Our 20 Most Popular Healthy Soup Recipes
Beating winter blues is best done with a bowl of comforting soup. And while I'm as big a fan of creamy soups as the next person, they won't do any favors for your New Year's dieting goals. But that doesn't mean your soup needs to be bland to be healthy. These soups are healthy and flavorful. Take it from the thousands of home cooks who've rated and reviewed them. Read on for our most popular healthy soups — all low in calories, sodium, and saturated fat.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Out most popular healthy soup has almost 4,000 glowing reviews. "This tortilla soup tastes better than anything you can get at a restaurant," says recipe creator Elena. "And it's healthy too! Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you. All you do is dump everything into the slow cooker and walk away."
"This is a phenomenal recipe," says reviewer John Dugan."Having lived in Spain and enjoyed true lentil soup, I thought I'd never again appreciate an American version. Boy was I wrong." This soup is loaded with nutrient-packed lentils, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and spinach.
Cabbage Fat-Burning Soup
Not only has this soup helped some reviewers with weight loss, it's also a quick and easy weeknight meal that comes together in just 45 minutes. Reviewer naples34102 says, "Thank you so much for posting the recipe and giving me the inspiration to get my post-holiday diet off to a good start!"
Healing Cabbage Soup
If you feel yourself fighting off a cold, this cabbage soup is full of antioxidants to help fight off infection. Reviewer Mary Bennett says, "This soup is wonderful. Easy to make, inexpensive, and tastes delicious."
Garden Fresh Tomato Soup
You'll never pick up a can of tomato soup again. Reviewer babybabz says, "Now that the season is over I'm going to try it with store bought or even canned tomatoes. This soup is very sophisticated and I think would be great for a dinner party."
Spicy Black Bean Vegetable Soup
Recipe creator DeeDee says, "Half of the black beans in this spicy soup are pureed with tomatoes, the other half are simmered with carrots, onions, and kernels of corn." Chili powder gives this vegetable soup a kick.
Split Pea Soup
Reviewer CHEFTASTY says, "This is the best split pea soup recipe! I've made it three times, and I am making it again right now with the ham bone leftover from Easter dinner." This version of a classic recipe makes for a warming and filling meal on a winter day.
Basic Ham and Bean Soup
Recipe creator J. A. McConville describes this as, "Hearty ham and bean soup. Easy to make and a great way to use leftover ham bone. This soup also has lots of mixed vegetables." Great Northern Beans are packed full of calcium, and easily absorb seasonings like those in this flavorful soup.
Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup
Reviewer lauren says, "There are two good reasons why this recipe is a 5-star meal: First, at any given time, the average health-conscious person has all of these ingredients in her kitchen, which makes it so convenient. And second, the flavors and spices are spot on!" This thick, pureed soup has a mild sweetness with just a hint of heat.
Bean Soup With Kale
This soup is great for those looking to incorporate bitter greens into their diet. Reviewer Tinaki says, "I tried this recipe because I was looking for different uses of kale. This hearty soup did not disappoint."
Vegetarian Kale Soup
"This wonderful soup will warm your insides, delight your taste buds, and fill your stomach on a cold winter's night. It is full of dark green kale, potatoes, and cannellini beans," says recipe creator Donna B.
Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
"This is as good or better than any soups we've had in Italy," says reviewer SIGNORELLI. "My Italian husband loved it, and with all of the vegetables, it's truly a healthy meal, even with the sausage!"
Moroccan Lentil Soup
"My first time using cardamom and garam masala. It reminded me of some of the dishes at my favorite Indian restaurant," says reviewer Moni_Stout. "I will definitely make this again. The house smelled wonderful." This nutrient-dense soup is loaded with lentils, beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and array of flavorful seasonings.
Hearty Hamburger Soup
Fiber-rich barley and ground beef make this soup filling as well as nutritious. Reviewer BonCanCook says, "It is very easy to prepare, uses ordinary ingredients that most of us have at home already and produces a big pot of hearty soup. I followed the directions carefully and was very satisfied with the result. This recipe can definitely feed a hungry family."
This traditional Italian soup is made with affordable and readily available ingredients that don’t sacrifice on flavor or nutrition like beans, vegetables, and pasta. "This is the best pasta fagioli that I have ever tasted and I was raised on this stuff," says reviewer calead910. "What I love most is that it is affordable, easy, and delicious."
Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup
An advantage to making your soup from scratch rather than canned is the sodium content will be much lower. This tomato-based soup uses fresh ingredients for a low-calorie meal.
Minestrone Soup I
This classic soup represents all the food groups in one meal. Reviewer Alicia Wray Nelson says, "I love that this recipe uses humble winter veggies and canned goods...I almost always have these ingredients on hand."
Fast Chicken Soup Base
"This is the first time I’ve ever made chicken 'from scratch.' I love how easy it is and it is so good! A good fix for a quick dinner or for a sick family member," says reviewer menace.
Best Butternut Squash Soup Ever
This healthy soup comes together in just 25 minutes. Reviewer Bony Kari says, "Perfect use of leftover frozen squash. I broiled the cubed squash them a little in the oven before cooking them."