Are you looking for budget-friendly ways to enjoy hearty and delicious soups during the chilly winter months? Goodwill NCW has got you covered! With a little creativity and a visit to your local Goodwill store, you can find the perfect kitchen supplies to whip up some soul-warming soups. In this blog, we’ll share three easy and satisfying soup recipes. Make sure to check out the soup bowls during your next visit for that added unique flare! 

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup


  • 1 can of whole tomatoes (or use fresh if available) 
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves 
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream 
  • 1 small onion 
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

3 Easy Soup Recipes Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Shopping at Goodwill NCW: For this recipe, you’ll need a good blender to achieve a creamy texture. Visit your local Goodwill store to find a high-quality blender at a fraction of the price you’d pay for a new one. 


  1. Chop the onion and garlic finely and sauté them in a large pot until translucent. 
  2. Add the tomatoes and broth, then bring to a simmer. 
  3. Stir in the basil, cream, and season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Use your Goodwill-found blender to puree the soup until smooth. 

3 Easy Soup Recipes Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup


  • 2 cups cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken from Goodwill’s slow cooker, perhaps?) 
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 2 carrots 
  • 2 celery stalks 
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 cup of frozen peas 
  • 1 cup of frozen corn 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Shopping at Goodwill NCW: To make this recipe even easier, consider browsing Goodwill for a slow cooker or a large stockpot. These kitchen items can often be found in excellent condition at Goodwill stores. 


  1. Chop the carrots, celery, and onion and place them in the slow cooker. 
  2. Add chicken, broth, peas, and corn. 
  3. Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded together. 

Spicy Lentil Soup


  • 1 cup dried lentils 
  • 4 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1 onion 
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

3 Easy Soup Recipes Spicy Lentil Soup

Shopping at Goodwill NCW: For this recipe, a simple but effective immersion blender can be a handy tool. Look for one at Goodwill to save on costs. 


  1. Rinse the lentils thoroughly and place them in a large pot with vegetable broth. 
  2. Chop the onion and garlic and add them to the pot. 
  3. Stir in the spices, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Cook until the lentils are soft, and the soup is thick. Blend it with your Goodwill-found immersion blender for a smooth consistency. 

Goodwill NCW provides a wonderful opportunity to discover budget-friendly kitchen supplies to create delicious soups. Explore their kitchen section and get ready to enjoy these easy and wholesome soup recipes that are perfect for the winter season.  By shopping at Goodwill, your support helps us provide pathways that lead to sustained employment and improved financial stability for neighbors across north central Wisconsin. So, come on in and make the most of the cold months while making a positive impact in your community. Happy cooking and happy shopping!