Our best soup recipes provide perfect way to warm up in winter. Try our classic tomato soup, chicken soup, vegetable soup and potato soup. We also have some fab spicy noodle soups and a twist on French onion soup – all ideal winter warmers. Plus, we have five easy ways to transform a simple bowl of soup with delicious toppings.


We've included some soup accompaniments including bread, toasties and more. Bake a batch of bread or some easy baguettes to dip into your bowl of warming soup for the ultimate comfort food.

Best soup recipes

Fresh tomato soup

This rich and creamy Dutch tomato soup, made with very ripe plum or vine tomatoes, was inspired by the delicious bowl of tomato soup served at Café de Jaren in Amsterdam.

A bowl of tomato soup, with a swirl of creme fraiche

Mushroom soup

Check out this creamy mushroom soup with simple pickled mushrooms. This super easy recipe is a great lunchtime meal and it's low in calories too.

Three bowls of mushroom soup, topped with pickled onions

Mulligatawny soup

A hearty root veg and chicken soup, spiced with curry powder. If you’ve got a food processor, use the grater blade to speed up the prep for this recipe.

A bowl of mulligatawny soup with shredded chicken and herbs

Leek and potato soup

This classic creamy veggie soup is super simple to make and perfect for a comforting lunch, served with plenty of crusty bread.

Three cups of leek and potato soup, topped with croutons

Pumpkin soup

Serve this in big mugs with fat fingers of melty cheese toasties for dipping.

Two mugs full of pumpkin soup, next to two slices of a blue cheese toastie

Minestrone soup

Smoky bacon minestrone soup is rich in flavour, packed with nutritious winter vegetables and takes under 30 minutes to prepare. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan.

Four bowls of minestrone soup, with pasta and bacon

Vegetable soup

A nourishing bowl of vegetable soup is sometimes all you need. Make sure to serve with crusty bread, too.

Bowl of vegetable soup next to two slices of bread and a ramekin of lemon zest

Chicken noodle soup

This slurp-able bowl of spicy coconut noodles with chicken was inspired by classic Thai red curry. The freshness of the DIY curry paste will help ward off any winter blues.

Bowl of Coconut Chicken Soup with Noodles and Fresh Lime

French onion soup

This deep beefy onion soup is topped with bubbling cheese melts, perfect for a comforting winter warmer.

Two bowls of French onion soup, topped with cheese toastie

Lentill soup

This simple spiced soup is low fat and ready in just 30 minutes. Fry some bacon pieces to sprinkle on top, or add a tin of chickpeas with the veg for a more rustic feel.

A pan of spiced lentil soup, with a spoon

Parsnip soup

A spiced parsnip soup is a real winter favourite and is perfect for a chilly week night when you want something quick and easy and not too fancy! This version is spiced with garam masala and paprika.

Bowl of parsnip soup, with a swirl of creme fraiche

Carrot and coriander soup

Make this warming carrot and coriander soup for lunch and then jazz it up with Ras el hanout-spiced crunchy flatbread croutons. A comforting vegan meal for four.

Carrot and coriander soup in a bowl with spicy flatbread croutons

Pea and ham soup

An absolute classic, made with just five ingredients in 20 minutes. Serve with crusty bread for a nourishing, colourful lunch.

Three bowls of pea soup topped with ham slices

Butternut squash soup

This silky butternut squash soup makes for a satisfying veggie lunch – it's simple to whip up and only needs a handful of ingredients.

a dark grey bowl filled with orange soup with a swirl of yoghurt and toasted pumpkin seeds

Sweet potato soup

If you’re after a warming lunch or light dinner, this silky-smooth sweet potato soup does just the trick.

A pan and bowl of sweet potato soup next to an empty bowl with spoons

Broccoli and stilton soup

This vibrant broccoli soup with stilton toasts is the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Warming and comforting but still healthy, this is perfect for the colder months.

A bowl of broccoli soup with croutons on top

Tom yum soup

Check out our quick and easy tom yum soup recipe with crunchy peeled prawns, punchy chillies and soft button mushrooms.

A bowl of tom yum soup with prawns

Shredded veg miso soup

Shred ginger, leeks and carrots into this umami-rich soup and top up with quinoa and kale for a nourishing, low-calorie meal.

Vegan Miso Soup with Veggies Recipe

Cabbage soup

Warm up with an aromatic bowl of cabbage soup. Cabbage helps to aid digestion, plus it's packed with vitamin C and can keep inflammation in check.

Bowl of cabbage broth with a spoon sticking out next to lemon wedges

Cauliflower soup

You can throw together this comforting and creamy cauliflower soup in just two simple steps. Serve with your choice of crusty bread for lunch or a light supper.

Two bowls of cauliflower soup next to some seeded bread

Curried swede soup

Recreate this curried swede and coconut soup to warm yourself up over the winter months. Best served with baked crusty bread.

Two bowls of curried swede soup topped with coconut milk and coriander next to a plate with ripped crusty bread

Tomato soup with salsa macha

Try this simple tomato soup with salsa macha – it’s easy to make thanks to shop-bought ingredients and no fiddly techniques. If you’ve got a slow cooker, keep the soup hot until you’re ready to serve.

Tomato soup in three bowls topped with coriander and tortilla chips

Hot and sour soup

Load this tangy soup with even more of your favourite vegetables, as you like, for a hearty main.

Two bowls of mushroom, tofu and carrot hot and sour soup topped with coriander

Sweetcorn soup

This vegan corn soup comes packed with zingy flavour with plenty of chilli, lime and coriander.

Two bowls of yellow soup on a wooden table topped with salsa

Cucumber gazpacho

This chilled soup has a spicy kick thanks to jalapeño. Mixing cucumber with pickled onions, cornichons and avocado makes a dish that is tangy and refreshing.

Two bowls of cucumber, cornichon and pickled onion gazpacho topped with olive oil and basil

Lobster bisque

A bisque is a smooth creamy soup that's well seasoned and often contains shellfish of some sort. Our version uses lobster as the star ingredient.

Bowl of lobster bisque with a spoon

Parsnip and apple soup

Serve this rich and creamy parsnip soup with crusty bread for a warming lunch or dinner party starter.

A grey bowl filled with creamy parsnip soup and topped with chopped chives

Red pepper soup

A brilliant bright red soup recipe that's really simple and perfect for sunny days. You'll need plenty of red pepper, garlic and dried chilli flakes for this one.

Several bowls of red pepper soup, with a swirl of creme fraiche

Vegetarian french onion soup

For a soup that’s a little luxurious, you can’t go wrong with this veggie version of a classic French onion soup, finished with cheesy Marmite toppers.

A bowl of French onion soup with cheese on top


Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw vegetables. This simple recipe features cucumber, red pepper and red onion on a plum tomato base. Serve with crusty baguette

Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Smoky sweet potato soup

This smoky sweet potato soup is a quick and easy winter warmer. Make a batch for the family or eat some now and freeze the rest for later

Bowl of sweet potato soup, topped with grated cheese

Courgette and mint soup

This vibrant, summery soup is packed with courgette, fresh mint and lemon zest. Best served with a dollop of crème fraîche on top.

Courgette and mint soup

Clam chowder

Thick and creamy with the salty sweet flavours of bacon and clams, this is an American classic. This is a great winter warming soup. Oyster crackers are small, salted crackers added to the top of the soup, a bit like croutons. Or try our spicy crab and sweetcorn chowder.

New England Clam Chowder Recipe With Oyster Crackers

Tomato and red pepper soup

Use up a glut of tomatoes from the garden in this summery red pepper soup, best served with a batch of crunchy homemade baguettes.

two bowls of red soup scattered with basil leaves and sat on folded linen napkins with chinks of crusty bread

Carrot and parsnip soup

Whizzing the cream in at the end makes for a super-creamy soup. Enjoy this cosy, orange soup with a swirl of double cream and a hunk of buttered bread.

Carrot and parsnip soup in a white bowl next to spoon

Potato soup

Check out our warming potato and spring onion soup. This easy potato soup recipe is vegetarian and low in calories, what's more it's ready in 30 minutes.

Three bowls of potato soup, topped with spring onions

Green lentil harissa soup

Try our healthy way to use green lentils in your cooking. Nourishing and delicious, this soup comes stuffed with celery, parsnips, leek, kale and chickpeas.

Two black bowls filled with green lentils and chickpeas in a broth

Thai red curry butternut squash soup

Looking for a flavoursome yet easy soup recipe? Try our punchy thai red curry with butternut squash. Check the ingredients of the thai red curry paste, as some brands contain dried shrimp.

Thai Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Caldo verde (kale, chorizo and potato soup)

Make kale the star of this nutritious, low calorie potato and chorizo soup.

Caldo Verde Recipe (Chorizo and Potato Soup)

Carrot and orange soup

That's one seriously orange soup! Blitz six simple ingredients together to make this vibrant, low-calorie, vegetarian soup.

Orange and carrot soup

Spicy tomato soup

This filling tomato soup really packs a punch, thanks to all that chipotle paste. Add plenty of fresh ginger for even more warmth.

Tomato, chipotle and rice soup

Big soup

Make this all-in-one soup for a midweek winter warmer. It's packed full of nutritious veg, lentils, pearl barley and salty lardons.

Big Soup Recipe

Gazpacho with cheesy pesto croutons

Use up ripe tomatoes in this silky-smooth Spanish soup and scatter with cheesy sourdough croutons.

Gazpacho Recipe with Cheesy Croutons and Pesto

Mexican charred sweetcorn soup

Spice up your soup with punchy ancho chillies in this Mexican inspired recipe.

Vegan Mexican Sweetcorn Soup Recipe with Ancho Chillies

Sweet potato and miso soup

Velvety, wholesome and packed with plenty of umami flavour, this vegan soup is simple to make and low in calories.

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe with White Miso

Pea, cider and mint soup with crispy bacon croutons

Make the most of vibrant green peas in this simple, low calorie soup topped with crispy bacon croutons. Discover our best pea recipes here.

Pea Soup with Bacon Croutons and Mint

Rice and vegetable aash with puy lentils

To say that aash is merely a soup would be underselling it – this hearty staple of Persian cuisine is always herb-based but there are many varieties: some with meat, some with barley, rice, tomato or pomegranate molasses. It’s the best comfort food on a cold day. This is Sabrina Ghayour's Western version but still every bit as delicious.

Aash Persian Soup Recipe with Lentils

Spring minestrone

Ready in under an hour, this low-calorie minestrone soup is packed with an abundance of spring veggies and topped with crispy pancetta. Check out more of our low-calorie meal ideas here.

Spring Minestrone Recipe

Creamy tomato soup with cheese and Marmite dippers

Check out our tomato soup recipe with cheesy marmite sourdough dippers. This easy vegetarian soup is enough to serve four and ready in 30 minutes.

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe with Cheese Dippers

Mexican prawn soup

Check out our hearty Mexican soup recipe with king prawns. This easy one-pot dish is packed with flavour and has under 300 calories for an easy midweek meal.

Mexican Soup Recipe with Prawns

Spiced cauliflower soup

Check out our creamy spiced cauli soup recipe. This simple veggie soup is low in calories and ready in under an hour.

Spicy Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Moroccan veggie soup

Check out our easy Moroccan vegan soup recipe with lemons, chickpeas and plenty of spice. This low calorie soup serves four and is ready in under an hour.

Moroccan Vegetable Soup Recipe

Chilli non-carne soup

Check out this punchy soup with red kidney beans and crunchy veg. This easy recipe is packed with flavour and ready in less than an hour. Serve with homemade garlic bread for dipping.

Chilli Soup Recipe served with garlic bread in a white bowl topped with chopped spring onions

Spiced carrot and lentil soup

Need an easy vegetarian soup recipe? Try this simple red lentil soup recipe with lightly spiced curried carrots. This warming soup is easy to make and under 300 calories.

Three bowls of carrot and lentil soup

Sweet potato groundnut soup

Check out this easy vegan soup recipe with sweet potato and groundnut. Packed with punchy chilli and smooth peanut butter this flavoursome soup is super creamy, and it's low in calories.

Sweet Potato Peanut Soup Recipe

Vietnamese-style green soup

Check out this vegan Vietnamese green soup. This quick and easy family-friendly recipe is packed with punchy flavour and comes in under 150 calories. Try our other Vietnamese recipes here.

Vietnamese Vegan Soup Recipe

Spinach soup

This pea and spinach soup is packed with green goodness and really easy to make. Serve with a swirl of creme fraîche and some crusty bread, if you like.

Three bowls of green spinach and pea soup, with a swirl of creme fraîche

Celeriac soup with chorizo oil

Make this low calorie creamy celeriac soup topped with crispy chorizo and rosemary for a warming weekend fix.

Two bowls of celeriac soup, topped with chorizo chunks and chorizo oil

Broccoli soup with blue cheese croutons

A broccoli soup is a wonderful winter soup to quickly whip up when you need some green vegetables and you’ve had enough of all that Christmas turkey and ham! If you have any leftover Stilton, you could use that here instead of the dolcelatte.

Red Thai curry noodle soup

This light curry noodle soup is packed full of delicious Thai flavours. For a vegan version of this recipe, season with salt instead of fish sauce and use a vegan curry paste. It's ready in just 20 minutes and comes in under 500 calories. Here are our other inspiring noodle soup recipes for you to try.

Chorizo, broccoli and brown rice soup

This easy soup recipe uses chorizo, broccoli and brown rice to create a warm and hearty meal. It is easy to make and suitable for freezing if you want to make a big batch for later.

Broccoli Soup With Chorizo

Onion soup with soy mushroom brioche

French/Asian is nothing new but it’s having a moment and this Asian onion soup with soy mushroom brioche combines the two perfectly. Pick up the mushroom powder from supermarkets, souschef.co.uk, or grind whole, dried mushrooms.

Bacon and sweetcorn chowder

This creamy, hearty soup is packed with sweetcorn, potato and crisp bacon. It's made with milk rather than cream so it's also surprisingly low-cal. A quick warming supper for two.

Corn Chowder Recipe With Bacon

Wisconsin beer and cheese soup

This midwestern state is the centre of the American dairy industry – natives of Wisconsin are affectionately known as cheeseheads – but its early German immigrants clearly found farming thirsty work as they also established some of the country’s biggest breweries. This rich, warming soup by Felicity Cloake celebrates both traditions; perfect for a cold afternoon in autumn.

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Cauliflower and cannellini bean soup

Creamy cauliflower and cannellini bean soup is sprinkled with rosemary sea salt, ground pepper and a scribble of olive oil. Serve with crusty bread for a warming lunch.

Fiery chickpea and harissa soup

A fast-to-make and easy spicy soup made with chickpeas. This vegetarian recipe, gets its heat from harissa, the hot chilli pepper paste from Morocco. Ready quickly in 20 minutes.

Prawn laksa (spicy noodle soup)

This quick meal for two hails from Malaysia and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Warming prawn noodle broth with spicy Laksa paste is topped with cucumber and coriander.

A bowl of prawn noodle soup topped with coriander garnish

Fish soup

Scandinavian food has become increasingly popular in recent years. It's known for its reliance on local ingredients used in clean, simple dishes that showcase the core flavours. This fish soup is a perfect example.

Chilled cucumber, dill and yogurt soup

Why not swap your hot soup for a chilled soup? Make our simple chilled cucumber soup in just 20 minutes. The fragrant aromatic dill works perfectly with the subtle tasting cucumbers, a perfect summertime starter or a light lunch.

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Dill in Two Bowls

Bake one of our best ever exciting bread recipes to enjoy with your soup

You can't beat the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through your home. We've found our most exciting bread recipes that are easy to bake and best enjoyed fresh from the oven. From quick carrot and walnut bread, to a love-it-or-hate-it marmite bread and date and rye bread, there's plenty to choose from.

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