6 Soups with 8 Ingredients or Less

Dinner,Lunch,Quick & Easy,Recipes
February 19, 2009

Six simple soups offer comfort by the bowlful in no time flat.

Mark Boughton

Why is soup such a favorite comfort food: Its power to soothe the diner? Its ability to calm the cook? Unlike many dishes, most soups don’t require constant vigilance. Recipes are seldom fussy, they invite improvisation, and substitutions are generally welcome. You can stir up a soup while answering homework questions or sorting the mail, and if someone’s late for dinner, soup doesn’t mind the wait. Here are six quick soups we turn to for comfort on a weeknight

By Jo Marshall, a food writer in Deephaven, Minn.

Lemon Soup

Avgolemono (Greek Lemon Soup)

Four main ingredients (chicken broth, rice, eggs, lemon juice)—dinner is ready.

pea soup

French Pea Soup

This easy pea soup comes together in a snap with frozen peas.

shrimp and corn soup

Shrimp and Corn Soup

Canned cream-style corn makes a rich base for this seafood soup.


Quick Tortilla Soup

Use leftover roasted chicken in this quick weeknight main-dish soup.


Quick Tomato Basil Soup

Combine a few pantry and refrigerator staples for this quick-and-easy soup. The ideal soup to curl up with in the winter after a long day at work.

lentil soup

Lentil Soup

Healthful lentils cook quickly in a weeknight soup.


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