08/09/2014 06:54 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Light-Yet-Satisfying Summer Soups

1. Creamy Zucchini, Walnut and Dill Soup


This silky puréed soup is surprisingly healthy -- there's no heavy cream or dairy in it, just a handful of toasted walnuts to thicken it up. Serve it warm or cold, depending on the weather and your mood. GET THE RECIPE

2. Chilled Roasted Red Pepper Soup


This light and refreshing chilled soup is chockfull of veggies, like slow-roasted red bell peppers, vine-ripened tomatoes, onions and garlic. But the real real magic is in the seasoning: fragrant fresh rosemary, anise seeds -- which have a flavor reminiscent of fennel -- and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I promise it will wake up your taste buds! GET THE RECIPE

3. Late Summer Corn Soup


With only a few simple ingredients -- a little butter, shallots, corn, chicken stock and fresh herbs -- this creamy soup has an intense corn flavor that tastes just like summer. You can have fun with it: substitute your favorite herbs; garnish it with chopped tomatoes or red peppers; or luxe it up with a swirl of heavy cream. GET THE RECIPE

4. Chilled Creamy Tomato Basil Soup


This tomato soup tastes brighter, sweeter and more intensely of tomatoes than any other tomato soup you've ever tried. The secret ingredient is orange juice, which highlights the sweetness of the tomatoes without calling any attention to itself. A touch of cream goes a long way. GET THE RECIPE

5. Roasted Garlic Gazpacho


Gazpacho is the ultimate summer soup. It's typically loaded with raw onions and garlic but in this recipe, the raw onions and garlic are replaced with lots of mellow, sweet roasted garlic. It's vibrant and full of robust tomato flavor, and you can eat it til your heart's content because it's super healthy and goes down smooth. GET THE RECIPE

6. Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto


If you have fresh pesto, this Summer Vegetable Soup is a great way to use it up. It's healthy yet totally satisfying -- perfect for a rainy day or cool summer night. Try it as a meal unto itself with a crusty loaf or as a side to gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. GET THE RECIPE