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. These easy dinner ideas are going to save your bacon!

bowl of sopu with a spoon

Easy soup recipes

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.

Another great instant pot soup recipe is this cheesy Broccoli cheddar soup. So good! And check out all these other instant pot chicken soup recipes too.

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.

Leftover turkey and corn chowder in a bowl with a spoon

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. 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!

tortellini soup in a bowl

Hearty Squash Soup for Summer is a light but satisfying summer soup that you will want to make this summer!

summer squash soup in a bowl on a table

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 on the counter

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.

Soup Ideas

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 soup
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5 from 11 votes

Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder

Great way to use leftover meat! Delicious soup that sticks to your ribs!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
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)


  • Cover chopped potatoes with water and boil until fork tender.
    leftover turkey soup
  • 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.


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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  1. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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.