20 quick and easy dinner ideas (soup) that come together in minutes. Use leftovers and please your family with a cozy dinner tonight. 

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Soup)

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Twenty quick and easy dinner ideas (soup) that come together in minutes. Use leftovers and please your family with a cozy dinner tonight. 

Soup dinner ideas

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.

bowl of sopu with a spoon

Soups kids love

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.

Leftover turkey and corn chowder in a bowl with a spoon, quick and easy dinner ideas-soup

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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!

cutting board with onions, frozen vegetables and stock, frozen shredded turkey and frozen gravy for a quick and easy soup
soup in a pot

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. 


Quick and easy dinner ideas-soup

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 crock pot in the morning and forget it all day. Dinner will be ready when you get home. 

Click here for more easy dinner ideas to make besides soup.

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.

Pot of cauliflower butternut squash soup with a few greens and a ladel in it.

With your instant pot, you can have this chicken and wild rice soup in a few minutes with little work.

chicken and wild rice soup in a bowl with a piece of toast on the side

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.

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.

crock pot taco soup in a bowl topped with a dollop of sour cream some shreds of cheese and a few tortilla chips

Beefy Onion Soup

Beefy onion soup you can make in your instant pot in a flash.

french onion soup in a bowl on a cutting board with a chunk of bread

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.

(Instant Pot) Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl garnished with cheese, sour cream, chips, and a lime wedge beside on the counter
instant pot for quick easy dinner ideas-soup

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup 

This easy bacon cheeseburger soup recipe is low carb, gluten-free, keto, and healthy. No crockpot required.

cauliflower soup garnished with bacon bits and with a spoon

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.

bowl of chicken noodle soup for quick easy dinner idea on a napkin next to apot of soup

Squash and Potato Soup

This rich and creamy butternut squash and potato soup is comforting and hearty.

carrot soup in a bowl on a napkin with carrots and a spoon beside

Thai Tom Kha Soup 

Creamy pad thai noodles steeped in coconut milk and herbs with a zip of lime.

bowl of thai soup on cutting board

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 soup ideas

Hearty Greek Lentil Soup 

Healthy and hearty lentil soup your family will love. 

bowl of greek lentil soup with a spoon for quick easy dinner soup

Best Ever No-Soak Instant Pot Chili 

Hearty chili made right in your instant pot with no need to even soak the beans!

bowl of soup with saltine crackers

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup 

Slow cooker recipe with coconut milk, butternut squash, and apples. Smooth and delicious. What a great dinner ideas (soup) for any time.

dinner ideas for soup-butternut squash soup in a bowl

Creamy Chicken Chili 

Spicy savory creamy chicken chili. Dump everything in your slow cooker and come back later to eat. Super easy dinner. 

bowl of soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup from the Instant Pot 

Have a warm, comforting broccoli cheese soup in a snap in your instant pot.

bowl of soup with cheese and sour cream on top, broccoli cheese quick easy dinner soup

Kid-Friendly Cheddar Veggie Soup

Warm, savory, cheesy vegetable soup with tons of flavor. Your family will love it.

bowl of cheddar and veggie soup

Fast and easy soups to make

Ginger Chicken Soup 

Chicken soup in a flavorful savory broth. 

dinner ideas for soup, bowl of ginger chicken soup

Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup. Warm, savory broth with eggs and veggies that will please your family.

bowl of egg drop soup with spoon

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup 

Super yummy chicken noodle soup you can make in a large batch and use for more than one meal.

dinner ideas for soup, chicken and noodles

Easy Homemade Potato Soup on a Budget 

Simple, economical recipe for potato soup that’s packed with flavor!

dinner ideas for soup-potato soup

Leftover turkey corn chowder

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Leftover turkey soup
Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Great way to use leftover meat! Delicious soup that sticks to your ribs!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover turkey, quick easy dinner-soup, turkey soup,
Servings: 8
Author: Christina
  • 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)
  1. Cover chopped potatoes with water and boil until fork tender.

    leftover turkey soup
  2. Drain and mash.

  3. If you have some leftover potatoes of some kind, start with the onion in your pan.

  4. Place chopped onion in oil in a large pan and cook on low until translucent.

  5. Add turkey, gravy, corn, peas, mashed potatoes, stock and salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

  6. Once soup is boiling well, add shredded cheese and cream and stir to combine.

  7. Turn off the heat and serve.

  8. You can garnish with bacon bits, green onions or chives, shredded cheese or croutons, but it’s great on its own too.

Recipe Notes

This is a very large batch. My daycare kids eat like lumberjacks.

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)!

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QUICK AND EASY DINNER IDEAS FOR SOUP: I love soup for dinner! I love when I can use up the leftovers in my kitchen and make something new and fabulous with them. Check out these quick and easy dinner ideas for soup recipes and make something new for dinner tonight.

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  1. These all look really tasty! My sister is a new mama and loves soup right now. I bet she would love me to make some of these for her! I like cooking for her to help out. 🙂

  2. I absolutely love soups. This inspired me to get back to making some. After moving to India I almost haven’t made any. Think my first will be the potato soup. Used to love that.

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