Bean Soup

Bean soups are a simple way to make a filling yet inexpensive meal for your family—and beans are always an excellent option for vegetarians, since they’re packed with protein. Because beans are relatively tasteless on their own, they’re great at absorbing the flavors of other ingredients and seasonings in your soup. Check out Food & Wine's guide to classic bean soups, which features recipes for everything from rustic white bean to Mexican black bean and sausage.

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Black Bean and Chorizo Soup

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Kathy Gunst’s cookbook Soup Swap is filled with dishes like this hearty black bean soup studded with crispy chorizo that will quickly find a place in your recipe rotation. This soup is easy to double and the perfect make-ahead: Freeze in individual portions and pull out what you need for a satisfying dinner or last-minute houseguests. Slideshow: More Black Bean Soup Recipes 

Black Bean Soup Recipes

Fresh summer produce, creamy avocado and spicy sausage make wonderful additions to simple black bean soup, and feel free to dial up the heat. Whether you're looking for an alternative to classic chili or need an easy, hearty vegetarian dinner, these fantastic soups are perfect for any time of year.

Lentil Soup Recipes

Lentil soup is not only healthy and easy to make, but perfect to prepare in big batches and save for luch or dinner throughout the week. Here, a selection of comforting lentil soup recipes, including a lentil and garlic-sausage soup and a lentil miso soup with bacon sabayon.

Bean Soup Recipes

From white bean soup with asparagus and peas to Mexican black bean soup with spicy sausage, here at Food & Wine's best bean soup recipes.

Lentil Miso Soup with Bacon Sabayon

Chang revamps standard lentil soup with mild miso, which adds depth and complexity. He tops each bowl with crispy fried celery root and a warm sabayon-style sauce that’s rich with egg yolks and smoky bacon.Warming Soup RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook

More Bean Soup

Red Lentil Soup with Cumin and Fried Onions

This velvety soup gets intense flavor from cumin and sweetness from caramelized onions. Toasted bread torn into pieces adds great crunch. Slideshow:  Healthy Soups 

Summer Black Bean Soup with Corn and Tomatoes

This recipe works best with fresh corn and tomatoes at the height of the season. Add them in right at the end so they maintain their texture and fresh summer flavor. Slideshow:  Healthy Soups 

Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Warm and perfectly vegetarian, this red lentil soup is loaded with fresh vegetables to satisfy even the pickiest of vegetarians. Slideshow:  Vegetarian Soups