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12 Soups to Warm You Up From the Inside Out

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Recently, I entered a heated debate around what I consider the coziest of foods: soup. While my friends opponents denounced them as watery and lackluster, I found myself defending soups of all varieties. Purees deliver hearty doses of vegetables in their creamiest possible form. Minestrones provide as much warmth as a sweater. Noodle soups are diverse, zany—they take readily any flavor profile you desire. They also have an uncanny ability to cure even my gnarliest of coughs.

My "friends" (could I really trust such soup critics?) held steadfast to an aversion that revealed a shallow understanding of the dish’s full potential. My words alone weren't enough to convince my stubborn debate partners, but maybe some of these recipes will do the trick. This fall, distance yourself from the idea that soups are lazy and uninspired. Instead, embrace soups as varied as pozole, pho, and potato. Try your hand at any—or all—of the soups below whether you're feeling something protein-rich, pureed, or dressed with noodles.

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Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup

Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup by dymnyno

Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night

Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night by AntoniaJames

Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style

Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley by Genius Recipes

purely purees

Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut

Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut by Kenzi Wilbur

Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup

Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup by Genius Recipes

Anna Thomas' Green Soup

Anna Thomas' Green Soup by Genius Recipes

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup by kmartinelli

House of Carbs

Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini and Parsley or Basil Pesto

Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini and Parsley or Basil Pesto by WinnieAb

Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles

Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles by gingerroot

Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở

Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup

Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup by Genius Recipes

Which way do you lean in the soup debate? Let us know where you weigh in below.

Tags: soups, fall, hearty, purees