15 favorite soups and chowders

Warm up with Carrot Soup with Crab, White Beans and Chard, Chicken Tortilla, and more

Carrot Soup with Dungeness Crab from Sunset

Leo Gong; Charles Gullung

Carrot Soup with Dungeness Crab

Serve this lively soup, a fine showcase for Dungeness crab, to brighten up a winter day. 


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Chard and White Bean Soup

James Carrier

Chard and White Bean Soup

This 5-ingredient recipe leaves you free to spend the rest of the evening out of the kitchen.

While the pot simmers, brush some slices of country bread or levain with olive oil and toast them, to serve with the hot soup.


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Tortilla Soup from Sunset.

David Prince

Tortilla Soup

The charm here lies in the toppings, which diners can customize to their liking. 


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Leek and Fennel Chowder with Smoked Salmon

James Carrier

Leek and Fennel Chowder with Smoked Salmon

Use either soft, cold-smoked salmon (also called lox or Nova-style) or firmer, hot-smoked salmon (also called kippered), or offer both for an interesting mix.

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Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup

James Carrier

Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup

This 5-star favorite can be prepped the day before and completed quickly just before serving.

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Crab and Hominy Chowder

Leigh Beisch

Crab and Hominy Chowder

Hominy gives this flavorful soup a satisfying bite and plays up the Southwest vibe of the avocado and cilantro toppings. 


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Vegetable Minestrone

Annabelle Breakey

Vegetable Minestrone

The variety of the vegetables, two kinds of legumes, and the Italian trick of cooking a bit of parmesan rind in the soup for added flavor create a palate-pleasing minestrone miles beyond the bland bean-and-pasta version so often served. The soup is flexible too; add your favorite vegetables or use whatever is bountiful in your garden this harvest. 


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Indian-spiced Tomato Soup

James Carrier

Indian-spiced Tomato Soup

Tamarind, cilantro, mint, and cucumber flavor this bowl. 


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Egg, Lemon, and Rice Soup (Avgolemono Soupa)

Rachel Weill

Egg, Lemon, and Rice Soup (Avgolemono Soupa)

Using canned broth, this classic Greek soup is ready in 30 minutes.

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Italian-style stew

Dan Goldberg

Chicken Stew with Olives and Lemon

Add the flavors of Italian salsa verde ― bright parsley, tart lemon, piquant capers, and green olives ― for a fresh, fast twist on cold-weather cooking.

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Roasted Red Pepper-Tomato Soup

Lisa Romerein

Roasted Red Pepper-Tomato Soup

Guests can sip this festive, zesty soup from small cups or glasses. Pimentón de La Vera is a Spanish paprika that adds a smoky, sweet intensity, but Hungarian or regular paprika work too. 


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Brie's Butternut Squash Bisque

James Carrier

Brie's Butternut Squash Bisque

After one of her favorite restaurants refused to divulge the recipe for its velvety butternut squash and apple soup, Brie Tennis came pretty close with her own version.

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Herb Ravioli Soup

Annabelle Breakey

Herb Ravioli Soup

This pretty soup takes on an added delicacy if you use ravioli made with thinly rolled pasta, but it's good with the sturdier type too.

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Mushroom Bisque with Pastry Top Hats

James Carrier

Mushroom Bisque with Pastry Top Hats

George Morrone, executive chef of Redwood Park in San Francisco, uses fresh chanterelles in this soup, but it's also delicious with common button mushrooms.

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Halibut and Sweet Potato Chowder

Leigh Beisch

Halibut and Sweet Potato Chowder

Spicy sausage, sweet potato, and saffron brighten up familiar halibut in this chowder.

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