Easy Wonton Soup – An Asian inspired broth soup flavored with fresh garlic and ginger, filled with veggies and wontons. An easy 30-minute meal!
IF YOU LIKE THIS RECIPE, YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE:
- Easy Coconut Rice and Fresh Mango
- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- Crockpot French Onion Soup
- Easy Wok Chicken and Broccoli
- Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
FROZEN VS FRESH WONTONS:
If you look around in my recipe box, you’ll find lots of recipes from scratch and also a few that are semi-homemade (which uses store-bought ingredients rather than homemade–like this Easy No-Bake Lemon Cream Pie or these Cherry Cheesecake Pinwheels.
Wontons are time intensive because each wonton has to be made and sealed individually. Using premade, store-bought or frozen wontons can save you a lot of time. I use frozen, store-bought mini wontons in this recipe but you can use whatever kind you prefer.
I like using Bibigo’s mini chicken and cilantro wontons for this soup. I buy a 3lb bag at Costco when they go on sale and make Wonton Soup freezer packs with them.
FRESH VS BOTTLED OR DRIED GARLIC AND GINGER:
For this wonton soup recipe, I HIGHLY recommend using fresh garlic and fresh ginger (or fresh puree). The flavors are so much better than dried or bottled. This soup has a broth base. The ginger and garlic are two of the main ingredients to flavor the broth. If you only have bottled, use it but be warned, fresh is best in the recipe.
PRO TIP 1: Save money by buying ginger on sale, peeling, mincing and freezing in a little bit of olive oil. I free ginger in mini ice cube trays (about 1 teaspoon each). If stored in a freezer-safe airtight container, it will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
PRO TIP 2: When peeling ginger, use the edge of a spoon to scrape the skin free. This is the easiest and most effective way to peel ginger without cutting away large pieces of the ginger root.
HOW MUCH DOES WONTON SOUP COST TO MAKE? PRICE CHECK ($):
My family loves Asian inspired cusine. This wonton soup is at the top of the list. I love it because it’s quick, easy and super cheap to make.
Prices for supplies may vary depending on location and store you purchase groceries from. I try to shop bulk food stores, use coupons, watch ads and shop sales (like case lot), buy supplies in bulk to save money in the long run and use homegrown produce and herbs when available. These are a great way to stay within my grocery budget without sacrificing flavor or nutrition.
Here’s my ingredient list and cost for this recipe:
- Garlic – $0.10
- Fresh ginger – $0.15
- Olive oil – $0.10
- Sesame oil – $0.11
- Red chili flakes – $0.01
- Chicken bouillon – $0.24
- Carrots – $0.23
- Onion – $0.13
- Celery – $0.10
- Cabbage – $0.50
- Frozen wontons – $2.33
- Water – $0.00
- salt and pepper – $0.01
The total cost of this wonton soup was only $4.03! Holy moly that’s insane! This soup tastes just as good if not better than at a restaurant. So next time you’re feeling like Wonton Soup, skip the takeout menu and make it at home. It will save you some serious dough.
This wonton soup is an excellent recipe to keep on hand when you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy, quick meal.
My sister and I like to get together a couple of times a year and make freezer-meals–meals that are frozen and can be made when life gets busy or the budget gets tight. This wonton soup recipe is one we like to make in bulk. We each end up with 4 freezer meals and the cost ends up being about $16. Not to bad for 4 meals that will feed a family of 4-6.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF SOUP?
Here’s the full printable recipe! I hope you love and enjoy this soup as much as we do.
- 2 T garlic, crushed, fresh is best
- 1 T fresh ginger or ginger puree
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 t sesame oil
- ¼ t red chili flakes, add more to increase spicy level ( ½ to 1 teaspoon)
- ¼ cup chicken bouillon
- 1 ½ cup carrot sticks, cut Juliann style (long thin sticks)
- ½ cup onion, thin slice or shredded
- ½ cup celery, thin slice or shredded
- 1 ½ cups cabbage, cubed 1-inch pieces
- 3 cups frozen wontons or pot stickers
- 3 quarts water
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot or INSTANT POT sauté garlic, ginger and chili flakes in oils. (30 seconds).
- Add veggie bag contents (see notes) and 3 quarts water. Bring to a boil. (5-10 minutes).
- Add wontons and cabbage. Simmer until wontons begin to float. (5-10 minutes).
- Enjoy! Goes great with a side of steamed salted edamame.
- In a portion (snack) size Ziploc bag put olive oil, garlic, ginger, red chili flakes and sesame oil.
- In quart size bag put carrot sticks, celery, onion and chicken bouillon.
- In another quart size bag put wontons or pot stickers. In another quart size bag put cubed cabbage.
- Place all bags in gallon size bag. Label, date and freeze.