There is one dish that appears pretty consistently on my weekly meal plan, and that is soup. Almost every week, there is a night designated for it — usually at the start of the week so that there are leftovers to dig into for lunch. There are so many reasons why it's such a mainstay: It's a one-pot affair, it often doesn't need much else besides some crusty bread to call it dinner, and it's infinitely adaptable depending on your mood.
Some weeks, it's a soup loaded with enough veggies to get me back into a wholesome routine; other weeks it's a heartier, cream-based or pasta-packed option. Whatever the situation, these 17 recipes are easy picks for your weeknight dinner roster.
When I get soup cravings, I tend to categorize them by broth type — and there are times when only rich, sweet tomato broth will do. These soups run the gamut from a classic purée to a spicy taco-inspired number.
- Spicy Tomato and Shrimp Soup
- Tomato Tortellini Soup
- Easy One-Pot Chicken Taco Soup
- Roasted Tomato Soup
- Chunky Italian Wedding Soup with Pasta
And then there are moments when an extra-hearty soup, filled with chicken or smoky bacon, feels absolutely necessary for dinner. These recipes are packed with meaty goodness and are sure to satisfy.
- The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup
- Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
- Bean, Bacon and Butternut Squash Soup with Swiss Chard
- Last-Minute Spicy Coconut Wonton Soup
- 5-Ingredient Family-Friendly Baked Potato Soup
Vegetarian or Vegan Soups
Hearty doesn't always need to mean that meat is involved, though. Soup is an easy answer when you're looking for a vegetarian or vegan meal, as you can build a great one with nothing but lots of vegetables, beans, lentils, grains, or a combination of them.