As a season, fall has a lot going for it: Sweaters, scarves and colorful leaves are just a few autumnal delights we look forward to every year. But everyone knows that the most important thing about fall is that it marks the beginning of the best time of year, soup season. We don’t care if it’s meaty, noodle-y, creamy or full of veggies—if it can be eaten with a spoon, we’re all in.
Oh, and about those vegetables: Aside from being cozy and comforting, making soup is an easy way to use up your farmers market haul. Whether it’s sweet potato, pumpkin, winter squash, kale or a combination, you can basically toss it in a pot (or slow cooker or Instant Pot) and let it simmer away. Serve it with a crisp salad or a side of grilled cheese, at a potluck or a housewarming, as a weeknight dinner or just because. (Can you tell we love soup? Stop us any time.) From carrot to miso (and everything in between), here are the best fall soup recipes to inspire your dinner plans.