Cheap and Easy SOUP Recipes

Are you looking for some cheap and easy soup recipes? Look no further!

You’re going to want to pin these fantastic recipes for later!




Soup is probably my families all-time favorite meal. I love that soup is incredibly easy to make, extremely inexpensive, and that it’s so nourishing and comforting! I also love that I can always make it ahead in my crockpot, for busy days when we’re all running around right up until dinner time. And my family loves all the delicious variety!

There are so many different varieties that we eat soup on a regular basis in our home all through the fall and winter, and we never grow tired of it. I usually serve it with bread or rolls to round out our meal and to really satiate my teenage boys, who seem to be bottomless pits of hunger! Homemade rolls or bread add only a few pennies per serving.

You can save even more time and money by making an extra large pot of soup and sending leftovers in thermos jugs for lunches the next day. Or make a double batch and freeze half of it for a crazy day, so you won’t be tempted to pick up takeout on the way home from work.

Soups are so easy to alter to your taste, budget and make them allergy friendly. I eat gluten-free and sugar-free to keep my autoimmune illness (hashimotos) in check. I don’t have the energy or desire to make separate meals for my family and for myself, but that’s no problem when I’m serving soup. I can always just take out a portion for myself before adding pasta, or I can just substitute a gluten-free thickener. That’s the beauty of homemade soup!

When we were young college students living on less than $10k a year, I made soup several times a week and I made all of that soup meatless because our grocery budget was less than $100 a month for our family of four. Cheap and easy soup recipes really saved our finances during that lean time!

Luckily, our budget is nowhere near that tight now, but I still cook from scratch and we still eat a lot of soup, because I understand the power of budgeting. The less I spend on groceries, the more I can divert to my travel budget!

It really is amazing how much money you can save by eating at home and cooking from scratch. Cheap and easy soup recipes are the very biggest budget and time savers.

Here’s a quick assignment for you. Multiply the number of people in your family times ten, which is about what a cheap restaurant meal costs (if you don’t order a beverage, appetizer or dessert). Mutliply that by 90, which is approximately how many meals you eat each month. That is a low estimate of what it would cost you to to eat all of your meals out for a whole month — it doesn’t include snacks or extras or tips or anything. Crazy, huh?

Now multiply the number of people in your family times 90. That’s how much your grocery budget could be if you stick to meals that are less than $1 per serving. Yes, it’s ten times less than eating out! And that’s a conservative estimate.

Honestly, I regularly feed my family of 10 for less than $500 per month, and you’d be amazed at how well we eat.

Over half of these cheap and easy soup recipes cost less than 50 cents per serving. That should give you an idea of how much (or little) you could be spending on groceries, and a goal to shoot for.

Read: 15 Meals You Can Make for Pennies

To help you reduce your own grocery expenses I’ve assembled this list of 33 cheap and easy soup recipes from other bloggers. They each cost less than $1 per serving. Feed your family one of these nourishing, inexpensive soups once or twice a week, and I promise it will really help reduce your grocery budget.


Minestrone Soup (Orison Orchards) less than 68 cents a serving

Minestrone Soup: 68 cents per serving



Chicken Noodle Soup (Orison Orchards) less than 54 cents a serving

Chicken Noodle Soup: less than 54 cents per serving


Chili Con Carne (Orison Orchards) less than 60 cents per serving

Chili Con Carne: less than 60 cents per serving



French Onion Soup (Good Dinner Mom) under 55 cents per serving

Authentic French onion deep flavor comes through in this soup. Easy instructions, you don't need another recipe.



Black Bean Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 40 cents per serving


Italian Wedding Soup (The Beach House Kitchen) around 60 cents per serving

Italian Wedding Soup


Smoky Red Lentil Stew (Real Food Real Deals) only 62 cents per serving



Butternut Squash Soup (My Baking Addiction) under 40 cents per serving




Loaded Potato Soup (The Wicked Noodle) about 95 cents per serving

This rustic Loaded Potato Soup is so easy to make and has a ton of flavor!! Loaded Potato Soup is comforting, warm and you can tailor it to your tastes.



Taco Soup (I Heart Naptime) about 45 cents per serving

Taco soup recipe



Vegetable Barley Soup (Cookin Canuck) under 45 cents per serving

Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe…A tasty way to get a couple of servings of vegetables! 164 calories and 4 Weight Watcher Freestyle SP



Butternut Squash Chili (Real Food Real Deals) only 58 cents per serving

Butternut squash chili is one of the best cozy dinner recipes for fall and winter. Get some extra veggies into your menu with this healthy vegan chili. Recipe from



Lasagna Soup (Dam Delicious) under $1 per serving



Chicken Wild Rice Soup (Pinch of  Yum) less than 65 cents per serving

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup - cozy homemade soup with hardly any prep. |



Cauliflower Curry (Real Food Real Deals) only 77 cents per serving

Cauliflower Curry is a healthy, frugal soup recipe. So good!



Southwestern Chicken Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 90 cents per servingSouthwestern Chicken Soup is a delicious, frugal, healthy dinner recipe.



Mexican Black Bean & Corn Soup (Forks Over Knives) under 50 cents per serving

This is one of my family’s favorite soup recipes. I get requests for it all the time. Cooking your own black beans and vegetable broth makes this soup even more delicious. Instructions:  In a large pot, sauté the onion, celery,... Read more:




Broccoli and Pea Soup (Frugal Feeding) under 40 cents per serving
Broccoli and Pea Soup Recipe (3)



Corn Chowder (Real Food Real Deals) only 69 cents per serving
Corn chowder is a frugal healthy meal that tastes great any time of year.



White Chicken Chili (Tablespoon) under $1 per servingSlow-Cooker White Chicken Chili





Dumpling Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 21 cents per serving!Dumpling Soup is a real bargain at just $.21 per serving! Great frugal dinner recipe.




Carrot Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 49 cents per serving

Carrot soup is a great frugal dinner!





Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (Baked by Rachel) under 60 cents per serving

The best slow cooker chicken tortilla soup! Recipe by @bakedbyrachel




Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup (Orison Orchards) under 20 cents per serving



Slow Cooker White Bean Soup(Budget Bytes) under 50 cents per servingFrugal soup recipes




Creamy Chicken Tortilla (Cookie Classy) under 70 cents per serving

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup {GF} | Cooking Classy




Greek Lentil Soup (Jeanette’s Healthy Living) just 70 cents per servingEasy, healthy, frugal soup recipes. What more could your meal plan ask for?



Chicken Parmesan Soup (Closet Cooking) under $1 per serving

Chicken Parmesan Soup



Potato Leek Soup  (Real Food Real Deals) just 59 cents per servingPotato Leek Soup is one of my favorite frugal soup recipes.



Turkey Chili Taco Soup (SkinnyTaste) under 70 cents per serving


Yummy soup recipes


Chicken Cordon Blue Soup (Chef in Training) under $1 per serving

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup from …Oh. My. Gosh. This is seriously the best soup ever!



Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup (Jo Cooks) around 85 cents per serving

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup topped with cheese in a Dutch Oven





Basic Creamy Potato Soup (Cooking Classy) under 40 cents per serving

Potato Soup



Don’t forget to pin these recipes for later!




I hope you found several cheap and easy soup recipes you want to add to your meal rotation. I know I did! If you’re looking for ways to further reduce your grocery budget, check out my series of frugal recipes for less than $1 per serving:

15 Meals You Can Make for Pennies

9 Frugal Breakfast Ideas that will Make You Excited to Wake Up

Meals for Under $1 per Serving

7 Secrets for Cutting Your Grocery Budget in Half



What’s your favorite frugal healthy soup recipe? I’d love some more ideas to add to my regulars, so please share your suggestions (and links!) in the comments!

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  1. Yesss, this is so great! Can’t wait till the weather cools off so I can get cookin’!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      We’ve had very cool weather, and I’ve been making lots of yummy soup!

  2. I love making soup in the fall! I love budget friendly recipes, so this comes at the perfect time. Thanks!

  3. These recipes look so yummy and I love the variety of choices. This is even better that I can make them on a budget. I will be putting some of these on my meal plans, especially as the weather gets colder!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I love that soups are so easy on my budget, too!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Thanks, Waynna!

  4. Soups are easy and filling to make during cold weather. Plus I can clean out my refrigerator and start over.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I love that and it’s so true — soups can use up refrigerator ingredients!

  5. have quit a list here with soup ideas. I’m not a soup person but I am always trying out new recipies for soup as you never know what might happen, I could end up loving them.

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  6. I’m so excited for fall because: MORE SOUPS! We have them at least once a week over here. I’m going to pin this for later for a reference!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Brilliant! Soups are generally so nutritious, so delicious and so cheap and easy, too!

  7. Yumm I love healthy & delicious 😋

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      And don’t forget cheap and easy! Soups have it all, really — yummy, healthy, cheap and easy! You just can’t beat soup!

  8. Madison at The Weaver Fam says:

    Yummy! I love a good soup on a nice chilly day. All of these are great for the upcoming fall season!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I agree, soup is the best!

  9. These soups look amazing. They seriously made my stomach rumble. I would like to try the carrot soup.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      The carrot soup piqued my curiosity, too. I’ve never tried it before, but I’m betting it’s a little like a squash soup, maybe just a bit sweeter.

  10. I definitely need to save this! I can be so un-original when it comes to soups!! Love these ideas!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I sometimes get stuck in a rut, too, and just end up rotating through our favorites: chili, loaded baked potato, chicken noodle and minestrone. I think this roundup post will help — especially since all of these soup recipes are so cheap and easy!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Blustery, cool fall days are just perfect for a hot bowl of soup!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      They are! And all of these soup recipes are cheap and easy to boot!

  11. I’m not big on soups but some of these look really good! May have to try some of them since we’re coming into soup/stew season!

  12. Thanks for this great round-up of soups. My family eats a lot of soup during the winter. I am saving this post to revisit again in a few months!

  13. OMG, all soups looks delicious, I can have these everyday, I don’t mind at all. Especially in this cold day , soup always appreciated.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      That’s exactly how I feel — I could never get tired of soup!

  14. I am working on getting our food budget down, so this is the perfect set of recipes for me! Also love the soup post!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      All of these cheap and easy soup recipes will be a great addition to your meal rotation!

  15. My family loves soups too, especially now that the weather is getting cooler. This is a great collection of soups to add to my recipe collection.

  16. Jalisa Harris says:

    I’m a huge soup lover especially during the colder seasons.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Me, too. I don’t know if I could ever get sick of soup! Especially all of these cheap and easy soup recipes!

  17. We are feeding over 300 women in couple weeks. Butternut squash, potato and barley with vegetables are the soups we will be serving. Everyone loves them

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      That’s great — soup is a fantastic way to feed a crowd! It’s so economical, efficient and yes, everybody loves soup!

  18. This gets me so psyched for soup season. My daughter has been craving wedding soup so I’ll have to give this recipe try.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Me, too! I actually have a crockpot of minestrone going right now! Wedding soup is next on my list.

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