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36 Creamy, Dreamy Soups to Choose From for the Holidays

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The holidays would benefit from a playbook, wouldn't they? We partnered with Braun Household to arm you with resources for cooking like you wrote it yourself, with a little help from their MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender whose ACTIVEblade technology makes intimidating tasks a cinch.

Silky smooth soups—whether built on cream, creamy vegetables, or good ol' cheese and butter—satisfy some tucked-away void in the pit of my stomach. Whether simple or complex, made with a handful of simple ingredients or a million layered flavors, all it takes to remind me of their unending comfort is a simple reminder spoonful. And then, the deluge: Soup all season long, please. Give me the hearty, the brothy, the thick, the thin.

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The creamiest, dreamiest bean soup.
The creamiest, dreamiest bean soup. Photo by Bobbi Lin

But to hit the holiday trifecta—big-batch, approachable in the kitchen, and lovely presentation—there's one way above the rest: a velvety, zipped-smooth soup with a simple-yet-fanciful garnish on top. The fastest, easiest way to soup heaven is a hand blender, especially since this allows me to blend right in the pot. Whether I want my soup to be silky smooth or still have a touch of texture, using a hand blender is not only the least messy way to soup up soup, but it also allows me easily control its consistency. And then I can focus on my toppings: Be it as singular as an herb sprig or as involved as a pesto or infused oil, a little something that adds aroma, flavor, and color is key.

Fresh Cranberry Bean Soup with Basil-Walnut Pesto
Fresh Cranberry Bean Soup with Basil-Walnut Pesto

Every time I skim the internet for a new recipe or search for one that includes ingredients I'm craving or seeing at the market, I tend to get overwhelmed—it's so hard to know what to choose! There are just oodles of recipes, even here on Food52. So we're sharing our favorites right here to cut down on your search.

Light and Bright

Roasted Celery Soup

Roasted Celery Soup by inpatskitchen

Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter

Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter by Sarah Jampel

Greek Lemon Soup —Avgolemono
Greek Lemon Soup —Avgolemono

Cauliflower and Carrots

Roasted Cauliflower and Harissa Soup
Roasted Cauliflower and Harissa Soup
Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup by kmartinelli

Roasted Carrot Soup

Roasted Carrot Soup by Reeve

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chimichurri and Poblano Creme Fraiche

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chimichurri and Poblano Cre... by TheWimpyVegetarian

Creamy Carrot Ginger Bisque with Cashew Cream

Creamy Carrot Ginger Bisque with Cashew Cream by Gena Hamshaw

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup by Genius Recipes

Creamy Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Creamy Cauliflower and Potato Soup by anotherfoodieblogger

Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Red Lentil Soup with Moroccan Flavors
Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Red Lentil Soup with Moroccan Flavors

A Meaty Backbone

Split Pea Soup for a Winter's Day
Split Pea Soup for a Winter's Day
Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup by MrsWheelbarrow

Savory Wild Mushroom Soup

Savory Wild Mushroom Soup by mariaraynal

Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with Seared Calamari)

Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with... by Emiko

Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon Vinaigrette

Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon Vinaigrette by OB Cookie

Trusty Tomato

Roasted Tomato BLT Soup
Roasted Tomato BLT Soup
Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup

Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup by Genius Recipes

Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup

Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup by Amanda Hesser

Roasted Tomato, Whipped Burrata, and Basil Oil Soup

Roasted Tomato, Whipped Burrata, and Basil Oil Soup by inpatskitchen

Seared Fresh Sardines and Tomato Soup

Seared Fresh Sardines and Tomato Soup by cheese1227

Calling all Butternuts

Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, and Nutmeg Crème Fraîche

Thomas Keller's Butternut Soup with Brown Butter, Sage, a... by Genius Recipes

Hot-Honey Butternut Squash Soup

Hot-Honey Butternut Squash Soup by Corinne Cuozzo

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup: 1993

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup: 1993 by Amanda Hesser

Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut

Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut by Kenzi Wilbur

Po-Tay-To, Po-Tah-To

Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano)
Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano)
Sweet Potato Soup with Feta and Za'atar Oil

Sweet Potato Soup with Feta and Za'atar Oil by lauren

Coriander and Sweet Potato Soup with Spicy Chickpea Croutons

Coriander and Sweet Potato Soup with Spicy Chickpea Croutons by Aysegul Sanford

Celeriac and Potato Soup with Mushroom, Walnut, and Celery Leaf Salad
Celeriac and Potato Soup with Mushroom, Walnut, and Celery Leaf Salad

Go, Go Greens

Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Broccoli, Lemon, and Parmesan Soup

Broccoli, Lemon, and Parmesan Soup by Merrill Stubbs

Green Vegetable Soup with Miso

Green Vegetable Soup with Miso by ieatthepeach

Broccoli Apple Soup

Broccoli Apple Soup by BlueKaleRoad

Radish Top Soup and Slow-Roasted Radish Roots with Fennel Seeds

Radish Top Soup and Slow-Roasted Radish Roots with Fennel... by Viviane Bauquet Farre

Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens
Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens

We partnered with Braun Household to arm you with resources for cooking during the holidays, from the simple to the complex, with a little help from their MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender.

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