Blame it on 50-degree temps, blame it on Instagram, or blame it on Alison Roman (again), but all I want for dinner these days is soup. In case you missed it, earlier this winter Alison Roman, the bestselling author of the cookbook Dining In with a penchant for creating viral recipes, did it again with her recipe for Spiced Chickpea Stew With Coconut and Turmeric. Referred to simply as "the stew," the hearty, golden-brothed soup has become beloved by Instagram, and by yours truly.
Seeing as I've already made the stew several times (five, to be exact), I scoured the web for equally delicious recipes to add to my arsenal. Spanning a hearty green lentil stew made with spinach, creamy tahini, and lemon and old-school tomato soup, these are the simple soup recipes I'm making on repeat until March 20. The best part? Like Roman's Insta-famous stew, they all take 20 minutes or less to prep.
Deep Green Lentil Stew With Spinach, Tahini, and Lemon
The Recipe: Made with green lentils, spinach, and celery, consider this Deep Green Lentil Stew the verdant alternative to Roman's golden coconut turmeric stew. Topped with a bright gremolata, a mixture of fresh parsley, garlic, and lemon zest, it's simply vibrant.
The Prep Time: This soup takes 15 minutes to prep, and only requires about 15 minutes of active cooking time, making it a great go-to meal on busy weeknights.
Ginger Carrot Bisque
The Recipe: Zingy ginger and a dash of mild curry powder pack this Ginger Carrot Bisque with flavor. When topped with turmeric tahini cream, it looks just as good as it tastes.
The Prep Time: You only need about 15 minutes to chop and dice the veggies before tossing them into a pot and topping them with vegetable broth and simmering for 25 minutes.
Creamy White Bean Soup With Kale, Rosemary, and Lemon
The Recipe: At once brothy and hearty, this Creamy White Bean Soup is brimming with earthy beans, leafy kale, and tender carrots and onions. A pinch of red pepper flakes brings a delightful bit of heat.
The Prep Time: Although recipe creator Laura of The First Mess admirably calls for using homemade vegetable stock and dried beans that have been soaked overnight, you can opt for the storebought and canned varieties to cut your prep time down to 15 minutes.
Old-School Tomato Soup
The Recipe: If you're craving comfort food, look no further than this recipe for Old-School Tomato Soup. A drizzle of yogurt mixed with cream on top cuts the acidity of the tomatoes and puts an elevated twist on the classic dish.
The Prep Time: Cooking the onions for 10 minutes until their translucent and tender is the longest you'll be standing over the stove while making this recipe.
White Bean Chicken Soup
The Recipe: Speaking of elevated classics, this White Bean Chicken Soup is a delicious riff on traditional chicken noodle soup. Swapping noodles for white beans, it's packed with good-for-you protein.
The Prep Time: Made using a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this soup requires minimal prep time, clocking in at 15 minutes for dicing an onion and chopping carrots, celery, and fresh herbs.
The Recipe: Red enchilada sauce adds depths of flavor to this Tortilla Soup. A word to the wise? Don't skimp on the toppings. Crunchy tortilla chips, creamy avocado, and wedges of lime take this satisfying soup to the next level.
The Prep Time: Calling for mainly pantry staple ingredients, this soup is ready in about 10 minutes, or in the time it takes to mince garlic, chop zucchini, and open some jars and cans.
30-Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen
The Recipe: This 30-Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen is a far cry from store-bought packaged ramen. Filled with healthy, flavorful ingredients ranging from bell peppers and cremini mushrooms to fresh ginger and red curry paste, this is a soup to add to your weekly recipe rotation.
The Prep Time: As the recipe's name promises, this ramen requires 30 minutes to make from start to finish and calls for just 15 minutes of prep time.
Spicy Italian Pesto Noodle Soup
The Recipe: A delicious basil pesto broth is the base for this Spicy Italian Pesto Noodle Soup, which is brimming with other Italian ingredients like spicy chicken sausage, Tuscan kale, and, of course, parmesan cheese.
The Prep Time: Allott 15 minutes to prep the ingredients to make this satisfying Italian fare.
Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
The Recipe: This Coconut Curry Lentil Soup is proof that lentils shouldn't be overlooked. After simmering in a mixture of coconut milk and chicken stock that's been spiced with curry, cinnamon, and ginger, the lentils in this soup are tender and teeming with flavor.
The Prep Time: Ready in 30 minutes from start to finish, you only need to set aside 10 minutes to prep the ingredients for this weeknight-friendly curry soup.
Next up: 9 winter dinner ideas for when it's just too cold outside.