It’s soup season again, and we aren’t mad about it. When the chill returns to the air and seasonal vegetables shift from bright and fresh to earthy and cruciferous, we unearth our stockpots and dig out our tried and true soup recipes. This year, we’ve gathered some rich and warming Southern soup recipes from regional restaurants to add into the rotation. From oyster soup and spicy pho to classic french onion, we’re ladling out flavors from Austin to Charleston to the Bayou. Between soups that come together on a weeknight to those that simmer low and slow over a Sunday afternoon, this selection satisfies a range of time budgets and taste preferences.
Destinations throughout the Gulf and Southeast Coast keep perfected oyster soup recipes on hand throughout the chillier months. This one, adapted from Mosquito Supper Club (Artisan, 2020), combines its own salt pork and fresh shucked oysters into a chowder-like dish. Plan in advance for this recipe—the salt pork should cure about three days before you make the soup.
Think of pozole like the Southwestern cousin to chili. Rich with pork and warm chili flavors, this version from Irene’s in Austin calls for dried corn instead of the traditional hominy.
Bland butternut soups, be gone! This recipe from A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Library in Cary, North Carolina, pulls in smoky warmth from roasted chiles and hazelnuts. Don’t balk at the amount of brown sugar; this soup can stand up to it.
“I really enjoy the rich texture parsnips have when slowly roasted,” says Blackberry Farm’s executive chef Cassidee Dabney, creator of this creamy elixir. “In the cooler months, I often make batches of parsnip soup. I’ll have some for dinner or incorporate the soup into a casserole or tart base.”
Every soup lover needs a go-to bean soup recipe. These protein-packed bowls turn pantry staples into a delicious meal, making it the sort of dinner you can pull off on a weeknight. This recipe offers a loose formula for bean soup, using your preferred fat or oil, whatever beans you have on hand, and your choice of sturdy greens.
Bright and fresh from kaffir lime leaves and fresh lemongrass, this brothy, shrimp soup remedies whatever cool-weather ailment plagues you. While there’s no substitute for making the shrimp stock from scratch, you can use store-bought in a pinch.
This turn-of-the-century bisque continues to dominate classic seafood menus. The old stalwart holds plenty of nostalgia but it always feels elevated, thanks to the crab meat and roe. Rich and creamy, keep this recipe in your back pocket for when winter storms roll in off the coast.
With fewer than ten ingredients and about a half-hour’s worth of time, you can get a creamy, veggie-loaded dinner on the table. This recipe uses no cream, instead creating a roux from flour, butter, and stock. Serve with a crusty loaf or homemade cornbread croutons.
Cheesy, brothy, and carby in all the right ways, a bowl of french onion soup can do no wrong in our eyes. Give yourself ample time to make this one—it should simmer for two hours before assembly. And be sure to use brioche bread; its eggy richness makes it perfect for soaking up the caramelized onion juices.
All home cooks should have a potato-sausage soup in their repertoire. Cheap and hearty, it infuses fresh life into the winter greens wilting in your crisper. Inspired by the Portuguese caldo verde, this soup uses andouille for a Cajun kick.
From a winter cold cure to a dinner party main, pho delights in every scenario it gets put into. The brothy stock (well worth making from scratch) bursts with spices and meaty mushrooms to awaken your sinuses. Loaded with slurppable noodles, this is a soup that actually fills you up. Plus, the variety of garnishes give a choose-your-own-adventure aspect to each bowl.
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