Healthy Soup Recipe Season is comin' in hot! Get it? 😉
It doesn’t get much better than a big bowl of delicious hot soup on the stove on a crisp fall day, so today I want to share my top 10 best healthy soup recipes.
Healthy Soup Recipe Tips
Soup can be really healthy... or really unhealthy. Loading the pot with heavy cream and croutons just isn't doing your health any favors. It's simple to make delicious and healthy soup recipes that you'll crave over and over again. You just need to learn the right methods.
- I like to buy a lot of my healthy soup recipe ingredients at Thrive Market. I get my extra virgin olive oil, spice, dried or canned beans, and just about all of my other pantry ingredients there because of the big savings and their commitment to healthy & sustainable ingredients. You can use this link to save 30% off your first order!
- Make a big pot of soup on Sunday and enjoy it for lunch all week long. One of my favorite things about soup is that it makes a great big healthy one-pot meal that you can make ahead of time or just leave on low heat all day. I like to make it on Sunday for dinner and save some for weekday lunches.
- Soup generally freezes well for up to 3-4 months. You can easily double a recipe if needed, or simply portion out anything you want to freeze to save for later. Learn how to freeze soup here.
Top 10 Best Healthy Soup Recipes We Love
Here's the roundup of my top 10 healthy soup recipes with extra health benefits. They all happen to be gluten-free and dairy-free, too.
In no particular order...
1. Creamy Cauliflower & Leek Soup
If you’re craving some cozy, warm comfort food that’s delicious but still healthy, then this one’s for you.
This healthy soup recipe tastes a lot like “Baked Potato Soup,” but instead of being high-glycemic and loaded with dairy, like most creamy soups, it’s actually low-glycemic (read: more balanced blood sugar/energy/mood) and totally dairy-free!
2. White Bean & Kale Soup
Next in our healthy soup recipes series is this hearty white bean and kale soup. It will warm you up on chilly days.
The white beans and potatoes give it a creamy texture that sticks to your ribs, while the kale and veggies keep it light and packed with nutrition. It’s loaded with protein and fiber too to fill you up and keep you trim.
3. Chicken Poblano Chili Soup
My Healthy Game Day Chili Recipe has been a blog favorite for a while, and people are always asking me for chicken chili, too.
Similar to my Game Day Chili, this chicken poblano chili is gluten-free and dairy-free, and can also be made without the chicken if you prefer meat-free eating. It’s perfect for a football party or just a cozy family dinner.
4. Detoxing Fiesta Healthy Soup Recipe
I love tortilla soup, but all the cheese, tortillas, and other toppings usually turn it into an unhealthy mess.
Enter: my new Detoxing Fiesta Soup! It’s basically tortilla soup minus the cheese and tortillas, but you won’t even miss 'em (trust me!).
5. Healing Butternut Squash & Carrot Curry Soup
This healthy soup recipe is so smooth and decadent that it’s hard to believe that it’s vegan—and extremely good for you!
Combining abundant fall flavors with the healing properties of yellow curry powder makes this Butternut Squash & Carrot Curry Soup the perfect afternoon meal to boost your immune system and detox your digestion. It’s basically just plants plus healing spices, with a dash of heart-healthy olive oil, so eat up.
6. Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup
Minestrone-style soup is great because it’s so flexible. Use any kind of dark leafy greens you prefer or that sound good to you that day (collards, chard or kale would all be delicious), or switch out the garbanzos for kidney beans or white beans.
Using this healthy soup recipe is a great way to turn what you already have in the fridge or pantry into a fantastic meal.
7. Easy Lentil Soup Recipe
Lentil soup is a nutritional powerhouse. It's one of the healthiest soup recipes ever!
It combines the nutrients, protein, good carbs, and fiber in lentils with the antioxidant power of veggies, herbs, and spices. Adding a little good fat from the extra-virgin olive oil rounds it out into a perfectly balanced meal. Lentils are especially high in B vitamins and minerals like iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
This soup is incredibly easy to make and really inexpensive—even with organic ingredients, you can make a giant pot of this soup that will feed 6–8 people for less than $10.
8. Easy Vegan French Onion Healthy Soup Recipe
French onion soup is hearty and elegant, and also surprisingly easy to make.
This is my vegan twist on the dish, the main difference being that I use vegetable stock instead of beef stock. Give it a try—you’ll be surprised at how much it tastes like the original! You can use any type or combo of onions you have on hand; they all become sweet when cooked down and caramelized (yum!).
9. Simple Split Pea Vegan Soup
Vegan split pea soup is the perfect meal on a chilly day; it’s healthy, warm, hearty, and delicious. It’s also incredibly inexpensive to make.
This is one of those healthy soup recipes that you can feed an army with—(usually) for less than 10 bucks.
Split peas are loaded with protein (10g/cup), fiber (5g/cup), and healthy complex carbs (these are the types of carbs you want!). They’re also a great source of essential minerals, including calcium and iron. The healthy fat in the olive oil rounds out this soup to make it a perfect, complete meal.
10. Homemade Bone Broth Recipe (AKA Chicken Stock)
Once you learn how to make this homemade chicken stock, you'll be hooked for life. Homemade chicken stock/bone broth can be used as the base in any of your healthy soup recipes or sipped on its own for extra hydration and protein.
The nutrition comes in part from the aromatics, but the biggest healers in stock are the minerals, collagen, and gelatin that's extracted from the bones while it simmers. That’s right, the bones are the reason mom’s homemade chicken soup really does help you get over a cold faster (seriously). Adding in some vinegar and/or lemon juice (i.e., something acidic) to your stock helps extract the good stuff from the bones, and if you simmer it long enough, you’re essentially making homemade bone broth.
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