15 Fall Soup Recipes


15 fall soup recipes including stews and chilis, too!

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Hello, hello! I hope you had a nice weekend!

Things were crazy busy around here. Between a book-themed baby shower thrown for Lincoln and me by my Mom’s closest church friends (such a fun idea for a shower, btw – everyone brings books to build up baby’s library!) a visit from an old friend and her babies, and spending gobs of time with the family, I feel like I didn’t sit down all weekend!


Part of the hubbub was because of this guy, my little brother who was in town from Denver for the weekend. We are basically twins. Seriously, at times I look in the mirror and freak out about the fact that I look like a 29 year old man. Anyway, it was the first time he’d seen Lincoln since the day after he was born, so it was nice for the two of them to get to know each other a bit!


Friday the whole family convened for pizza night at my older brother’s house, then Saturday we spent the day at my parent’s watching the Hawks cough, BLOW IT against Ohio State. Plus model wacky sunglasses for my niece Evie. Anyone recognize the cool Pizza Hut shades a la 1989? BaHA! Oh, Grandparents.


We wound Sunday down with a nice family lunch then errands galore before coming home to snuggle with my little pumpkin. I couldn’t resist dressing him up in this onesie, plus some black pants that seriously made me scream, they were so cute. Lincoln looks equally as thrilled, no? ; )


At any rate, as you can see from the picture above, I am firmly snuggled into my black fleeces for the season. That fleeces, plural. Oh yes, I counted the other day and I officially own FIVE black fleeces. Some women hoard shoes and purses, I hoard black fleeces, apparently. Such a hip young lady.

Anyway, the point is that temperatures are quickly dropping, and I’d say fall is officially here to stay. Afternoons are cool, and evenings are crisp. We might even get a few flurries later this week! That being said, I thought now would be the perfect time to round up 15 of my very favorite fall soup recipes here on the site.

From thick and cheesy soups, to light and brothy ones, every single one of these soup recipes could be classified as a “favorite” of mine. I hope you find a few to warm up with and enjoy all fall and winter long!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Thick, creamy, and ultra-hearty, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is one of my Top 3 favorite soup recipes here on IGE. It’s so comforting and even better the next day.

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Cheesy Taco Soup

With a homemade cheese sauce that’s thick and decadent, Cheesy Taco Soup will be loved by the whole family. One of the most popular soup recipes on the site.

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Best Ever Black Bean Soup with Cilantro-Lime Rice

I am cuckoo for Black Bean Soup with Cilantro-Lime RiceIt’s so easy to make and perfect for those that claim soup doesn’t fill them up, as it’s very hearty and filling.

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Cheesy Chicken & Rice Soup

Another one of my Top 3 soup recipes, Cheesy Chicken & Rice Soup is, you guessed it, cheesy, creamy, and thick. Total comfort food. You will go back for bowl after bowl of this soup.

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons gets credit for making me love tomato soup. Nothing like the gloopy condensed version, this soup is silky and fresh-tasting. Plus who can resist those adorable grilled cheese croutons?!

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Beef and Barley Stew

Ben starts requesting Beef and Barley Stew as soon as the temperatures start to drop, and I always happily oblige. The barley in the stew gets plump and chewy, and the veggies make you feel good about enjoying a bowl or two, (or three!)

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Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Pasta e Fagioli from Olive Garden is an old favorite of mine. This soup will stick to your ribs. Grab a crusty loaf of bread to sop up the broth!

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Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup is definitely my most fun soup recipe. Feel like a kid again as you slurp down mini meatballs and short pasta noodles. YUM!!

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Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup

Light and elegant, Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup tastes like it came from a restaurant. Pair with a fresh salad and loaf of bread for a perfect light meal.

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Everyone should have a good Minestrone in their recipe repertoire for when the temps cool down. Throw anything and everything into this “kitchen sink” type soup!

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Spicy Turkey and Ditalini Soup

Spicy Turkey and Ditalini Soup rounds out my Top 3 favorite soup recipes here on IGE. Made with a super easy shortcut ingredient, this soup is a HIT. So, so good. I’d eat it every single week.

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Sweet & Spicy Chili

Sweet & Spicy Chili is my go-to chili recipe. No need to look any further!

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Chicken Gumbo Soup

No time to make Gumbo? Make Chicken Gumbo Soup instead. Spiced just right, this soup takes me back to NOLA!

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Sam’s No. 3 Lighter Kickin’ Green Chili

Inspired by a spicy green chili Ben and I enjoyed on a trip to Colorado, Sam’s No. 3 Lighter Kickin’ Green Chili lightens up the restaurant’s original recipe, but keeps all the flavor.

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Low-Carb Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder

You’ll love how grated cauliflower mimics potato in Low-Carb Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder. This soup is super thick, creamy, and luxurious. and is a lower-carb alternative to Baked Potato Soup.

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  1. I made a crockpot stuffed pepper soup this weekend with corn bread! (:

  2. C. 10.21.2013

    Happy to see this list – it is only going to reach the 40’s as a high this week and I need a warm perk up for dinners!

  3. Great list! But I cant believe you left out your Harvest Chicken Quinoa Soup. It’s my absolute favorite! Everyone I make it for thinks I’m a genius… and I let them ;)

  4. Sally 10.21.2013

    Your chicken & wild rice soup is a fall staple – I’ve made it several times and love it. So easy, always leaves me with a ton of leftovers and is so cozy and comforting :)

  5. Grilled Cheese Croutons? Now why have I never seen this before?? What a great idea. Pinning away!

  6. Michelle I 10.21.2013

    Soup is, by far, my favorite thing to eat pretty much all year round. I am going to try most, if not all, of these recipes! They look amazing.

  7. At first, I though that was your older brother with facial hair. He looks like your brother for sure, but you don’t look like a 29yr old man!

    I’ve been eating soup like nobody’s business lately. Thanks for the new ideas. That tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons looks amazing!

  8. soup has been my jam all this season…and now that it’s frezzing cold (amen to the fleece!) it feels even more appropriate. i actually started cooking through my late grandfather’s soup cookbook this fall and it’s been my favorite fall thing so far (here’s my first of three recipes i’ve done so far: http://hooleywithaz.com/recipe-grandpas-tortellini-soup/).

  9. Kristina 10.21.2013

    I just made your Sweet and Spicy Chili AGAIN the other day!
    You do look like your brother but you are far prettier, and oh my goodness Lincoln looks like Ben!

  10. Lindsay 10.21.2013

    I tried Martha Stewart’s Irish Beef and Stout Stew this weekend, and it is AMAZING!! I love soup weather! I’ve made the Sam’s Kickin’ Green Chili (so good), but I need to break it out again this year.

  11. Melissa 10.21.2013

    That Cheesy Taco Soup is amazing! My husbands first words, “This is about to become my favorite soup!” Thanks!

  12. I love this list and all your fun pictures from the weekend! Soup is one of my favorite fall meals. I have never had a black bean soup before I tested out a recipe this weekend. What amazing flavor! I love the hearty combo of veggies and black beans. I can’t wait to try some of these soups.

  13. Jennifer 10.21.2013

    amazing post. i cannot wait to try out some of these delicious recipes :)


  14. Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Cheddar (I think you mean Chowder)looks like a great addition to my fall soup menu. Grilled cheese croutons are a wonderful idea as well.

  15. Tracy 10.21.2013

    Is that top pic from this weekend? Can’t believe the trees are still so green! Our street (in Kansas City) is all fall colors now.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 10.21.2013

      It is! I know I am really surprised by how long it’s taking trees to turn this year. The trees were more yellow than they show in the photo, but still!

  16. Your black bean soup is really tasty! I am glad to see that it made the list! :)

  17. I was at the game where the hawks blew it!!! You must know that even though we lost we shook up Ohio state fans to the BONE. Since I live in Ohio and get to hear all of this, they are STILL talking about how mad they are that they “only’ beat Iowa by 10 points. Muahahaha

  18. Anela 10.21.2013

    Your Kale/bean soup is a staple in my house! I love it!

  19. Jamie 10.21.2013

    Made your roasted tomato soup one night to rave reviews from my tomato soup loving man. Thank you! The chicken and wild rice and cauliflower gems are next on my list. I love soup season. = )

  20. is that a photo from your street!? so pretty!!

    you have a one CUTE pumpkin on your hands :)

  21. Caroline 10.21.2013

    You seriously have flawless skin! You’ve got to share your secret!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 10.21.2013

      Pregnancy! I actually had terrible skin before I got pregnant (developed adult acne at 24-ish,) but it cleared right up and has stayed that way so far (crossing my fingers it’ll last!)

  22. Melissa 10.21.2013

    Great family photos and as always, all the soap recipes sound so incredible! I need to create each one!

  23. Hopefully your weekdays will allow for a little relaxation since you didn’t get much this weekend! Thanks for sharing these scrumptious, easy soups. I can’t wait to dig into a couple of your recipes!

  24. Candy 10.21.2013

    Your lil’ punkin is sooo cute!! You certainly DO NOT look like a 29-year-old man!!

  25. Amanda 10.21.2013

    I finally made your Sweet and Spicy Chili tonight – SO good! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow. But actually, I’m rather nervous my lunch will be gone by 10 AM…
    And have you ever tried cinnamon rolls with your chili? I grew up with this combo and it’s just delicious!

  26. Sandy 10.21.2013

    We had those pizza hut glasses! We wore them on our ski trip to Colorado and thought we were soo cool. My brother wore the orange/green ones, like your dad, and I had the round blue/green ones.

  27. Terri 10.21.2013

    You have a lovely family. Your Tuscan Kale White Bean Soup is on the menu this Sat. Next will be the Beef and Barley….YUM! Love your blog.!

  28. stephanie 10.21.2013

    All that delicious soup and what I really want to know is what shampoo/conditioner do you use? Your hair is so shiny and gorgeous!!

  29. Aprilg 10.21.2013

    When I was 18 I was a counselor at an all girls camp. 4 days into it when ALL makeup remnants were truly gone, I looked in the mirror after a shower and burst into tears bc my 14 year old brother was staring me in the face. I look JUST LIKE HIM. He’s a handsome fellow, but I look much better with some mascara and lipstick for sure. I think your brother makes an attractive woman, so you have nothing to fear :)

  30. Pallavi 10.22.2013

    Tried the Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. It’s absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try out the others.

  31. Heather 10.22.2013

    Thank you! I love soups and I happen to be sick this week, so can’t wait to make a few of these :)

  32. Aww those photos are so adorable. I love the one of the grandparents – too cute!

    What a great list of recipes for fall! :)

  33. Mandy 10.22.2013

    I look like my brother. It is exactly why I will not sport a shorter haircut.
    Uhhh…go Buckeyes! Sorry!

  34. jessie 10.22.2013

    I made the cauliflower cheddar chowder last night, but I added carrots and leeks and subbed in cheddar brats from Fareway for the bacon–my boyfriend ate 3 bowls! Luckily, there’s still enough for my lunch today(if he doesn’t get home before I do).

  35. Mrs. W 10.22.2013

    Love it! Soup is one of my favorite things about fall. I can’t wait to try more than a few of these. Thanks for the options!!

  36. Dena 10.22.2013

    ACCCKKKK! Wanted to make the roasted tomato soup for 6 which would mean I would need 4.5lbs of Roma tomatoes. Would have cost $13.50 just for the tomatoes at my grocery store. So I bought cans of diced fire roasted tomatoes with garlic. Wish me luck! I’m thinking just heat and puree (which also saves me the hour long roasting process). I know it’s not as good as fresh, but hoping it’s works for “on a budget”!

    • Dena 10.23.2013

      Ummm, NO. It’s not ok. Don’t do it. haha. I tried to add a pinch of sugar to adjust, more pepper, etc….it just tasted like bitter, tart raw tomatoes with a stale garlic after tone. Lesson learned. LOL.

  37. Megan 10.22.2013

    That roasted tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons looks AMAZING! I’ve made the Olive Garden one and absolutely loved it – so delicious!

  38. Lincoln’s face is so adorable in that pumpkin top! And I love all these soups! I definitely need to make that cheesy taco soup first.

  39. Tammy Hershberger 10.22.2013

    Just discovered your site today through Bloglovin’, and have to say…

    #1 – GO BUCKS!!! ;)

    #2 – GREAT soup recipes! I just told my family last week that for the winter we’re going to have Soup Night every Thursday, so I think I’ll definitely be trying some of these! Thanks so much!

    #3 – GO BUCKS!

  40. Meredith 10.22.2013

    Just made your spaghetti and meatball soup for the first time this season–it was a favorite from last fall/winter! Although, I went to three different Hy-Vee’s looking for the mini-meatballs and they didn’t have them! Had to use the larger ones and cut them up. YUMMM Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow :)

  41. Meg 10.23.2013

    Try this Butternut Squash Soup! So good.

  42. Kate 10.24.2013

    That bacon cheddar cauliflower chowder is beyond! I made it for dinner last night using regular, unsweetened almond milk and my low-carb boyfriend and I loved it. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers!

  43. Connie Gallagher 10.26.2013

    Hi Kristin, I made Sam’s #3 Kickin Green Chili and it turned out great. I lived in Colarado for a few years and haven’t had it since I left. Thanks for the recipe. Putting it on eggs tomorrow for breakfast!

  44. Emma 10.27.2013

    I love winter soups. Intending to make one with pumpkin and sage this week! These look like a lovely collection of recipes, I’ll have to give some a go. x

  45. Sheila 11.21.2013

    Curious – of these soups, do you know in your opinion, which are the healthiest?! Trying to stick to yummy but healhty soups. Thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.22.2013

      After going through them I think they’re ALL about the same when it comes to their “health” factor! The Cheesy Chicken and Rice and Taco Soup would probably be the most decadent, as they have added cheese.

  46. Natalie 12.01.2013

    Googled crock pot beef sandwiches and stumbled upon your blog (thank you, btw, we will be eating those this week) and oh my goodness I can’t wait to try all of these soups. Yay! Thanks for posting! Also, you have the custest pumpkin.

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