17 Weeknight Soups to Add to Your Meal Plan

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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.

Tomato Soups

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.

The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Meaty Soups

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.

Red Lentil Soup(Image credit: Coco Morante)

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.