Our Top 10 Favorite Ina Garten Soup Recipes (2024)

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published Feb 13, 2019





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Our Top 10 Favorite Ina Garten Soup Recipes (1)

Name something better than a one-pot meal, that feeds a crowd, warms your soul, requires minimal dish washing, and just so happens to have been prepared by Ina Garten. I’ll wait. You can’t think of anything? Me neither! This is why we put our heads together with Ina’s biggest fan (Trent Pheifer from @StoreBoughtIsFine) and whipped up a list of our favorite soup recipes from the master herself.

Here’s what Trent has to say about Ina’s soups:

“Ina has nearly 50 soup recipes, I’ve made all but six, and there are few if any misses. She’s known for her perfect roast chicken, but she also makes a pretty mean and soul-satisfying soup. Her varied options are perfect for any season or occasion, whether it’s her refreshing summertime gazpacho or her hearty minestrone to keep you warm in the depths of winter.”

And now, without further ado, the top-ten best cozy, soul-warming, tastebud-delighting soups from the Ina archives.

1. Wild Mushroom and Farro Soup

Ina loves to serve a soup as a first course, (bonus points if you make it ahead). She loads this creamy mushroom soup with lots of vegetables, diced pancetta, a scoop of créme fraîche, and a glug of Marsala wine to finish it off. It’s best served with a slice of crusty bread.

Keep this recipe from Barefoot Contessa At Home in your back pocket at all times. Topped with avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, and crispy tortilla strips, this soup brings the heat.

I know we say that a lot of Ina recipes are ingenious around here (and they are!), but this tomato and eggplant soup recipe is actually ingenious. Ina makes a big batch of this soup to enjoy one day, and then uses the leftovers as the sauce for her Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Eggplant. She calls it a two-fer!

As Ina would say, this is classic French onion soup “with the volume turned up!” Please sign us up for a bowl of this topped with bubbly Gruyère (obvi) and toasted sourdough. According to Trent, “this soup is even better the second day!”

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Somehow only Ina can make something as simple as grilled cheese with tomato soup look and taste utterly gourmet. Not only will your kids love it, but so will you.

Punxsutawney Phil might have predicted an early spring this year, but we’re okay with a long winter if it means we can eat Ina’s winter minestrone on repeat. “It warms my entire body. This soup is my happy place,” Trent says.

When we’re craving the flavors of fall (and have a giant butternut squash we don’t know what to do with), a go-to is a big bowl of this hearty, puréed soup. Trent has opinions about this one: “Trust Ina and get a food mill when it comes to purée. It provides the perfect texture so you don’t feel like you’re eating watery baby food.”

Scoff as you may at Ina’s use of the word “easy,” but she’s not wrong, especially when it comes to gazpacho. This chilled soup with tomatoes, scallions, cucumber, onion and garlic comes together in the food processor. Toasty croutons spread with goat cheese (or in @StoreBoughtIsFine‘s case, Parmesan) are highly recommended. This was one of the first Ina soups that Trent ever made. “It’s still a summer favorite especially when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. It also satisfies my life-long desire to drink salsa straight from the bowl,” he says.

Mark our words, this is all you’re ever going to want to eat on sick days from now on (and also all other days). If you’ve never made matzo balls from scratch before, Ina will walk you through the process and have you feeling like a pro. According to Trent, don’t skip out on making homemade stock. “For most of Ina’s recipes, you can swap in store-bought chicken stock, but the exceptions are her soups where broth is the star. If you don’t want to use three whole chickens (or don’t have a cauldron to accommodate said chickens, the recipe can easily be cut by two thirds.”

To make this cheddar corn chowder even more decadent, garnish it with crispy bacon bits. You will thank Ina later.

What’s your favorite Ina Garten soup recipe?

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Our Top 10 Favorite Ina Garten Soup Recipes (2024)


What's the number one soup in America? ›

Chicken Noodle Soup is the most popular soup in America. More than 28% of consumers choose clam chowder as their favorite kind of soup. The global soup market size was valued at USD 16.1 billion in 2018. Vegetable soup is the second most popular soup in the U.S after chicken noodle soup.

What is the best soup dish in the world? ›

  • Noodle Dish. Shoyu ramen. TOKYO, Japan. 4.5.
  • Stew. Pozole. MEXICO. 4.5.
  • Noodle Dish. Tsukemen. TOKYO, Japan. 4.5.
  • Noodle Soup. Beef pho (Phở bò) VIETNAM. 4.5.
  • Chicken Soup. Tom kha gai. CENTRAL THAILAND, Thailand. 4.5.
  • Vegetable Soup. Mercimek çorbası TURKIYE. 4.5.
  • Soup. Sinigang. PHILIPPINES. 4.5.
  • Stew. Gulai. SUMATRA, Indonesia. 4.5.

Does Ina Garten have a soup cookbook? ›

Book overview

Ina's own delicious, heartwarming soups tucked inside an exclusive keepsake box–perfect for preparing on your own or sharing with friends and loved ones.

How do you make soup taste richer? ›

"If your broth is lacking in savory richness, try adding roasted onion, tomato paste, mushrooms, seaweed, soy sauce, or miso. These ingredients add umami flavor and depth to broth," she says. The choice of ingredient depends on the recipe, though.

What is the best soup to eat everyday? ›

6 delicious and healthy soups
  • Chicken Vietnamese Pho.
  • Green spring minestrone.
  • Herb and yoghurt-based soup.
  • Lamb shank and barley soup.
  • Pumpkin soup with star croutons.
  • Lentil and vegetable soup with crusty bread.
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Who has the healthiest soup? ›

Amy's Organic Low-Sodium Lentil Vegetable Soup

Amy's Organic Low Sodium Lentil Vegetable Soup is one the healthiest canned soups because it's made with non-GMO, organic ingredients, is low in sodium, and is a great source of protein and fiber.

What are the top 5 soups in the world? ›

Here is a list of the top 5 best soup in the world.
  1. Miso Soup (Japan)
  2. Pho (Vietnam) Photo by Kirill Tonkikh on Unsplash. ...
  3. Ramen (Japan) Photo by Frank from 5 AM Ramen on Unsplash. ...
  4. Borscht (Eastern Europe) Photo by Natalia Gusakova on Unsplash. ...
  5. Vegetable Soup. Photo by Pichara Bann on Unsplash. ...
Nov 4, 2023

What is the most expensive bowl of soup in the world? ›

With one bowl costing a bank account withering $5,000, £3,800, this Vietnamese Pho soup is probably the most expensive soup on earth. It is the creation of Tiato, a Vietnamese restaurant in California. They created the soup to auction off for a children's hospital charity.

What is the most common soup in England? ›

A survey by YouGov in 2011 revealed 37% of brits rated tomato soup as their favourite with men and women of all ages agreeing on this. Potato and leek came in second place with 17% and Chicken followed behind with 16%, but is tomato still the UK's fave?

What does Ina Garten eat every day? ›

Her eating, she says, is “pretty orderly, actually”: “I have toast and coffee for breakfast;” tea every day at 10:30 a.m. — not a minute earlier or later; soup for lunch (Italian wedding soup, on the day of the recording); and for dinner, she and her husband, Jeffrey, go out with friends or order in.

What brand of dishes does Ina Garten use? ›

If you're looking for a Barefoot Contessa-approved set, check out the Maison pattern from Crate and Barrel, a mainstay Ina has said she owns over the years. Another, pricier option is the White Dinnerware set from Pillivuyt, a French brand Ina recommends for serving ware as well.

What food scale does Ina Garten use? ›

Oxo Good Grips Food Scale

Ina uses this Oxo food scale to keep everything precise — and delicious.

What not to do when making soup? ›

The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Make Cooking Soup
  1. Boiling instead of simmering. You want a small bubble or two to rise to the surface of the liquid every few seconds. ...
  2. Not using enough salt. ...
  3. Ignoring water. ...
  4. Overcooking the vegetables. ...
  5. Adding tomatoes at the beginning. ...
  6. Neglecting to garnish. ...
  7. Not trying a pressure cooker.
Nov 19, 2014

What is the secret to soup? ›

7 Tips for Successful Soup Making
  • Use a Sturdy Pot. It is worth investing in a heavy pot with a thick bottom to use for making soup. ...
  • Sauté the Aromatics. ...
  • Start with Good Broth. ...
  • Cut Vegetables to the Right Size. ...
  • Stagger the Addition of Vegetables. ...
  • Keep Liquid at a Simmer. ...
  • Season Just Before Serving.
Oct 9, 2022

Can you put Worcestershire sauce in soup? ›

Soups and Chilis

Worcestershire sauce in soup? Trust me on this one. Just a little goes a long way; it helps cut through the richness in chilis and thick soups.

What is the #1 soup in the world? ›

According to the Taste Atlas Awards, the international food database, the Filipino favorite, Sinigang, is hailed as the best soup in the world.

What is Panera's best selling soup? ›

According to the bakery-café chain, Broccoli Cheddar is America's favorite soup, with 49 states choosing it as their top pick. The outlier was Minnesota, which chose Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice as its top pick.

What is the most popular soup company? ›

Top 10 Soup Companies in the World:
  • Campbell Soup Company.
  • The Kraft Heinz Company.
  • Unilever PLC.
  • General Mills Inc.
  • Conagra Brands Inc.
  • B&G Foods, Inc.
  • Nestle S.A.
  • Baxters Food Group.
Nov 7, 2023

What is the most sold Campbell's soup? ›

Chicken Noodle Soup

This classic soup is the most popular Campbell's soup.

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