17 Quick Soup Recipes That Are Ready in 30 Minutes

Our Best Quick and Easy Soup Recipes

Corn chowder with bacon

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Soups are a winter staple, but they are also wonderful in the spring and summer. And while cooking soups in the crock pot is great, sometimes you want soup on the table in a hurry. These quick soup recipes will let you serve your family in less time than it takes to go through the drive-through window! Many are also kid favorites, making them perfect for packing in a thermos for school lunches or freezing for a quick family dinner on busy weeknights.

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    Turkey Taco Soup

    Turkey taco soup

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    Try taco night in a bowl with this hearty Mexican-style soup brimming with turkey. It is a great way to use up leftover holiday turkey, or you can substitute shredded rotisserie chicken. Serve with crispy tortilla chips on the side.

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    Quick Pumpkin Soup

    pumpkin soup in a bowl

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    Rich and creamy pumpkin soup makes a wonderfully warming lunch or dinner on cooler days. Make it easily any time of year using store-bought canned pumpkin, frozen corn, prepared chicken broth, onion, half and half, and a few pantry spices.

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    Quick Shoyu Ramen

    Quick Shoyu Ramen

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Here is proof that you don't have to cook ramen broth for hours on your stove to create a good depth of flavor. It takes less than 30 minutes with this ramen soup recipe that uses prepared chicken stock, dashi, and soy sauce as its flavor base, with soft ramen noodles and a few other Asian ingredients to round out the bowls.

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    Easy Tomato Rice Soup

    Easy Tomato Rice Soup

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    Tomato rice soup makes a great thermos lunch for kids, or a quick and easy soup to serve with grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch or dinner. Make it easily with crushed canned tomatoes, a few chopped vegetables, pantry spices, and rice.

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    Canadian Cheese Soup with Vegetables

    Canadian Cheese Soup with Vegetables

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    Cheese soup is a great idea anytime you're craving a creamy, indulgent-tasting bowl of comfort food. Make it in 30 minutes using your choice of Velveeta or sharp cheddar cheese, plus some chopped veggies, prepared chicken broth, cream, and a few pantry ingredients.

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    Vegetarian Pasta E Fagioli With White Beans and Basil

    Pasta E Fagioli

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    Pasta e fagioli is a fabulous main course soup for vegetarians and vegans, because it is packed with protein and fiber, not to mention fantastic flavor and textures. Use small pasta, such as bow ties or little shells, for this traditional Italian bean soup that cooks on your stove top in just 20 minutes.

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    Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

    Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi SOup

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    With all the flavor found in Olive Garden's version, this chicken gnocchi soup recipe is sure to please. With a creamy base, shredded chicken breast, potato gnocchi, and spinach, it gets flavor from a few common herbs, garlic, and onion. There's no need for anything on the side because it's so filling, but it is really good with warm breadsticks.

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    Instant Pot Minestrone


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    Traditional minestrone combines carrots, celery, beans, spinach, and pasta in a tomato broth. You can stick with a vegetarian version or brown some Italian sausage or ground beef to add meaty flavor.

    This hearty soup comes together with ease in less than 30 minutes when you make it in an Instant Pot. Serve it with a dollop of pesto, a dusting of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and a warm hunk of bread.

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    Curried Cauliflower Soup

    Curried Cauliflower Soup

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    Curried cauliflower soup is creamy, nutritious, smooth, and full of flavor. Cauliflower and onion are simmered in butter with spices, before being pureed and enriched with cream. Serve in bowls topped with garlic croutons, or a sprinkle of fresh chopped herbs.

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    Mexican Black Bean Soup

    Mexican Black Bean Soup with Cumin

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    Low in fat, high in fiber, vegetarian-friendly, easy on the budget, and loaded with great flavor, this Mexican black bean soup has something for everyone. Cook up a big pot in less than 30 minutes using canned black beans, jarred salsa, and pantry spices. For a vegan version, simply omit the cheese.

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    Seaweed Egg Drop Soup

    Seaweed Egg Drop Soup

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    Seaweed is a trendy superfood that's rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This recipe includes it in a classic Chinese-style egg drop soup. The seaweed and egg ribbons give the soup a wonderful silky texture, with fragrant ginger adding even more aroma and taste.

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    Cream of Asparagus Soup

    Cream of Asparagus Soup

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    This simple cream of asparagus soup is a great way to use up a bounty of vegetables from the farmers market. Use the asparagus cooking liquid to infuse the soup with extra flavor. Serve it with crusty rolls, or garlic bread, for a filling lunch, or a light dinner.

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    Corn Chowder With Bacon

    Corn chowder with bacon

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    When you crave a comforting, filling soup, make a big batch of this hearty corn chowder with bacon that's ready to serve in about half an hour. You can easily substitute ham for the bacon if you'd like. Use thick-cut smoked bacon for a more intensely flavored soup.

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    Tuscan Vegetable Soup

    Tuscan Vegetable Soup

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    Tuscan vegetable soup is a rustic, "kitchen sink" style soup that's a great way to use up stale bread and vegetables from your crisper. Top with plenty of grated pecorino or parmesan cheese, for a soothing, nutritious taste of Italy, fast!

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    Spicy Mango Ginger Soup

    Spicy Mango Ginger Soup

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    You only need 10 minutes to make this cold mango soup you can enjoy for lunch, or as an elegant first course at dinner on hot summer days. The recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and gets a nice, spicy kick from chili peppers and ginger. Fresh lime juice brightens up the whole bowl.

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    Quick and Easy Garlic Miso Soup

    Easy garlic miso soup recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    Cook up this easy, vegan and vegetarian-friendly garlic miso soup when you want to chase away the sniffles. It's easy to make in just 15 minutes, with miso, tofu, sliced shiitake mushrooms, scallions, and a few more ingredients.

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    Cool Vegan Cucumber Soup

    Cool vegan cucumber soup

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    Chilled vegan cucumber soup is a wonderfully cooling summer starter that's a great way to use up cucumbers from your garden, and makes a nice change from gazpacho. Soy milk makes it super creamy, with chopped fresh dill for plenty of flavor.