22 Quick Soup Recipes That Are Incredibly Easy to Make

And they're satisfying enough to be the main course.

Different types of soup recipes
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A bowl of chicken soup can cure what ails you, but other soups can also provide a reliable pick-me-up. Soup is, after all, comfort food at its finest—it's warm, rich, and incredibly nourishing. But how many types of soup do you have in your weekly meal rotation? Most people rely on one or two go-to options. So we're here to expand your repertoire with some quick and easy soup recipes, whether you're seeking comfort (without much effort) or a fast workday dinner plan.

Most of these soup recipes take an hour or less (with many coming in under 20 minutes of hands-on time). We recommend doubling up on ingredients and freezing the leftovers for busy weeknights. Gallon-size Ziploc bags work surprisingly well and take up almost no space inside your freezer when lying flat. Without further ado, here are some of our simplest soup recipes for any time of year.

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Red Lentil Squash Soup With Lemon

Red Lentil Squash Soup Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This simple soup differs from your standard lentil recipe since it requires only ten minutes of hands-on time. The silky, spiced soup is one of the most warming, comforting concoctions you'll start to crave time and again. The recipe combines carrots, butternut squash, harissa paste, and plenty of spices for a layered flavor. Fresh ginger gives it an extra zing, too.

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Broccoli Soup With Cheddar Croutons

Broccoli Soup With Cheddar Croutons Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This quick broccoli soup recipe is perfect because it manages to be both comforting, healthy, and decadent. In just 15 minutes, you can puree all the ingredients in a blender to get the smoothest, creamiest results. The cheddar croutons add extra cheese while the broccoli loads this dish with plenty of veggies.

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup Recipe
Jennifer Causey

This cauliflower soup proves that a simple, nutritious vegan recipe can be just as comforting and delicious as meat-and-dairy-rich dishes. Curry powder gives the soup its soothing spice and golden color. The combination of nutritional yeast (a vegan alternative to parmesan) and roasted cauliflower doubles down on the savory umami flavor. Pair with a green salad or basmati rice with tofu.

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Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic

Cauliflower Soup With Toasted Garlic
Paul Sirisalee

This easy dairy-free soup has minimal ingredients but lots of deep flavors. And in 15 minutes, you'll be able to finish all the necessary prep. First, toast some garlic to give this soup a unique flavoring—two to three minutes. After, add cauliflower, chicken broth, thyme, salt, and pepper to a pot to simmer until it is tender. Finally, transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until it is smooth.

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

curried butternut squash soup

Antonis Achilleos

This Thai-inspired soup incorporates red curry paste, coconut milk, and tart lime juice for lush, bright flavors. For a plant-based protein, try blending Silkten tofu, which combines well in soups because it has a silky-smooth texture. This quick soup recipe uses plenty of rich ingredients, so expect a rich, well-seasoned dish.

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Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup
Greg DuPree

This tomato soup recipe is one you'll want to make year-round. Pureed tomatoes mixed with onions, garlic, and oregano create a silky-smooth texture. Garnish with fresh oregano, a drizzle of olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper. If you have some extra time, make easy homemade croutons for a crisp, delicious soup topping.

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Red Cabbage and Beet Borscht

Red Cabbage and Beet Borscht Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Borscht is as beautiful as it is good for you, and it comes together in 40 minutes or less. This jewel-colored cure-all combines beets, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, and onions with beef broth, caraway seeds, apple cider vinegar, and plenty of fresh herbs. Top each bowl with a dollop of sour cream and more dill. Serve with buttered rye bread.

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Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

Salsa verde chicken soup
Victor Protasio

Inspired by posole, a traditional Mexican stew, this easy-to-assemble soup comes together quickly with the help of a few supermarket staples. For starters, you'll need cans of pinto beans, hominy, and a jar of tomatillo salsa. Top with fresh avocado, cilantro, and some tortilla chips.

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Chicken Paprikash Soup

Chicken Paprikash Soup
Antonis Achilleos

This take on a classic Hungarian dish is flavored with sweet paprika, onions, red bell peppers, and tomatoes. Use leftover, store-bought, or rotisserie chicken to help this soup come together even more quickly.

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Peruvian-Style Chicken Soup With Cilantro and Lime

Peruvian-Stye Chicken Soup Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

If you've ever had Peruvian-stye chicken soup, you know what a treat it is. This dish starts with your basic chicken soup ingredients (chicken, carrots, broth), then gives them a flavorful upgrade with cumin, bell peppers, and potatoes. A spoonful of lime-scallion-cilantro puree is the perfect finishing touch to the bowl. The best part? This soup only requires 20 minutes of hands-on time and will be completed in under an hour.

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Spicy Chicken and Hominy Soup

Spicy Chicken and Hominy Soup
Paul Sirisalee

Spice up a traditional chicken soup with chopped chipotle in adobo. Shredded rotisserie chicken helps this dish come together quickly so you can prepare it on busy weekday nights. Serve with lime for a burst of citrus flavoring.

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Chicken and Chard Dumpling Soup

Chicken and Chard Dumpling Soup Recipe
Greg DuPree

If you're bored of traditional chicken soup, bring this delicious chicken and chard dumpling rendition into your noodle soup recipe rotation. It's a super healthy fridge-and-freezer cleanout dish, meaning you can make it almost entirely with pantry staples in the freezer (and swap them for whatever you have on hand). To make it vegetarian, skip the chicken and go for tofu instead.

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Miso Chicken Noodle Soup With Kimchi

Easy chicken recipes - Miso Chicken Noodle Soup
Linda Pugliese

This ultra-fast soup combines Korean kimchi and Japanese miso paste flavors and comes together in less than 20 minutes (this includes prep and cooking time). If you're looking for a meatless meal, substitute vegetarian-friendly alternatives like tofu instead of shredded chicken.

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Zesty Corn Soup With Chicken

chicken corn soup recipe
Jennifer Causey

This cozy treat combines savory cotija cheese, spicy cayenne, tart lime, and toasted sweet corn. And thanks to shortcut items like frozen corn kernels and rotisserie chicken, you can whip up this easy soup recipe in under 20 minutes. Just make sure to cook the cilantro stems in butter and garlic. Pair this soup with tortilla chips, homemade guacamole, and fresh-cut mango.

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Creamy Potato-Cabbage Soup

A Bowl of Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup Next to a Spoon and a Piece of Toasted Bread
Greg DuPree

Enjoy a warm, hearty soup in 35 minutes or less. This mixture of cabbage, potatoes, and carrots simmers in vegetable broth for a healthy and satisfying meal. Add a dollop of sour cream at the end of the cooking process for some richness.

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Cod and Clam Chowder With Smoky Oyster Crackers

Cod and Clam Chowder Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

We gave classic clam chowder a modern twist by combining in-shell littleneck clams with chunks of tender cod. Adding leeks, onions, and fennel to the broth makes for a deliciously aromatic base. And the last delicious upgrade? These semi-homemade spiced oyster crackers. The entire meal—crackers and all—comes together in 45 minutes.

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Ginger Meatball Ramen With Greens and Scallions

Ginger Meatball Ramen Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This easy soup recipe is truly the best of both worlds, combining two comfort food classics: spaghetti with meatballs and ramen noodles. The flavors mesh perfectly in 25 minutes because the pork gets mixed with fresh ginger, scallions, and soy sauce. You'll drop the finished meatballs into a miso-spiked broth with bok choy and wonder why you didn't think of this match sooner.

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Gochujang Gumbo

Gochujang Gumbo
Hector Manuel Sanchez

This just-spicy-enough stew gets its delicious flavor from a mixture of Andouille sausage, fresh garlic, Gochujang (Korean chile bean paste), red Fresno chiles, and a dusting of filé powder. Here, you'll use Gochujang, available in the international aisle of most supermarkets, as you would tomato paste—by sautéing it with celery, bell pepper, and garlic.

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Lentil Soup With Sausage

Lentils, Kale, and Sausage Soup in a White Bowl on Top of a Wooden Board with a Piece of Baguette Bread Next to the Bowl
Greg DuPree

Start with browning slices of kielbasa to add a lot of flavor to this easy soup without spending a lot of time. Adding canned diced tomatoes and lentils also helps save time when simmering this aromatic dish filled with onions, celery, and fragrant rosemary. If you don't have celery on hand, use carrots instead.

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Whole-Grain Minestrone With Parmesan Crisps

Whole-Grain Minestrone Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

We made this veggie-packed minestrone recipe extra hearty (and healthy) by swapping the noodles for farro, a whole grain. If you're gluten-free, feel free to substitute brown rice instead. And who knew: DIY parmesan crisps only require one ingredient and three minutes to make. They'll add a salty, satisfying crunch to your soup.

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White Bean and Barley Soup With Tomatoes and Greens

White Bean and Barley Soup With Tomatoes and Greens
Con Poulos

This veggie-filled soup is ideal for a cold winter day and features crushed tomatoes, kale, and barley to keep you full. With just 25 minutes of hands-on time, you'll have a plant-based meal that is as comforting as it is flavorful.

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Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup
Paul Sirisalee

Pearl barley might take a little longer to cook, but its nutty, hearty flavor and health benefits are well worth it. Start by heating oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, carrots, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. After the carrots are tender, add the broth and barley and simmer until the barley is tender. Top with chopped flat-leaf parsley before serving.

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