Slideshow: 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]