Meal-Worthy Soups from the Pantry

Homemade soup always ends up greater than the sum of its parts (which is good news when you’re cooking with pantry and refrigerator staples). From pots of pasta-packed minestrone to bowls of hearty bean soup, these recipes turn ‘the basics’ into a warm and satisfying meal.

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Pasta e Fagioli

Add ditalini — the tiny tube-shaped pasta — to a chunky broth made using chopped whole tomatoes, white beans and chicken stock. You'll be amazed by how many of the ingredients are already stocked in your pantry.

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Senate Bean Soup

This hearty bean-and-potato soup is inspired by the one that's still served in the Senate cafeteria to this day.

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Spinach Tortellini Soup

This satisfying main-dish soup is ready in just 15 minutes thanks to a few shortcut ingredients that most of us have stocked in our refrigerator or freezer.

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Broccoli Soup

Add a hearty dose of cream to pureed onion, potato and thawed packaged broccoli. Top the soup with hot crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar for a burst of color and salty flavor.

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Tex-Mex Bean Soup with Rice

Enjoy all your favorite Tex-Mex flavors in one easy soup.

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Creamy Tomato Soup

Liven up this creamy soup with a three-herb medley. Using kitchen twine, bundle together parsley sprigs, a bay leaf and thyme, then add to the tomato broth. Remember to remove the bundle before pureeing — otherwise the herbs will overpower the flavor.

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Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Dried black-eyed peas and frozen collard greens come together in this filling and comforting soup. If you don’t have a ham hock on hand, don’t stress — a bit of extra bacon will provide the same smoky flavor.

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Quick and Easy Minestrone

Soy sauce is great for more than just Asian-inspired dishes. In this hearty pantry-based soup it adds instant depth and the savory flavor called umami, which is associated with foods like Parmesan cheese and mushrooms.

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Chicken and Pasta Soup

Put last night's chicken to good use by shredding the leftovers and stirring into a flavorful broth. Prepare your favorite pasta — orzo works nicely — and add to the soup right before serving.

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Tuscan Bean Soup

Three cans of beans add texture and heartiness to Ree’s Italian-inspired soup.

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Spicy Black Bean Soup with Poached Eggs

Spice up your soup game with this zesty recipe, which comes together in less than an hour thanks to canned beans and diced tomatoes.

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Everything Soup

Trisha relies on common pantry ingredients, like jarred marinara and salsa, to whip up her cozy and comforting soup. She uses day-old bread to make homemade garlic croutons, but store-bought croutons will work just as well.

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7-Can Soup

The name says it all with Ree’s recipe. She combines canned beans, veggies and chili to make her quick and easy five-star soup — the only tools needed are a can opener and a large pot!

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Just-Add-Water Shrimp Paella Soup

Cooking for one? Inspired by the popular Spanish rice dish, this easy-to-make soup is a perfect single-serve portion.

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Smoked Sausage and Baked Bean Soup

This filling soup is ready in just 35 minutes thanks to canned staples like baked beans and tomatoes.

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Veggie Tortellini Soup

The best part about Ree’s vegetable soup? Thanks to frozen mixed veggies and store-bought tortellini, the whole thing is ready in less than 30 minutes.

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