20 Simple, Healthy Soup Recipes for Every Season

Every season is soup season, after all.

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Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Choosing our favorite form of comfort food is an impossible task, but if pressed, we'd have no choice but to select soup (please don't tell lasagna). Soup is just the thing for warming you up from the inside out, plus it's the perfect blank canvas for stirring your favorite form of protein—from shredded chicken or hearty cuts of beef to beans, tofu, and seafood—with vibrant vegetables, fresh herbs, and (of course) a rich and restorative broth. You can whirl it up with an immersion blender for a velvety-smooth texture, or leave your ingredients intact. Whatever way you serve it, soup's on—and these recipes will have you feeling great. Each one is chock-full of nutrient-packed ingredients, and best of all, quick and easy to prepare.

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Crispy Tofu and Rice Noodle Soup

This crispy tofu and rice noodle soup is proof that tofu recipes can be as flavorful as meat-based ones—if not more so.
Caitlin Bensel

Whether you're a fervent vegan or a full-time carnivore, you're going to love this rich and restorative plant-based tofu and rice noodle soup. It's bursting with ribbons of Swiss chard and tamari-soaked tofu, all swimming in a spiced vegetable broth that's spiked with ginger, garlic, tamari, and star anise. Consider it the most warming winter meal.

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Creamy Miso White Bean Soup Recipe

In this recipe for Creamy Miso White Bean Soup, miso blends into the silky base, drawing out the fresh rosemary leaves, heightening the richness of butter, and adding savory depth to the cannellini beans.
Caitlin Bensel

You can make this magic miso and white bean soup recipe for your entire family with just 15 minutes of hands-on time. The combination of white miso paste, cannellini beans, butter, and extra virgin olive oil makes for the most silky—think velvet—texture, spoonful after spoonful.

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Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

Carrot-And-Red Lentil Soup
Greg DuPree

Restaurant-quality soups don't have to be fussy to be deeply delicious and satisfying. Take this simple soup for example: It's an easy-to-make mixture of red lentils, carrots, onions, fresh herbs, and lots of ground spices, but deeply complex in flavor. The key to building rich vegetable flavor is giving the carrots and shallots enough time to release water before adding the cumin, turmeric, and ginger. Coconut milk brings both creaminess and a silky body, resulting in a jewel-toned soup that tastes as wonderful as it looks.

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Whole-Grain Minestrone With Parmesan Crisps

Whole-Grain Minestrone Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Nothing says comfort food like a steamy bowl of vegetable-packed minestrone, which is made extra hearty here with whole grain farro in place of pasta and DIY parm crisps for bites of umami on every spoonful. Speaking of Parm, don't throw out those rinds; you'll use one here to infuse the broth with deep flavor.

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Red Lentil Squash Soup With Lemon

Red Lentil Squash Soup Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This silky red lentil soup soothes and satisfies with generous amounts of vegetables and a touch of heat. The recipe combines carrots, butternut squash, a cornucopia of spices, and harissa paste for layered flavor; fresh ginger adds a surprising amount of warmth, too.

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Ginger Meatball Ramen With Greens and Scallions

Ginger Meatball Ramen Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Clever combination alert! Spaghetti and meatballs meet brothy ramen noodles in a dinner that will have you wondering how you've lived so long without it. Three elements combine to make this recipe an instant classic: delicious pork meatballs (seasoned with fresh ginger, scallions, and soy sauce), a miso-spiked broth, and of course, squiggly instant ramen noodles.

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Red Cabbage and Beet Borscht

Red Cabbage and Beet Borscht Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

A bowl of this jewel-toned soup packs in five different vegetables for an ultra-healthy meal. The beets, cabbage, and carrots add bright flavor, substantive body, and best of all, tons of plant fiber to keep you full. Toasted caraway infuses the broth with a nuttiness that is matched by the earthy root vegetables.

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Cod and Clam Chowder With Smoky Oyster Crackers

Cod and Clam Chowder Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This tasty remix of a traditional chowder recipe is refreshingly modern thanks to beautiful in-shell littleneck clams that cozy up alongside chunks of tender cod. Leeks and fennel join in with onion to make an deeply aromatic base, and you'll infuse the broth with a generous dose of wine and clam juice to add acidity and umami flavor.

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Peruvian-Style Chicken Soup With Cilantro and Lime

Peruvian-Stye Chicken Soup Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

If you've never had Peruvian-style chicken soup, then you're in for a treat. In addition to the standard ingredients (chicken, carrots, peas) you'll add bell pepper, cumin, and potatoes, plus a generous dose of lime-scallion-herb puree for a brighter and spicier bowl of flavor. It's great to clear out a cold or just to warm up on a wintery night.

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Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup
Maura McEvoy

Potatoes, green beans, and broccoli make this dish filling without packing too many calories.

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Creamy Mashed Potato and Leek Soup

Creamy Mashed Potato and Leek Soup
Miha Matei

Surprise! This soup gets its velvety texture from the potatoes, not cream.

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Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup
Petrina Tinslay

Barley is a whole grain packed with vitamins and minerals, and may reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken, Fennel, and White Bean Soup

Chicken, Fennel, and White Bean Soup
Kana Okada

Slowly cooking the chicken over low heat helps keep the meat tender.

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Ginger Chicken Soup With Vegetables

Ginger Chicken Soup With Vegetables
Michael Paul

Warm up to this invigorating soup made from freshly grated ginger and root vegetables.

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Beef and Bean Chili

Beef and Bean Chili
Hans Gissinger

Semisweet chocolate adds depth to this rich and satisfying stew.

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Smoky Pea Soup

Smoky Pea Soup
Susie Cushner

Ham bone gives this thick and hearty soup a smoky flavor.

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Autumn Squash Soup With Orange Zest and Nutmeg

Autumn Squash Soup With Orange Zest and Nutmeg
Bill Steele

Stir ground nutmeg into this soup to impart a warm and fragrant scent.

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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
Christopher Baker

Serve this fruity, three-ingredient soup for breakfast or as a dessert.

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Chickpea, Vegetable, and Pesto Soup

Chickpea, Vegetable, and Pesto Soup
Paul Sirisalee

Top this veggie-packed soup with pesto for an extra boost of flavor.

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Cannellini Bean Stew

Cannellini Bean Stew
Christopher Baker

Use canned beans to help save on time. Remember to rinse and drain the beans to remove excess sodium.

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