With the weather finally starting to act appropriately winter-like (on the east coast, at least), we’re once again struck by the unsettling realization that winter is cold. But soup is good for the cold. While we’re no stranger to the canned variety, these recipes take it up a nutritional notch with everything from cauliflower to fresh kale to roasted red pepper.
Crock-Pot Italian Chicken, Quinoa, and Vegetable Soup
Load up your slow cooker the night before, hit start in the morning, and thank yourself that evening. Chicken, veggies, and a few red pepper flakes to give it a kick.
Miso Spinach Noodles
This noodle soup packs serious flavor thanks to its savory sesame-miso broth.
Turmeric Tomato Detox Soup
Three of our favorites come together in one bowl: turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil. It’s an immune-boosting trio we reach for when the going gets tough and the tough get sniffly.
In just 20 minutes, you can have a bowl of piping-hot, homemade soup that tastes way better than the canned stuff. With protein-packed quinoa and heart-healthy pumpkin seeds, it’s healthier too.
Mediterranean Kale, Cannellini, and Farro Stew
Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup
Serve up this silky, savory soup as a starter. Or, ladle it up into big bowls for a main. Either way, you shouldn’t feel guilty for licking the bowl clean.
Tomato and Vegetable White Bean Soup
Vegan and gluten-free, this recipe takes a literal cornucopia worth of veggies and puts protein on top. Add a baguette if you want to know true joy.
This Italian-American stew requires basically no effort — just dump the ingredients into a pot, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Lentil Vegetable Soup
This recipe is about zero steps (OK, two), but it takes two hours to make, so save it for slow Sundays—you’ll actually feel productive.
Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Soup
Bring out the slow cooker, so you can come home to a steamy pot of soup.
Chipotle Lentil Chili
We’re obsessed with this fiery chili for a few reasons: While vegetarian, it packs 19 grams of protein per serving. Because it’s made in a pressure cooker, it is ready in 15 minutes. And, it’s crazy-delicious (duh).
Cauliflower Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Ever look at a cauliflower and think, “I wish this was a soup?” You will now, forevermore.
French Onion Soup
Give the cold-weather classic a healthier spin. Made with olive oil, low-sodium chicken broth and reduced-fat Swiss, our version has 890 fewer calories than the original.
Supergreen Mushroom and Orzo Soup
Consider this the tastiest way to use up all your pantry ingredients in one go. Pro tip: Stash all your onion peels, celery stems and Parmesan rinds in a bag in the freezer to make a super-flavorful stock.
Chilled Caprese Soup
A spoonful of this Italian-inspired dish is enough to help you escape the -30° temps. One slurp and you’ll be swear you traveled to the sunny coast of Capri.
New England Chowder
We’re cutting down the calories of the classic chowdah. Thanks to the potatoes and low-fat milk, the diet version stays velvety and rich … so no one (except you!) will even know it’s healthier.
Chinese Nine-Vegetable Hot and Sour Soup
This is a recipe for “this year is going to be different.” Nine veggies, half an hour on the stove, and enough goodness to recover from all of those “Why not? It’s the holidays!” decisions.
Saucy Creole Shrimp
Get a taste of The Big Easy without hopping on a plane! This bold-flavored stew marries classic New Orleans flavors —sweet, succulent shrimp and zesty Creole spices. Now, you just need to find a Sazerac.
Ginger-Spiced Carrot Soup
Out of broth? Sub in ginger-steeped green tea. Seriously! The brew keeps the liquid and flavor at a high, while slashing the sodium of the finished dish.
Tomato Soup with Shrimp
This garlic-herb shrimp garnish is every bit as healthy as it is delicious. Sorry grilled cheese, we’ve moved on.