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Twenty quick and easy dinner ideas (soup) that come together in minutes. These easy dinner ideas are going to save your bacon!
After Christmas, we went out of town, so I tossed my turkey and gravy leftovers in the freezer. When I came home, I thawed them out and made this amazing chowder. I boiled up a few potatoes, but if you had leftover mashed potatoes, that would save you even more time! It was one of the best soups I’ve made.
This cozy comforting chicken pot pie stew cooks right in a casserole dish in the oven.
Easy dinner ideas for kids
I made this for dinner and then served it the next day to my daycare kids and they TORE IT UP! This is a kid-pleaser, and I have some PICKY kids. For even more ideas for healthy soups for kids, check this out.
If I wouldn’t have had to boil the potatoes, this would have taken less than 15 minutes of cooking time. If you have leftovers, this cooks up in a snap because the turkey is already cooked. You could also use leftover baked or fried potatoes and just mash them a bit. Easy breezy!
There are tons of soups kids love at little sprouts. I am world famous for my taco soup. My kids love making friendship soup, vegetable beef soup, and all kinds of soups. A recent favorite was a chicken and rice soup I made up on the fly.
I’m always amazed at how many different kinds of soups kids love. I love making them hearty, warming, comforting soups all winter long. They make a great easy dinner for family.
There are so many quick and easy dinner ideas (soup) you can make in no time at all and have a hearty meal on the table for your family tonight with little effort. You can make soup dinner ideas in the instant pot in a snap, or put the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and forget it all day. Dinner will be ready when you get home.
Sausage Spinach Tortellini Soup with Garlic Bread Seasoning is one of the yummiest soups I’ve come up with. I love those little belly button shaped pastas!
Hearty Squash Soup for Summer is a light but satisfying summer soup that you will want to make this summer!
This Cauliflower Butternut Squash Soup is going to change your mind about cauliflower forever. It’s so rich and creamy and full of wonderful savory flavors.
This Easy Ginger Spinach Soup (and Instant Pot Spinach Soup) is made with coconut milk for a creamy yet light meal you can serve all year round. You just need 5 minutes of prep time and 7 ingredients to make this easy and delicious zucchini spinach soup.
Or if you love a bit of kick, check out this smokey pork soup with leftover pork roast!
With your instant pot, you can have this chicken and wild rice soup in a few minutes with little work.
Cooking with kids is a great activity. Vegetable beef soup is a big hit with the kids! Just use whatever vegetables you have a pound of ground beef to help the kids make a super tasty and healthy meal in the kitchen.
A delicious beef noodle soup featuring thinly sliced flank steak cooked in a soy sauce enriched broth. A simple dish that cooks in under 30 minutes.
If you’re looking for a low-carb soup, try this amazing keto bacon cheeseburger soup. It’s one of my husband’s favorites!
One of my kid’s favorite meals is this crock-pot taco soup. It’s been a crowd-pleaser for my daycare and family for years. They can’t get enough.
Beefy Onion Soup Beefy onion soup you can make in your instant pot in a flash.
Chicken tortilla soup is one of my very favorites and can be made in your instant pot in less than an hour. Click here for the recipe.
Homemade Chicken Soup This comforting homemade chicken soup is a family pleaser, and it even uses gluten-free noodles if you are looking for an alternative to traditional wheat.
Squash and Potato Soup This rich and creamy butternut squash and potato soup is comforting and hearty.
Thai Tom Kha Soup Creamy pad thai noodles steeped in coconut milk and herbs with a zip of lime.
Alphabet Soup ABC noodles made fresh from scratch with homemade pasta dough. It’s not as hard as you think and your kids will love it!
Quick and easy soup recipes
Super easy and nourishing, this classic American New England Clam Chowder recipe can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes!
Hearty Greek Lentil Soup Healthy and hearty lentil soup your family will love.
Best Ever No-Soak Instant Pot Chili Hearty chili made right in your instant pot with no need to even soak the beans!
Creamy Chicken Chili Spicy savory creamy chicken chili. Dump everything in your slow cooker and come back later to eat. Super easy dinner.
Broccoli Cheese Soup from the Instant Pot Have a warm, comforting broccoli cheese soup in a snap in your instant pot.
Kid-Friendly Cheddar Veggie Soup Warm, savory, cheesy vegetable soup with tons of flavor. Your family will love it.
Ginger Chicken Soup Chicken soup in a flavorful savory broth.
Egg Drop Soup Egg drop soup. Warm, savory broth with eggs and veggies that will please your family.
Easy Homemade Potato Soup on a Budget Simple, economical recipe for potato soup that’s packed with flavor!
This Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup is super creamy, smooth, and full of flavor! This easy pumpkin soup recipe is gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly. It’s healthy and quick to make with canned pumpkin puree, creamy coconut milk, and curry spices! You’ll have a satisfying cozy meal ready in 15 minutes!
Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder
- 4 whole peeled and chopped potatoes
- Water to cover
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 T butter or oil of your choice
- 3 c cooked turkey meat, chopped
- 1 bag frozen corn
- 1/2 bag frozen peas
- 8 c chicken, beef or vegetable stock
- 1 c leftover turkey gravy (you can omit if you don’t have it)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 c heavy cream (milk will work, I just had cream left from Christmas)
- Cover chopped potatoes with water and boil until fork tender.
- Drain and mash.
- If you have some leftover potatoes of some kind, start with the onion in your pan.
- Place chopped onion in oil in a large pan and cook on low until translucent.
- Add turkey, gravy, corn, peas, mashed potatoes, stock and salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
- Once soup is boiling well, add shredded cheese and cream and stir to combine.
- Turn off the heat and serve.
- You can garnish with bacon bits, green onions or chives, shredded cheese or croutons, but it’s great on its own too.
Many recipes that will help you make an easy dinner for your family in no time are available in my new e-book: “Zero to Hero Nutrition: How to Actually Get Kids to Eat Healthy Food“
Soup is a crowd-pleaser, full of nutrients, and can be ready in a snap. It’s a winner in my book for weeknight dinner ideas (soup)!