7 Fall Soup Recipes

This morning I gathered a jar of lentils, a few carrots, and a leek for the beginning of an autumn soup.

I rummaged in the freezer for a jar of dark chicken stock, and snipped a few sprigs of thyme from the garden. The boys have the day off of school and we’ll enjoy a simple French lentil soup for lunch.

It certainly is the perfect season for summering a soup. If you’ve never made soup from scratch, there’s no better time than the fall, when all the root vegetables come into play, the garlic is firm and young and ingredients like corn, tomatoes and zucchini are still in abundance.

The body craves this nourishing bowl of vegetables, simmered in a savoury broth, and accompanied by favourite side such as skillet cornbread or whole wheat buttermilk rolls. In fact, I think I better go mix up a batch of those rolls right now.

Here are some of my favourite recipes to get you started.

Bean & Sausage Soup with Spinach on simplebites.net

1. Sausage, Bean & Pasta Soup with Spinach

This hearty soup features beans, pasta and greens with a little sausage to round it out. It comes together in under 20 minutes, just the ticket for family week-night meals. The ingredients for this rustic soup are simple, but if you can pull it off using items like homemade chicken stock and fresh basil, and cook your own beans instead of opening a can, you will elevate it into a truly satisfying and memorable soup.

2. Coconut Curried Green Lentil Soup

This soup is on regular rotation for our lunches, especially now that the cooler weather has arrived. I love it because all of the ingredients are pantry staples, so if the fridge shelves are looking bare, I know I always have a warm, nourishing meal to fall back on with this soup.

butternut squash soup recipe

3. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Winter squash is often a great source of fiber as well as vitamin A and vitamin C, which are helpful during cold and flu season. This recipe pairs Butternut squash with tart apples and sweet leeks in a creamy pureed soup.

4. Cream of Potato-Leek Soup with Bacon

Five minutes and five ingredients are all you need to get this soup simmering. Then puree it until it is silky smooth and add fresh cream for richness. You’ll want to eat several bowls – especially if you have some garlic croutons to top it with. This soup also freezes well. Just omit the cream and instead add it in when you re-heat the soup.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Parsley Cream via SimpleBites.net

5. Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted red peppers add depth to this smooth and bright soup, kissed with parsley and a bit of cream; it is ideal for dunking bits of bread or sandwiches.

Harvest Corn Chowder recipe on www.simplebites.net

6. Harvest Corn Chowder

A corn stock makes the rich base of this soup, though vegetable or chicken stock can be used as well. Bulk up the chowder with corn, zucchini, potatoes and red peppers, then add a splash of cream and a sprig of herbs finished off the dish.

Carrot and Cilantro Soup

7. Roasted Carrot and Cilantro Soup

The fresh taste of the cilantro brings a nice rounded taste to this smooth soup and it is hearty enough to be its own meal or be paired with a nice light salad for a quick dinner. It also freezes quite well in small batches and can last up to three months in a deep freeze.

What is a favourite soup to simmer in your home?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. There is nothing more comforting than a nice bowl of soup! Love all of these!!

  2. I will have a bowl of each!

  3. It’s still too warm here for soup, but once it cools down I’d like to try your cream of potato and leek soup!

  4. Soup season is finally here! I love all of these delicious choices!

  5. Love the soup roundup! I love that it’s already time to cozy up to some soup 🙂

  6. I can’t wait to make some soup this weekend. Got our crockpot out last week too, I love fall!

  7. I always THINK about making soup… all fall/winter long… it sound so nice and warm and comforting… and then… it just never happens. But these recipes, especially that red pepper one, I think will be the kick in the butt I need to finally get cooking!

  8. Thanks for the recipes! Soups are such an easy, quick, comforting meal in the busy winter months. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try.


  9. I am so excited that it is time to make more soup, though we do enjoy it any season. It’s such an easy, healthy way to stretch ingredients or bring flavors together! My newest favorite is lentil and brown rice stew with spinach/kale and other vegetables, and thyme. I saw a recipe on pinterest that inspired it, though I haven’t added sausage yet. And last year we tried a quinoa-butternut-kalamata olive one that was BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to make that one again. We’ve had your corn chowder twice in the past few weeks and it was delicious 🙂 Thank you!

  10. I could get into any one of these soups and be the happiest camper ever 🙂

  11. These all look fantastic – thank you, though I need to wait ’til this latest ridge of heat and humidity passes through Ontario! Some of our favourite soups are among the simplest to make: split pea, lentil (got me through university, that one!), various veggie permutations… and “hamburger soup” out of my grandmother’s Women’s Insitute cookbook. It sounds kind of weird, but it’s very family friendly and likely a variation on minestrone with just a bit of browned and de-fatted hamburger simmered along with some diced canned tomatoes, broth, sauted onions & garlic, carrots, green beans, corn, and whatever else you might like to throw in! We especially like it with some grated cheese. And lots of bread : )

    • I was just thinking that I need to add a split pea soup to the repertoire.

      Danny’s mother used to make a hamburger soup – it was super satisfying!

  12. Soup might be the number one reason fall is my favourite season. What a delicious collection Aimee!

  13. The soups look yummy! Do you have a recipe for the crusty bread I see in some of the photos? The bread definitely adds to the soup for me.

  14. I’m SO excited that it’s soup season again! These all look fabulous!

  15. Brian @ A Thought For Food says

    Yeah…. I’m thinking I need to make a batch of soup this week. Starting to feel like the season for it!

  16. I need to start making my soups, might try one of these to jumpstart the season.

  17. Ooh – I love homemade soup, and that corn chowder looks awesome! I just made chicken soup the other night – it’s a family favorite.

  18. I love it all! I just added all of it to my to-make list!

  19. If there’s one good thing about the fall arriving is that you can make healthy homemade soup to warm you up on a chilly night and you’ve just supplied 7 great recipes to get us started.

  20. Zoe Wimbush says

    Your dark chicken soup stock is the best!!

    Any soup would be great with that stock.

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