7 Soups for Thanksgiving Dinner (Plus 3 Bonus Thanksgiving Recipes!)

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

By now you're probably planning your Thanksgiving dinner and, while your plans for guests may have changed (they did in our house), it's always a good time for soup. If your guest list is small (table for two over here), you'll have soup leftovers for a few days, which is always a good thing. If you're still planning to safely have a handful of immediate family members or friends over then double any of the recipes below so you have plenty for everyone. Have any favorites of your own? Please share below in the comments!

1. Hearty Minestrone Butternut Soup

If you’re looking for a satisfying, hearty, and healthy meal that the entire family will love, then this soup will do the trick! Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, folate, fiber, and more, you're not only getting big bursts of flavor with every bite, but also plenty of nutrition.

2. Creamy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Silky, creamy, exploding with flavor, not to mention, bursting with nutrition — that explains this soup that just might become a staple in your fall repertoire of soups.

Pro tip: Add it to your Thanksgiving or fall family dinner menu so you can share it with loved ones. They’ll appreciate that you’re not only sharing a delicious soup with them but also that you’re looking out for their health with nutrient-packed ingredients.

3. Energizing and Healing White Bean and Kale Soup

Stay warm and cozy this fall by making this energizing and spicy White Bean and Kale Soup. This super-healing soup is jam-packed with nutrient-dense ingredients such as garlic, kale, onion, celery, tomatoes, and beans. Enjoy it with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and rustic organic whole wheat or sourdough bread (dunking fun!). It's delicious and you will feel incredibly vibrant and healthy after eating it.

4. Spicy Lentil Spinach Soup

This Spicy Lentil Spinach Soup is a staple for us because it's delicious and extremely healing. It has iron-rich spinach combined with vitamin C-rich tomatoes, which helps to maximize iron absorption. It also includes some of my personal favorite spices—mustard seed, oregano, cumin, and fennel. Spices are nutrient power-houses when it comes to fighting inflammation and common colds, especially with the cooler temperatures. Eat them lots.

5. Turmeric Ginger Cauliflower Chickpea Soup

Fun fact: spices and herbs pack more nutrition per gram than many fruits and vegetables! You may already know about ginger and turmeric, but other spices like clove, sumac and cinnamon, and herbs like rosemary, oregano and thyme pack a big punch when it comes to nutrition. The great news is that you only need a little bit to get a lot of nutrition and you get that in this soup.

6. Warming Creamy Pumpkin Soup

You'll want to put this on your Thanksgiving menu! It's easy, delicious, soothing and will make your guests really happy because it's bursting with flavor. It's packed with healing ingredients from ginger to garlic to pumpkin. If you want to add even more goodness to it, top it with cilantro or basil. You could also stir in some spinach after it's blended for a creamy spinach pumpkin soup.

7. Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

This is a go-to soup, even when it's not Thanksgiving. It's simple, delicious, and hearty, making it a winter staple. Top it with nutritional yeast, pepitas, or mix in some cashew cream (yum!).

Bonus recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving!

Magical Mushroom Gravy

With a base of mushrooms and cauliflower it's packed with immune-supporting compounds, anti-cancer nutrients, and the nutrition your body needs to stay happy and healthy. It's also bursting with flavor and simple to make. There are many ways to enjoy it—pour on top of mashed potatoes or cauliflower, add it on top of a grilled cauliflower "steak," use it as a grain bowl sauce, use it as a "dip" for a sandwich or top it on grilled tofu or tempeh.

Pecan Crumble Pumpkin Bread

Moist and dense yet fluffy and light, this pumpkin bread is so scrumptious. Since it's packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like oat flour, almond flour, pumpkin, and pecans, it can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, or as a slightly sweet after-dinner treat.