33 Healthy Soup Recipes That Are Cozy and Comforting

Chicken noodle, minestrone, lentil and more—we’ve got healthy recipes for all your favorites.

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Our Best Healthy Soup Ideas

Nothing chases away the chill like a cozy bowl of soup, especially one that’s made with plenty of good-for-you ingredients. Soup makes an easy, healthy lunch since it can be made ahead and stored in the freezer—and there are so many varieties to choose from that it’s nearly impossible to get bored of soup. Plus, many soups can be made from simple pantry staples like beans and pasta, so it's a great, budget-friendly meal, too. Whether you’re craving chicken noodle, minestrone or creamy broccoli Cheddar, you’ll find all the recipes you need right here—starting with this recipe that celebrates the humble cabbage. We use a box grater to make quick work of the veggies in this soup. The fine pieces simmer and melt into the broth, adding body, not to mention plenty of vitamins and minerals. Add some chopped flat-leaf parsley if you want a pop of color.

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Spicy Bean Soup

Giada's Spicy Bean Soup is warm, comforting and packed with tons of nutritious veggies.

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Alton's Lentil Soup

Cozy up with a bowl of lentil soup. Alton's version is packed with fiber, potassium, folate and other B-vitamins.

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Kale-Potato Soup with Bacon

This soup has so much delicious flavor (thanks to bacon, garlic, leeks and fresh rosemary) that you’ll find it hard to believe you’re eating healthy!

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Hearty Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This chicken soup is packed with lots of good-for-you vegetables. Enhance store-bought broth with herbs and lemon for a quick soup that tastes like you simmered it all day long.

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Healthy Dried Mushroom and Barley Soup

If you're looking for a hearty and healthful meal, consider this dried mushroom and barley soup. The barley adds nuttiness, a sprinkle of flour lends viscosity to the broth and the dried mushrooms provide meatiness and umami. If you have fresh mushrooms on hand, you can add them, too. The result is a deliciously nourishing, vegetarian dish that everyone will love.

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Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Fat-free evaporated milk is the secret ingredient in this creamy-yet-light soup.

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Ginger-Carrot Soup

Guy’s creamy carrot soup is thick and rich, but has less than 200 calories per serving.

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Minestrone with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Swiss chard, carrots, cannellini beans and spinach come together in Bobby's version of this hearty vegetable soup.

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Clam and Bacon Soup

You may not think of adding bacon when you’re cooking something healthy but when used in moderation as it is here (less than one strip per bowl) it adds a great, smoky flavor for not too many calories.

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Mushroom-Caraway Soup

Instead of thickening the soup with heavy cream (and unnecessary fat), this recipe uses a touch of creme fraiche to garnish.

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Rachael's Fisherman's Stoup

Rachael’s thick, hearty “stoup” boasts an abundance of offerings from both land and sea.

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Chickpea Soup with Spiced Pita Chips

A healthy meal is never out of reach, thanks to this soup that’s made with a ton of pantry and refrigerator staples. We use canned chickpeas and diced tomatoes, dried spices and always-on-hand veggies to whip up a delicious and satisfying soup in just 40 minutes.

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Rachael's 3-Bean Minestrone

Perfect for mopping up with crusty bread, Rachael’s three-bean minestrone packs some serious healthful flavor.

Get the Recipe: Hearty and Healthy 3 Bean Minestrone

Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Potato Skins

Potatoes, broccoli and Cheddar are a classic combination. Enjoy all three in this super-simple soup. It comes together with just 6 ingredients (plus cooking spray, salt and pepper).

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Mushroom Hummus Soup

Hummus and Greek yogurt add flavor and richness to this aromatic soup.

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Ellie's Tomato Tortilla Soup

Ellie’s tomato soup boasts hints of Latin spice. Baked tortillas add texture without all the extra oil from deep-frying.

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New! New England Clam Chowder

Traditional clam chowder recipes are made with heavy cream or half-and-half, but Ellie's updated clam chowder calls mostly for 2% milk, with just two tablespoons of heavy cream. The result is an ultra-creamy chowder, with much less fat.

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Lentil and Ham Soup

The secret to this hearty soup's texture? A little flour added to the butter and aromatic vegetables at the beginning of the cooking process. It creates a roux which gives the finished soup a nice, thick broth.

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Spicy Shrimp Broth

Pair Marcela's Mexican-spiced shrimp soup with a green salad for a light lunch or dinner.

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Miso Soup

Why get it delivered when you can make a batch of soothing Miso Soup at home? The key is a 2-ingredient homemade dashi broth that's easy to make.

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White Bean-Chard Soup

Roasted red peppers give this vegetable-laden soup its smoky flavor. Serve with garlic-rubbed sourdough for the perfect rustic Italian supper.

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Italian Wedding Soup

This classic soup gets a twist with orzo, a tiny rice-shaped pasta, that adds a delicate texture.

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Minestrone Soup

Eating soup is a great way to eat more vegetables. In one steaming bowl of Ellie's minestrone, you'll get 5 kinds of vegetables plus protein-packed kidney beans.

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Vegetarian Ribollita

Ribollita means "twice boiled" in Italian; this updated version is rich and thick, with plenty of beans and vegetables. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle pecorino cheese on top to give it a Tuscan feel.

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French Three Onion Soup

A small dose of gruyere cheese on top of a bowl of steaming French Onion Soup goes a long way, so you don't have to pile it on to get the flavor.

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Low Country Shrimp Chowder

Creamy but still healthy (thanks to reduced-fat milk), this comforting soup is chockablock with shrimp, rice, corn and celery.

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Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup with Chorizo

This soup requires a little bit of prep work (chopping chorizo and veggies) but, once that’s finished, the slow cooker does the rest of the work.

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Ravioli and Vegetable Soup

Store-bought cheese ravioli fill out this simple vegetable soup, which can be made with beef broth for hearty flavor or vegetable broth for a vegetarian meal.

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Curried Chicken and Rice Soup

For a fun new twist on plain old chicken soup, add curry powder, rice and fresh herbs.

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Tomato-Peanut Soup

Peanuts and curry powder may not be ingredients you typically use to make tomato soup, but once you try it, you may never go back to regular tomato soup again.

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Chicken-Rice Soup

Instead of simply adding cooked rice to this savory chicken soup, we blend it into a puree. It makes the soup a little heartier and thickens up the broth nicely.

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Aarti's Red Lentil Soup

Aarti lightly fries cumin seeds before adding other spices in order to ensure a well-rounded showcase of Indian flavors.

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