Cheap And Delicious Soup Recipes

Homemade Soup Boosts Nutrition and Saves Money

Homemade chicken noodle soup
Homemade chicken noodle soup. Getty Images/Richard Eskite Photography

Warm up your insides with a frugal and flavorful bowl of soup. What is frugal about soup?

  • You can make soup with inexpensive ingredients, including many you may already have in your pantry, freezer, cupboard, or growing in your garden.
  • You don't need fancy cooking equipment to make soup.
  • Homemade soup won't have extra additives or preservatives. If you buy a prepared soup, you would often have to pay more for having those eliminated.
  • If your family has any food sensitivities, you can leave the offending ingredients out or search for soup recipes that don't contain them.
  • Soup can be a low-calorie, filling meal.
  • Soup is easy to take to work or school to heat and eat for an inexpensive lunch.
  • Many kinds of soup are packed with healthy vegetables.
  • You can make your homemade soup as spicy or mild as you prefer.
  • You control the amount of salt you put into homemade soup.
  • Soup is easy to freeze in individual portions to enjoy at your convenience.

Here are several great soup recipes to try that are cheap and easy to make:

Meat-Based Soups

  • Beef Stew: This hearty recipe can be made in the slow cooker.
  • Beef Cabbage Soup: Use soup bones or beef shanks for a flavorful soup made in a slow cooker.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup: It's good for the soul, and it's much better if you make it yourself rather than opening a can.
  • Ham and Potato Soup: This is a great use for leftover ham, or use sausage and some bacon.
  • Split Pea Soup: Use your crockpot to make this soup with the leftover ham bone.
  • Vegetable Beef Soup: Use inexpensive stew meat and your favorite frozen vegetables or garden vegetables for this soup. If you never liked peas or corn in your veggie beef soup, you can leave them out! If you like adding some chopped greens, put them in!

    Vegetable Soups

    • Butternut Squash Soup: This autumn soup makes use of squash you can store for weeks. See the different variations to make it creamy, spicy, or packed with protein.
    • Cold Beet Soup: Soup doesn't have to be hot. This soup uses hard-boiled eggs in addition to beets and cucumbers.
    • Creamy Pumpkin Soup: This soup is convenient to make as it uses canned pumpkin and frozen corn.
    • Creamy Tomato Soup: Learn to use your blender or immersion blender to make this soup from fire-roasted tomatoes.
    • Lentil Soup: This vegan recipe is high in protein, yet lentils are very inexpensive. It will satisfy you on a chilly winter day.
    • Sweet Potato Carrot Soup: This lovely soup is packed with vitamins. Top it with a dollop of pesto and croutons for a perfect dish.
    • Vegetarian Chili: You don't need meat for this spicy chili. You can make it as hot or mild as you want by varying the amount of hot sauce, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper.
    • Zucchini Soup: If you're wondering what to do with a bumper crop of zucchini, this soup is a great answer. You can make a batch and freeze it in individual portions.

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