10/12/2014 08:36 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Fall Soups to Warm You Up

Feel that chill in the air? Warm up with these soul-satisfying autumn soups.

1. Easy Butternut Squash Soup


This has got to be the easiest butternut squash soup recipe ever. You start with pre-cut squash from the supermarket, then you throw everything in a pot, simmer it, purée it and you're done. But just because it's easy doesn't mean it's not delicious. I promise it's everything you expect a classic butternut squash soup to be: silky, slightly sweet and full of flavor. GET THE RECIPE

2. Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup


If you're in need of comfort food, this soul-satisfying soup is just the ticket. Here's what else I love about it: you can make it with ingredients you likely have on hand; it's ready in 30 minutes yet tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen making it; it's vegetarian and healthy; and, it's hearty enough, along with a salad and loaf of good bread, to be a complete meal. GET THE RECIPE

3. Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls


Is there anything more comforting than homemade chicken matzo ball soup? Making it is a bit of a "potschke," as my mother would say (meaning it requires some fussing), but it's not hard -- you pretty much throw everything into a pot and forget it, and the matzo balls are made from a mix. GET THE RECIPE

4. Autumn Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup


Made with carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and honey, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness and spice tastes just like fall in a bowl. The secret ingredient is curry powder, which doesn't give the soup an Indian flavor like you might think, but instead lends a subtle hint of autumn spice. GET THE RECIPE

5. French Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Bacon


You'll love this elegant lentil soup for its many layers of flavor: the smokiness of the bacon, earthiness of the lentils, mild sweetness of the onions and carrots, and acidity of the tomatoes. With a green salad and crusty bread, it's the perfect meal for a cool night. GET THE RECIPE