Summer Soups That Prove Warm Weather Can Be Soup Weather Too

Vegetable Garden Soup Turkey
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Unlike the thick and hearty soups of winter, these refreshing summer soups keep things light during the sunny summer months. Summer soup recipes—both hot or chilled—are loaded with bright flavors and farm-fresh ingredients. Incorporate your garden bounty with a summer vegetable soup or cool things down with some cold summer soups—it's your choice and the options seem limitless.

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Garden Greens and Mushroom Soup

Garden Greens and Mushroom Soup
Blaine Moats

Your summer garden is almost all the pantry you’ll need for this summer soup idea. Fresh spinach, arugula, and Italian parsley give the soup its signature green color, while the creamy texture comes from pureed potatoes. The sautéed mushrooms are almost meaty as they star in this savory summer soup.

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All-American Cheeseburger Soup

All-American Cheeseburger Soup
Andy Lyons

Change up your summer barbecue with this twist on a summertime favorite. This hearty summer soup has all the fixings and comes together in just 40 minutes. Serve this cheeseburger soup with a side of toasted burger buns and burger toppings to get the full backyard barbecue experience in a bowl.

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Vegetable Garden Soup with Turkey

Vegetable Garden Soup Turkey
Jason Donnelly

Fork-tender greens, bright summer squash, and juicy tomatoes make over this colorful turkey soup. And a bonus, this summer squash soup comes together in less than 45 minutes! Take advantage of the season’s bounty by hitting the farmers market or digging in your backyard garden.

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Caribbean Seafood Stew

Caribbean Seafood Stew
Kritsada Panichgul

Who says you have to head to the ocean to experience flavorful Caribbean cuisine? Using fresh fish, zesty lime juice, peppers, and coconut milk, you can bring the sea to you—in this delicious bowl of seafood stew. The Caribbean-inspired stew is best served over rice, but try it over a bed of steamed veggies for a lighter twist.

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Chilled Raspberry-Chile Soup

Chilled Raspberry-Chile Soup
Andy Lyons

Keep cool in the midst of melting summer heat with a bowlful of refreshing berry soup. Bananas, raspberries, and a splash of orange juice give this summer soup its sweet, smoothie-like texture, while spicy peppers add a lively kick. Garnish with fresh raspberries and sliced chiles for extra crunch in each bite.

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Sweet Corn Soup with Toasted Corn Guacamole

Sweet Corn Soup with Toasted Corn Guacamole
Jason Donnelly

Embrace the freshness of summer’s sweetest veggie in our sweet summer corn soup. This pureed concoction features fiery poblano peppers, zippy lime peel, and crumbly queso fresco for some tangy texture. The toasted corn guacamole is a great topper for this creamy soup, but the recipe is also great on its own as a refreshing dip for outdoor summer barbeques.

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White Gazpacho

White Gazpacho
Carson Downing

Save your tomatoes for another time with this cold summer soup. Gazpacho is often made with fresh produce in Spain during the hot summer months, and this white gazpacho is no different. Almonds, grapes, cucumbers, bread, yogurt, and vinegar are plentiful along the southern coast of Spain, and they blend beautifully to create this refreshing summer soup.

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Spicy Chicken-Corn Chowder

Spicy Chicken-Corn Chowder
Blaine Moats

Tired of firing up the grill night after night? Spice up summer meals with our savory summer chowder. Our spicy version is brimming with bacon and features fresh veggies—available at your local farmers market or grocery store.

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Classic Minestrone

Classic Minestrone Soup
Andy Lyons

This Italian soup takes its cues from summer’s top produce. Bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, and crisp summer squash mingle with mostaccioli pasta and cannellini beans in this summer minestrone soup. Cut back on prep time by using prepared pasta and canned beans to get this minestrone on the table in just 25 minutes!

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Grilled Asparagus Soup with Chile Croutons

Grilled Asparagus Soup Chile Croutons
Con Poulos

Bright and tender asparagus stars in this pureed, lemon-infused soup. Just toss a handful of stalks on the grill a few minutes before serving, along with baguettes brushed in chile-butter, for a refreshing meal. The best part of this simple summer soup recipe is that it is ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.

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Chicken and Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Andy Lyons

Put a seasonal spin on classic chicken and tortilla soup with the help of sugar snap peas, zucchini, tomato, and jalapeño. Loaded with seasonal veggies, this summer chicken soup will fill you up without weighing you down. Don’t forget the fun part: Top with cheddar cheese, crunchy tortilla strips, and lacy green cilantro leaves for fiesta-ready appeal.

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Chilled Avocado Soup

Chilled Avocado Soup
Karla Conrad

Chill out with our creamy, cool version of avocado soup. This quick and easy summer soup comes together in just 15 minutes, where delicious avocados, lemon juice, and a sprinkling of crumbled queso fresco blend to create a craveworthy summer soup. Make it up to 24 hours before serving for a stress-free patio party

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Quinoa-Nectarine Gazpacho with Crispy Spiced Tortilla Strips

Quinoa-Nectarine Gazpacho
Andy Lyons

A chilly bottle of ginger beer blends with pineapple juice to create one beautiful, golden base for this quinoa summer soup recipe. Peaches make an unexpected appearance, paired with jalapeño peppers and crunchy cucumber. Top this satisfying soup with a cool Mexican crema or dollop of sour cream.

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Easy Noodle Bowl

Easy Noodle Bowl
Andy Lyons

Summer soups with chicken can be both refreshing and filling, and this simple summer soup recipe checks both boxes. Spicy jalapeño peppers give this simple, soy-infused noodle bowl a lively surprise, while sugar snap peas and carrots add tender crunch. Garnish with fresh parsley or sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes for extra spice.

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Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup
Jason Donnelly

Whip up a batch of this tomato-rich soup in less than 30 minutes. All you need are summer tomatoes, red pepper, onion, basil, and broth. Be sure to swirl in some whipping cream and honey for that extra-creamy consistency.

Test Kitchen Tip: This vibrant summer soup is also delicious and refreshing when served cold.

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Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup
Karla Conrad

One spoonful of this bean-studded soup and you’ll be hooked. We make ours with tender carrots and onions, fresh baby spinach, and seasoned broth for a light and healthy soup for summer. Whether you use canned beans or buy them fresh from the market, this Tuscan-inspired soup can’t be beat.

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Guacamole Soup

Guacamole Soup
Scott Little

Garlicky guacamole makes more than just a finger-licking dip for tortilla chips. It also doubles as a delicious soup! Top each serving with cooked shrimp to turn this appetizer-inspired dish into a deliciously filling main course.

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Beet Soup

beet soup napkin
Shimon Tammar

This Eastern European-inspired soup can be served hot or chilled and makes a great appetizer for a garden-side summer soirée. Roasting the beets brings out their earthiness while pureeing them gives this cold summer soup its creamy texture. Add chopped baby beets on top for a chunky contrast.

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Watermelon Soup with Fresh Mint

Watermelon Soup with Fresh Mint
Andy Lyons

Try our simple two-step watermelon summer soup at your next family meal. This sweet time-saver can be served as an appetizer or with vanilla yogurt as a dessert. Use leftover watermelon slices for an easy yet adorable garnish or serve it in a carved-out watermelon bowl.

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