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Soup is a quick and sure-fire way to get the circulation going and warm up on the go without having to think too hard about dinner. They can be made ahead, in a pinch, with very few or a whole host of ingredients. I love a traditional soup (nanna’s sweet pumpkin soup is always a welcome sight come wintertime) as much as I enjoy getting super creative to add a bit of variety into the weekly mealtime routine.

Check out these 10 amazingly delicious 12 Tomatoes soup recipes, featuring new takes on old favorites along with tasty innovators and time-savers. Try them out, and let us know what you think!

1. Extra Creamy Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

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As a self-confessed burger enthusiast, I must admit that I was wary to try putting cheeseburger ingredients into soup configuration. My question was simple: “why don’t I just have the yummy burger?”

The answer to that is the sheer belly pleasure; a rich and creamy taste of warmth and indulgence overlaid by those comforting, familiar flavors.

Our Extra Creamy Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup is chock full of your favorites – ground beef, eggs, and spuds for starters – with the addition of Velveeta cheese for additional smoothness and taste.

2. Sweet Potato Chicken Soup

Sweet Potato Chicken Soup
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I love this Sweet Potato Chicken Soup recipe for the flavorsome sweet potato – it creates a slightly different taste to the traditional version of the classic “scourge of the man flu.”

It’s got everything you need for a bone-warming and hearty winter soup, with the sweet potatoes adding an extra layer of immune system boosting vitamins and minerals!

3. Slow Cooker Swedish Meatball Soup

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Ikea has an awesome array of minimalist, easy to assemble furniture, but for many of us, the biggest cultural imprint the titans of Scandinavia have provided us with are their Swedish meatballs.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatball Soup comes in a rich and creamy, easy to assemble (sorry, not sorry) soup that melds a great flavor with those signature meat dumplings. Even here in Australia, where we lack the blistering winters of parts of the US, this recipe is a necessary winter warmer.

4. Italian Wedding Soup

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I love the flavors our One-Pot Italian Wedding Soup creates with spicy meatballs and hearty veggies. It only takes half an hour from start to finish yet tastes like you’ve spent the day at the stovetop.

It’s a must-have in your lineup for cold winter evenings, chock full of great tasting flavors and laden with meat, veggies, and Acini de Pepe pasta.

Grab yourself some crusty bread, and a suitably rustic red wine, and you’ve got a simple, magic meal that fills your stomach and re-heats nicely for the day after.

5. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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I’m here for a tasty soup recipe that takes something with such an unappetizing green color and makes it taste so good. Bonus points for making Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup, a delightful dish with the bare minimum of effort, just a willingness to set and forget!

6. Vegetable Gnocchi Soup With Pesto

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This Vegetable Gnocchi Pesto Soup could be classified as a bowl of brilliance. Either way, when you serve it up your table companions will agree that it tastes fantastic.

The brightness of pesto brings out the best of the stodgier gnocchi, and the soup itself is filled with the flavor of countless hearty veggies and herbs that help keep the rich basil from overly dominating.

7. Creamy Cauliflower Walnut Soup

Creamy cauliflower soup with walnuts
Image: Kristy Norrell, 12 Tomatoes

Sometimes a soup made with a smaller list of ingredients can be harder to get right, as there’s a tougher balance to reach using only a few favorites. Our Creamy Cauliflower Walnut Soup excels for the opposite reason; it’s simple to create a creamy, luxurious flavor with contrasting ingredients, and the bonus is that it’s health-conscious and dairy-free.

If you’re on a vegan diet or healthy plan that requires sacrificing some of your dairy-based comfort food, incorporating a great tasting make-ahead batch of this plant-based soup will hold you in good stead.

8. Cheesy Supreme Pizza Soup

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Another one of the surprising soups that I never thought of making, Cheesy Supreme Pizza Soup. It’s exactly what you imagine in a pizza soup: tomatoes, pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives.

This is a great winter warmer that you can innovate with to suit different tastes by kicking up the flavor and spice or incorporating some veggie options for the kids. Cheesy supreme pizza soup is also great for pulling out of the freezer for a meal or snack when you’re looking for something different.

9. German Potato Soup

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The true potato connoisseur understands the value a piping hot bowl of potato soup can bring. It’s simple and easy, yet provides plenty of options to tinker with in finding the perfect taste for you.

This German Potato soup recipe is a brilliant, yummy option that incorporates the potato’s ability to soak up flavor.

10. V8 Beef and Vegetable Soup

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Being able to combine the flavor of a hearty homemade soup with time-saving hacks is a gamechanger for the ultra-busy cooks (which, let’s face it, is pretty much everyone!).

V8 Beef and Vegetable Soup saves a lot of time by the introduction of yummy V8 juice. It’s a huge step up from canned soups – rich, flavorful, and complex – but can be put together in a lot less time than some other traditional classics.


Nothing quite warms you from head to toes like a warm, friendly bowl of soup. I’m sure one of the examples above will make its way into your winter warming rotation.

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