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Easy Soup Recipes for a Busy Life

Easy soup recipes are a staple to my weekly meal plans! Today’s post is written by my colleague, Christine Pittman, from Cook the Story. Join Christine as she shares her quick and easy soup recipes for a busy life.

Christine’s recipes are deliciously, semi-homemade, but are healthy, quick and easy so that they fit with what you need every day. Christine is a professional recipe developer and food photographer whose recipes have appeared in numerous publications online and in print, including,, The Huffington Post, Chili Pepper Magazine and

For as long as I’ve known her, Christine has been a source of inspiration to me. She juggles her roles as a mother and blogger with amazing skill, and her talent as a cook and photographer blow me away.

Because you have enjoyed my soup recipe posts, I have a feeling that you’ll adore this post of Christine’s!

Quick and Easy Soup Recipes for a Busy Life

Before I had kids, I spent a lot of time cooking. I loved being in the kitchen, and making dinner could easily take over an hour each day. Back then, I thought that people who complained about not having time to cook weren’t making time for it or just didn’t love it enough. I was young and thought I knew everything. Clearly.

And then I had kids, and soon after that, I started my own business.

Suddenly, I didn’t have time to make those fancy dinners.

And then I finally understood.

It’s just plain hard to get dinner on the table when there’s so much going on.

I began adapting my cooking to fit my new reality. As I did so, what I missed most were the soups that used to simmer on my stove all day. I really missed them, so I started to think about adapting them to make them quicker. Then it happened. I came up with a bunch of ways to make quick and easy soup recipes.

For my blog, I decided to challenge myself and make sure that all the soups are ready, from start to finish, in under 15 minutes. The SOUPin15 series was born.

Over the past 6 months, every single week I’ve shared a homemade soup that’s ready in under 15 minutes and I’m going to keep going for another 6 months. With each soup I also share a little secret tip. This tip is the key to making the soup delicious so quickly.

Here are 6 of my favorite SOUPin15 easy soup recipes.

I hope you enjoy cooking them, and that your whole family enjoys the soothing soup magic they bring to your table.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in 15 Minutes

Thin, quick-cooking noodles and a special flavorful ingredient make this soup taste like my Baba’s in a fraction of the time.

Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in 15 Minutes
Broccoli Cheese Soup in 15 Minutes

Frozen broccoli is the key to making this soup really quick, but it’s the extra-fast croutons that give it the bread-bowl-feel of Panera’s favorite soup.

Broccoli Cheese Soup in 15 Minutes

Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Parmesan Crumbles in 15 Minutes
This isn’t a sweet cinnamon-flavored pumpkin soup. This one is all savory. If you’ve never tried savory flavors with pumpkin, you’re going to love it. And heck, it has bacon!

Pumpkin Soup with Bacon Parmesan Crumbles in 15 Minutes

Carrot Soup with Dill in 15 Minutes
How is it possible to peel, chop and cook carrots in under 15 minutes? Figuring this out was one of my best ever soup ideas!

Carrot Soup with Dill in 15 Minutes

Pizza Soup in 15 Minutes
It tastes just like pizza, complete with cheese and bread, but it’s faster than take out.

Pizza Soup in 15 Minutes

Kielbasa and Kale Soup with Chick Peas in 15 Minutes
This soup saves me all the time on a busy day. It’s a complete meal with a simple slice of bread on the side. Or I toss in some leftover quinoa or rice if I have some. Dinner’s done!

Kielbasa and Kale Soup in 15 Minutes


If you’d like to see all of the 25+ SOUPin15 easy soup recipes, head over here.

Have a souper day! -Christine xo:)

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  1. Thanks for sharing all these 15 minute soups! I don’t have kids, but sometimes I don’t have the energy at the end of a long day…I will admit I have the take out chinese place phone number programmed into my phone. I can’t wait to try the pumpkin one.

    1. I don’t have kids at home either, Liz, but I’m lovin’ on Christine’s 15-minute soup recipes anyway. What’s not to love about a quick and easy dinner?! 🙂

  2. I am ALL about some quick and easy soups at this time of the year, Becca! We eat soup everyday for lunch, and we’re always searching for new ideas to try. This post should keep us busy for a while. 🙂

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