19 Recipes for Quick and Easy Soups and Stews Ready in 30 Minutes (Or Less!)

New England Style Clam Chowder in bowls
Photo: Andy Lyons

On a cool fall or winter evening (or, heck, the middle of summer) nothing hits the spot like a cozy soup recipe when you need a comforting meal. But what if you don't have hours to spend letting flavors simmer together? Easy: Turn to one of these quick soup recipes. From hearty chili to creamy chowder, we show you how to make delicious soups and stews in minutes. All of the quick and simple soups you'll find here will be ready in just 30 minutes or less.

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Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

Chunky Bean & Chicken Chili
Andy Lyons

Yes, you can get chili on the table in 30 minutes. Starting with chicken in bite-size pieces cuts the cooking time in this quick and delicious soup recipe. While the soup simmers, crisp up tortilla strips (covered with cheese!).

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Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup
Jason Donnelly

The grilled cheese sandwich's best friend doesn't get much easier to make than this quick tomato soup. Use a blender or food processor to combine a portion of tomatoes, peppers, onion, and basil. The rest goes in the soup to give it texture. Not only is this soup delicious warm, but you can enjoy it right out of the fridge as a chilled soup as well.

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Straciatella Soup

Straciatella Soup
Jason Donnelly

You'll love its Italian cousin if you enjoy egg drop soup. This quick soup boasts a brothy base and is swirled with ribbons of eggs. If you substitute the chicken broth for vegetable broth, you'll have a delicious vegetarian soup.

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Fast or Slow New England Style Clam Chowder

New England Style Clam Chowder in bowls
Andy Lyons

Skip the canned stuff and opt for this quick, easy clam chowder recipe. It's deemed fast or slow because you can make it in your pressure cooker or slow cooker, depending on your schedule. Because we're going for fast soup recipes here, the pressure cooker option only takes 5 minutes after you've prepped the ingredients.

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Jalapeño Popper Chicken Soup

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup
Jacob Fox

A rotisserie chicken might be one of the greatest shortcut ingredients of all time, including for one of our quick and easy soups. Rich and creamy like your favorite fried appetizer, the jalapeño popper in soup form is quite genius. Top with garlic croutons for the perfect crunchy spoonful

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Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Broccoli-Cheese Soup
Andy Lyons

This recipe is one of the most popular Better Homes and Gardens soups and stews, and it's bound to take up permanent residence in your recipe box (if it hasn't already). The classic soup features a creamy, cheesy base and is loaded with nutritious broccoli. Our Test Kitchen likes to add a touch of lemon zest to the soup for brightness. The bread bowl is optional but worth it.

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Pot Sticker Dumpling Soup

Pot Sticker Dumpling Soup
Andy Lyons

Thanks to purchased frozen potstickers, this seemingly fancy soup recipe is ready in just 25 minutes. We even use the sauce packet included with the Asian-style dumplings for flavor. If it doesn't come with sauce, substitute soy sauce and sesame oil in your pot.

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Healthy Minestrone

healthy minestrone soup
Andy Lyons

If you're searching for a healthy and quick vegetable soup, look no further. Packed with zucchini, carrots, Swiss chard, cannellini beans, and more, this Italian favorite is ready in just 30 minutes. Plus, it has fewer than 165 calories a serving.

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Fast Pho

Fast Pho
Karla Conrad

This quick pho recipe is even faster than ordering takeout! The key is starting with precooked protein (your pick of chicken, pork, or shrimp). All the classic pho flavors are here: Fish sauce, ginger, green onion, and cinnamon infuse this easy soup recipe with flavor.

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Coconut-Pumpkin Soup

Once you try this delicious fast soup recipe, you'll keep canned pumpkin on hand for more than just pumpkin bread or pie. The creaminess comes from light canned coconut milk, keeping this soup non-dairy. There are only 63 calories per serving, so you can make this for a quick side or bump up the protein by adding tofu or shredded chicken.

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Tomato-Tortellini Soup

Tomato-Tortellini Soup
Kim Cornelison

Mix chive-and-onion cream cheese with chicken broth for a rich and creamy soup. Thanks to refrigerated tortellini, this fancy, easy soup recipe is ready in just 15 minutes. It's a 4-ingredient quick soup recipe you'll devour on a cozy night at home.

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Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup
Andy Lyons

If you didn't think quick potato soup existed, now you know it does! Throw together this 5-ingredient soup for a rich and hearty dish in about 30 minutes. And because everything is better with bacon, we use some to garnish, and we use a secret ingredient (honey!) on the bacon for a salty-sweet finish.

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Meatball and Vegetable Soup with Pasta

Meatball and Vegetable Soup with Pasta

This hearty fast soup recipe is chock-full of meat, veggies, and pasta. Purchased precooked meatballs and pasta in small shapes allow for faster cooking. It's a one-pot meal that the whole family can enjoy with little time spent cooking (or cleaning up).

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Soba Noodle Bowl

Soba Noodle Bowl
Andy Lyons

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat, and they make a delicious main ingredient for this delightful fast soup recipe. Look for them in the Asian section of your supermarket. Pair those thin noodles with quick-cooking boneless chicken breast, and you've got a cozy meal better (and faster) than takeout.

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Hurried Gazpacho and Handheld Quesadillas

Hurried Gazpacho and Handheld Quesadillas
Andy Lyons

A sure-fire way to make a soup that's ready in minutes? Make gazpacho! The chilled soup requires no cook time, and for an even speedier process, we turn to salsa as a shortcut ingredient, so no chopping is needed either. This quick soup is so easy, and we've even got a delicious quesadilla recipe to serve alongside your bowl.

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Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup

Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup

This nourishing, quick and easy soup recipe is loaded with healthy vegetables and whole grains. It's perfect for a chilly winter day. And with the tender sirloin added, you won't believe all that savory flavor developed in just 30 minutes rather than all day on the stove.

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Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

Coconut-Lime Chicken Soup
Andy Lyons

Coconut and lime are the perfect Thai-inspired flavors to flavor this quick chicken soup. It's another recipe that utilizes a deli-roasted chicken, so be sure to pick one up next time you're at the store. Top with fresh cilantro and another squeeze of lime to bring the freshness.

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Wasatch Mountain Chili

Wasatch Mountain Chili
Kim Cornelison

You can't go wrong with a cozy bowl of chili. This easy chili recipe is a top-rated recipe that's hearty and filling with hominy corn, Great Northern beans, and shredded cheese. Keep some crispy tortilla chips on hand (or make your own!) for a crunchy topper.

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Swedish Meatball Soup

Swedish Meatball Soup
Jason Donnelly

If you enjoy homemade Swedish meatballs atop a pile of noodles, this is the easy soup recipe. Reminiscent of the flavor you find in the plate from your favorite furniture store's café, our Test Kitchen's whipped up an equally satisfying soup recipe. It's pretty much a guarantee you'll be coming back for seconds.

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