Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN

Super Soup Recipes — Nutritious & Delicious

Soup Recipes: Real HealthyThe return of soup season is one of my favorite things about this time of year. Almost every weekend, I make a big pot of nutritious soup for us to enjoy as satisfying lunches or quick suppers throughout the following week. (Live alone? Most soup freezes well.)


Although I have favorite recipes I return to over and over again, part of the fun of making soup is that you could — quite literally — make a different soup every week for the rest of your life and never run out of options! From aromatic Vietnamese Pho to hearty Texas Chili, there is a soup to suit every palate and level of cooking experience. The nutritional advantages are almost as plentiful.


Cut calories without feeling hungry. Studies show that when you start your meal with a broth-based soup, you’ll consume fewer calories at the meal, but feel just as satisfied. The classic to try, of course, is Miso Soup (click here for the recipe).


Enjoy creamy soups without the cream. If you prefer thick and creamy soups, choose recipes thickened with pureed vegetables rather than cream, like this great Creamy Beet Soup (click here for the recipe).


Sneak in an extra serving (or 3) of veggies. Most Americans are still falling far short of the recommended amount of vegetables. People who eat soup more frequently consume a lot more veggies than those who don’t. Spicy Vegetable Soup (click here for the recipe) is a favorite.


Enjoy a balanced-one dish meal.  For a one-dish lunch or supper that covers all the bases, choose a soup that includes meat, fish, beans, or tofu for protein. Here are some to try:




Tofu, Eggplant, and Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Soup Recipes: Real Healthy

Go traditional, or quick and easy, with this authentic Cambodian noodle soup. Both cooking methods are great!




 Beef and Cabbage Soup

Soup Recipes: Real Healthy

Ham and beef make this soup hearty enough for a winter day; beans and plenty of vegetable make it healthy.




Italian Fish Soup

Soup Recipes: Real Healthy

Low in fat and calories, Italian zuppa di pesce (fish soup) tastes best when topped with a slice of toasted bread.




Zesty Black Bean Soup

Soup Recipes: Real Healthy

A Latin American favorite with a punchy sofrito (a mix of chopped and sauteed peppers, onion, and garlic).




Nutritious and delicious: great healthy recipes for vegetable soup!






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