I believe everyone should have a handful of go-to soup dinner ideas on hand for cold nights, or when you just need some comfort food.
With so many different kinds of soup, you can always whip up a delicious dinner without even needing to go to the store. Even better, soup recipes are easy to make, and they always hit the spot on cold, winter nights.
My favorite part about soup dinners is how easy they make it to sneak veggies into my kids’ diets. Distracted by hearty flavors of chicken or beef, the rich taste of cheese, and the comforting texture of pasta or potatoes, your kids won’t even realize they’re eating vegetables. In fact, they’ll probably ask for seconds. Especially if they have tortilla chips to dip.
Soup also makes an incredible meal prep recipe. I like to make huge batches all at once. Then, I divide the soup into two batches and freeze half leaving the rest in the refrigerator. Throughout the week, leftovers can be packed into quick thermos containers for healthy lunches you can take to school and the office.
Chicken Soup Recipes
The classic comfort food, chicken soup is a staple in any repertoire. Often made with protein, veggies, and a carb source, chicken soup is a healthy, easy dinner idea.
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Beef Soup Recipes
Beef soups are hearty, full of protein and always a huge hit with the whole family.
Slow Cooker Soup Recipes
Meal prep doesn’t get any easier than slow cooker soup dinner ideas. These recipes can be prepped the night before, so dinner is waiting for you when you get home the next day.
Made with whole foods, paleo soups are full of vegetables and low in carbs for a warming recipe that won’t leave you feeling sluggish and groggy.
Related: How to Freeze Soups
Cheap, easy, and filling vegetarian soup recipes are an easy way to satisfy any guest!
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Best Soup Recipes
Chicken and Rice Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- ½ cup celery, chopped
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme , or poultry seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 32 ounce containers chicken stock
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup white rice
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, from a rotisserie chicken
- In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook and stir until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil. Add the rice and chicken meat, stir and cook over medium-low heat until the rice is tender, about 25 to 30 minutes