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Mason jars of soup ready to be frozen.

How to Freeze Soup

Your complete guide on how to freeze soup from the best soups to freeze to what containers to use. Plus a ton more tips and tricks.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Tracy


  • Soup for freezing



  • Cool your soup to room temperature before freezing.

Label and Date

  • Label and date your soup and make a note of any ingredients and their amounts to add back to the soup after reheating.


  • Jars and plastic storage containers can go right into your freezer. If using freezer bags, stack them on a flat surface like a cutting board or small baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen solid, you can stand the bags of soup upright and file them in wherever they'll fit.


  • Defrost soup overnight in the fridge. If using a disposable freezer bag, it’s always smart to put your soup on a baking tray or in a large bowl just incase it was punctured at all in the freezer so you don’t end up with soup leaking everywhere.


  • Reheat defrosted soup in the microwave or gently on the stove. Don’t try to microwave frozen soup unless it’s as a last resort. The amount of microwave time needed to reheat frozen soup will seriously overcook most ingredients in the soup.
  • Cook and add any ingredients that you omitted back to the soup like heavy cream or pasta.
  • Serve and enjoy!


For single servings in freezer bags, you can also place them in a bowl of warm water, and they will defrost in about 15 minutes.
For quicker defrosting with most other containers, place the container of soup in a bowl/sink of warm water for about 5 minutes until the sides have melted enough for the frozen soup to slip out of the container. Dump the frozen soup in a pot and melt/reheat the soup very gently over medium heat.