Feb 12, 2021
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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.
Often requested by my kids, this Easy Stovetop Chicken and Rice Soup is made in one pot and uses pantry staples. Even better, it’s ready in just 30 minutes.
Made with udon noodles, shitake mushrooms, ginger, and no MSG, Chicken Udon Soup brings the flavors of your favorite takeout right to your own kitchen.
This easy chicken stew recipe is full of high-quality protein and nutrient-dense veggies for the ultimate comfort food you will feel good about feeding your family.
Warm, comforting, and full of flavor, this Easy Homemade Pho comes together quickly and brings all the flavors of your favorite takeout meal right to your kitchen.
An essential base for soups, casseroles, and more, chicken broth, is a kitchen must. Once you see how easy it is to make, you’ll never buy canned varieties again!
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Beef Soup Recipes
Beef soups are hearty, full of protein and always a huge hit with the whole family.
Loaded with flavor and ready in just 30 minutes, this taco soup combines everything you love about tacos in a bowl!
Delicious, hearty, and comforting, this chili mac comes together in the instant pot to create the perfect recipe on nights when you don’t have time to cook.
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 pasta, chicken, and cheese in a delicious tomato broth, this Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken Soup is the perfect, easy weeknight recipe!
This Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup is lighter in calories and fat than traditional pot pies. A shortcut to traditional pot pies, this recipe is a weeknight staple!
This easy Chicken Noodle Soup is a delicious twist on a comfort food classic. Made with real ingredients and made in the slow cooker, you’ll never go back to canned soup again!
The perfect hearty, comfort food soup dinner idea, this Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup can be made in the slow cooker and prepped ahead of time for a later meal.
A healthy twist on a childhood classic, Slow Cooker Tomato Soup packs a serving of vegetables in every bowl. Serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich for added calcium and tons of fun.
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.
This Easy Chicken Chili recipe is made without beans for the easiest kid-friendly comfort food that is filling and quick to prepare.
Whole30, and kid-approved, this Paleo Chili recipe is one of my most requested dishes ever. Throw the ingredients in a skillet and get ready to have an epic dinner.
Related: How to Freeze Soups
This Lasagna Soup dinner idea is everything you love about traditional lasagna without the need to spend time layering noodles or washing a million dishes. Just throw everything in the crockpot, and you’re done!
Brimming with veggies, beans, and pasta in a robust tomato broth, this Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is perfect for meatless Monday or any time you want a nutritious, filling meal.
Warm, cheesy, and comforting, this tortellini soup recipe is always a crowd-pleaser. Even better, leftovers make fantastic freezer meals or thermos lunches!
Cheap, easy, and filling vegetarian soup recipes are an easy way to satisfy any guest!
This Healthy Vegetarian Enchilada Soup has half the calories of the traditional recipe but all of the flavor. Containing just the right amount of flavor and heat, it’s an easier way to eat enchiladas.
Made with real ingredients and low-carb zucchini noodles, this Ramen soup recipe is a healthy spin on an old college favorite.
Low in calories, this Fire Roasted Tomato Soup is the easiest way to sneak vegetables into your kids’ diet! It’s so delicious they’ll be asking for seconds.
Hearty, filling, and full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, this Mexican Bean and Vegetable Soup is the perfect budget-friendly comfort food meal on a cold day.
Can’t Get Enough Recipe Ideas?
I’ve got you covered with all the best family-friendly dinner ideas organized by main protein.
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
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