5-Ingredient Soups

Crockpot or Quick Simmer, You Need Only a Handful of Ingredients

Cooler weather makes me long for soup. Nothing warms or comforts better than a hot bowl of creamy, thick soup, full of rich and satisfying ingredients like chunks of beef, tender carrot, crisp onion, and melted cheese. And soups are so easy to make! Just combine the ingredients in the crockpot or in a saucepan on top of your stove and let it cook away. The best way to make recipes easier is to limit the number of ingredients: thus, five-ingredient soup recipes! Remember, five ingredient recipes...MORE don't count oil, water, herbs and spices, salt, pepper, sugar, or flour.

Soup can be a meal in itself; I like to add some homemade Cheese Crackers or some crusty, chewy bakery bread for a finishing touch. Or think about toppings for soup to easily add some crunch and flavor. Try croutons, crisp crumbled bacon, goldfish or oyster crackers, or toasted nuts too. Enjoy these soup recipes and savor the flavors of fall and winter.

  • 01 of 09

    5 Ingredient Lentil Soup

    Lentil Soup
    Lentil Soup. Linda Larsen

    This easy and nutritious soup can be simmered on the lowest possible heat all day, or cooked in the crockpot. My favorite author, Laurie Colwin, was always advocating Lentil Soup. She would combine lentils with water and just a few ingredients and let it simmer all day on the lowest possible heat. I prefer using a crockpot instead of the stovetop; other than that, I agree wholeheartedly. Soups are so versatile and accommodating; you can combine just about any ingredients that you like and let...MORE them simmer into a delicious soup.

  • 02 of 09
    Best Beef Stew
    Best Beef Stew. Linda Larsen

    Frozen vegetables are the shortcut in this delicious recipe. Add them during the last 30 minutes of cooking so they stay crisp but tender. The type of beef you use is up to you. Everything from sirloin tip to beef chuck is a good choice. Oddly enough, beef sold cubed as stew meat, may not be of very good quality and you should use other cuts.

  • 03 of 09

    Tomato Tortellini Soup

    Tomato Tortellini Soup. Linda Larsen

    There's something about the combination of tomato soup with pasta that is so satisfying. Use frozen tortellini or ravioli so it doesn't have to cook, just needs to heat up.

  • 04 of 09
    Quick Pumpkin Soup
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    Fall's quintessential ingredient makes a velvety, rich soup. Top this one with some purchased pesto for a fabulous dinner that's fancy enough for company.

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  • 05 of 09

    Chicken Ramen Soup

    Chicken Ramen Soup
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    With ramen soup mix, this dish is ready in just minutes. But it's beyond the basic, with carrots, bok choy, and chicken to boost it. Then you can decide what else you'd enjoy with it, such as chilies, cilantro, and other ramen additions and toppings.

  • 06 of 09
    Easy Crockpot Meatball Soup
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     Frozen fully cooked meatballs are the secret ingredient in this yummy slow cooker soup. ​Once you try it, start experimenting with additions and spices that you prefer. You can change it to add the flavors of many different cuisines.​ When you hit upon a combination that you like, be sure to write it down so you can reproduce it.

  • 07 of 09

    Potato Carrot Soup

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    Six cloves of garlic in this recipe? Don't worry - with simmering, they become mellow and sweet, a perfect complement to the root vegetables. This is another soup that is super when you top it with pesto to set off the sweet carrot with a bitter element. Or add some croutons or nuts for a little crunch.

  • 08 of 09
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    This simple chili develops wonderful deep flavors and texture when cooked in the crockpot. You'll come home to a hearty meal and you can top your chili with cheese, sour cream, cilantro, tortilla chips, or even some pico de gallo.

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  • 09 of 09

    Tex-Mex Cheese Soup

    Tex Mex Cheese Soup
    Tex Mex Cheese Soup. Linda Larsen

    This easy soup is ready in about 15 minutes! If you'd like a more mild soup, use plain diced canned tomatoes instead of the variety with green chilies added. You can also swap out half of the milk for chicken stock for even richer flavor, although that's adding one more ingredient. Simple or not, enjoy the result.