25 Healthy Winter Soups That’ll Fill You Right Up
It's officially soup season! These healthy winter soups prove that your favourite comfort foods can be good for you, too.
English Pub Split Pea Soup
These healthy winter soups are the perfect cold-weather comfort food. “This family favourite is the same recipe my grandmother used. Now with the magic of the slow cooker, I can spend 15 minutes putting it together, walk away for five hours, and come back to ‘soup’s on.’ Finish it with more milk if you like your soup a bit thinner.” —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
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Chunky Potato Leek Soup
“My family and I love a steaming bowl of potato leek soup on a cold winter evening, but we don’t love the butter and fat content of regular soup recipes. So I created this lighter version. I have shared it with many folks, and everyone who has tried it loves it for the robust, satisfying flavour.” —Christine Frye, Odessa, Missouri
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French Lentil and Carrot Soup
“It’s crazy how just a few ingredients can make such a difference. Using finely chopped rotisserie chicken in this recipe makes it perfect for a busy weeknight meal, but you can leave it out if you prefer.” —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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The Best Ever Tomato Soup
“Creamy, rich and bursting with brightness, this tomato soup recipe is the ultimate sidekick to a grilled cheese sandwich. You can’t beat this homemade version of the classic.” —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
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Cold-Day Chicken Noodle Soup
“When I was sick, my mom would make me this heartwarming chicken noodle soup. It was soothing when I had a cold, but this soup is a bowlful of comfort on any chilly day.” —Anthony Graham, Ottawa, lllinois
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Couscous Meatball Soup
“This soup will warm you up and takes just 25 minutes of prep time, making it a perfect weeknight meal.” —Jonathan Pace, San Francisco, California
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Vegetable Lentil Soup
“Here’s a healthy slow-cooker soup that’s ideal for vegetarians and those watching their weight. Butternut squash and lentils make it hearty, while herbs and other veggies round out the flavour.” —Mark Morgan, Waterford, Wisconsin
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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Soup
“I love that I can top this creamy soup with anything my heart desires, which means I can eat it several days in a row without ever having to have it the same way twice. You can substitute fresh onions and celery in this recipe if you prefer, but using the dried version makes it easy to throw together on a weekday morning.” —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Vegan Cabbage Soup
“Comforting soups that simmer all day long are staples on cool, busy days. For a heartier version, stir in canned beans, such as cannellini or navy.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Wild Rice Mushroom Soup
“I think mushrooms often get used only as a seasoning or added flavour, but I think they are delicious enough to be the main part of a meal. This recipe uses a large quantity of mushrooms and the result is delicious. Even though this contains some dairy, it freezes quite well!” —Wendy Campbell, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
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Hearty Vegetable Soup
“A friend gave me the idea to use V8 juice in veggie soup because it provides more flavour. My best vegetable soup recipe, this homemade meal is perfect to prepare on a crisp afternoon.” —Janice Steinmetz, Somers, Connecticut
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Chickpea Tortilla Soup
“This vegan tortilla soup recipe is healthy, filling and family-friendly! We love how hearty and flavourful it is. We like to play around with the different toppings we add each time it’s served.” —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chocolate Mole Soup
“This recipe is perfect for those days when you’re craving something just a little bit different. It’s spicy, flavourful and a great excuse to open up a bar of chocolate (if you’re the type of person who needs an excuse!).” —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Greens and Beans Turkey Soup
“On winter evenings, we like nothing better than a piping hot bowl of soup. This one uses the turkey carcass to make a flavourful stock for the soup.” —Susan Albert, Jonesburg, Missouri
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Pressure-Cooker Vegetable Wild Rice Soup
“This thick and hearty soup is packed with colourful vegetables. It’s wonderful for lunch alongside a healthy salad or a light sandwich.” —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
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Creamy Cauliflower Pakora Soup
“My husband and I often crave pakoras, deep-fried fritters from India. I wanted to get the same flavours but use a healthier cooking technique, so I made soup using all the classic spices and our favourite veggie, cauliflower!” —Melody Johnson, DePere, Wisconsin
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Cabbage Barley Soup
“My neighbour had an abundance of cabbage, so a group of us had a contest to see who could come up with the best cabbage dish. My vegetarian cabbage soup was the clear winner—they ate the whole pot!” —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Vegan Carrot Soup
“Yukon Gold potatoes—instead of cream—make a smooth carrot soup vegan and add a mild sweetness. If you don’t have Yukon Golds on hand, russet potatoes will work, too.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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“My daughter got this recipe from her husband’s mother. As in many households, our turkey gets picked over for a few days after the holidays. This soup is especially good on cold winter nights when it’s snowing…which happens a lot where I live!” —Carol Brethauer, Denver, Colorado
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Lentil, Bacon and Bean Soup
“This quick soup feels extra cozy with lots of lentils and a touch of smoky, bacony goodness. You might want to cook up extra—I think it’s even better the next day!” —Janie Zirbser, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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“Thai food lovers will go crazy for this soup. It has a deep flavour from the combination of onion, coconut milk and spices.” —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin
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Pressure-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
“Don’t be shy about loading up the spices and shredded chicken into your pressure cooker. Chicken tortilla soup tastes great as leftovers the next day. Your family will thank you for this one!” —Karen Kelly, Germantown, Maryland
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Quick and Healthy Turkey Veggie Soup
“I freeze our leftover turkey at the holidays so we can enjoy meals like this year-round. This soup is especially delicious on a chilly fall or winter day. If you’re looking for a dish that’s more filling, add some cooked pasta.” —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Roast Pork Soup
“This well-seasoned, satisfying soup has a rich, full-bodied broth brimming with potatoes, navy beans and tender chunks of pork. It’s been a family favourite for years. Served with cornbread, it’s one of our comfort foods in winter.” —Sue Gulledge, Springville, Alabama
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