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20 Genius Soup Recipes (with Smartypants Tricks from Cookbook Authors & Chefs)

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... soup, apparently? I'm a fan of giving the people what the people want (see also: genius chicken and weeknight dinner shortcuts) and "soup" is one of the most searched-for terms on Food52 (this winter it was #2, right behind "cookies," so you're not always so sensible). Here are 20 genius recipes for soup, full of classics like hot and sour and cheesy broccoli, and plenty of unexpected winners, too. And here's one for cookies, to seal the deal.

Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup
Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix)
The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix)
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở
Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở
Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style
Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style
Jennifer McLagan's Toast Soup
Jennifer McLagan's Toast Soup
Alton Brown's Shrimp Gumbo
Alton Brown's Shrimp Gumbo
Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche
Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Deborah Madison's Potato and Green Chile Stew
Deborah Madison's Potato and Green Chile Stew
Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup
Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup
Jane Grigson's Celery Soup
Jane Grigson's Celery Soup
Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup
Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup
Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic
Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic
Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup
Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup
Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup
Anya von Bremzen's Potato Soup with Fried Almonds

Anya von Bremzen's Potato Soup with Fried Almonds by Genius Recipes

 Rick Bayless' Tortilla Soup with Shredded Chard

Rick Bayless' Tortilla Soup with Shredded Chard by Genius Recipes

Got a genius recipe to share—from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Perhaps a genius dessert? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at kri[email protected].