For people all around the world, soup is a perfect source of nourishment – be it as a winter warmer during cold spells, or as a light bite in the summer months.
There are countless recipes and flavor combinations that can be utilized, each of them offering something a little different to this classic world dish.
A continually popular choice amongst soup lovers and foodies, creamy chicken soup is the perfect winter warmer, just the ticket for those cold, gray, miserable days when the nights start to draw in and summer seems like a distant memory.
A good winter warmer, a creamy vegetable soup is a great way to provide your family with their recommended intake of vegetables while keeping them satisfied, happy, and full.
Pair with a simple seasoning to really make the vegetables pop!
Asparagus got a tough rap for a long time, with many people not appreciating its true potential and versatility.
This soup acknowledges just one of the many uses for the amazing vegetable, with the strong flavor of the asparagus lending itself perfectly to the dish.
4. Potato Soup
Potato soup can be great on its own with basic seasoning and ingredients, but for those adventurous foodies amongst you, the dish offers the perfect blank canvas for experimentation with different ingredients and flavor palettes.
The more and more you consider it, why wouldn’t these ingredients lend themselves to a chunky, creamy soup?
This offers you the option to go down several options with sauces, spices, and seasonings too – lean into tomatoey flavors for that ketchup feel, add the spice for a southwestern burger feel, or add a tangy relish for that extra bit of kick.
The chicken pairs excellently with the pasta dough and potato filling, giving the dish a brilliantly textured, creamy, comforting flavor you won’t be able to forget.
Add additional seasonings, such as herbs, salt and pepper to really bring out the flavor of the chicken.
Offering those spice lovers that extra kick they crave, and with an interesting flavor palette and texture akin to a deconstructed chicken taco, this dish might just be the one to change the minds of any naysayers who consider soup a boring dish.
Another versatile vegetable perfect for soup is broccoli, and in this instance it has been paired with chicken soup to add a chunkier texture to the dish, and to give a tasty, fresh accent to the flavor palette.
Tomato soup is arguably the most famous, and most popular flavor of soup in the world. It is the flavor that most people would probably associate with the dish, and remains a classic of the culinary ‘genre’.
The creamy version in particular is the perfect winter warmer, and offers a similarly wide scope with regards to seasoning and spice.
10. Creamy Corn Soup
Corn soup might sound boring, but with the right seasoning and ingredients can be a great comfort food and winter warmer for you and your family.
Offering versatility, this can also be customized in any way you wish!
If you like a little more texture to your soup, then you might like this creamy chicken and rice ensemble, which feels more like a risotto than a traditional soup.
The chicken adds the much needed rich taste, and the rice gives just enough body to make the dish more filling and comforting than perhaps the average bowl of soup.
This recipe feels especially contemporary, due to the inclusion of kale – a well known and popular super food – and the general healthiness of the dish and the light, satisfying flavor palette really lends itself to spring/summer climates and light lunches with friends.
The relative neutral flavors of the beans and the kale mean that you have numerous options for seasoning and customization, even spices if you are really feeling adventurous.
13. Reuben Soup
This soup recipe takes inspiration from that classic east coast dish, with a base of corned beef to add richness, texture, and flavor, and the cheesy, creamy sauce setting a wholesome, comforting tone to the dish that will leave you full and satisfied for the rest of the day.
Another hearty meat option, this ham and potato soup is a great winter dish, putting some extra padding on your insides to protect you from the cold, icy blasts of the evening.
When slow cooked, the ham literally melts in your mouth, making it the perfect partner to the rich, thick texture of the potatoes and the chewiness of the accompanying vegetables.
Cheese and broccoli has become a great pairing in recent years, and one that is enjoyed by many around the world.
Stemming from cauliflower cheese, the creaminess of the cheese perfectly complements the freshness of the broccoli – which can be cooked until soft or left al dente depending on your preferences.
A somewhat divisive flavor of soup, creamy mushroom soup is still a classic dish enjoyed by many around the world.
The trick to creating a good mushroom soup is really in the seasoning, and the way that this is done can be a great decider in whether mushroom skeptics will love or hate it.
Season simply with salt and pepper to bring out the flavor of the mushrooms, or pair with mustard to add extra kick.
For spice lovers, as well as fans of Mexican food, this creamy green chile enchilada soup is a great way to really liven up a simple soup dish.
The green chiles create a spiciness and a kick that adds excitement, while the creaminess of the mixture helps keep the flavors in line and stops them from being overpowering.
This is a complex and flavorsome dish, and one you will want to try again and again.
A distinctly American dish, the chicken pot pie has become a national favorite, and can be a great way of creating chicken soup with a twist.
The secret to this is to create a standard chicken and vegetable soup, making it creamy and indulgent, before sprinkling either crackers, pastry, or toasted croutons on top to give a great difference in texture and flavor.
Butternut squash is a commonly used vegetable in soup making, both for its sweet and rich taste and thickening properties, and this recipe offers a slight twist on the classic – taking the sweet butternut squash and combining it with a rich, indulgent cream cheese to add some sour to the sweet and create a flavor explosion you won’t soon forget.
Simply season to bring the most out of these flavors, and sit back and enjoy this simple yet wholesome dish.
Similar in principle to the potato and ham soup further down this list, this creamy potato and bacon soup takes that idea and runs with it.
The main difference is the crispy bacon, which will add a much needed source of natural salt and smokiness to the concoction, perfectly pairing with the creaminess of the potatoes to create something truly delicious.
Minimal (to no) seasoning is required for this dish, as the gorgeous bacon does more than any condiment ever could. Enjoy!
21. Ham & Bean Soup
On the theme of pork products, this ham and bean soup recipe is a great, filling way to keep the cold out and leave you satisfied on those dark, winter nights.
Similar to the classic ham and pea soup, this version offers more texture and flavor through the beans, and creates a thicker, comforting texture to the soup.
Of course, soup is not always for winter. If you utilize summer vegetables you can create something truly suited to the warmer weather, that will leave you full and satisfied.
With the creamy summer squash soup, what you get is comfort and sweetness, which can be paired with similar seasonal vegetables to create more texture, or enjoyed on its own with simple seasoning.
A great Fall soup dish, cream of pumpkin soup can be a great way to use up leftover pumpkin pulp at Halloween (see also our favorite Halloween appetizers), as well as being a nice choice for cozy family meals before trick and treating.
What’s more, the flavor of the pumpkin does a lot of heavy lifting, meaning you don’t need much in the way of additional ingredients to really create a good, tasty dish.
Back to classic Mexican flavor palettes, this creamy chicken tortilla soup is a good way to incorporate some spice and excitement into your ordinary chicken soup, blending peppers, chili flakes, and beans to create something truly mind blowing.
The beauty of this dish is that it welcomes spice, meaning fans of heat can customize the recipe in whatever way they choose.
25. Dill Pickle Soup
For something altogether different, why not try this recipe for dill pickle soup?
What you get with this is the vinegary sharpness of the dill pickles, blended with cream and complementary vegetables to create a memorable, interesting dish that is anything but bland.
Season with salt to get the most from this dish!
Cauliflower very much feels like a natural ingredient for soup, both in the creaminess of the taste when it is sufficiently cooked, but also because of the thickening quality it possesses, requiring very few additional ingredients to create a great soup base.
Cheese would be an obvious pairing for this soup, as well as simple seasoning. Or you could add paprika and chili powder for something entirely different.
This zucchini soup recipe offers an entirely new take on the dish, and when combined with cheese, onions, and light seasoning, can be a subtle yet unforgettable experience for you to enjoy.
The freshness of the vegetables pairs expertly with the creaminess of the cheese, creating a great dichotomy in flavor.
Many people are wary about what meats they can include in their soup, but this goes to show that nothing is off the table.
The smoky, cooked sausages give a great, meaty treat amongst the creamy soup, and the potatoes give it a comforting, wholesome feel to satisfy even the biggest skeptic.
Chicken noodle soup is a popular dish derived from traditional Asian cuisine, and is stereotypically used as a pick me up when someone is under the weather.
However, this soup is made to be enjoyed by everyone, with the doughiness of the noodles creating the perfect accompaniment to your classic chicken soup.
This combination of cooked sausage and tortellini pasta goes to show that the only thing limiting your soup is your own imagination.
While it might sound like an odd combination, this feels strangely right, with the smokiness of the meat and the filling taste of the pasta making this a great dish for those seeking comfort food.
However, if you aren’t a lover of meat and cheese, there are still plenty of options to wet your appetite. Using Vegan cream and fresh seasonal vegetables, this is a great way to enjoy soup that is both ethical and tasty.
Alternatively, if you are on a carbohydrate-free ketogenic diet, soup can still be an option – and a tasty one at that!
The Tuscan flavors of this dish create an exciting flavor palette that will leave you satisfied, full, and still keto, and will leave you wondering why you ever relied on carbs to begin with!
Last on our list, but by no means least, this recipe for creamy roasted carrot soup is a classic for a reason.
The tanginess of the carrots give it a lighter taste, which pairs well with the creamy texture, and when simply seasoned there are few things better than this dish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Gluten Free Ingredients?
Absolutely! The beauty of soup is that it is very versatile, and by following the same recipe, you can make your gluten free counterparts work wonders.
And there you have it, our rundown of the best creamy soup recipes out there.
Soup is a simple yet effective way to feed your family, and can be modified and enhanced in any number of ways to become a wholesome, satisfying dish that you can all enjoy time and time again.