These filling and healthy soups comes in under 400 calories per bowl.
Cost per serving: 73¢
Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic comfort food that takes just pennies to prepare. Add chickpeas or white beans to make this dish even heartier.
See recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup
Cost per serving: $1.99
With chicken, greens and orzo this soup can be either a side or a main entree.
See recipe: Chicken Meatball and Greens Soup
Cost per serving: $1.81
This recipe makes enough for leftovers, so you can savor the satisfying stew for lunch the next day.
See recipe: Chicken and Dumplings
Cost per serving: $1.57
Serve this stew with couscous, rice or whole-grain rolls to absorb the delicious juices.
See recipe: Curried Chicken and Chickpea Stew
Cost per Serving: $2.22
Add lots of crunch and color to this dish with just-picked corn on the cob.
See recipe: Chicken and Summer Vegetable Stew
Cost per Serving: $2.22
Salsa and chili powder add spice to this chicken stew, but probably not too much for timid tasters or kids. If you want to kick up the heat, use a hot salsa and a dash of hot sauce or ground red pepper.
See recipe: Spicy Chicken Stew
Cost per serving: $1.58
This slow-cooker favorite calls for two bone-in chicken breasts. To make it with leftover or rotisserie chicken, skip the step where you brown the meat, and simply add the leftover chicken to the mixture as is.
See recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili
Cost per Serving: $1.39
Chili can be cheaper (and healthier) when you make it with ground chicken instead of ground beef. And this chili is great for a last-minute supper because all the ingredients are items that you can keep on hand in either the freezer or pantry.
See recipe: Low-Fat Chicken Chili
Cost per serving: $1.50
This easy one-dish dinner can be spooned over brown rice, or with warm corn tortillas or cornbread on the side.
See recipe: Turkey, Squash and Black Bean Chili
Cost per serving: $1.05
Serve this chili over spaghetti and sprinkle with grated Cheddar for authentic Cincinnati flavor.
See recipe: Cincinnati Chili
Cost per serving: $2.12
Vary the taste by swapping out beer and using the same amount of low-sodium beef broth instead.
See recipe: Chili con Carne
Cost per serving: $3.22
Red peppers add a shot of nutrition and color to this slow-cooker supper, and capers add a salty zing. Prepare it in the morning and add the capers right before serving.
See recipe: Beef Stew with Peppers
Cost per serving: $2.43
If you don't care for lamb, just substitute beef. Buy stew mean, or cut chuck into cubes. Also, you can easily add more vegetables. Just toss in chopped parsnips, turnips or other root vegetables with the carrots. Or try baby potatoes. The Israeli couscous is great in this dish -- it's larger and thicker that standard couscous. But the regular variety works well, too, or try the whole wheat.
See recipe: Savory Lamb Stew
Cost per serving: $1.94
With meat, vegetables and a whole grain, you get a hot, well-rounded meal that's easy to prepare.
See recipe: Lamb and Barley Soup
Cost per serving: $1.18
A touch of bacon adds richness to this creamy, satisfying soup, which is surprising low in calories and fat for such a hearty dish, a great supper or weekend lunch. Rolls and a salad round out the meal.
See recipe: Creamy Corn Chowder
Cost per serving:$1.44
For a chilly fall night, this creamy soup will fill tummies and satisfy the entire family.
Recipe: Bacon and Creamy Potato Soup
Cost per serving: $1.38
Chipotle chilies give this delicious slow-cooker soup a south-of-the-border flair.
See recipe: Black Bean Soup with Shredded Pork
Cost per serving: $1.58
Hominy is a delicious, grainy (and very budget-friendly!) ingredient that adds heft to any meal. Here it’s paired with pork shoulder in a sauce made with canned tomatoes and―would you believe it?―a bottle of beer.
See recipe: Pork and Hominy Stew
Cost per serving: $1.80
This Spring Pea Soup with Frizzled Ham recipe is an easy, but impressive meal to serve to guests. Round out the dish by adding a side salad or tomato-basil bruschetta appetizer.
See recipe: Spring Pea Soup with Frizzled Ham
Cost per serving: $2.09
It's always a treat to indulge in a cup of rich, creamy clam chowder. Try our quick and easy version. Don't forget the crackers!
See Recipe: Creamy Clam Chowder
Cost per serving: $1.08
If you like your chowder spicier, turn up the heat by adding more crushed red pepper or sprinkle in a few pinches of cayenne while sautéing the vegetables.
See recipe: Manhattan Clam Chowder
Cost per Serving: $2.76
To make this bisque smooth, use a food processor or blender. Just be sure to work in small batches or you’ll have liquid spilling out the top.
See recipe: Shrimp Bisque
Cost per Serving: $2.04
This quick and easy clam choweder recipe uses canned clams and canned tomatoes and takes only about 20 minutes to cook.
See recipe: Quick Clam Chowder