A bowl of soup with corn, avocado and lime.

Five Simple Soups in Six Easy Steps

Follow our formula and put dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

It’s soup season and we’re making it easy for you! Cooking soup should not be complicated. Don’t overthink it. We create delicious wholesome soups using a super simple six-step formula: Heat the oil, chop the veggies, add herbs or base layer, add protein, add liquid, throw on toppers and spices. Just follow these basic steps and it will be delicious. We promise.

Tips to Remember:

  • Do you need exact measurements? NO!
  • If you like more of one veggie, add it in. If you dislike an ingredient, eliminate it or swap it for a similar ingredient.
  • Thinner = add more liquid; thicker = less liquid.
  • Add up or down with spice depending on preference.


SOUP RECIPE: Red Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions
Step 1: Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil
Step 2: Chop and add 1 onion, 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 4 garlic cloves
Step 3: Add 1 ¼ cup red lentils
Step 4: Add 6 cups chicken/ veg broth
Step 5: Add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, S&P to taste

LOVE this soup! The warming spices and delicious flavors are perfect for fall and winter and it’s an easy throw together. For the caramelized onions: 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced, 1½ teaspoons ground cardamom and ½ teaspoon ground coriander. (OK to omit, but these 2 spices in the onions really make the dish pop!)

SOUP RECIPE: Tortilla Soup
Step 1: Heat 2 tbsp avocado oil
Step 2: Chop and add 1 onion, 2 carrots, 1 red pepper, 4 oz. green chilis
Step 3: Add 1 pound chicken breast, chopped (may sub 1 can black beans); 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained; 2 tbsp tomato paste
Step 4: Add 6 cups chicken/ veg broth
Step 5: Add 1 tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, S&P to taste

A simple and delicious weeknight dinner. Low simmer to let the flavors meld for about 20-30 minutes. Could top with avocado and chopped cilantro and or tortilla strips.

SOUP RECIPE: Italian Veggie Soup
Step 1: Heat 2 tbsp olive oil
Step 2: Chop and add 1 onion, 1 pepper, 2 stalks celery, 2 cups green cabbage, 2 cloves garlic
Step 3: Add 1 small sweet potato, 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp dried rosemary
Step 4: Add one can of rinsed white beans (garbanzo or cannellini). Shredded chicken breast can be subbed.
Step 5: Add 6 cups chicken/ veg broth
Step 6: Add 2 tbsp chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp parm cheese, S&P to taste

This soup is hearty and delicious! Simmer about 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add the rest of the spices and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve topped with parm cheese.

SOUP RECIPE: Broccoli or Cauliflower Soup
Step 1: Heat 2 tbsp olive oil
Step 2: Chop and add 1 onion, 2 heads broccoli, ½ jalapeno, 2 cloves garlic
Step 3: Add 6 cups chicken/ veg broth
Step 4: Top with red pepper flakes or (for cauliflower soup) juice of 1 lemon, S&P to taste

Simmer until broccoli is soft, approximately 20 minutes. Let cool and puree until smooth. Add spices and serve.

SOUP RECIPE: Tomato Soup
Step 1: Heat 2 tbsp olive oil
Step 2: Chop and add 1 onion
Step 3: Add 2 tbsp tomato paste, 1 28 oz. can chopped tomatoes
Step 4: Add ½ cup cannellini white beans (rinsed and drained), 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp sugar
Step 5: Add 4 cups chicken/veg broth
Step 6: Top with red pepper flakes, S&P to taste, bunch of basil, chopped

Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Puree or blend. Add spices and serve.

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