21 Quick Soup and Stew Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes (or Less!)
Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili
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!).
Fresh Tomato Soup
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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Fast or Slow New England Style Clam Chowder
Skip the canned stuff and opt for this quick and easy clam chowder recipe. It's deemed fast or slow because you can make it in either your pressure cooker or slow cooker to fit 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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Golden Squash Bisque
It only requires six ingredients and 20 minutes to get this super smooth and creamy bisque on the table. It's got a bit of earthiness thanks to curry powder and herbal notes with the help of fresh thyme. You can use your favorite (fresh or frozen) winter squash here: butternut, pumpkin, and acorn would make an excellent soup.
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Soup
A rotisserie chicken might be one of the greatest shortcut ingredients of all time. That rings true for this quick soup recipe. 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.
This quick and easy soup recipe is going to take a 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 totally worth it.
Pot Sticker Dumpling Soup
Thanks to purchased frozen pot stickers, 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, simply substitute soy sauce and sesame oil in your pot.
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 and has fewer than 165 calories a serving.
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 load this easy soup recipe with flavor.
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 here, keeping this soup non-dairy as well. There's only 63 calories per serving, so you can make this as a quick side or bump up the protein by adding tofu or shredded chicken.
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For a rich and creamy soup, mix chive-and-onion cream cheese with chicken broth. This fancy, yet easy soup recipe is ready in just 15 minutes thanks to refrigerated tortellini. It's a 4-ingredient speedy soup recipe you'll devour on a cozy night at home.
Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup
If you didn't think quick potato soup existed before, now you do! Throw together this 5-ingredient soup for a rich and hearty dish in about 30 minutes flat. And because everything is better with bacon, we use some to garnish, but we use a secret ingredient (honey!) on the bacon for a salty-sweet finish.
Meatball and Vegetable Soup with Pasta
Soba Noodle Bowl
Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat, and they make a delicious main ingredient for this delicious 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.
Hurried Gazpacho and Handheld Quesadillas
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 required either. This quick soup is so easy, we've even got a delicious quesadilla recipe to serve alongside your bowl.
Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup
Loaded with healthy vegetables and whole grains, this nourishing soup is 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 of time rather than all day on the stove.
Coconut Lime Chicken Soup
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 your at the store. Top with fresh cilantro and another squeeze of lime to bring the freshness.
Smoked turkey adds savory flavor to this five-ingredient favorite. But if you've got some leftover roast turkey in the freezer from Thanksgiving, that will also work beautifully in this quick and easy soup recipe.
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Swedish Meatball Soup
If you enjoy homemade Swedish meatballs atop a pile of noodles, this is the easy soup recipe for you. 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.