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10 Healthy Soup Recipes

November 20, 2013

Feeling chilly? The week before Thanksgiving is a great time to cook up with some healthy soups and stews. Pro tip: Cook up a big batch of your favorite soup over the weekend and add fixings throughout the week for plenty of warming, healthy lunches and dinners. Read on for our 10 favorite recipes of the week.


Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa via Cookin' Canuck

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This spin on classic chicken noodle soup is loaded with flavorful squash, olives, and plenty of fresh herbs.

Vegetarian Lentil Taco Soup via Relishing It

Lentil Taco Soup

Photo: Laurie Jesch-Kulseth

Three different legumes plus 10 different spices equals one warm, filling, flavorful, crowd-pleasing soup.

Cauliflower Kale Soup via Penthouse Kitchen

Cauliflower Kale Soup

This soup gets its rich flavor and texture from roasted cauliflower and kale. It might sound like a lot of work, but a little extra elbow grease adds tons of flavor to this green-hued soup. 

Blueberry-Thyme Soup with Honey-Vanilla Mascarpone via Shared Appetite

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Soup for dessert? Try this recipe for an impressive end to any meal. To shave off a few calories, swap mascarpone for Greek yogurt topped with vanilla and a drizzle of honey.

Miso Soba Noodle Soup via Cooking a la Mel

Miso Soba Soup

Thick soba buckwheat noodles, cubes of tofu, and spinach and mushrooms make this Japanese-style soup extra filling. Miso paste, scallions, and soy sauce keep the flavors light and bright. 

Rustic Tuscan-Style Sausage Soup via Prevention RD

Tuscan Sausage Soup

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Think of this rustic, hearty soup as a serious upgrade from chicken noodle soup from the can. Instead of shredded chicken and limp veggies, it uses Italian sausage, fresh spinach, carrots, and tomatoes, and whole-wheat shell pasta. 

Cauliflower Soup via Nikki Dinki Cooking 

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This recipe is worth breaking out the food processor. Two whole heads of superfood cauliflower means this lunch-worthy soup is chock full of vitamins and cancer-fighting glucosinolates.

Vegetarian Pho via Sacramento Street

Photo: Caitlin Flemming / Sacramento Street

This Vietnamese specialty is loaded with interesting, delicious flavors. Ginger, cinnamon sticks, jalapeños, and lime take center stage in this vegetarian version.

Chard Soup via A Recipe for Gluttony

Chard Soup

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This tasty green soup requires just five ingredients. Plus, it uses coconut milk instead of cream and can be made totally vegan by using vegetable stock instead of chicken. 

Pumpkin Soup via In Sonnet's Kitchen

Pumpkin Soup

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Still hanging on to a few cans of pumpkin puree from that Halloween bake-off? Blend it with onions, carrots, parsnips, garlic, ginger, and plenty of spices for a veggie-rich, seasonal soup.