Slideshow: Thanksgiving Sides: 12 Soup Recipes

Squash and Apple Soup with Beet and Bacon
Squash and Apple Soup with Beet and Bacon
The blended soup is tart and creamy, while the beets add a pop of color and some much needed sweetness. Bacon lends some meatiness, while the drizzle of yogurt (or sour cream) adds tang. Get the recipe »

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French in a Flash: Roasted Beet Soup with Thyme, Lemon, and Crème Fraîche
French in a Flash: Roasted Beet Soup with Thyme, Lemon, and Crème Fraîche
A simple but refreshing French soup with a striking red hue. Get the recipe »

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Swiss Chard and Pasta Soup
Swiss Chard and Pasta Soup
This colorful soup's rich flavor belies how easy it is to make. Get the recipe »

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Lentil and Chestnut Soup
Lentil and Chestnut Soup
A creamy, slightly nutty soup that's much more complex than it looks. Get the recipe »

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Roasted Squash and Raw Carrot Soup
Roasted Squash and Raw Carrot Soup

Squash and carrots go very well together. They're both orange (duh), both have a great sweet-and-savory flavor profile, and both take well to conversion into creamy soup form. This soup, which calls for roasting the squash and juicing the raw carrot, is a little deeper, a little more complex.

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Pear, Pistachio, and Parsnip Soup
Pear, Pistachio, and Parsnip Soup
The sweetness of the pears and parsnips is cut by the wine and pistachios. Get the recipe »

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Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale
Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale

The Portuguese soup of caldo verde (literally "green broth") is about as simple as it gets when it comes to vegetable soups, yet its simplicity is the key to its comforting success. At its most basic, starchy potatoes are simply simmered with onions and kale until the kale is tender and flavorful, the onions have melted into the broth, and the potatoes completely disintegrate, thickening the soup into a rich, thick stew. Some really good olive oil drizzled over the top, and you've got a great, filling lunch or dinner. Here, the cauliflower gets charred, taking on a meaty taste, and the addition of chipotle chiles echoes that smokiness.

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Butternut Squash and Pasta Soup
Butternut Squash and Pasta Soup
The hardest part about this one-pot dinner is peeling the butternut squash. Get the recipe »

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Potato Soup with Fried Almonds
Potato Soup with Fried Almonds
It may look simple and basic, but while definitely satisfying and comforting, it's also loaded with flavor. Get the recipe »

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