Four Quick and Easy Soup Recipes Made from One Base

Call me crazy but I don’t think I could live in a climate that didn’t allow me to enjoy the changing of seasons.  Food seasons, that is.  I could not live without winter and crockpots full of hearty soups!  Come April, my kids can’t wait for the grill to be fired up and to put the spoons away!  Creating soups, however, is one of my favorite experiments in the kitchen.  I have discovered four quick and easy favorite soup recipes that all have the same base, the first 4 ingredients.

The base below is a basic mirepoix (meer-pwa), sometimes referred to as the holy trinity of cooking. It’s made with carrots, celery, and onion. The same basic base can be used in these four warming winter soups!

I have also frozen these soups with success!  When soups come out of freezer they can separate a bit, but flavor is unaltered.  These are simple enough to divide if you aren’t feeding an army.  However, if you divide the base in half, please divide the ingredients in all other recipes as well.

Because we’re all busy moms, in this post I’m also sharing my time-saving tips for making these soups. I share these and more in my meal prep tips.

The four following soup recipes each fill a 5 qt. crockpot.

Soup bowl

VEGGIE BASE (Mirepoix) FOR FOUR SOUPS

  • 1 ½ c. carrots, finely diced
  • 1 ½ c. celery, finely diced
  • 1 ½ c. onion, finely diced
  • ¼-1/2 c. butter

Heat the butter in a large pot and add veggies all together and cook until softened (about 5-10 minutes), stirring frequently.

*Time-saving tip 1: if you want to save time, you can pulse your veggies through a food processor, but you will end up with veggie “crumbs” more than finely diced chunks.*  Flavor is still great either way!  For me, the chopping is weirdly comforting and makes me feel a connection to the women in my family who have gone before me!

*Time-saving tip 2: you can double or triple the carrots, celery, and onion, chop them all in one go, freeze them flat on a baking sheet, then put into ziploc bags with 1 ½ c. of each so they’re just ready to throw in a pot whenever you want to make a soup!*

SOUP #1: Cheeseburger Soup

Imagine potato soup and cheese soup had a baby~delicious!

  • VEGGIE BASE cooked/softened
  • 1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained (beef is easy to omit if you prefer to eat meatless)
  • 6 c. broth
  • 32 oz. bag southern style hashbrown potatoes (or you can peel and dice regular potatoes)
  • ½ c. flour
  • 6 T. butter
  • 16 oz. processed American cheese, cubed
  • 3 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ c. sour cream, optional

In large pot with your base veggies, add ground beef, broth and potatoes.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Meanwhile, in a small skillet melt the 6 T. butter and add flour.  Stir until bubbly.  Add to soup and stir well, cooking 2-4 minutes.  Reduce heat to low, add cheese, milk, salt and pepper.  Cook and stir until cheese melts.  If you add sour cream, blend in after removing from heat and before serving.

SOUP #2: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup makes everyone feel better!  Don’t be afraid to experiment with your preferences…this soup is very forgiving!  So whether you prefer lots of noodles or few, mighty meaty or not, have some fun and find your fave!

  • VEGGIE BASE cooked/softened
  • 6-8 c. broth (depending on your thickness preference)
  • 2-4 c. cooked chicken, diced or shredded
  • 12 oz. bag wide egg noodles (I usually only use about ½-3/4 of a bag)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

*Time-saving Tip 3: I bulk prep my chicken by buying 10 or so pounds at once, slow cooking it in the crockpot and shredding or dicing it and storing it in 2 c. portions in the freezer.*  When I want to make soup, I just pull out a container of chicken and we’re ready to go!

In a separate pot from your base veggies, prepare noodles as per package directions, drain and set aside.  To veggie base add broth, noodles, chicken, salt and pepper.  If on a stove you can bring to a boil and then simmer, or if you have time, just allow to simmer.  This also is a great soup to toss in the crockpot and keep warm all day.  Sometimes you will need to add more broth as the noodle absorb broth in longer cooking times.

SOUP #3 Cream of Wild Rice Soup

This is comfort food at its finest!

  • VEGGIE BASE cooked/softened
  • ½ c. flour
  • 8 c. chicken broth (might need extra on hand if you slow cook, as rice absorbs so much broth!)
  • 3 c. wild rice, cooked and set aside (I prefer Uncle Ben’s Original with lots of flavors in the rice packet)
  • 2-4 c. chicken, cooked and cubed (based on your preference)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. evaporated milk
  • ¼ c. minced chives, optional

To your veggie base, add ½ c. flour and stir until thickened.  Graduallly add broth.  Stir in rice, chicken, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in milk and cook for 3-5 minutes longer.  Garnish with chives, if preferred.

*This recipe was found on www.tasteofhome.com.  My GO-TO recipe source!  Don’t forget to search “contest winning” when looking up a recipe because you know it has been through lots of judging and come out on top!  Sure to please every time!

SOUP #4 Cheesy Chicken & Rice

This came about because I had leftover processed cheese and some rice already cooked and it quickly became a new fave at our house!

  • VEGGIE BASE cooked/softened
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 8 c. chicken broth (might need extra on hand if you slow cook, as rice absorbs so much broth!)
  • 8-16 oz. processed American cheese, cubed (the cheesier the better, but it’s okay to have less)
  • 2 c. cooked wild rice (I prefer Uncle Ben’s Original with lots of flavors in the rice packet)
  • 2 c. chicken, cooked and cubed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

In the pot with your base veggies, add flour to thicken a bit and then gradually add about half of your broth.  Add your cubed cheese and stir frequently as it melts.  Once cheese is melted, add remaining broth, rice, chicken, salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Four Quick and Easy Soup Recipes made from One Simple Base including Time Saving Tips for Busy Moms and Dads!

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