These easy homemade soup recipes are exactly what you need if you're looking for simple soup recipe ideas and meal planning inspiration! Perfect for healthy midweek meals and most are ideal for batch cooking too!
Soup has become one of my favourite easy meals. It's the ideal dinner to make if you've got leftovers to use up and you can cook enough to have more leftovers the next day too! If you're into saving time in the kitchen with meals you can cook once eat twice then soup definitely has to be one of the top choices.
How to cook soup
You can cook soup in lots of ways too! It's ideal for cooking on the stove top. You can make it in the slow cooker or pressure cooker too. If I'm making a vegetable soup with roasted vegetables I often like to roast the vegetables first to really bring out and intensify the flavours in the finished soup.
If I'm making a really simple vegetable soup I just put everything in the slow cooker and leave it to cook slowly with almost no work at all!
The great thing about soup is that it's really versatile and you can easily adapt it too!
Ideas for soup toppings and garnishes
Soups can look a bit plain but it's actually pretty easy to make them look pretty. Why not try one of these ideas next time?
- Croutons - bought or homemade
- Roasted chickpeas
- Yogurt, sour cream or quark
- Salsa or pesto
- Lightly pickled onions or diced spring onions
- Sliced chilli peppers or jalapenos
- Vegetable crisps
- Crispy fried bacon or chorizo pieces
Do let me know how you like to make a bowl of soup look pretty!
What to serve with soup?
For me, the perfect side with a bowl of soup is a freshly baked bread roll! Or indeed any kind of bread. Pitta bread, naan, foccacia, sour dough, cheese scones or indeed any of the many breads you can think of!
Easy homemade soup recipes on Searching for Spice
As soup has been a favourite of mine for a long time then I have a lot of soup recipes here on Searching for Spice. Most of the recipes are vegetarian soups and most of those are vegan too.
Many of them use beans or lentils. I've also got a few soups with meat in and a few older recipes for soups with salmon in.
I'm going to share some of my favourite easy homemade soup recipes here and would love to know if you get inspired to make any of them.
Easy homemade Vegetarian soup recipes
Most of these easy soup recipes are not only vegetarian but vegan too! I love thick hearty soups and you'll find plenty of recipes ideas below.
Easy homemade Vegetarian soup Recipes using beans or lentils
I love adding beans, lentils and chickpeas to soups to make them heartier and more filling. After all, if I decide to eat soup for a main meal I want to be full up afterwards!
Adding pulses like beans and lentils to soup is a really healthy choice. It's a great way of getting more protein into your diet which will also help keep you full for longer.
Easy Homemade Soup Recipes with Meat or Poultry
I make a few soups that are non-vegetarian too. They're usually crammed full of veggies as well so are still a great way to get a few portions of your 5 a day! I find meats such as ham, sausage and bacon can add so much flavour even if only a little is actually used.
Easy homemade soup recipes with Fish
I wish I had more fish soup recipes. I love salmon in soups and would love to add some more recipes soon!
I love often use a stick blender for making smooth soups. It's really easy and quick to do and less to wash up than getting out the blender.
However, I do also love to use my Froothie Evolve blender sometimes as I can just load it up with all the ingredients and it then cooks and blends the soup for me. It's also great with this spicy gazpacho recipe which I make using the smoothie setting.
If you are interested in a soup maker with lots of different blending functions then do check out my Froothie Evolve review post.
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