I’m a big fan of soups and I need to have some at least once a week… and I mean all year long. But the colder months of the year literally call for a bowl of hot soup to warm our body and soul, ain’t that true? Since we’re in the middle of fall right now, it would be the best time to try some new soup recipes that you have never cooked before.
And that’s the purpose of this blog post. I’d like to show you 5 of my favorite soups that you definitely should give a try. Some are very simple, some require more time. You might have tried some of these in the past, but some will be completely new to you.
Why Do I Love Soups So Much?
That’s an easy one to answer! First of all, most soup recipes are super easy to prepare and even a cooking beginner shouldn’t have a hard time to cook some.
Soups are great for meal prep and almost all of them can be frozen for laters. Personally, I always cook a large bowl and freeze about one third of it in small containers. Whenever you feel hungry, it takes just a few minutes to have your light dinner ready.
Most soups are kid friendly. I still remember when my kids were young and VERY picky eaters. But they would never say no to a bowl of chicken noodle soup… so you can guess what our freezer looked like 🙂
Soups are very easy to digest and highly nutritious, which makes them the perfect food when you just don’t feel right. Soups are my default go-to food when we get sick.
I could go on, but I’m sure you get the point. Now let me show you some of my favorite soup recipes, each of the photos links to the respective recipe. And you can also explore my entire soup recipe collection.
Let’s start with a video.
I have compiled all 5 recipes into one video so you can watch all the recipes in one go or fast forward to the one you’re interested in.
Let’s proceed with the 5 recipes I have selected for this list. You will find a short description for each of them below and if you’d like to see the detailed recipe, just click the name of the soup or the photo.
1. Creamy Garlic Soup Recipe
This is one of the most simple soup recipes to cook. The cooking time is around 45 minutes and the list of ingredients is very short. This garlic soup is very balanced and delicate in taste and you can tweak it to your likings. I’ve used 1 head of garlic, since the one I cooked with had a strong taste, but you can definitely increase the amount to make it more garlicky.
My default toppings for this soup are bread croutons, roasted bacon bits, cheese and chives… but again, feel free to experiment. A fresh slice of bread goes really well with it.
2. Green Bean Soup
Another super simple soup recipe that comes together in about 1 hour. Fresh green beans and fresh dill give this soup its specific flavor. To save yourself some time, feel free to use frozen green beans.
The flavor profile of this soup is both sweet and sour, thanks to the added sugar and vinegar. To intensify the flavor, I added some bacon. This soup also contains boiled eggs and potatoes that make it more filling and thick. One of my favorite ones right there!
3. Tomato Cabbage Soup
Let’s step the game up a bit now. This soup takes longer to prepare and it’s a little bit more complicated. On the other hand, it’s so thick and flavorful that it can easily replace a main course. Some would say it’s more of a stew than soup, mainly because of the pork shoulder that goes in.
This “red cabbage” soup recipe comes from my grandmother who used to cook it for us pretty much everytime we showed up for a visit. And it’s still one of my favorite soup types to this day. Give it a try, I’m sure you will love it too.
4. Mixed Vegetable Soup with Dumplings
This one is very easy to cook again and takes roughly 1 hour from start to finish. This soup contains a LOT of vegetables and it’s very versatile and easy to customize. You can follow my tried and tested combination of veggies or change some.
This vegetable soup recipe comes with semolina dumplings and I strongly recommend not leaving these out. They are super easy to make and definitely make this soup special. For the best result, you should use fresh veggies but frozen ones work great too.
5. Thick Bean Soup Recipe
Let’s wrap this list up with my bellowed bean soup that contains smoked pork ribs. This soup recipe takes the most time of all 5, but it’s well worth it! The main reason for the lengthy preparation is the fact that we need to soak the beans in advance and then there are the pork ribs… these take quite long to cook and become tender.
Other than that, the cooking process is fairly simple and straightforward, just like with any soup recipe out there. When serving this bean soup, I’m adding pasta noodles on top which is an optional tweak to make it even more filling and comforting.
And that’s it for today.
I hope you will give some of these recipes a try! If so, please leave a comment for me below, I’d love to hear from you.
And let’s not forget I have more soup recipes for you here on my blog. Check out all of them.
Thanks for reading and see you next week!