Soup is one of my go-to easy dinners and recently, three ingredient soups have become a new obsession in their own light. Why three ingredients? For one, they’re cheaper, and two, they’re easy! Seasonings don’t count, so feel free to add whatever you want in that department. However, if you’re looking for simple three ingredient soups, get yourself a large pot, add equal amounts of half broth (vegetable or regular) and half water and bring to a boil. Then, try some of these easy three ingredient soups to add to the pot, reduce to low heat and cover and in one hour, you’ve got an amazing meal with only three ingredients. Enjoy!
1. Kale, Tomato and Squash
This is my top go-to soup of all my favorite three ingredient soups. It’s full of nutritiously dense foods, and the flavor base of tomatoes adds such a rich sweet and savory flavor that works great with the dark green kale, which has a strong pungent flavor. Sweet winter squash like butternut or acorn helps to balance it out. I’d recommend having roasted squash already made for this recipe, which you can puree or use in cubes. Canned tomatoes are also fine!
2. Tomato, Pumpkin and Garlic
I also love using just canned tomatoes and canned pumpkin in soups if my budget is really low, and I don’t worry too much about the “canned foods” fear that people have today. I buy organic canned tomatoes when they go on sale and stock up, along with organic canned pumpkin. Then, when I’m short on time and need a quick dinner, I empty a can of each into my pot, add 2 cloves of garlic and whatever flavors I want. Easy, delicious and so sweet and savory!
3. Pumpkin, Butternut Squash and Potato
Can you tell I like pumpkin and squash? They really just work so well in soup! Add a sweet or white potato, and it makes for a delicious healthy source of carbs. I like to use organic canned pumpkin, butternut squash cubes and purple sweet potatoes for a really fun, interesting color and sweet, dense taste. Black pepper and cinnamon make excellent flavors, if I do say so myself!
4. Potato, Tomato and Kale
You can use white potatoes or sweet potatoes, but either way, this soup is a go-to for a creamy, nutritious meal in minutes. Add your potato either in cubes or pureed, a can of tomatoes or tomato sauce and shredded kale. It is so hearty, delicious and filling, believe it or not!
5. Carrot, Pumpkin and Squash
Chopped carrots are really such a gem in soups! I like to make this trio of ingredients into a soup because it turns this amazing orange color when you’re done. I like to puree it at the end and top with diced celery, which adds a lovely alternative topping to croutons or bread.
6. Garlic, Onion and Sweet Potato
If you want something really easy and cheap, try this recipe. Use ½ an onion, 2 cloves of garlic and 3 potatoes. Puree, simmer and season and ta-da! A perfect meal in minutes. This makes for a great lunch on a cold day too!
7. Celery, Carrot and Tomato
Celery and carrots are classic ingredients to use in soup. One is salty and savory, the other is sweet and dense. Add in tomatoes, which are a mix of both, and wow! What a flavor combination. Plus, this recipe is also really inexpensive. I use 4 stalks of chopped celery, 2 whole chopped carrots and 1 can of tomatoes. Season however you want. I like oregano, salt, black pepper and basil.
8. Tomato, Green Bean and Carrot
Green beans are full of healthy nutrients for you! They’re also much easier to digest than regular beans, so I like using them in my soups instead of other bean varieties. Try adding fresh or canned green beans with tomatoes (I used canned), and some chopped carrots. It makes for a really easy meal that you could easily add some chicken or turkey to if you wanted.
9. Beet, Garlic and Collards
This recipe is especially detoxifying and oddly, pretty tasty, believe it or not. Beets cook up nice and sweet in this recipe, which is why I like to use garlic to add a really awesome flavor punch. Shredded collards enhance the balancing properties of this soup, and also aid in the detox powers. Beets detox the liver, along with garlic, and both are essential for immune health and joint health to prevent inflammation. Collards detoxify the gastrointestinal tract as well as the blood stream and are amazing for women’s hormone health.
Three ingredient soups are really something I hope you’ll give a try this year. They are perfect for every woman’s busy lifestyle today. What would you put in your own three ingredient soup?