Best 5 Vegetable Soup Recipes

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Whether you're fighting a winter cold, trying to escape the chill of January air or simply craving winter comfort food, look to hearty bowls of vegetable soup to warm you up in a flash. Check out Food Network's top five vegetable soup recipes below for no-fail hearty suppers, complete with satisfying seasonal produce. Then tell us in the comments: What's your favorite warming meal?

Best finished with nutty Parmesan cheese, Food Network Magazine's quick-cooking soup gets its heft from store-bought cheese ravioli and escarole, a nutrient-rich green.

Ina simmers potatoes, carrots and haricots verts until the vegetables are tender, then mixes in one final key element before serving: pistou, a traditional French mixture of garlic, tomato paste, basil, olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

The secret to making this big-batch bowl is letting the lentils sit in boiling water before cooking them with the soup; this helps the lentils cook quicker later when added to the leeks, celery and carrots.

Ellie Krieger mixes in both mashed and whole cannellini beans to her rustic soup, laced with fresh chopped sage and thyme plus baby spinach and tomatoes.

Watch this video to learn how Alton puts to work a heaping bounty of fresh vegetables including potatoes, green beans, tomatoes and corn to create his hearty bowl, finished with fresh lemon juice before serving.

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