When summer heatwaves hit, turning on the stove for hot soup can seem decidedly unappealing. But chilled and quick-cooked soups let you enjoy the comfort of soup without sweating it out in a sweltering kitchen. The key to easy summer soups? Embrace seasonal produce and clever shortcuts.
These creative recipes highlight refreshing chilled blended soups as well as lighter hot soups made with summer veggies and flavorful yet fast-cooking proteins. Many can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer for grab-and-go options during busy weeks.
Perfect the art of no-cook purees and five-ingredient blender gazpachos. Or let your slow cooker, Instant Pot or air fryer handle hot soups on the most blistering days. With so many fast and fun soup options now available, there’s no reason to let soup season pass you by, even when temperatures soar outside.
Tex-Mex Taco Soup Ready Fast in the Instant Pot
Here’s a fun twist on Taco Tuesday! This fresh take ditches the shells yet keeps all the best taco fillings for a lighter, brothier soup version with cheese, beans, corn, tomatoes and zesty seasonings galore. Thanks to the Instant Pot, it comes together quickly with no need to labor over a stove or grill sweating over each component individually.
Thirty minutes is all you need for this filling one-pot meal. While the multi-cooker works its magic, dice onions, peppers and summer’s best tomatoes to fold in later. Shredded rotisserie chicken locks in tasty protein fast with zero prep. Pass all the classic toppings in little bowls for that interactive build-your-own style that makes tacos such a reliable family favorite.
Creamy Chicken Chowder with Corn, Bacon and Potatoes
When fresh summer corn floods farmstands, transform sweet kernels into this luscious chicken and corn chowder balanced by the heartiness of diced russet potatoes. Sauteing cubed potatoes in bacon fat first means going lighter on cream yet retaining a silky richness.
Brown potato cubes in rendered bacon fat before adding broth, corn cobs and chicken pieces to simmer until tender, about 25 minutes. Strip juicy corn kernels off the cob directly into the finished creamy soup right before serving. Feel free to substitute frozen corn to enable enjoyment of this summery soup all year round. Garnish with crumbled bacon and fresh herbs.
Instant Pot Beef Chili Ready Fast for Camping Trips
Whether headed to the great outdoors or eating al fresco in the backyard, this hearty three-bean beef chili transports your whole crew to rowdy cowboy country in minutes flat thanks to the magical Instant Pot. Canned beans and tomatoes mean this gutsy chili comes together with just 20 minutes active cooking time.
Toast whole cumin seeds and dice one sweet Vidalia onion before browning ground beef with chili powder and minced garlic. Deglaze with bold red wine. Pack pre-cooked beefy mixture into the Instant Pot freezer bags, then store flat in your freezer. Defrost bags overnight in the fridge before camping trips for the easiest chili ever!
15-Minute Stovetop Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Gnocchi pasta adds indulgent fluffy texture to this quick stovetop soup studded with shredded chicken, onion, carrot and spinach. Using peeled potatoes instead of starchy gnocchi removes gluten and cuts calories for a lighter yet still rich-tasting one-pot meal.
Start by melting butter until browned for irresistibly nutty flavor with less fat absorption during high heat cooking. Sauté onions, garlic and chopped carrots before adding broth, cubes of peeled potato and chicken. Cook 10 minutes until potatoes soften and thicken broth into a lush base. Fold spinach and shredded chicken in at the end to retain color and texture. Feel free to sprinkle Parmesan or goat cheese over each unique masterpiece bowl.
Veggie Packed Minestrone Soup with 10 Ingredients
This lively soup makes eating your daily vegetable allowance seem downright fun by cramming in favorites like zucchini, spinach, carrots and beans galore. Small pasta shells cooked right in the flavor-packed broth soften to silky perfection. Seek out summer’s best San Marzano tomatoes for incredible sweetness minus bitterness or mealiness.
Build flavor by first sautéing the aromatic flavor trio of onion, celery and carrot. Summer veggie stars shine brighter thanks to the savory, herbaceous tomato broth base. Cook pasta shells separately to retain bite before combining everything for an irresistible edible rainbow effect. Season minimally to highlight natural vegetable sweetness. Feel free to sprinkle cheese at the end to gussy it up.
Posole Soup with Cabbage, Radish, and Avocado Garnish
This vibrant posole highlighting juicy pulled chicken, hominy and pickled jalapenos gets its addictive flavor from an airy yet intensely seasoned broth. But the real star is the variety of fresh garnishes like crunchy cabbage, peppery radishes and rich avocado that make this traditional celebratory soup ultra craveable.
Nearly all ingredients get used including corn cobs and chicken bones contributing incredible layers of flavor for a weeknight-friendly version without the usual all-day simmering. Ladle steaming bowls of golden chicken-studded posole then let guests customize toppings to preference. The interactive component makes this silly satisfying soup even more fun for summer gatherings.
Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup for a Zesty Twist
When you crave classic chicken noodle soup but desire a lighter, brighter summery version, turn to this lemony orzo and chicken soup. Tangy lemon juice cuts through the richness of chicken fat and broth for a modern refreshing take perfect for sweltering days.
Poach chicken directly in a herby broth tasting intensely of shallot, garlic and thyme to infuse flavor into every spoonful of mineral-rich bone broth. Tiny orzo pasta cooks quickly so gets added halfway through, along with carrots and celery for(‘nutrition‘). Right before serving, stir in lemon zest and juice for an irresistible zingy finish. Scatter fresh parsley or basil on top for a final punch of color and freshness.
Creamy Potato Leek Soup from the Slow Cooker
This soothing vichyssoise tastes like a fancy French bistro specialty yet uses humble ingredients you likely have on hand for practically zero effort thanks to the slow cooker. Letting spuds and leeks bathe for hours builds incredible flavor and texture without added thickeners.
Chop leeks, onions and russet potatoes into even pieces to ensure uniform softening during low cooking. Chicken or vegetable broth keeps things light yet hearty enough for a meal. After 8 hours, blender purees part of the soup into an irresistibly silky elixir with zero heavy cream required. Swirl in Greek yogurt or sour cream as a tangy finish in place of more butter or whole milk.