Gallery: 18 Festive Thanksgiving Soups

Squash and Apple Soup with Beet and Bacon
Squash and Apple Soup with Beet and Bacon

This blended soup is tart and creamy, with pops of color from the topping of sweet beets, bacon, and a drizzle of yogurt.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Chilled Spice-Roasted Carrot Soup with Yogurt
Chilled Spice-Roasted Carrot Soup with Yogurt

The roasted carrots that form the base of this soup get a spicy, fragrant kick from the addition of cumin, coriander, and mustard seeds.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Curried Celeriac Soup
Curried Celeriac Soup

Pureed soups like this curried celeriac soup can be made in large quantities then frozen, saving you time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day.

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[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup With Kale
Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup With Kale

The simplicity of this comforting vegetable soup is the key to its success. Whether you serve it blended or not, the flavors play off one another beautifully.

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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

Squash and carrots go very well together. They're both orange, both have a great sweet-and-savory flavor profile, and both take well to conversion into creamy soup form. Roasting the squash but keeping the carrots raw lets you hit a wide range of notes in this easy soup.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Brown Sugar-Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons
Brown Sugar-Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons

This warm and filling soup is made with roasted tomatoes and just a touch of brown sugar, then topped with cheesy, crusty cheddar croutons.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Thick Celeriac Soup with Gruyère
Thick Celeriac Soup with Gruyère

This hearty French-inspired soup has lovely vegetal notes, accompanied by sweet caramelized shallots and earthy thyme.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Roasted Beet Soup with Thyme, Lemon, and Crème Fraîche
Roasted Beet Soup with Thyme, Lemon, and Crème Fraîche

Thick and autumnal, this beet soup is as tasty as it is beautiful. This recipe calls for baking beets with olive oil and salt, allowing them to soften, their edges becoming sweet and caramelized.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Potato Soup with Fried Almonds
Potato Soup with Fried Almonds

This comforting potato soup is simple to make, and packs a wallop of satisfying flavor.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Lentil and Chestnut Soup
Lentil and Chestnut Soup

Roasting chestnuts isn't exactly a quick process, but this recipe conveniently calls for the canned version, which require zero prep work.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Swiss Chard and Pasta Soup
Swiss Chard and Pasta Soup

This soup is pure comfort food. Its surprising depth is made possible by sauteing the pasta before adding it to the soup, creating a nice toasty aroma.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Butternut Squash and Pasta Soup
Butternut Squash and Pasta Soup

You'll be surprised at how easy this colorful soup is. The hardest part is peeling the squash, though you can easily purchase it pre-cut.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

English Country Cheddar Soup
English Country Cheddar Soup

Despite what normally comes to mind when you think of cheddar soup, this version is actually remarkably light. It uses a very sharp, very good cheddar cheese, which means that a little goes a long way.

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[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Spicy Ginger and Lentil Soup
Spicy Ginger and Lentil Soup

The "spicy" in the title is there for a reason, as this recipe calls for a generous portion of minced ginger. To mellow the sharp flavor a bit, simply increase the soup's simmering time.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Potato Cheddar Soup
Potato Cheddar Soup

This potato soup variation cuts out the sauteeing that many recipes generally call for, saving you tons of time while maintaining maximum flavor from a velvety cheese sauce and sweet carrots.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Pear, Pistachio, and Parsnip Soup
Pear, Pistachio, and Parsnip Soup

The sweetness of the pears and parsnips in this recipe are balanced out by dashes of wine and speckles of pistachios. This light soup would be an ideal appetizer before a Thanksgiving feast.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup

A small dash of lemon juice brings out the vibrancy of the roasted red peppers and califlower in this smooth and creamy Thanksgiving soup.

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[Photographs: Deborah Mele]

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Thyme
Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Thyme

While many pumpkin soup recipes leave you feeling like you're actually eating pumpkin pie soup, this one ditches the overwhelming spices, focusing instead on the natural flavor of the pumpkin itself.

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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]