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.
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
Chicken Noodle Soup (Orison Orchards) less than 54 cents a serving
Chili Con Carne (Orison Orchards) less than 60 cents per serving
French Onion Soup (Good Dinner Mom) under 55 cents per serving
Black Bean Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 40 cents per serving
Italian Wedding Soup (The Beach House Kitchen) around 60 cents per serving
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
Taco Soup (I Heart Naptime) about 45 cents per serving
Vegetable Barley Soup (Cookin Canuck) under 45 cents per serving
Butternut Squash Chili (Real Food Real Deals) only 58 cents per serving
Lasagna Soup (Dam Delicious) under $1 per serving
Chicken Wild Rice Soup (Pinch of Yum) less than 65 cents per serving
Cauliflower Curry (Real Food Real Deals) only 77 cents per serving
Southwestern Chicken Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 90 cents per serving
Mexican Black Bean & Corn Soup (Forks Over Knives) under 50 cents per serving
Broccoli and Pea Soup (Frugal Feeding) under 40 cents per serving
Corn Chowder (Real Food Real Deals) only 69 cents per serving
White Chicken Chili (Tablespoon) under $1 per serving
Dumpling Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 21 cents per serving!
Carrot Soup (Real Food Real Deals) only 49 cents per serving
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (Baked by Rachel) under 60 cents per serving
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup (Orison Orchards) under 20 cents per serving
Slow Cooker White Bean Soup(Budget Bytes) under 50 cents per serving
Creamy Chicken Tortilla (Cookie Classy) under 70 cents per serving
Greek Lentil Soup (Jeanette’s Healthy Living) just 70 cents per serving
Chicken Parmesan Soup (Closet Cooking) under $1 per serving
Potato Leek Soup (Real Food Real Deals) just 59 cents per serving
Turkey Chili Taco Soup (SkinnyTaste) under 70 cents per serving
Chicken Cordon Blue Soup (Chef in Training) under $1 per serving
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup (Jo Cooks) around 85 cents per serving
Basic Creamy Potato Soup (Cooking Classy) under 40 cents per serving
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:
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!