By Vanessa Greaves

When you're craving a hearty bowl of soup but don't have hours to spend tending a simmering pot, you'll appreciate this lineup of top-rated soups that go from prep to bowl in 30 minutes or less. These are the save-your-life soups you need when you're short on time and a hot bowl of goodness has to happen right now.

1. Hearty Italian Meatball Soup

Canned beef broth and frozen, cooked Italian-style meatballs, and frozen vegetables are your smart shortcuts to this top-rated soup. "Perfect for a cold, rainy, late fall weekday." -- Tami Jarecki Lund

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2. Pasta Fazoolander

"This is one of my favorite soups because it's so quick & easy! I usually make 2 or 3 times the recipe because it is SO good on a cold night--or anytime!" -- Alex

3. Avocado Soup with Chicken and Lime

"I fell in love with chicken and lime soup while traveling in the Yucatan years ago. When I found this recipe, I fell in love all over again." -- Ranjo

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4. Pho Ga Soup

"Easy to cook. Tasty and healthy, will def add this one to my favorites." -- irabird

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5. Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

"This recipe is so quick, easy, and cheap...just open the cans and boil. I only spent about $10.00 on ingredients." -- Rolanda

6. Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

"I'd describe this soup as "comforting". The flavors and thickness turn a gray day into a great day." -- Brown Sugar Girl

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7. Old-Fashioned Potato Soup

"This has become my little black dress of creamy soups and it's never failed me." -- Jaciss

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8. Joe's Homemade Mushroom Soup

"I am obsessed with this soup! I made it at my restaurant and people went nutso for it!" -- Hick Chick

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9. Simple and Delicious Kale Soup

"Didn't change a thing. Couldn't be much simpler. And for sure delicious." -- yoyo1198

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10. Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

"You can find the chipotle peppers and the sofrito in the Hispanic section of your grocery store." -- Sweet Apron

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11. Cajun Scallop Chowder

"This was so awesome. I fed six people off this and they all loved it." -- LukesMom

12. California Italian Wedding Soup

"I have been making this recipe for about 4 years now and consider it the best version of wedding soup I have ever tasted." -- ASHLEY_S

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13. Creamy Sweet Potato With Ginger Soup

"This is an awesome recipe. I have a friend that just raves about it." -- Denise B.

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14. Amazing Gnocchi Soup

"This soup is deceptively simple as many wonderful recipes often are." -- kymbrown1

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15. Martha's Vegetable Beef Soup

"Martha's Vegetable Beef Soup Haiku: 'So easy to make! Nice comforting bowl of soup. Simmer for longer.'" -- Rock_lobster


16. Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

"This is so easy to make and so good! I cook the chicken breasts in the broth to make the broth a bit richer." --

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17. Best Butternut Squash Soup Ever

"Soo delicious! I used the whole butternut squash and roasted it on a baking sheet on broil for 5 min or so to bring out the flavor after cubing it." -- Airisaiia

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18. Patricia's Green Chile Soup

"This was my first try at 'Southwestern' cooking and I was very pleased." -- Dianne

19. Cream of Tomato Gorgonzola Soup

"Loved this! I'm going to have a hard time going back to plain ol tomato soup, espcially because this was so easy to make. I had all the ingredients on hand, served it with grilled Provolone sandwiches." -- jaxwife

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20. Quick Black Bean Soup

"I'm laying on the couch absolutely stuffed on this soup. It was so good it may have killed me." -- Thanosleroy666

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