The summer was time for vacations and fun in the sun, but now it is time to embrace the cooler temperatures. One of the best ways to welcome fall is through comfort food, specifically yummy homemade soups. There are numerous soups that can easily be made at home. The smell alone will have you drooling. In preparation, it is best to stock up on plenty of herbs, spices, legumes, and root vegetables. Here are five delicious soups that fill the belly with all kinds of nourishing goodness.

Pumpkin Soup: A popular dish for Thanksgiving, pumpkin soup is typically made from pumpkin puree and has the versatility of being enjoyed either hot or cold. Although pumpkin puree can be purchased from the store, you can also purchase a pumpkin from the local farmers market and make your own.

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Butternut Squash Soup: Another popular soup for fall is butternut squash soup. Part of its popularity is that it is naturally gluten-free and vegan without sacrificing the flavor. Prepare this delicious stop on the stove top or in the crockpot or Instapot.

Beef Stew: For the meat lovers, you can’t go wrong with a big hearty bowl of beef stew. The smell of the beef simmering in the Dutch oven will have your stomachs ready to be filled with veggies, potatoes, and beef. Beef stew is filling and leftovers can be frozen for another time.

Chicken Noodle Soup: While you are putting your Dutch oven to use, don’t forget about chicken noodle soup. Many would consider it to be the ultimate comfort food to curl up in front of the fireplace with. You can’t go wrong with this fall favorite.

Bean Soup: For those who want the protein without having the meat, bean soup is the perfect answer. It is just as delicious and filling and best of all, inexpensive. Beans not only provide protein but fiber and antioxidants as well.

Preparing homemade soup is a great way to bring the family together while cooking a healthy meal. It doesn’t have to be a daunting or stressful task. The recipes for soups are easy for even the most novice of chefs. Pick up your favorite veggies and herbs today and start making yummy memories with the family.