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6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love

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A weekly soup night is a good thing – great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

Next to salads and sandwiches, soups are probably my favorite menu items. They are warm, filling, and comforting. They take hardly any work. They use up all kinds of random bits in the fridge. And when paired with good homemade bread, a bit of cheese, and maybe a glass of wine if you indulge, they make a rocking meal.

In the cooler months of the year, soup night is a regular theme in my meal planning. It takes the guesswork out of what to make for dinner and it’s so stinking easy!

Conversely, soup also lends itself really well as a make-ahead meal; read this post to learn how to makes soups for freezing. You’ll be so impressed with yourself when you beat the can at its own game. Download this Freezer Cooking Plan for Soups, Stews & Bread to help you pull it off quickly and easily.

Here are some great soups I promise your family will love:

Stovetop Soups

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

Stone Soup (aka Soup from Leftovers)

If you’ve got a big pot, a little oil, some onion, some veg, and some broth, you can make soup. Soup making is pretty forgiving, provided the ingredients are fresh and wholesome. This recipe for Stone Soup is a great way to use up good leftovers.

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

Aunt Sandy’s Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

This Broccoli and Cauliflower soup holds a special place in my heart. My Aunt Sandy made a version of this for us on one of our trips to the MidWest. It’s so comforting and a great way to sneak in some veggies that your kids might normally protest.

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

Roasted Vegetable Soup with Fresh Oregano

If you like pureed soups, this roasted vegetable soup is a winner. An immersion blender is a great tool to have for recipes like this — just blend it up right in the pot.

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetable

Tortellini + vegetables = one fantastic soup! This is a tasty and hearty soup, perfect for the cold nights.

Slow Cooker-Friendly Soups and Stews:

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

This crockpot chili bean soup is easy to prep. It’s also budget-friendly as it calls for minimal meat and has some potatoes to help it stretch a little farther.

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

Irish Stew

Our Irish Stew is pretty simple, containing few ingredients and cooking in the crockpot. I leave the baby carrots whole and chop the potatoes rather large, but you can chop them how you like them.

What’s your favorite soup?

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  1. Just this week I decided we were having lots of soups! Yesterday I bought a new immersion blender ($20 at Aldi; I burned out 2 of the Cuisinart ones in the past couple years) and today I’m making my MIL’s squash soup. YUM.

  2. I made several batches of homemade egg noodles over the weekend and froze them. I boiled a whole chicken on Sunday and made homemade chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes. We ate that Sunday and again last night as leftovers. I still have enough for another meal but don’t think I can talk my husband into eating it for a third night this week so I’m giving the rest to my mom and stepdad for their supper tonight. This kind of meal and meal-sharing makes me happy. Homemade and wholesome.

  3. Tortilla soup is a favorite of ours! You can shortcut this by using rotisserie chicken. Put some chicken broth, beans, corn, salsa, taco seasoning, and chicken together and you’ve got a really good soup on a cold day! We top it with tortilla chips and cheese. If you have the time, you can fry up some corn tortilla strips in the soup pot before you add the other ingredients, and you have your own corn chip strips to top the soup!

  4. I’m going to have to try out the Irish stew recipe. I’ve never seen it without cabbage and cornbeef.

    • Interesting! This is the only way I’ve ever made it. I’ve had quite a few Irish readers comment on it because it is the more traditional Irish stew. Corned Beef is an Irish-American thing. It’s not traditional overseas.

  5. Maya Andrews says:

    Two of our favourites are hamburger vegetable and chicken and rice.

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