If we’re talking about satisfying, warm meals, then soup is at the top of that list. Nourishing and wholesome ingredients are combined and cooked until tender and delicious. Yes, there are some recipes for soup that require a long simmer, but not all soup has to be cooked for hours on end for a delicious final product. Homemade soup is actually one of the simplest recipes you can make.
Here’s a collection of hearty soups that are weeknight-friendly and that will fill you up.
The chicken cooks right in the broth for the soup, which not only makes things easy on you but ensures the meat is extra-flavorful.
You only need 30 minutes for this hearty bowl to come together. This take on minestrone is extra-filling, thanks to crumbled ground chicken, and has a bright finish, thanks to a squeeze of fresh lemon.
The flexible nature of this recipe makes it perfect for weeknight cooking. You can use any type of ground meat, broth, or greens you have on hand to make it fit your needs for dinner.
There’s no denying classic chicken noodle soup is delicious. If you have time to cook and shred the chicken at home, it’s worth the effort. However, you can get delicious flavor from shredding a precooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and heating it through in the broth. Cut the simmering time to 10 minutes if you go the store-bought route.
A crusty piece of bread is essential for sopping up the delicious broth in a bowl of soup. Here we take a cue from a classic Italian recipe and use it as an ingredient in the soup itself.
Filled pasta always make a meal feel more special. I’d love to have the time to make homemade ravioli to cook in a soup, but that’s not even close to practical on a weeknight. Turn to the refrigerated pasta from the grocery store to save the day and fill you up.
This recipe swings more stew-like than soup. It’s packed full of beans, potatoes, kale, and sausage, so you don’t have to worry about being hungry at the end of this meal.
Soup doesn’t always require meat to be filling. This recipe uses dried and fresh mushrooms to provide all the savory flavor that you need. They’re simmered together with barley and other vegetables to fill the bowl.
Miso is fermented soybean paste. When it’s stirred into broth, it adds a richness and saltiness to the soup. It’s usually served more simply. To make it hearty enough for a meal, we’ve added rice and poached eggs to round out the bowl.
Thick udon noodles make this soup almost feel like a noodle bowl. It’s the perfect recipe to bulk up with leftovers, whether that’s tofu and greens as described, or leftover meat and roasted vegetables from the night before.
11. Red Lentil Soup
Lentils cook surprisingly quickly when you compare them to other legumes and beans. They’re great for soups because they can provide texture whether left whole or puréed into a smoother soup.
Creamy and rich, this is my kind of hearty soup after a long day at work. Help yourself get in front of the prep by cooking the bacon and potatoes when you have time a day or two before you want to make the soup.
‘Tis the season for butternut squash. Add a little more intrigue than the basic creamy butternut soup with this Southwestern spin.
If it’s not already, the slow cooker will quickly become your favorite appliance for weeknight cooking, especially when it comes to soup. You can combine everything before you walk out the door in the morning then set it and forget it until dinner. In this recipe, celery, onion, and potatoes come together to form a silky, luxurious soup.
Split peas are a natural choice for the low-and-slow cooking of a slow cooker. After simmering all day, they’ll break down to give the soup its body and texture. Grilled cheese croutons add great contrast in texture in addition to making the dish more fun.
Slow-cooked recipes get a bad rap for feeling flat and one note after simmering all day. Toppings and stir-ins can take a recipe to another level. Fresh lime juice is stirred into it to add a bright moment in every bite, while cilantro and avocado keep the bowl feeling fresh.