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How to Freeze Soup

Few foods are as perfect for freezing as soups. You should freeze them in freezer proof containers, and remember to leave a little headspace, 1/2 inch or so between the top of the soup and the lid of the container. This is because the soup will expand slightly as it freezes, and if you fill it too full it could pop the top off of the container. Freeze soups in pint or quart containers for easy defrosting.

Creamy Rutabaga, Carrot and Parsnip Soup

Remember to label the container with the name of the soup and the date it was frozen. I like to use masking tape and a Sharpie to make sure the writing is very legible and stays put even if some moisture or ice touches the container. You may think you will remember what the soup it, but tomato soup and pasta sauce can look very similar a month later when you are digging around in the freezer for the next night’s dinner.

Freezing Soups with Dairy

If you are making a soup to freeze that is finished with a bit of cream or sour cream or another dairy product, you should not add it when you are first making the soup. Freeze the soup without the dairy, and then when you have defrosted it, and are reheating it on the stove, stir in the dairy at the end as directed.

How Long Will Frozen Soup Last?

Most soups will last from 6 to 9 months in the freezer.

Defrosting Soup

You can defrost soup in the fridge, which should take a day or two depending on the size of the container, and then heat it in a pot on the stove. You can also defrost the soup in the microwave using the defrost setting, and then heat it on the stove. Or you can even place the frozen soup in a pot, and heat it slowly, stirring often, over low heat.

Soup recipes are very easy to make in double batches, to share with neighbors, or to freeze some, and enjoy some now.

29 Soup Recipes Perfect for Freezing

Bowl of Tomato, Orzo and Dill Soup on a blue cloth napkin.

Tomato, Orzo and Dill Soup

Make a soup people will remember—this comforting and hearty Tomato, Orzo and Dill Soup is really a meal, just top with a little fresh Parmesan to complete.

Perfect Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup

Sometimes you just want the classic—bursting with tomato flavor, silky smooth, and not complicated by much else.

Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

This divine soup is scented with chili, cumin, and coriander and topped with all kinds of deliciousness, like avocado and tortilla crisps. This is one of my favorite soups of all time.

Pickled onions in a bowl of Mushroom Spelt Soup.

Mushroom Spelt Soup

Move over barley, there’s a new grain in town.

Cream of Carrot Soup / Mia / Katie Workman /

Cream of Carrot Soup

This bisque-like soup is pretty and lush, and gives carrots their due respect.

Escarole and Spinach Soup / Mia / Katie Workman /

Escarole and Spinach Soup

This escarole and spinach soup is the most delicious and satisfying way to start counteracting the indulgences of the holiday season.

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Comfort food, but on the lighter side…This Thai soup uses rice noodles and comes together quickly!

Roasted Cauliflower and Sunchoke Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Sunchoke Soup

This is earth, nutty and warming, with a touch of cream at the end to give it richness.

Simple Vegetable Soup

Simple Vegetable Soup

A vegetable soup recipe is the single most brilliant way to use up what you have in your fridge.

The Easiest Shortcut Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup

The Easiest Shortcut Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup

It’s not the complicated recipe creation that makes me feel happy and proud so much….it’s the easy ones.

White, handled bowl of Avgolemono Soup.

Avgolemono Soup

This creamy Greek soup is creamy, lemony and chunky with chicken and orzo.

Bowl of Mushroom Barley Soup topped with green onions.

Mushroom Barley Soup

A hearty cold-weather soup for mushroom lovers. Rich and satisfying (and also vegan)!

Creamy Roasted Beet Soup

Creamy Roasted Beet Soup

This borscht-inspired soup is creamy and pretty and very simple to make.

Creamy Rutabaga, Parsnip and Cheddar Soup

Creamy Rutabaga, Parsnip and Cheddar Soup

A beautiful, creamy, soul-soothing root vegetable soup.

Fragrant Chicken Tomato Soup in bowl near yellow napkin and spoon.

Chicken Tomato Soup

The smell of this savory soup, which includes easily available pantry ingredients, will make everyone within range instantly ravenous.

Spicy Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Parmesan Croutons / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman /

Root Vegetable Soup

Roasted Vegetables + broth = roasted vegetable soup. I love this kind of math.

Creamy Rutabaga, Carrot and Parsnip Soup

Creamy Rutabaga, Carrot and Parsnip Soup

Such a pretty and comforting root vegetable soup, great for those chilly nights.

Small, differently colored cups of Butternut Squash and Fennel Soup.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Fennel Soup

Sauteed fennel and onions add lovely layers of flavor to this cold-weather soup.

Woman holding two bowls of Indian Butternut Squash and Carrot soup.

Indian Butternut Squash-Carrot Soup

Creamy, comforting, earthy, warming, silky, and gorgeous, this butternut squash and carrot soup with Indian-inspired spices is a must-make recipe.

Vegetable Udon Noodle Soup

Vegetable Udon Noodle Soup

This slurper incorporates some of my very favorite Japanese flavors, and my kids’ favorite noodle, udon.

Spoon with a scoop of Moroccan Carrot and Cauliflower Soup.

Moroccan Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

A root vegetable soup with carrots and cauliflower gets a Moroccan-spiced twist.

Creamy tomato soup in bowl with spoon on plate.

Creamy Tomato Soup

A touch of cream turns tomato soup into lushness.

Plate with cheese toasts and a bowl of Parsnip and Golden Beet Soup.

Parsnip and Golden Beet Soup

Deeply golden in color, deeply flavorful in taste.

Turkey Posole Soup / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman /

Turkey Posole Soup

That leftover Thanksgiving turkey is put to great use in a warm, comforting, and very satisfying soup

Chunky Chickpea Soup / Katie Workman /

Chunky Cicerchie (or Chickpea) Soup

Dried Cicerchie are like an Italian cousin of chickpeas – use either to make this soup.

Silky Leek Soup / Laura Agra / Katie Workman /

Silky Leek Soup

A humble pureed vegetable soup is a particular kind of pleasure.

Red Lentil, Fennel and Chicken Slow Cooker Soup / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

Slow Cooker Red Lentil, Fennel, and Chicken Soup

This thick and satisfying soup has tailgating or sidelines or post-game meal written all over it.

Spicy Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup / Mia / Katie Workman /

Spicy Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup

Lemongrass, ginger, fish sauce, rice noodles all come together in one of my favorite seasonless soups.


  1. Katie Workman is a brilliant culinary star. Her recipes are simple, super healthy, and thoroughly delicious! And it is so obvious that she cares, as a mother and a working woman, about helping men and women feed their families well with a minimum of stress. Bravo, Katie!

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