As I recently noticed the days getting shorter and the leaves changing color, I had two realizations: 1) It’s fall and 2) I’ve been wasting the last 20 years of my life NOT toting around soups in fun thermoses; that’s right, wasting! I remembered that I had a wonderful Princess Jasmine lunchbox when I was a kid, complete with a plastic soup thermos designed to reward my hard-learnin’, hard-playin’ childhood self with a warm and comforting lunch. Now, why had I forsaken this wonderful autumnal tradition of my youth?
Maybe it’s because I am now (generally) trusted to use a microwave. Or maybe, just maybe, I’ve forgotten how to truly embrace the spirit of fall. Cooler, cozier, a little slower—fall is for chunky sweaters, and chunky soups. Oftentimes I am so focused on the fashion, though, getting my cardigans and boots out of storage, that I sometimes forget about the flavors of fall: the squash pasta dishes that pop up at my favorite restaurants, the pumpkiny drinks at nearby coffee shops, the pies! They come and go before you know it, just like the season itself.
Well, I propose we slow down and enjoy fall in all its glory, as it was meant to be enjoyed: with a warm soup at arm’s length. Let’s go on a carefree stroll in the crisp air, and let’s crunch some leaves underfoot. And let’s pause whenever we feel like it, unscrew the lid to a soup-filled thermos, and let’s sip warm, comforting broth and marvel at (dare I say) the greatest of all seasons.
Here are 11 soup-and-thermos pairings to help fully immerse yourself in the splendor of fall.
I had my fair share of Campbell’s tomato soup in my Princess Jasmine thermos, but I’m older and wiser now, and I know homemade tomato soup is where it’s at. This soup is fresh, flavorful, and easy with roasted tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and basil. Transport it in a thermos with a Campbell’s motif, and you’ve got the best of both worlds: flavor and nostalgia! Get the recipe.
Maybe you’re feeling a bit more sophisticated. This soup elevates a typical cream-of-carrot recipe with curry and coconut milk. Paired with a tartan-plaid thermos, this combination will having you channeling the UK with its cool-and-rainy weather and its love of curry. Get our Curried Carrot Soup recipe.
Get back to the basics with this pairing: an OG character thermos of your choice (may I recommend Spider-Man?) and tried-and-true chicken and stars soup. What makes this soup great for toting is the sippable stars; no need for a spoon when you sidestep large, messy noodles in favor of smaller, more kid-friendly shapes. Get the recipe.
Sometimes you’re dealing with more adult problems, like the repercussions of a too-late night out. In these instances, you don’t need a cartoon character judging you; you need a thermos that’s all business, ready to effectively deliver to you this French hangover remedy. With its own folding spoon, this thermos is ready to serve up this garlicky, protein-packed soup when you need it most. Get our Côte d’Azur Cure-All Soup recipe.
Butternut squash and sage are essential fall flavors. When you combine this soup and this thermos with its carabiner clip and handle, you can enjoy hands-free toting of this creamy, savory fall goodness. Get our Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
This pairing combines a soup and a thermos that find themselves at home on the hiking trail. Take a pause from enjoying nature to enjoy this hearty, nourishing soup packed with greens and beans and a hint of lemon. Get the recipe.
Sometimes sipping won’t cut it. A chunky soup, like this one, may require having a spoon at the ready to bolster full enjoyment of your meal-on-the-go. This thermos comes with its own folding spoon, to help herald in delicious bites of tomato, chickpeas, and swiss chard. Get our Roasted Tomato, Chickpea, and Swiss Chard Soup recipe.
The warm reds of this soup and the deep chocolate brown of this thermos will pair nicely with the colorful fall foliage you’ll encounter on an afternoon stroll through the park. Enjoy hearty lentils and aromatic spices as you surround yourself with crimson-, gold-, and, mocha-colored leaves. Get the recipe.
Keep it simple with this five-ingredient broccoli cheese soup, ready to go in this thermos of your favorite color. This recipe will leave you with time to watch the sunset from your favorite park bench—yikes, did it always get dark this early? Get the recipe.
I usually try to avoid being ‘matchy-matchy’ with my fall accessories, but not with this pairing! Lean in and enjoy a classic, cool-weather favorite in a matching thermos. Prep this split pea soup ahead of time, freeze, and you can have warming deliciousness whenever the mood strikes you. Get our Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup recipe.
If you are able to put in the time to make this recipe, then this is the thermos that will enable you to enjoy flawless French onion soup on-the-go. That’s because this is the rare thermos that allows you to keep the essential gruyere crouton portion separate from the onions and broth until you’re ready to eat. Instead of soggy, soup-soaked bread, you can bask in the wonderful, totable balance of this pairing. Get the recipe.