We have been living off soups this fall, mainly because I never have all the ingredients for a “real meal”. I’ve started buying chicken and vegetable broths in bulk – I feel like one can never have too many cartons. We also always have a pantry full of beans and tomatoes so we can easily throw something together.
I often use Pinterest for inspiration but will go rogue when I inevitably don’t have all of the ingredients needed for a recipe. Some of these I’ll toss in the crockpot in the morning (the white chicken chili) but others I cook in a dutch oven. One of my best and most-used appliances is the dutch oven (affiliate link) I purchased on Amazon. It’s really heavy but cooks everything evenly and is easy to clean. I recommend it to everyone. We cook everything in it – soups, of course, but we’ve used it to cook ribs, pot roast, chicken and dumplings, and more. We’ve had it for a couple of years and use it a few times a week.
I cook every night but often get off late and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. We rarely go out, especially during the week, and I’m not one for fast food. One of my favorite things about soup is how inexpensive they are to make: we usually get two meals per soup at a cost of around $10-$15 for ingredients. Can’t beat that!
White Chicken Chili: one of my favorites. I’ve told this story before – I didn’t have chilies the first time I made this, but had a can of Rotel (tomatoes with chilies) in the pantry. I decided to throw that in, and it was the happiest accident! I now only cook it with Rotel – kicks up the flavor a notch! Add a sprinkle of cheese to this when done. Also really great with cornbread for you southern gals!
Minestrone: I made a variation of this recipe without the pancetta, basil, and spinach. I substituted the beef bone broth for low-sodium chicken and vegetable broths and added whole wheat penne as the pasta. It was delicious! We had it for lunch the next day and it was even better.
Sausage and Bean Soup: I’m pretty embarrassed to link back to this blog post from a million years ago, but variations of this soup are staples in our house. I try to make it slightly healthier by using turkey smoked sausage (I prefer the flavor anyway). Other than sausage, you just need broth, cannellini or great northern beans, tomatoes, and garlic.
Chicken Tortilla Soup: For nights you need a little spice! I usually shred my own chicken by cooking it in the crockpot all day. I skip the sour cream but always use avocado and tortilla chips on top!
Tortellini soup: If you have 10 minutes to spare, you have more than enough time to make this soup. I don’t have a recipe – someone posted it on an Instagram story a couple of months ago but it’s the easiest meal ever. You need a bag of tortellini (I use frozen), a carton of Trader Joe’s red pepper and tomato soup, and some vegetable broth. Bring the soup and broth to a boil then add the tortellini and cook accordingly. I only bought one carton of the soup at Trader Joe’s and improvised by adding the vegetable broth, but it turned out well. I think I like it better. Kroger also sells a version of the red pepper and tomato soup if you’re not near a TJ’s (like me). It’s not the healthiest meal, but it’s filling and warm and perfect for busy weeknights. Serve with bread… and a salad, if you’re into that sort of thing.
I do a post like this once a year I think, but I’m always looking for ways to make our lives simpler. The majority of these soups are relatively healthy to hopefully counteract all of the holiday treats! And all of these go well with booze.
Do you have a go-to soup? Please share your recipes below!