Forget that PSL and your fall foliage trip to pick apples. What truly makes this season great is that it’s the official start of soup season. Or, as I like to call it, the most delicious time of the year. To be honest, I have yet to meet a soup I didn’t like, which is why I spend a good chunk of summer anxiously waiting to break out my slow cooker and make my first delicious concoction.
Soup is the perfect fall dish because it’s sure to warm you from the inside out. Not only that but, for the most part, soups are cheap to make. With affordable ingredients like seasonal squash (I’m looking at you, pumpkin) and easy go-tos like chicken, soup can be a wonderful starter to any meal or, in some cases, a meal in and of itself.
So if you love soup (and who doesn’t?), grab your spoon and dig in.
Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Soup
Who loves their Instant Pot? I do! If you haven’t yet invested in the 6-in-1 cooking tool, this Instant Pot cauliflower soup might be your best reason to do it. It’s a healthy, cheap, low-calorie version of your favorite potato soup but with an autumnal twist.
Spicy Crockpot Pumpkin Soup
The slow cooker is a wonderful way to make soup. Whether you have your traditional machine or the Instant Pot, this spicy Crock-Pot pumpkin soup is definitely a heart-warming fall recipe you have to make. The spiciness is just an extra something you’ll love about this particular soup.
Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Soup
If you’ve never tried to make soup with everyone’s favorite green sauce, you are seriously missing out. I’m absolutely in love with this salsa verde chicken and rice soup and for good reason! It’s easy and delicious, won’t cost you very much and will surely please the whole family.
Vegetable Miso Soup With Soba Noodles
If you’re looking for a filling and brothy soup this winter, look no further than this vegetable miso soup with soba noodles. The noodles are a fantastic twist on the usual miso soup you would find in your favorite Japanese restaurant, and the mushrooms give the soup an earthy flavor that’s hard to resist.
Quick And Easy Pasta E Fagioli Soup
Pasta, beef and beans are all relatively cheap ingredients to buy, which is why this fancy-sounding soup is on this list. It may sound really impressive when you say its name, but you’ll know that this quick and easy Pasta e Fagioli soup was a breeze to make. And yes, it’ll still impress in flavor.
Vegetable Beef Soup
Just because you’re a proud meat eater doesn’t mean you can’t also indulge in some of your favorite veggies, am I right? This vegetable beef soup is a lovely twist on what you would normally consider a stew. As the weather cools, this will scream “comfort food” right at you.
Chicken Avocado Lime Soup
Chicken soup is a classic and delicious recipe, but you can make it even fancier when you instead go for this chicken avocado lime soup. Sure, avocados can get pricey — so I would recommend waiting to make this when they’re on sale. The rest of the ingredients, though, are cheap to buy but combine into a delicious concoction.
Slow Cooker Spanish Chicken Stew
Let me be honest: I grew up with this dish but we never made it in the slow cooker. It took days to develop the flavors that are so easily found in this slow-cooker Spanish chicken stew. Lucky for you, it won’t take you that long. And although the recipe says “stew,” the brothiness of this delectable dish definitely puts it into the soup category.
Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash soup is a fall classic, but this soup isn’t like the one your grandma always made for Thanksgiving. Instead, the curry and coconut flavors in the Thai coconut curry butternut squash soup give it a sophisticated, modern and Asian update that will surely wow anyone you serve it to.
Winter Vegetable And Oat Soup
One of the best reasons to love winter is all of the dark, leafy greens that are in season during the cold months. And another reason we love winter is, of course, soups like this winter vegetable and oat soup. The oats give this soup the hearty kick it needs to warm you up any time of year.
Turkey Ramen Soup
Ramen noodles are easy and cheap. Sure, this recipe calls for fresh ramen noodles but you can easily make do with the classic ones you buy with the little packet. Just chuck the packet and go for this turkey ramen soup. You’ll especially want to save this recipe for Thanksgiving since it’s the perfect thing to make with all of those turkey leftovers.
Chili is a perfect dish for the colder months. I probably don’t need to convince you of that, nor should I have to convince you that this 5-ingredient chili is amazing. The recipe really couldn’t be easier and, if you add just a bit more water, it will be the perfect soupy consistency. Just how I like it!
Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Soup
I hadn’t heard of quinoa until a few years ago, but boy am I glad I did. Making recipes like this slow cooker chicken quinoa soup, which has a double dose of protein thanks to both the chicken and that delectable quinoa, gives me much joy. It’s just a few ingredients but a whole lot of flavor.
Instant Pot Hamburger Soup
Making your own hamburgers is fairly easy and cheap since ground beef doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. But if you’re craving the same delicious flavors in some other form, let me introduce you to the stupendously wonderful Instant Pot hamburger soup. This might just become your favorite recipe for National Burger Day.
Kale Tortellini Soup
I love buying tortellini whenever it’s on sale at my local grocery store because there’s so much you can do with it. Although most would probably just toss it with some pasta sauce and top it with a sprinkle of cheese (not that there’s anything wrong with that), I think making this kale tortellini soup is a much better option. The deep flavors will hide just how simple this soup truly is.
Vegan Barley And Lentil Soup
Lentils are one of my absolute favorite cheap items to buy because they’re hearty, full of protein and can be perfect in many recipes, such as this vegan barley and lentil soup. The best part of this recipe is that you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy it since it’s heart-warming and absolutely delicious!
Clean Eating Healthy Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe
Soup doesn’t have to be laden with cream to be delicious, and this healthy slow cooker taco soup is proof. If you want to make it a little healthier, don’t add all of those toppings.
Chicken Gnocchi Soup
You can make your own gnocchi for this easy soup or you can buy some at the store. Either way, this chicken gnocchi soup is a great addition to anyone’s menu. The best part is that it’s really filling, which means that this soup is definitely not just a starting dish.
This crab soup recipe is really easy and delicious, which is precisely why I love it. The creaminess makes this soup one of the least healthy on this list, but who cares? It’s a really filling dish that will remind you of summer, but is a great choice during the colder months.
Vietnamese Hot And Sour Soup
Those familiar with the wonders and flavor-absorbing power of tofu simply must try this Vietnamese hot and sour soup. It’s the perfect dish to serve up on a cold night, which is why I recommend saving this recipe for the first snowfall. Or make it today and tomorrow and on that snowy day in December. That’s good, too.
I love lasagna. I’ve loved lasagna ever since I first tried it as a little kid. But, to be honest, sometimes I get a little bored of the same old lasagna recipe. That’s how I first discovered this lasagna soup recipe. It’s the perfect dish to serve up on Italian night or, say, any other night of the week.
Spicy Chicken Sausage And White Bean Soup
Chicken sausage is an ingredient that’s really great in soup and it’s often not that pricey at my local grocery store. But in my search to figure out what I should make with it, I came across this spicy chicken sausage and white bean soup recipe and now I never want to make anything else. The white beans give the soup an extra dose of protein and creaminess that’s hard to resist.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
Copycat recipes are pretty much everyone’s favorite, which is why I know you’ll instantly fall in love with this Panera soup copycat. Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soup is a great dish to make in your Instant Pot because it makes the whole process really easy. You shouldn’t feel too guilty about all that cheese since the broccoli cancels it out. Right?
African Peanut Soup
When you think of peanuts and peanut butter, you probably don’t think soup. This African peanut soup proves you wrong. I would have never imagined you could take this affordable pantry staple and make something quite so incredible with it. Thankfully, this recipe is here to please us all.
Italian Wedding Soup
If you want to get really fancy, you can make your own meatballs for this Italian wedding soup. Personally, though, I’m a fan of just buying them pre-made, which makes this recipe much quicker. Why? Because this soup is JUST that good. You’ll want to make it, and enjoy it, as quickly as possible. Trust me.
Healthy Turkey Wild Rice Soup
If you’re wondering what else you can do with those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, look no further than this healthy turkey wild rice soup. It’s the perfect cheap, satisfying recipe to make with your turkey. It’s definitely something you’ll be proud to eat for lunch the week after. Yum!
Brazilian Shrimp Stew
When my Brazilian best friend first introduced me to this wonderful dish in college, I was amazed. This Brazilian shrimp stew is a dish that’s full of flavor, yet still on the lighter side, thanks to the shrimp.
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili With Sweet Potato
It’s never a bad time for another slow cooker recipe and this slow cooker white chicken chili definitely won’t disappoint. One of the reasons I love it is that it’s yet another “chili” that’s actually more of a soup. The second reason, of course, is that the combination of chicken and sweet potatoes is irresistible. Oh, and did I mention how easy it is to make?
Udon Soup With A Soft-Boiled Egg
Udon noodles are a cheap, thicker alternative to our beloved ramen noodles. If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, this Udon soup recipe is exactly what you want. The soft-boiled egg makes this a dish you won’t soon forget. My mouth is watering already.
Slow Cooker Curried Lentil Soup
I know I’ve said this already, but it bears repeating: Lentils are cheap to buy and an absolute stand-out ingredient to use in any soup. This slow cooker curried lentil soup will surely prove my point since this dish is easy to make but also comes with a whole lot of flavor. If you’re looking to save money while also pleasing the whole family, then make this ASAP.