Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Soup)

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

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

Easy dinner ideas for soup

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.

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.

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Soup)

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Family-friendly weeknight dinner ideas for soup

If I wouldn’t have had to boil the potatoes, this would have taken less than 15 minutes 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!

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Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas (Soup)

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5 from 1 vote
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
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. 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.

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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 dinners!

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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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  2. Rebecca says:

    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. 🙂

  3. These are such great ideas! So many to choose from!

  4. Amy says:

    This is such a great way to get kids to eat those veggies! thanks for sharing 😃

  5. Louise says:

    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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