Favorite Family Hot Soup Recipes

1. French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup | Source

Homemade French Onion Soup is absolutely delicious loaded with onions and beef broth and topped with toasted bread and Gruyere cheese. It is a great first course to any meal! It is very easy to make, and looks very impressive!


  • 6 large red or white or yellow onions, 1 pound, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 6 slices baguette or French bread, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2-quarts beef broth or both beef and chicken
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, grated
  1. Cook the sliced onions in melted butter until tender and slightly browned.
  2. Add beef broth and heat to boiling point; boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour hot soup into oven proof soup bowls, float toasted bread on soup and sprinkle generously with Gruyere cheese.
  4. Place soup bowls on a cookie sheet and put under broiler just long enough to melt the cheese. Serves 6.

2. Cream of Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Cream of Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Cream of Broccoli Cheddar Soup | Source

This is an easy way to make Cream of Broccoli Cheddar Soup. You only need five ingredients and the you're well on your way to a delicious soup.

Add your favorite sandwich and you have a great meal. This makes 2 to 4 servings, so you may want to double it.


  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets, frozen or fresh
  • 3 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1-15-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and black pepper as desired

  1. In a medium size saucepan add stock, chopped onion, and broccoli.
  2. Bring this to a low boil; Lower heat to a simmer for about five minutes or until onions are tender.
  3. Add evaporated milk stirring in; cook for 3 more minutes or until it returns to a simmer.
  4. Then take off heat and add the cheddar cheese; stirring until it melts.
  5. Add salt and black pepper if you like.

3. Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup | Source

Asian Hot and Sour Soup is one of my favorite soups, I have made it many times. I usually make mine with pork, but you can use the meat of your choice. My husband and I like it spicy and this soup has a little kick to it. Serve with your favorite stir-fry recipe.


  • 3-10 ½ ounce cans chicken broth
  • ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1-4 ounce boneless chicken breast, skinned, cut into thin strips
  • ½ cup canned bamboo shoots strips
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar (I use white vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced


  1. Combine broth and mushrooms in a 2-quart saucepan; bring to boil.
  2. Add chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add bamboo shoots; simmer five minutes.
  4. Add vinegar, soy sauce, cayenne pepper and black pepper, return to a boil.
  5. Slowly add the egg white into soup, stirring constantly. (The egg white forms lacy strand as it cooks.)
  6. Combine cornstarch and cold water, add to soup and bring to boil for one minute stirring gently.

Yields one quart.

4. Ground Beef Veggie Soup

Ground Beef Veggie Soup
Ground Beef Veggie Soup | Source

Ground Beef Veggie Soup is one of my grandkids' favorite soups.This recipe is not exact amounts, It's a dump recipe, feel free to adjust it to your taste. Great with hot rolls or cornbread. Hope you like as much as the kids do!


  • 1 to 1 ¼ pounds ground beef
  • 6 cups water or more
  • 1-14 1/12-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons beef or chicken granules
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, sliced or diced
  • 4 medium potatoes, diced
  • ½ cup or so, uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. In a large stock pot place ground beef, I put salt, black pepper, and garlic power on it, onions and celery, cook on medium-high heat until the meat browns.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, beef or chicken granules and about 6 cups water.
  3. Cover, cook for 30 or 40 minutes on low heat.
  4. Add potatoes, carrots and macaroni. If you prefer you may cook the macaroni and just add at the end.
  5. Cover, simmer until all vegetable and macaroni are tender.

5. Savory and Spicy Potato Cheese Soup

Savory and Spicy Potato Cheese Soup
Savory and Spicy Potato Cheese Soup | Source

This soup is great on a cold winter night, the combination of potatoes and cheese makes it a hearty soup. It comes together fast using canned potato soup with added ingredients to kick it up with homemade flavor.


  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 3-10.5-ounce cans cream of potato soup
  • ½ pound jalapeño cheese, grated
  • ½ pound Longhorn cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • salt and black pepper to taste.


  1. Sauté butter, carrots, celery, and green onions on low heat.
  2. Add broth, soup and cheeses.
  3. Heat all ingredients, stirring often.
  4. Remove from heat and add sour cream, salt, and black pepper.
  5. This makes a lot.

6. Goulash Soup

Goulash Soup
Goulash Soup | Source

This Beef Goulash Soup Recipe is like both a goulash and stew in one. It’s cooked long and slow, so would be great for the slow cooker. It makes a hearty meal served with Rye bread or another bread of your choice.


  • 1 1/2 pounds steak; cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped.
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped.
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed.


  1. In a zip lock bag, add flour, salt, and pepper, mix.
  2. Add cubed up beef and toss in the flour mixture.
  3. In a large pot or Dutch oven heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the beef and brown.
  5. Remove browned beef to a plate, set aside.
  6. Reduce heat; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to a pot.
  7. Add onions, garlic, red and green bell peppers; sauté until vegetables are soft and transparent.
  8. Add the browned beef back into the pot along with the water, tomatoes, cayenne pepper and cumin.
  9. Bring to a very slow boil and let simmer covered 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  10. After 2 hours, add potatoes and cook another 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4-5 servings

7. Hearty Tomato Basil Soup

Hearty Tomato Basil Soup
Hearty Tomato Basil Soup | Source

Hearty Tomato Basil Soup is so delicious. I never liked tomato soup until I tried this recipe with whipping cream. Whipping cream can make anything taste better. Serve it with a crusty bread or a grilled sandwich.


  • 4 cups fresh tomatoes or canned crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups unsalted tomato juice
  • 12 to 14 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper not
  • salt to taste


  1. Combine tomatoes and juice in a large saucepan.
  2. Place over medium-low heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Let mixture cool slightly, place in a blender or food processor.
  4. Add basil and cooked tomato mixture, do this in batches.
  5. Return mixture to saucepan.
  6. Add whipping cream and butter.
  7. Stir butter and cream over low heat until blended.
  8. Stir in salt and black pepper.

Make 8 servings.

8. Watching Your Weight Cabbage Soup

Watching Your Weight Cabbage Soup
Watching Your Weight Cabbage Soup | Source

Okay here is a recipe for all the weight watchers! I love this delicious soup, it’s loaded with cabbage, onions, carrots, green beans and zucchini. You can change around the vegetables if you like!

Dig around and find a soup pot and these ingredients!


  • 3 cups non-fat beef broth, may use chicken or vegetable
  • 2 garlic cloves, mince
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup green beans
  • ½ cup zucchini, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté onions, carrot, and garlic in the soup pot that you have sprayed with non-stick cooking spray for about 5 minutes.
  2. Next, add; broth, tomato paste, cabbage, green beans, basil, oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Set heat to simmer and cook vegetables until tender for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini and cook another 5 minutes.

9. Cabbage, Ham, and Bean Soup

Cabbage, Ham And Bean Soup
Cabbage, Ham And Bean Soup | Source

I love cabbage and ham together, this is a delicious and hearty soup. A big bowl with cornbread or a slice of homemade bread would be good during this cold weather. I use chunks of leftover ham to make this soup!


  • ½ half medium cabbage, shredded
  • 4 large carrots, sliced thick
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 5 medium ribs celery, sliced thick
  • ½ pound extra lean deli ham sliced thick, cut into chunks
  • 1-15.5 ounce can cannelloni beans
  • 4 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • black pepper and salt to taste


  1. In a large pot; mix broth, water, carrots, onions, potatoes, and celery.
  2. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add ham, beans, cabbage, thyme, garlic and black pepper and salt.
  4. You may add any herbs you like to the soup.
  5. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Now enjoy this yummy soup!

10. Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger  Soup
Cheeseburger Soup | Source

I love that in fall I can start looking for my favorite soup recipes. Cheeseburger Soup is a hearty and thick soup. You may cut or add ingredients to suit your taste.

If you like it spicy add some jalapeño peppers or pepper flakes. It is delicious served with a slice of homemade bread or a chunk of buttered cornbread.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3 1/2 cups diced potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 8 ounces diced American or Velveeta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper


  1. In a large skillet or pan, sauté the ground beef and chopped onion over a medium heat.
  2. Cook stirring the beef until it’s browned all over.
  3. Drain ground beef mixture and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter; sauté the celery, carrots, parsley, and basil.
  5. After carrots are tender, add the chicken stock and bring to the boil.
  6. Add to mixture; potatoes and cooked beef and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
  7. In a small skillet melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, stir in the flour and cook through until it combines.
  8. Add milk; whisk until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth.
  9. Add to the soup and bring to the boil again.
  10. Reduce the heat and mix in the cheese and seasonings.
  11. After the cheese has melted remove from the heat.
  12. Good served with a spoonful of sour cream added!


  • For spicy soup; add cayenne pepper, pepper flakes or jalapeño peppers.

11. Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

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Comments 4 comments

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Rochelle Frank 5 weeks ago from California Gold Country

Just in time for the coming fall and winter months. All of these look delicious. Hearty soups like these are the ultimate satisfying meal. Thanks for the inspiring recipes.

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Margie Lynn 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country Author I love sharing good recipes! A delicious pot of soup is served year around at our house! Thanks for stopping by!

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peachpurple 5 weeks ago from Home Sweet Home

oh I love all your soups, but i must try that beans and ham soup

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Margie Lynn 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country Author I love soup year around! I have some yummy Mexican soups on another hub, Recipes for Mexican Theme Night Meals. Did not know if I was allowed to put link!

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