Soup is my favorite thing to make for an easy family dinner. I’ve compiled a list of the best hearty, but healthy soup recipes that are substantial enough to serve as a main course.
There are several reasons why soup is the perfect family meal:
- Easy to reheat: Soup can easily be kept warm on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights when the whole family can’t eat together.
- Nutritious: Soups are great vessel for adding lots of nutrients and vegetables into your diet. (My kids eat tons of veggies in soups that they would not eat on their own).
- “No stress” cooking: I love that I can take my time making soup and adjusting the seasonings while it simmers on the stove. It makes dinner prep much more relaxing.
- Leftovers! Having a large bowl of leftover soup in the fridge makes lunch time so much easier. You can also freeze most soup recipes.
- Comfort food: In the cooler months, is there anything better than a piping hot bowl of soup?
Of course, I always recommend a nice slice of crusty bread as an accompaniment to my favorite soups. And if you’re looking to add more vegetables to your diet, you can add a side salad as well.
Here are the 10 best easy soups to make for dinner:
This has been the most popular recipe on the blog for 4+ years – and it’s for a reason! Small meatballs and little pasta balls give it heft, but the spinach adds a vegetable element. It’s satisfying and filling, and everyone who tries it loves it!
This recipe only has 7 ingredients, but so much flavor. Swap in spicy Italian sausage if you like some heat!
Pozole (or posole) is a Mexican soup containing chicken or pork, hominy, and either a red broth (pozole rojo) or a green broth (pozole verde). It’s a simple soup, yet packed with flavor. Serve with warm tortillas for an added treat.
Another one of our tried and true family favorites, this soup gets its creamy texture from pureed beans, not from cream. The flavors of rosemary and smoky pancetta in this soup are divine!
I discovered this recipe on the Budget Bytes site many years ago, and it was such a hit. It’s a slight twist on chicken tortilla soup, and the added lime gives it fantastic flavor. Save time by using a rotisserie chicken.
Lemon chicken orzo soup used to be my favorite thing to order at Panera Bread. Unfortunately, they stopped serving it! But this homemade version hits the bill. The tang of lemon combined with the salty chicken broth is extremely satisfying.
This is a vegetarian soup, which can also be made vegan if using vegetable broth in place of chicken broth. The potatoes make it filling, yet it’s not as heavy as some traditional chowders.
This soup containing spicy sausage, potatoes, and kale was made popular by the olive garden. The original version of Zuppa Toscana contains heavy cream. But if you’re looking for a lighter take on this recipe, this Skinny Zuppa Tosana will be your new favorite!
My take on red lentil soup is a pureed version based on the soup served at my favorite neighborhood Turkish restaurant. It gets its unique flavoring from dried mint. If you love a creamy soup, you’ve got to try this one!
This is a staple in our house. When I announced I was making it the other night, my kids were so excited you’d have thought I said we were having pizza. And it’s FULL of vegetables! The smoked sausage and rosemary infuse lots of flavor into this soup. I typically make it in my Instant Pot, but if you don’t have an instant pot, I’ve included stovetop directions as well.
This soup is chock full of veggies, but I guarantee kids will love it. This is another one that you can make in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop (both sets of instructions are included).
Gumbo is the ultimate hearty soup. This version contains andouille sausage and chicken, and is served over rice. Frozen okra and pre-chopped veggies (if you can find them) make it super duper easy!