Fall is upon us! Keep warm this season with these ten comforting soup recipes. Combat the chilly air outside (or inside) the office with seasonal soup ingredients like pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes. 

By Amanda Hill
September 15, 2017
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Whether we're ready or not, fall is at our doorstep, and the season comes bearing colder weather, chillier air, and the possibility of seasonal sicknesses. But Grandma was right—nothing soothes better than a bowl of soup! And when better to consume it than in the middle of the day? Lunch often gets a bad rap courtesy of boring options like PB&J sandwiches and sad salads, but these satisfying soups can excite, amaze, and stifle any workweek hunger pangs. 

If you're like us here at Cooking Light, you suffer the same problem: even though you're in a geographically-warmer location in the fall, the office at work is always FREEZING. Why does that always happen?! A question for another post, perhaps, but whether it's freezing outside, or just in your cubicle, we've got ten soup recipes to keep you warm through the workday. And the best part? All of these recipes can be made ahead and enjoyed multiple times throughout the week. 

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Immunity Soup

This recipe (pictured above) is packed with vitamin-rich and nutrient-dense ingredients like kale, mushrooms, chicken, and chickpeas. Feel free to make a large pot and enjoy it for lunch or dinner over the course of several days.

Pumpkin Soup with Almonds and Sage

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Nothing rings in fall quite like pumpkins. And since pumpkin is one of the few vegetables with a good canned version, this recipe saves you time and effort. Just don't snag pumpkin pie filling on accident (which contains added sugar and spices).

Creamy Butternut-Leek Bisque

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Precut-prepped butternut squash saves you loads of time, and at only 226 calories per serving you'll definitely want to go back for seconds.

Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup

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The combination of sweet potato and cannellini beans makes for a rich, creamy meal. This recipe can easily be doubled and frozen to enjoy at future lunchtimes.

Smoky Farro and Chickpea Soup

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Precooked farro is the secret to this delicious one-pot meal. The smoked paprika also adds an extra layer of warmth on a chilly day.

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Chickpea and Sausage Pesto Soup

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This salad is almost too easy. Simply layer your ingredients in a jar, refrigerate until lunch, and then add water. The 20g of protein packed into this soup guarantees you'll be satiated afterward.

Hearty Tortellini Soup

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Prepackaged tortellini means less time over a hot stove and more time enjoying this quick vegetarian main.

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

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You don't have to be sick for this soup to soothe your soul. This rendition of the classic recipe earns its name by utilizing rotisserie chicken, meaning you'll have it on the table in 20 minutes or less.

Rustic Tomato Soup with Cheesy Toasts

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A food processor speeds up prep for this hearty soup, and the cheesy Gruyère toast ensures there won't be hunger pangs later on.

Loaded Mashed Potato Soup

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Comfort food meets delicious soup. This is the perfect recipe for a beginner, yielding incredibly delicious results with simple skills and easily obtainable ingredients. 

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