Food & Drink

The 25 Best Soups, In Order

Soup isn't just food, it's a statement of love. Pick a good one.

We've said it before and we'll say it again -- if someone makes you soup, they love you. Plain and simple.

To be clear, aside from a poorly made one, there is no bad soup. Soup, by its very definition, is comforting and nourishing, be it hot or cold, thin or thick, healthful or loaded with cream and bacon. Like we've done with pies, cakes, sandwiches and more, we like to parse out the hierarchy of things, just to see where everyone stands. Below, you'll find what I think are the 25 best soups, in order, presented without comment because they should require no defense. Soup rules. Some soups just rule harder.

(Note: gumbo and other things like it are not on this list. They are stews and should be judged against other stews.)

25
She-Crab
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24
Black Bean
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23
Chicken Noodle
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22
Broccoli Cheddar
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21
Lobster Bisque
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20
Avgolemono
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19
Borscht
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18
Clam Chowder
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17
Posole (Hominy, Pork and Red Chile)
16
Split Pea
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15
Lentil
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14
Wonton
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13
White Bean
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12
Cream of Mushroom
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11
Vichyssoise
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10
Gazpacho
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9
Ramen
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8
Beef Barley
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7
Tortellini in Brodo
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6
Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken, Coconut and Galangal)
5
French Onion
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4
Minestrone
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3
Matzoh Ball
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2
Tomato
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1
Potato Leek
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If I've skipped your favorite, let us know what it is in the comments!

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