Is soup the perfect lunch? It’s a convenient make-ahead meal, and it brings a touch of home to your desk with its warm nourishment. But there’s just one thing that often holds us back from bringing soup for lunch: Will it fill us up? The answer is yes, if you choose the right soup.
Here are 21 hearty soups that will warm you from the inside out — from cabbage and rice soup to chicken soup with fennel and farro. Every bite is loaded with wholesome things, and will keep you feeling full through the afternoon.
There’s no wrong way to enjoy this classic soup but sprinkling crumbled cheese crackers on top is totally worth your while — it adds the perfect amount of salty, cheese, crispy goodness to each spoonful.
Butternut squash soup is one of those meals that defines autumn. This version combines cumin and coriander for spicy warmth, while a squeeze of orange and lime give it a hit of late-fall sunshine. If you want to make it even more filling, add a handful of barley or brown rice to the soup near the end of cooking.
Studded with chewy whole farro and slivers of fennel stalks in place of celery, this is far from your average bowl of chicken soup. (But it comforts just like any good one.)
Lentil soup is comforting, simple, and easy to throw together with the bare minimum of ingredients. It’s the ideal go-to when you want something hearty but healthy.
The best part about this soup is that you can roast vegetables with the intention of making it or you can use whatever roasted vegetables you have left over to make it part of your next-day meal plan.
This soup is simple, versatile, comforting, and satisfying — all the best qualities of a meal perfect for chilly days.
This soup features a spicy, tangy broth packed with mushrooms, fragrant rice, and melting strands of cabbage. It’s hot and sour, delicious yet simple, hearty yet light — everything you want right now.
This soup is rich and satisfying, and will easily remind you of a hearty cream of mushroom soup with farro, vegetables, and pancetta.
Not only is this chicken soup delicious and nourishing, but it’s also hearty enough to fill you up and keep you satisfied all afternoon long.
Everything you need to get through winter is right here in one pot. It’s a soup that’s creamy, brothy, and chunky, with savory white beans and ham.
This quick, easy, and super-creamy soup will remind you of traditional potato-leek soup, but with celery standing in for the leeks.
From mini meatballs and chunky vegetables, to pasta and a rich tomato broth, it’s just too hard to pick your favorite part of this soup.
This is the kind of warm, satisfying soup you’ll want to eat again and again. It’s bursting with flavor and amazingly easy to pull together.
This seriously satisfying soup is a cinch to make, thanks to helpful store-bought ingredients like rotisserie chicken and potato gnocchi.
In this version of bean and bacon soup, soft cubes of butternut squash and silky shreds of chard add a little freshness, transforming this soup into a comforting and nutritious one-pot meal.
This simple and irresistible puréed soup gets a touch of extra creaminess from coconut milk, and a lightly spiced flavor from cumin, coriander, and turmeric.
Posole is a simple meal that combines everything you love about Mexican cuisine. It’s fresh and light, spicy and cool, crunchy and chewy — all in one bowl.
A flavorful tomato broth makes the perfect base for this hearty soup that mixes warm tortellini with crumbled sausage. This is exactly the kind of lunch that will carry you through a tough afternoon.
To give the broth incredibly rich, umami-forward flavor, this quick soup relies on dried porcini mushrooms along with the fresh mushrooms.
This recipe is best cooked low and slow, eventually rewarding you with a soup that’s irresistibly creamy with deep, rich flavor. This is one to make, eat for a few days, and then freeze as a little care package for your future self.
This soup is really a collection of leftovers: freezer treasures, half an avocado for garnish, the end of a bunch of cilantro, and the last crushed pieces of a bag of tortilla chips — although you’d never know from looking at it, and definitely not by the taste.