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Soothing Soup Recipes Featuring California Produce

Soothing Soup Recipes Featuring California Produce

Warm up on a chilly day with these delicious and simple soup recipes from our favorite food bloggers based in the Golden State.


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November 20, 2020

Soup season is officially here. With the temperatures dropping, the sun setting early, and COVID-19 keeping us at home, we have more time than ever to prep our own meals. This time of year, nothing sounds quite as fulfilling as a delicious and hearty bowl of soup when lunch or dinner time rolls around. So, don your apron and pick out your spices, because soup-cooking time is finally here. We've rounded up a variety of delicious soup recipes featuring organic California produce and ingredients from our favorite food bloggers based in the Golden State.

Nothing's more soothing for the soul than a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

This super-easy chicken noodle soup recipe from the SoCal-based blog A Thoughtful Place will definitely have you coming back for a second round. Requiring only a total of 35 minutes of prep and cook time, this recipe can be fit into even the busiest of schedules.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup celery, chopped

½ cup onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

20 ounces chicken stock or broth

20 ounces vegetable broth

¾ pound shredded chicken

2 cups extra-wide egg noodles

½ teaspoon dried basil

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

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2. Butternut Squash Soup

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (yes, that Jesse from Modern Family) and Julie Tanous run the food blog Food Between Friends from their homes in the Golden State. They've blessed us with this deliciously creamy butternut squash soup recipe that's sure to impress even the pickiest eater in the family.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40–50 minutes
Total time: 55–65 minutes
Servings: 4–6 


2 medium-sized California winter squash, cut in half and seeds removed

3 tablespoons olive oil, divide

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1 large onion, trimmed and cut into half-inch slices

2 cloves garlic, minced

1-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon ground coriander

3 ½–4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

3. Potato Soup

We trust that anything our beloved California-based celebrity chef Chrissy Teigen makes is a hit—and this potato leek soup is no exception. Get ready to bookmark your new go-to soup recipe after your first spoonful.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40–45 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes


2 large or 3 medium leeks

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon white pepper

A pinch of ground nutmeg

3 medium white potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

½ cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons vegetable oil (optional)

4. Vegetable Soup

If you’re looking for a healthy and hearty vegetable soup that tastes just like the one your mom used to make, you’ve come to the right place. This vegan recipe from Detoxinista will have you and your family eating more veggies with none of the complaints.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ cups yellow onion, chopped

2 cups carrots, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

3 cups mushrooms, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3 tablespoons tomato paste

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups gold or red potatoes, chopped

4 cups water

1 can green jackfruit

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 cup peas 

5. French Onion Soup

The look of this French onion soup is mouthwatering alone, not to mention the wonderful smell that accompanies it. Topped with two types of melted cheese, this classic soup from the Los Angeles-based food blog Damn Delicious hits the spot. 

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 65 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


¼ cup unsalted butter

5 medium-sized sweet onions, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups beef stock

4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

12 thin slices of fresh baguette

1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded

6. Minestrone Soup

This is a taste of Italy in a bowl. Topped with some freshly grated Parmesan and Italian parsley, this minestrone soup from the SoCal blog Entertaining With Beth is easy and delicious.

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes


1 onion, diced

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup zucchini, chopped

1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

½ cup green beans, cut in half in pieces

1 ½ cups small shell pasta

1 cup red potatoes, chopped

10 cups vegetable broth

¼ cup tomato paste

3 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons dried oregano (or dried basil)

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

½ cup grated Parmesan 

½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

7. Chicken Tortilla Soup

This enchilada chicken tortilla soup is a deliciously unconventional take on the classic we all know and love. Adrianna Adarme, the author of the Los Angeles food blog A Cozy Kitchen, provides us with the ultimate soup recipe for a chilly night-in.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3–4 


2 chicken breasts


2 tablespoons olive oil

½ yellow onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

3 cups chicken broth, divided

15 ounces of enchilada sauce (homemade or canned)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2–3 tortillas, cut into strips

Optional toppings

½ avocado, diced

A handful of cilantro

½ cup radishes, sliced

A handful of sliced green onions

½ cup cotija cheese

1/2 cup crema

8. Pumpkin Soup

A creamy pumpkin soup with a kick—thanks to the added habanero pepperwill definitely satisfy spicy-food lovers. Shared by the Bay Area-based food blog Kitchen Confidante, this flavorsome delight takes fewer than 30 minutes to cook and is absolutely divine. (And if spicy food isn’t your thing, you can simply leave out the habanero sauce.)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20–25 minutes
Servings: 4


1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic

14 ounces pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)

3 cups chicken stock

2–3 teaspoons Tabasco habanero sauce

½ teaspoon curry powder

¼ teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper

¼ cup coconut cream

Pumpkin seeds, for garnish

9. Tomato Soup

Rounding out our list of soothing soups is the popular (for good reason) tomato soup—and we’ve managed to find a recipe that is healthy, vegan, no-cook, and has only five main ingredients. Do you think that sounds too good to be true? There’s more. This tasty recipe by Kathy Patalsky of Healthy Happy Life features a side of, get this, grilled cheese croutons.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3



25 ounces crushed tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons vegan butter

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

½ cup cauliflower 

Olive oil

1 tablespoon agave syrup (optional)

Salt and black pepper (optional)

Red pepper flakes (optional)

Grilled Cheese Croutons

2 slices plain white bread

2 slices vegan cheese

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

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