9 Quick Soup Recipes for a Hearty Weeknight Dinner

Updated 11/08/18

The kitchen is a sanctuary for many folks who love to cook. But it is not always fun to spend hours over the stove, no matter how much you love the dish you are slaving over. It can be an exhausting experience, one that may lead to laziness if your schedule cannot accommodate complex meals.

The weather is getting colder, and the days are getting shorter, and after a long day at work, we just want a warm mug to keep us sane. Soup is a delightful comfort. It requires very little energy to eat and fills you up efficiently. While canned soups are cheap and seem like a good alternative to cooking one yourself, beware of what you pick up. Most brands incorporate enough salt to cure a slab of raw meat, which may be too much sodium for just one of your meals for the day. Also, no non-perishable item could be considered fresh by any stretch of the imagination, so why not try your hand at make a bowl from scratch?

Soup does not have to keep you cooped up in the kitchen for extended amounts of time. We found the following 12 quick soup recipes that are guaranteed to have you sitting down with a bowl of homemade chowder in under an hour. Bookmark your favorites for a low-energy meal this winter.

Zuppa Toscana

Quick Soup Recipes — Zuppa Toscana Soup
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Zuppa Toscana Soup

Must love sausage and kale to commit to this Zuppa Toscana soup from Chelsea's Messy Apron. It also uses hash browns for starch, which seems like the smartest time-saver of this quick meal.

Classic Basil Tomato Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Parmesan Tomato Basil Soup
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Parmesan Tomato Basil Soup

Why eat an easy ingredient from a can when you can make a delicious dish at home? This cheesy twist on a classic basil tomato soup from Carlsbad Cravings is quick to cook and way better than the generic brand at the supermarket.

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Turkey Wild Rice Soup
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Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Whether you are avoiding red meat or simply trying to get rid of all the leftover Thanksgiving turkey, this healthy soup from Creme de la Crumb will satiate you. Rice soaks up the liquid into a stew-like consistency if you are not careful to maintain your broth—or if you prefer it that way. No judgments here.

Miso Chicken Noodle Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Miso Chicken Noodle Soup
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Miso Chicken Noodle Soup

Sometimes the idea of making a delicious meal is more daunting than the actual task; nothing could be more true of miso soup. Take this simple chicken soup recipe from I Am a Food Blog—the trickiest part is determining how much miso paste will satisfy your taste buds.

Italian Sausage Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
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Creamy Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Many flavors mingle in this colorful Italian sausage soup from Chelsea's Messy Apron, from spinach to carrots to cheesy tortellini. The sausage and copious amounts of cream make this a hearty soup that’s perfect for an easy dinner.

Chipotle Cheddar Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup
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Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

If you aren’t already in the know, cauliflower is a wonder ingredient. It is packed with vitamins, cooks quickly, and has a versatile flavor and texture. It fits beautifully with this chipotle cheddar soup from Creme de la Crumb.

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Multiple kinds of cheese make this chicken tortilla soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron creamy and extra delicious. It also happens to be the shortest recipe on our list today, which is great if you need to update your rapid-meal rotation.

Creamy White Bean and Ham Tortellini Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Creamy White Bean and Ham Tortellini Soup
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Creamy White Bean and Ham Tortellini Soup

Part of what makes this creamy white bean and ham tortellini soup recipe from Carlsbad Cravings so easy to make is that it is confined to one pot. That means less hassle in the kitchen before and after you finish this tasty soup.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Quick Soup Recipes — Creamy Pumpkin Soup
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Creamy Pumpkin Soup

The taste of fall is available year-round with recipes as inviting as this creamy pumpkin soup from Creme de la Crumb. Many spices and cheeses combine for a warm dish that conveniently only takes 30 minutes to make.

Up next: 14 slow-cooker recipes that make weeknights easy.

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