42 cheap, delicious and easy fall & winter soups

42 cheap, delicious and easy fall & winter soups

Morning friends & Happy Monday to you!

My day is lining up to be a pretty busy one since I’m working on using up our latest pickings from our garden to prepare a dozen or so soups to make weeknight meals healthy, cost effective and a breeze. I’ve managed to put away dozens of bags of parboiled green beans, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, corn and greens but now plan to use whatever produce we’re blessed with to prepare soups for the upcoming fall months!

Hearty soups are really our go to meals of choice starting in the autumn. Not only are they delicious and nutritious but they can generally be made ahead of time and frozen which makes weeknight meals a no brainer. Sure, it takes time to prepare large batches of soup but having them ready and waiting to eat for lunches or dinners is very much worth the effort. We actually started doing this years ago when we slashed our grocery budget and have kept up with it ever since. One fall I decided to make 12 different soups (yes 12!) over the course of one weekend and freeze it all to have quick easy meals on hand. It turned out to be such an incredibly great way to meal plan, save money and always have good food handy that I’ve made it a seasonal tradition to use some of our garden veggies to make large quantities of soup which will last us well into the cold harsh winter months. Paired with some garlic bread, soups are really some of our favorite comfort foods!

This post is divided in 3 folks. The first set of recipes are all for traditional stove top soups (my preference actually) followed by crock pot soup recipes and finally soup storage ideas at the very bottom. I tend to stick to stove top because I often double or even triple the recipes to increase the volume of soup I make. I’m really of the mindset that if I’m going to put in the work I want to get as much possible product out of my efforts so I tend to stick to stove top and use an enormous stock pot to accommodate the portions I’m cooking since my crock pot really isn’t very big!

42 Cheap and Easy Fall & Winter Soups that are perfect for make-a-head freezer meals. Frugal Living | Frugal Food | Meal Planing | Soups | Hearty Soups | Freezer Meals |

Traditional Stove Top Soups

Asiago Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup

Beef Barley Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Photo Cred: Hungarian Mushroom Soup from Platings & Pairings

Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Thai Curry Vegetable Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Hamburger Soup

The Best Tomato Basil Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Ham & Potato Corn Chowder

Loaded Potato Soup

Photo Cred: Loaded Potato Soup via Butter Your Biscuit

 Spinach & Tortellini Soup

Copycat Olive Garden Pasta and Fagioli Soup

Roasted Carrot Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup

Irish Onion Soup

Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup

Cabbage Roll Soup

Creamy Mushroom & Chicken Soup

Smoked Sausage Kale & Potato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Winter Minestrone Soup

Photo Cred: Winter Minestrone Soup from Saving Room for Dessert

Vegan Lentil Soup

White Bean & Ham Soup

Tuscan Veggie Lentil Soup

Chicken & Leak Soup


Easy Crock Pot Soups

Slow Cooker Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Slow Cooker Classic Tomato Soup

Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach & White Bean Soup

Photo Cred: Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach and white bean soup via Damn Delicious.

Crock Pot White Bean French Onion Soup

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

Slow Cooker Cabbage Patch Detox Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Chowder

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Photo Cred: Slow Cooker French Onion Soup via Spend With Pennies

Crock pot Loaded Cauliflower Soup

Crock pot Lentil & Sausage Soup

Crock Pot Lasagna Soup


Freezing and long term storage ideas

Use good quality airtight freezer bags. I tend to freeze most our soup in large freezer bags (which I wash and reuse). I put the soup in the air tight bag, lay it on a cookie sheet and allow it to freeze for a few hours. I then stack my frozen soups in the freezer. This is a great way to freeze large quantities and minimize the amount of space it takes up in your freezer. It also makes last minute defrosting easy since these handy bags defrost in no time at all!

Photo Cred: Simply Recipes

Freeze single portions. When it comes to single portions I either use small Tupperware or small zip lock bags. This makes pulling out a quick lunch or solo-dinner meal a breeze. It also prevents us from eating out unnecessarily because we’ve always got food ready and waiting in our freezer!

Label and date your bags with washable marker. I label each ziplock with the name of the soup and the date it was made so that we can eat oldest to newest and prevent waste. Using washable marker allows me to wash and reuse the bags when I prepare more soups!


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  1. September 25, 2017 / 7:53 am

    I dislike soup because it’s not solid food but I do like the look of the Hungarian mushroom soup so maybe I’ll take a look and see if I can make it as a side dish to eat with rice or noodles to bulk it up

    • September 25, 2017 / 7:59 am

      Bulking them up works really well. I follow the recipes to make the base soups and then depending on whether I’m serving an extra something with it I’ll often beef them up with noodles, rice or even couscous.

  2. September 25, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    Love this! I love soup season because it’s just so comforting- thanks for the new recipes!

  3. September 27, 2017 / 8:34 am

    These look amazing. I am a big fan of soups. Thanks for sharing.

  4. September 27, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    These soups look incredible! It’s my favourite food so I’m definitely bookmarking this! Nothing like a warm soup on a cold Fall day! Thanks for sharing!

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