Cabbage, Kielbasa and Rice Soup
Good sausage is an excellent time-saver, because the links are already spiced and seasoned. The slices of Polish kielbasa in this soup add a wonderfully smoky, peppery, garlicky flavor.
Thai Coconut Seafood Soup
Shrimp and scallops are excellent for quick meals, since they take just minutes to cook perfectly.
Sophie Dahl likes eating peppery watercress in the spring and has figured out a way to highlight its bright flavor in this silky soup. A single tablespoon of cream gives the vivid green soup a touch of richness.
Cannellini and Escarole Soup with Garlic Oil
Chicken-and-Avocado Soup with Fried Tortillas
Here's a silky soup that doesn't rely on cream for its creamy texture; pureed avocados do the job nicely. It doesn't rely on long cooking for its full flavor, either—the soup's in the pot for less than ten minutes.
Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Beef
Rocco DiSpirito likes to heat shirataki noodles (a low-calorie noodle made from tofu or a kind of sweet potato) in store-bought chicken broth seasoned with lime juice.
Barley Soup with Scotch
The idea for this hearty, risotto-style soup came to Frédéric Morin while he was sitting on a combine in his uncle's barley field. He could smell the peat from the neighboring farm, which reminded him of Scotch whisky.
Cambodian Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Shrimp
For this spicy, soothing and restorative chicken-and-rice soup, Ratha Chau prepares his own delectable chicken stock and roasts a chicken, which is then cut into large pieces and added to it. Using prepared stock and preroasted chicken significantly cuts back on prep time.
Silky Cauliflower Soup
Carrot, Squash, and Jerusalem-Artichoke Soup with White Beans
Colorful vegetables brighten our satisfying brothy soup. If Jerusalem artichokes (also called sunchokes) aren't available in your area, substitute another flavorful, slightly scratchy vegetable such as parsnips or turnips, or simple increase the quantities of the other vegetables in the soup.
Pork and Pink Bean Soup with Corn Muffin Croutons
Gingered Carrot Soup with Crème Fraîche
Chicken and Potato Soup with Lemongrass
Thai Chicken Stew with Potato-Chive Dumplings
Pino Maffeo serves his vibrant, spicy, warming stew with gai lan (Chinese broccoli). Sautéed garlic chives stud his plump potato dumplings. Baby bok choy, an easy-to-find Chinese green, replaces the gai lan, while regular chives substitute for the garlic chives.
Scallop and Mushroom Soup with Ginger and Leeks
Black Bean Soup with Avocado Salsa
Black beans, often served in a soup or stew, have been a mainstay of Mexican cuisine for thousands of years. Black-bean soup is also popular in the Caribbean, where rum, sherry, or peppered wine is often added toward the end of cooking. We add the sherry somewhat earlier in this version, which combines elements of both traditions.
Parsnip and Carrot Soup
Brothy and brimming with beets, parsnips, turnip, celery root, and slices of kielbasa, this earthy beet soup gets a finishing touch of sour cream and fresh dill. Serve it in big bowls with plenty of crusty bread for an appetizing cold-weather dinner.
White Bean and Ham Soup
When Grace Parisi was growing up, her mother made white bean and escarole soup every Friday. To transform the soup into a main course, Parisi substitutes ham and spiced croutons for the greens.
Spicy Crab Bisque
Tanya Holland's decadent crab bisque is studded with plenty of lump crabmeat. Thanks to a hit of cayenne and Tabasco, the soup has a sneaky heat.
This is a terrific way to use leftover cooked vegetables. They get stirred into a flavorful, healthy broth along with pasta and beans.
Kale and White-Bean Stew
Combining Two Portuguese favorites—kale-and-sausage soup and a bean, sausage, and tomato stew—makes a simple, sensational one-pot meal. To keep the focus on the vegetables, we've used just a tiny amount of fresh sausage; you can add more, if you like, or substitute dried chorizo or pepperoni.
Creamy Piquillo Pepper and Chickpea Soup with Chicken
The secret to this speedy soup is buying ingredients with lots of built-in flavor, like hummus and jarred piquillo peppers.