Incredibly simple and versatile, soufflés are a great secret weapon to keep in your back pocket when you want a quick and delicious summer dinner option. Pair with a simple salad or any vegetable and you’ve got a protein-filled dinner that you can make with whatever you find in the fridge (as long as you’ve got a few eggs). Check out these 11 soufflé recipes for an elegant and easy meal you can have on the table in minutes.
1. Feta Cheese Soufflé
Dusting the ramekins with finely ground walnuts makes these soufflés extra special. Try not to open the oven door to peak while the soufflés are baking so that they don’t deflate! Get the recipe here.
2. Sweet Potato Soufflé
Forget mashed potatoes – sweet potato soufflé is the way to go. Maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness; served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, this is an amazing side dish that pairs well with any grilled meat. Get the recipe here.
3. Wine Soufflé
A half-cup of white wine adds a nuanced flavor to this sophisticated soufflé. Excellent served after dinner instead of a liqueur, this wine soufflé is subtly flavored and a welcome addition to any meal. Get the recipe here.
4. Southwestern Soufflé
This is a classic soufflé recipe that you can have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Green chilies, avocado, diced chicken, green onions, cilantro, and yogurt make this soufflé especially flavorful. Get the recipe here.
5. Arugula and Fontina Soufflé
Breadcrumbs, Fontina, nutmeg, red pepper, arugula, salt and black pepper add flavor to this classic soufflé recipe. You can freeze the soufflés ahead of time and bake them from frozen for a great make-ahead meal. Get the recipe here.
6. Lemon Soufflé
Lemon zest and fresh lemon juice make this soufflé shine. This is an easy showstopper made from ingredients you already have in the pantry. Pair with confectioner’s sugar for dessert or a salad with lemon vinaigrette. Get the recipe here.
7. Morel, Wild Ramp, Poblano and Goat Cheese Soufflé
The seasonal ingredients are what make this soufflé so outstanding – wild ramps, dried morels, poblano peppers and fresh cilantro change the game. Get the recipe here.
8. Havarti Soufflé with Scallions and Dill
Havarti, scallions, and dill give this soufflé a Nordic twist. Make this recipe in one large soufflé dish or several smaller ramekins – you can throw in any vegetables you have on hand to make it more substantial. Get the recipe here.
9. Carrot Soufflé
Steamed carrots, combined with butter, sugar, flour, eggs, baking powder, and cinnamon make for a delightful side dish. Serve with any grilled meat or a hearty pasta. Get the recipe here.
10. Ricotta Asparagus Soufflé
This cloud-like soufflé from Fine Cooking is the real deal. Use the freshest eggs possible for the greatest soufflé height and don’t skimp on the fresh herbs: basil, chives, and parsley make this a refreshing summer entrée. Get the recipe here.
11. Jalapeno Pumpkin Soufflé
Light, airy, and packing a punch, this chili powder-spiked jalapeno pumpkin soufflé is balanced out by the warmth of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves in the mixture. Try with a pork tenderloin or any grilled meat for an exemplary side. Get the recipe here.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.