Ina Garten’s 6 Barefoot Contessa Picks for Hearty Soups

Ina Garten’s hearty soup picks are here. The celebrity chef has many Barefoot Contessa soup recipes but there are six that have made the cut on her Barefoot Contessa website to be featured as hearty soups. 

1. Cheddar Corn Chowder

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In between recipes for some of her original Barefoot Contessa recipes is Garten’s Cheddar Corn Chowder. It’s a classic Garten soup recipe the 73-year-old included it in her first-ever cookbook, 1999’s The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (She’s now the author of 12 cookbooks and counting and has no plans to stop developing new recipes.).  

Now Cheddar Corn Chowder is featured on her Barefoot Contessa website as one of six hearty soups. A combination of simple ingredients, Garten turns up the volume with cheese, bacon, and spices. Not only is it hearty, but it’s also one of many five-star Barefoot Contessa soups on Food Network

2. Winter Minestrone

A list of Garten’s hearty soups wouldn’t be complete without her Winter Minestrone. Packed with a long list of vegetables and beans from spinach and onions to carrots, the Food Network star makes it a meal in a bowl with the addition of pasta. 

3. Easy Tomato Soup

Garten likes to put a Barefoot Contessa spin on classics and her Easy Tomato Soup is no exception. Her twist? Topping the soup with grilled cheese croutons.

“Almost nothing lifts my spirits on a dark winter afternoon more than tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch –especially if it’s this Easy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons,” Garten wrote in a January 2016 post on her website

“The tomatoes are slowly simmered with onions, garlic, and spicy saffron, and are absolutely delicious with the nutty Gruyere in the grilled cheese croutons,” she added. “Say goodbye to the mid-winter blues … I’m making this soup today!”

4. Mexican Chicken Soup

Once again Garten serves up a classic dish — what’s more classic than chicken soup? — with her own spin. She makes it with canned tomatoes and cumin plus the standard chicken soup ingredients such as celery, onions, carrots, and chicken stock. For serving she offers up a variety of toppings including tortilla chips, sliced avocado, and sour cream. 

5. Onion and Fennel Soup

Originally featured in the Barefoot Contessa cookbook, How Easy Is That?, this particular Garten hearty soup pick is a cheesy, oniony mixture served hot. Like most of her other recipes, the Food Network star amps up the flavor by using “good” ingredients.

6. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

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Last but not least is Garten’s Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. Ready in one hour, according to Food Network, this is a soup the Modern Comfort Food author’s been making for years. 

“I confess that I’m a soup fanatic. I find a big bowl of good soup so warm and satisfying,” Garten said in an October 2017 post on her official Barefoot Contessa website. “I’ve been making this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup for decades.” 

A tip from Garten: “You can purée the squash and apples in a food processor but, if you have one, I prefer to use a food mill because the soup has so much more texture.”

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