While soup is mostly associated with winter, here at Delish we’re just as likely to enjoy it in the transition months like spring and fall. In winter, it feels like a staple, but in spring it can be a joy! Freak late season snow storm? Days that start at 65* and drop to 30? Went a little hard at the farmer’s market (we get it, so many fresh veggies!), and have a fridge full of wilting greens? Springy soup’s got your back. Get inspired by our list of 34 soups to take advantage of the bounty that spring brings now. Before you know it, it’ll be summer, and you’ll want nothing to do with soup (except maybe gazpacho).
Carrots, asparagus, and broccoli are all still or coming into season, so we’ve focused on them here. Multiple soups celebrate the bright green vibes of spring, as well, like our green goddess soup. Even our pasta-based soups, like minestrone or turkey noodle soup, are full of veggies. Feel free to add even more!
We’re also mindful of the other meals you’re probably making this time of year, like perhaps an Easter ham or Passover chicken? If you’ve got leftovers, use them to make our split pea and ham soup or tortilla soup.
No matter what soup you go with, there’s no better time than spring for garnishes. Nothing takes your soup from average to incredible than a swoop of yogurt, some fresh herbs, or a topping of crunchy nuts. Get creative!
This is a recipe we come back to again and again: canned coconut milk makes it super creamy and rich, and just a tablespoon of fish sauce adds depth and makes this soup feel that much more special.
Get the Carrot Ginger Soup recipe.
We marry asparagus with a touch of butter and some garlic to soften the grassy notes, simmer it with broth until tender, then blend it until smooth with a healthy dose of cream. What results is a beautiful, soothing green soup that's rich enough to be a light meal or a satisfying appetizer that can be served hot or cold.
Get the Cream of Asparagus Soup recipe.
As far as chowders go, clam and corn tend to get all the love. But over at the Olive Garden, they’ve highlighted the almighty chicken chowder in a beautiful way–by adding tons of vegetables and fluffy, chewy gnocchi. This is almost like making chicken n’ dumplings with half the time and effort!
Get the Copycat Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup recipe.
While most Green Goddess salad dressings rely on mayonnaise and one to two herbs for their creaminess and pale green color, we achieve the same flavor profile by using kale, cauliflower, 4 different herbs, and just a touch of Greek yogurt. The result? A vibrant green soup that’s pretty much a garden in a bowl.
Get the Green Goddess Soup recipe.
With roots in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and England, there are endless iterations of Mulligatawny soup, a brightly colored blended lentil soup with the perfect balance of spicy, creamy and sour with a hint of sweetness. This protein-packed version is completely vegetarian and can easily be made vegan by swapping the butter for canola oil and the Greek yogurt for your favorite soy- or nut-based plain yogurt.
Get the Mulligatawny Soup recipe.
There's something in here for everyone: chunky veggies, a super well-spiced, crunchy nut topping, fresh herbs, and and a touch of fresh lemon zest. Top it all off with fresh herbs (mint and thyme are our favorites, but any will do!) and a touch of fresh lemon zest and you've got flavor on flavor on flavor.
Get the Curried Red Lentil Soup recipe.
Unlike sirloin that gets tough after simmering, beef chuck gets more tender the longer it cooks. Plus, it's cheap!
Get the Beef Stew recipe.
This soup is super filling thanks to quinoa, white beans, kale, carrots, and celery. Vegans and vegetarians, you'll be making this on repeat.
Get the Quinoa Vegetable Soup recipe.
Usually, lobster bisque is made with a stock of lobster shells. Our version is much more streamlined (see: easier and less expensive) and truly just as rich and delicious. The result is a velvety smooth bisque with big chunks of lobster in every bite.
Get the Lobster Bisque recipe.
When early tomatoes start showing up, we can't resist making this chilled soup. Since tomatoes have varying amounts of sweetness and acidity at different times of year, start low with the vinegar amount and adjust to taste.
Get the Gazpacho recipe.
You can make everything in the slow cooker, which means less mess and less work. We *do* suggest searing the sausage though, if you can swing it. Seared sausage = more flavor. Not a fan of kale? Sub in another hearty green like spinach or swiss chard.
Get the Slow-Cooker Sausage and White Bean Soup recipe.
Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn't authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling. Mix and match your favorite toppings and feel free to sub in your favorite protein — pork, beef, or turkey would all be delicious. If you're looking for something more classic, check out our Best-Ever Pozole. It's the red variety, and it includes a puree of several chilis, giving a complex smokiness to the final dish.
Get the Posole recipe.
Anything potato soup can do, cauliflower soup can do better. Roasting the cauliflower takes this soup to even greater heights.
Get the Loaded Cauliflower Soup recipe.
Use whatever vegetables you have (including frozen!) to make this the easiest soup to throw together. And don't be shy with the lemon wedges, their acid brightens the flavor and brings everything together.
Get the Spring Chicken Soup recipe.
You've definitely got the ingredients to make this at home already. Got a couple carrots left in the bottom of your crisper? Next to that handful of spinach? Throw 'em in! The more the merrier (and healthier) in this soup.
Get the Escarole & White Bean Soup recipe.
When you want to cook to impress, few dishes can top homemade ramen. Top it with seasonal, springy veggies.
Get the Shoyu Ramen recipe.
We load ours up with extra protein by adding black beans, then throw in some vegetables (corn! bell peppers! onion!) for health and color, and flavor it all with smoky fire-roasted tomatoes. The tortillas get added as croutons at the very end for a texture contrast!
Get the Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.
You can mix and match which veggies you want to use if you prefer something heartier. If you prefer more substantial greens, kale or broccoli rabe can be added 5 minutes after the tortellini.
Get the Creamy Parm Tomato Soup recipe.
Loaded with cabbage, cauliflower, bell pepper, and zucchini, this vegetable soup is a healthy way to warm up this winter. And it only takes 12 minutes to cook!
Get the Instant Pot Vegetable Soup recipe.
The great Italian classic, minestrone, is a soup that can span the seasons: comforting on a chilly winter’s night, and light enough for a summer lunch. It’s also packed full of veggies for a dish that’s vegan if you skip the Parm. The popularity of Olive Garden’s legendary minestrone reaches far and wide, and we’re giving you a way to make it at home.
This beats basic tomato soup every single time. Use basic cheese tortellini or go tri-color or chicken-filled to change it up!
Get the Sun-Dried Tomato Tortellini Soup recipe.