the package during the processing (this is customary with all beans since the commercial equipment used to clean the beans occasionally misses a particle or two). Rinsing and removing these items is quick and easy.

Use a large stock pot (10 qt or 2.5 gallon) and spray the bottom slightly with a canola oil or extra virgin olive oil cooking spray, add a medium heat.

Add the ham steak to the bottom of the pan and cook on both sides until browned evenly.

Once the ham is browned, add the onion, salt and pepper along with 1/4 cup water to cook and carmelize the onions.

Continue cooking until a brown liquid begins forming, then add an additional 1 cup of water.

Add the carrots, celery and lentils along with 1 cup of water.

Cook for 5-10 minutes longer and notice the broth color starting to get a light brownish.

Remove the ham steak gently onto a cutting board, allow to cool until you can handle it, dice into small pieces, trimming off any fat.

Return the ham pieces back into the stock pot. Ham already contains salt (sodium) so taste before adding more salt.

Fill the stock pot 3/4 full with water, turn heat to simmer and continue to simmer for 1-2 hours until the vegetables and lentils are soft.

Pour a ladle full of lentil soup into your favorite bowl, garnish with fresh parsley and serve with a large salad or a slice of artisan bread.

Vary this recipe by adding fresh diced tomato if you like.


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The Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler
The Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler

I love cooking with gourmet sea salts, they're so much better than refined salt, less is more as it only takes a pinch to get the salty flavor you want in soups, salads, grilled items. The gourmet sea salt sampler is an amazon customer favorite and makes a nice gift for the cook.


Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is another hearty soup that is good for you too. Per serving, this recipe provides zero fat or cholesterol, 25 mg of sodium, 27 gm of carbohydrates, 11 gm of fiber and 11 gm protein, with 1 gm sugar. Additionally, there is 8% Vitamin A and 15% Iron.

Split pea soup ingredients you'll need:

1 pound bag of dried split peas

1 small onion (Vadalia or other sweet onion), peeled and diced

6-8 medium sized carrots (peeled and diced)

3-4 celery stalks (peeled and diced)

3-4 celery leaves

pinch of sea salt and cracked pepper

1 bay leaf

Soak the split peas in water and sort through them to remove any foreign material that is commonly found with the dried peas. Rinse and remove all water.

Spray the bottom of a large stock pot (10qt or 2.5 gallon) with your favorite cooking spray (canola or extra virgin olive oil) and place pot on medium heat.

Add onions, carrots, celery, celery leaves, bay leaf, salt and pepper.

Cook down roughly 5-10 minutes.

Add 1 cup water and continue cooking another 5 minutes.

Add split peas and fill the stock pot 1/2 full with water.

Stir occasionally.

Continue cooking approximately 1 hour until the vegetables are soft and the peas puree themselves. Remove celery leaves before serving.

Vary this recipe by adding ham if you like. Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley or for a splurge add a dollop of sour cream if you like.

Enjoy a hearty bowl of split pea soup with your favorite salad, healthy sandwich or artisan bread.

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Vegetarian15 Bean Soup

This is another broth based soup that is fast and easy to make. Use the package of dried beans that already contain 15 varieties of healthy beans such as small and large lima, pinto, navy, light and dark kidney, white, red, black, split pea, garbanzo beans, northern beans, lentils, pink beans. The package contains a seasoning mix without the ingredients listed and I don't use it as I find it way too salty and when I'm unsure of ingredients, I prefer to skip them. Try this instead and if you need additional spices, feel free to add the packet.

This recipe will help you and your family eat more vegetables and beans for protein and healthy energy!

The dried beans in 15 Bean Soup contain .5gm fat, no cholesterol, 9 gm fiber, 8 gm protein, 20gm carbohydrates. Plus 1 gm sugar and 70mg sodium (most probably from the spice packet).

Ingredients for Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup:

8 oz package of 15 dried beans

1 small onion (peeled and diced)

1 or 2 petals of garlic (peeled and diced)

4-6 medium sized carrots (peeled and diced)

3-5 stalks of celery (peeled and diced)

6-8 plum tomatoes (diced)

1 small zukini (peeled and diced)

2 handfuls of fresh green beans (chopped)

Salt and pepper

Dash of chili pepper or hungarian paprika or both

Prepare the dried beans at least 8 hours in advance:

Soak beans in water and remove any foreign materials. Allow to soak for at least 8 hours to soften or leave out overnight.

Spray the bottom of your stock pot with any nonstick cooking spray and add medium heat.

Add one third of each of the vegetables above to the pot.

Add one teaspoon each of salt and pepper and the chili pepper or paprika.

Brown 2-3 minutes, stirring to coat each of the vegetables.

Add 1 cup water and bring to boil.

Fill the pot 3/4 full with water.

Add the rest of the vegetables and the beans.

Allow to cook one hour.

Salt and pepper again to taste.

Meat lovers can add variety to 15 Bean Soup by adding ham, chicken or sausage first by simply browning and then follow the rest of the ingredients listed here. Remove the meat after fully cooked, if you decide to add it, allow to cool, dice into bitesize pieces and return to soup. Other variations include using any variety of your favorite vegetables.

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More Great Soup Recipes - You can never have enough Soup!

Talented writers have some great soup recipes too and they're here for your enjoyment!

Please leave me a comment to find your recipe that I can include here, I'm happy to add more great soup recipes!

I welcome your comments on Good Soup Recipes! - Share your favorite soup so we can add a recipe for others here!

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    • RuthieDenise profile image


      5 years ago

      These recipes look really good. I love the lentil recipe.

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @Spiderlily321: You sound just like me, Atreyusmommy! Hope all is well with you:) xoxo

    • Spiderlily321 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love soup! I try to make soup as often as possible. Great lens. Thanks for creating this!

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @Bellezza-Decor: Thank you MiaBellezza for reading, glad you enjoyed this soup article, I've got to get a smaller recipe for that crab bisque here soon!

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Homemade soup is my specialty. Very informative and I think I'd like to try the Crab Bisque.

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @LadyFlashman: We love red peppers and tomatoes so that soup recipe must be delish, I'll let you know when I make it for sure! Nice to see you here today:)

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @dream1983: Thanks dream1983, appreciate it!

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @MyKitchen: That's a great idea!! Thanks

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for dropping by my red pepper soup lens! I hope you will try my recipe, it is yum! I love the look of the crab bisque soup here, I will have to try making it someday.

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      6 years ago

      That's delicious! Great job!

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      6 years ago

      The soup I make the most is 'anything in the pantry" soup

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Any vegetable soups work for me, and home made soup is the best.

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @GentlemenGogoVEVO: Ahhh, gentlemengogovevo! That's such a nice thing to say, thanks! soup is relaxing but, hope you're not too relaxed to put a nice pot of it on the stove:)xoox

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @i Dia1: iDia, that's really nice when the family all enjoys something. It makes meal times so much easier, faster and just nicer. Make some soup soon!

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @getwellsoon: It's one of our favorites getwellsoon, let me know if you try it and thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @squid-pinkchic18: Yay!! That's a good sign and hope you'll make a batch of soup soon. xoxo

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @JoshK47: Thank you for the blessing JoshK47!

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      6 years ago

      I eat soup and i like the vegetables. I love what you wrote and your soup recipes relaxes me :)

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      i Dia1 

      6 years ago

      Nice recipes. I love to make soups. My whole family likes them too.

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      6 years ago

      That crab bisque piqued my interest! Sounds so good, I will have to make some soon!

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      6 years ago

      Yum! I'm instantly hungry for soup now. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      I love a nice, tasty soup. That crab bisque is looking particularly good to me right now, in fact. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you Kim for your visit! It's great that your husband likes to cook with you, love a man that enjoys it. Good luck with your turn next week!

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      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @anonymous: Thanks for your visit and taking the time to comment, Tipi!

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      6 years ago

      I'm a big fan of soups too, especially because kitchen cleanup is a breeze. My husband and I take turns making soup and we're always trying new recipes. He just made ham and lentil this week, as a matter of fact. My turn is next and I'm vegetarian, so your vegetable 15 bean soup looks like a winner.

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      6 years ago

      Yum, I love homemade soups, they are healthy and delicious.

    • vetochemicals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      @Wedding Mom: Thanks Wedding_Mom@! We'll be adding a smaller version of that bisque recipe soon. I hope you'll try it sometime!

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      Wedding Mom 

      6 years ago

      crab bisque sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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