Must-Have Ingredients to Keep on Hand for Last-Minute Pantry Soups

By: Breana Killeen, EatingWell Test Kitchen Manager

soup ingredients

Keeping a few ingredients on hand means you can whip up a pot of soup anytime. See what we keep stocked to help throw together a meal without leaving your house.

Pantry

Broth: low-sodium chicken, beef, mushroom, "no-chicken" and/or vegetable
Dried herbs
Spices
Canned tomatoes
Tomato paste
Reduced-sodium soy sauce
Salsa
Whole-wheat pasta
Brown rice
Barley
Quinoa
Wild rice
Bulgur
Farro
Canned or dried beans
Shelf-stable tofu
Garlic
Potatoes
Onions
Olive oil
Vinegar
Peanut butter

Refrigerator

Celery
Carrots
Miso
Hot sauce
Sesame oil
Nonfat or low-fat milk
Lemons & limes
Parmesan cheese
Yogurt

Freezer

Corn
Peas
Spinach
Lima beans
Edamame
Broccoli
Pearl onions
Chopped onions
Stir-fry mix

 

Our Favorite Pantry Soups

 

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Ready in 20 minutes, this super-easy butternut squash soup comes together quickly, thanks to frozen, cubed butternut squash. Make a double batch of this creamy soup so you'll have leftovers for lunch during the week.

 

Slow-Cooker Southwestern Bean Soup

Get dinner on the table on a busy day with ease with this load-&-go crock pot recipe. This zesty soup can simmer in the crock pot for an entire workday, making it perfect for a busy weekday meal. Bump up the Southwest flavors with a garnished of chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired.

 

Quick Tomato Soup

This easy pantry soup comes together in just 35 minutes for a quick and simple meal. Best served with a grilled cheese sandwich, this classic combo will hit the spot.

 

Miso Vegetable Soup

Tofu, rice and plenty of vegetables transform traditional miso soup from a light dish into a meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.

 

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