Super Simple Soup Recipe Roundup

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2017
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Winter has officially arrived here in West Michigan — yippee!

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Although I make soup regularly throughout the entire year, I definitely make more soup during the long cold winter months. And surprisingly, our kids eat soup really well!

If a nice hot bowl of soup sounds like something you’d like for dinner, then the super simple soup recipes below should give you plenty of ideas!

Simply click on the soup title to open that recipe (they will open in a new window).

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Ham and Potato Soup

This is our kids most favorite soup — they request it all year long, and it’s SO easy to make.

I always try to keep containers of chopped ham in the freezer, so I simply cook up some potatoes and carrots, add in the ham, thicken the broth, and we’re ready to eat.

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Pea Soup with Ham

Another favorite for anyone who enjoys ham is pea soup. It doesn’t sound or look all that appetizing, but it sure tastes good on a cold day!

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Sweet Potato Chili

Dave and I both love most varieties of chili, but this sweet potato version is really tasty (especially served with my yummy semi-homemade cornbread!)

It only takes minutes to put everything together (I always keep cooked ground beef in the freezer) and it freezes wonderfully.

I usually make the chili in the morning and let it simmer on the stove all afternoon. However, it can also be made in a slow cooker.

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Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup

This is my personal favorite from today’s list. It has SO much flavor, so many great textures, and it’s really hearty.

The sausage pairs well with the cheese tortellini — it’s almost like an Italian stew. Delicious!

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Vegetable Beef Soup

A couple years ago, Dave’s parents gave us a quarter of a cow for Christmas. We got lots of yummy beef — including delicious stew meat that I used to make lots and lots of vegetable beef soup (you can also use ground beef if you prefer).

It’s a great way to get our kids to willingly eat extra veggies!

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Vegetable Chowder

This chowder is another great way to use up any leftover veggies you have in your fridge (or freezer). You can mix up the veggies based on whatever you have in the house or whatever is in season at the time — yes, we make this yummy soup all year long!

You can add ham or sausage if you’d like a meat component, but it really is great just with the veggies.

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Cheese Broccoli Soup

Dave’s favorite soup is cheese broccoli soup — and although it has never been on the top of my favorite soup list, I do enjoy this recipe every now and then. The trick for me is to chop the broccoli pieces super tiny and make sure the cheese isn’t too thick.

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Chicken and Rice Soup

I grew up eating chicken and rice soup, so it has always been a favorite of mine — especially once I realized how super simple my mom’s recipe was!

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Chicken Noodle Soup

If you’re looking for a more traditional chicken and noodle soup, you’ll love this recipe.

It’s totally “from scratch” and can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less!

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Corn Chowder

Corn chowder is another one of our kids’ favorite soups… and it’s another super easy recipe using really basic ingredients we always seem to have on hand.

We like it with crumbled bacon or chopped ham, but it could easily be made vegetarian as well.

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Spicy Refried Bean Soup

Another great vegetarian option is this ridiculously easy refried bean soup (it doesn’t have to be spicy!)

Simply dump a bunch of canned beans, tomatoes, salsas, corn, and chilies and you’re practically ready to eat!

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Cheesy Mashed Potato Soup

One of my favorite uses for leftover mashed potatoes is to thicken various soup recipes. However, when I REALLY have a lot of leftover mashed potatoes, this recipe is how I use them up.

It’s thick and hearty, and has tons of flavor. Our kids LOVE it with extra cheese and crumbled bacon on top!

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Taco Soup

This recipe is a mashup of my chili and the refried bean soup recipes above.

It basically involves dumping a bunch of simple ingredients into a pot and adding the meat and seasoning of your choice — then simmering until you’re ready to eat. Nothing too fancy, but it sure tastes good.

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Soup is one of those meals that is so easy for me to throw together in the morning (either on the stove or in a slow cooker) and let it simmer all day or simply reheat it when we’re ready to eat.

It’s also great for eating in shifts (if you have to shuttle kids to and from practices and games), it tastes great as leftovers, and it usually freezes well too. Plus, it’s often a very frugal meal and requires few side dishes!

We usually have some sort of salad, a slice of bread with butter, and maybe a few crackers… SO SIMPLE!

What are your favorite soups?

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16 comments

  1. Kate

    12/15/2017

    I have made your ham and potato soup and the refried bean soup. Both are delicious! I see a couple new ones I’m going to try. Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    great! Glad you liked the recipes!!

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  2. Luba @ Healthy with Luba

    12/14/2017

    What a practical and delicious present — a quarter of a cow.

    Yes, we love soups in the winter too. It’s great to make quite a bit and eat them for a day or two. 🙂

    The vegetable beef sounds the tastiest to me, although I like soups in general.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, it’s a great gift. They buy the whole cow and give 1/4 to Dave and his 2 siblings… then his parents keep the last quarter 🙂

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  3. Calliope

    12/14/2017

    I love love love soup so I am going to try everyone of your recipes.
    My favorites are
    Pumpkin curry soup
    Greek chicken soup with avgolemono sauce
    Fish soup (my absolute favorite) and
    Lentil soup

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow — those soups sound amazing! Hope you enjoy some of my recipes too!

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  4. Emme

    12/14/2017

    Hi! The boys look so toasty! Can I ask what scarf/ head wrap they have on? My toddler son refuses to let me wrap a scarf around him- that looks much more kid-friendly!!!
    Thank you!

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    Andrea Reply:

    We LOVE the head warmers — here’s the amazon link!
    They make adult versions too (Dave and I each have one).

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  5. Michelle

    12/14/2017

    I love Olive Garden’s Chicken and Gnocchi soup so much that I diligently worked on making it at home. After a few tries I mastered it. I think mine is a little better since I put more gnocchi in it. I also make my own gnocchi.

    It’s so good!

    My husband likes their Pasta e Fagoli and I also make that at home for him now too.

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    Deni Reply:

    I would love to get your recipe, that’s a favorite of mine too 🙂

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    Rabecka Reply:

    Me too! I tried at home as well but it wasn’t that great…

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    Andrea Reply:

    That sounds amazing Michelle! I never get soup at Olive Garden because I like their salad (and the soup fills me up too much) but I do love gnocchi!

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  6. Deni

    12/14/2017

    Andrea, I have tried most of your soup recipes and they are all fantastic! Now, which one for dinner tonight…:)

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay! Glad you’ve liked them. We just had chicken noodle last weekend as Dave and I were both under the weather a bit. I have the sweet potato chili planned for this weekend!

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    Deni Reply:

    I made the Vegetable Beef Soup today with some leftover beef roast meat that I had froze which made it so easy. My family loved it!
    Hope you guys are feeling better!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yum… glad you all liked the vegetable beef!
    we’re all on the mend (except poor little Clara — she is just starting to come down with something). We are very fortunate to rarely ever get sick, so when we do, it’s a rude awakening for everyone!

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