25 Healthy and Satisfying Soup Recipes

E.J.’s Vegetable Noodle Soup

From mushroom dumplings in mineral-rich dashi broth to hearty minestrone, these soul-soothing soups will become regulars in your dinner rotation.

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Rocket Soup

Rocket Soup (Shorbat Jarjir)
Greg DuPree

A blend of spinach, cilantro, and arugula anchors this delicate, vegetal soup from Yasmin Khan, author of Zaitoun.

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Tomato Soup with Feta, Olives and Cucumbers

Tomato Soup with Feta, Olives and Cucumbers
© John Kernick

This pretty, fresh-tasting tomato soup is David Chang's riff on Greek salad: He tops it with tomatoes, olives, honeyed cucumbers and feta.

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Beef-and-Farro Soup

Beef-and-Farro Soup

Chef and TV personality Hugh Acheson uses miso to add umami to this hearty and exceptionally savory soup.

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Basque Garlic Soup

Basque Garlic Soup
Greg DuPree

With its tendrils of egg swimming in a fragrant broth of paprika and garlic, writer and cookbook author Marti Buckley's Basque Garlic Soup is a balm for a cold day.

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Creamy Piquillo Pepper and Chickpea Soup with Chicken

Creamy Piquillo Pepper and Chickpea Soup with Chicken

The secret to this speedy soup is buying ingredients with lots of built-in flavor, like hummus and jarred piquillo peppers.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Adding collard greens, bell pepper, corn and carrot to a rustic butternut squash soup is Mary Ellen Diaz's clever way of making it even more healthy. Together these vegetables deliver vitamins A and C as well as fiber and powerful antioxidants.

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Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Beef

Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Beef
© John Kernick

Rocco DiSpirito likes to heat shirataki noodles (a low-calorie noodle made from tofu or a kind of sweet potato) in store-bought chicken broth seasoned with lime juice.

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Lentil Soup with Smoked Turkey

Lentil Soup with Smoked Turkey
© Quentin Bacon

Simmering the broth with a Parmesan rind gives the soup an even richer taste than sprinkling the cheese on top.

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Split-Pea Soup with Portobellos

Split-Pea Soup with Portobellos

Meaty portobellos are especially good for adding substance and flavor to this soup, but shiitakes or other mushrooms will work well, too. You can also add a ham hock to the pot while the split peas cook, if you like.

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Colombian Chicken Soup

Colombian Chicken Soup
© Maura McEvoy

Chicken breast adds plenty of protein but not much fat to this version of ajiaco, a cilantro-scented chicken soup that's virtually Colombia's national dish. Stirring in fiber-rich brown rice turns the soup into a satisfying one-dish meal.

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Hearty Minestrone Soup

Hearty Minestrone Soup
© Kana Okada

This satisfying soup from David Bull is an excellent source of fiber.

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Spinach Soup with Horseradish Granité

Spinach soup with horseradish granité
© John Kernick

Horseradish, originally consumed for medicinal purposes, became the condiment of choice for English roast beef in the 17th century. Chef Tristan Welch creates an ingenious granité by freezing horseradish with milk, scraping it into icy flakes and scooping it onto toasts to garnish a creamy nettle soup (spinach is excellent here too).

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Spicy Grain Soup

Spicy Grain Soup

Based on a brothy tortilla soup, this fiery, substantial soup is full of nutty-tasting barley, brown rice and bulgur, creating a dish that's high in fiber.

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Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice

Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice
© Yunhee Kim

Avgolemono is a classic sauce of chicken broth, egg yolks and lemon juice; the addition of a bit more chicken broth, rice and shredded chicken turns it into a satisfying soup.

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Classic Split Pea Soup

Classic Split Pea Soup

"I haven't met a bean or pea that I didn't love," says Steven Satterfield. Here he soaks split peas for an hour before simmering them in the soup, so they're more tender and the soup is smoother.

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Black-Bean Turkey Chili

Black-Bean Turkey Chili
© John Kernick

"In this industry, you often don't eat when you need to," says Ronnie Killen. "What helped me lose weight was eating at the right times." He started having real meals with lean proteins, like this turkey chili.

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Pea Consommé with Mint

Pea Consommé with Mint

This delicate broth is full of vitamin C, thanks to the pea pods Jeremy Fox simmers. (Snow peas are just as delicious and easier to find.) He tops the consommé with shards of white chocolate because he likes the way it brings out the peas' sweetness while adding only a little fat.

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Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder

Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder
© Frances Janisch

Not only is yellow corn a good source of vitamin B, magnesium and thiamin, it also contains carotenoids (organic pigments with health benefits) not found in white corn. Ani Phyo likes to add a handful of vitamin A–rich spinach or soft lettuce to the chowder. "Then it becomes part-soup, part-salad," she says.

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Chilled Fennel-Grapefruit Velouté with Lemon Olive Oil

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© CON POULOS

For this soup, a citrus oil is used in two different ways: for sautéing fennel before pureeing it with grapefruit juice, and for garnishing the soup before serving.

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Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

"Ask anyone on my staff their favorite summer dish, and they'll tell you it's this one," says Hoss Zaré. Filled with herbs, nuts and raisins, the soup is delicious with grilled bread.

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Zucchini-and-Watercress Soup

Zucchini-and-Watercress Soup

Sophie Dahl likes eating peppery watercress in the spring and has figured out a way to highlight its bright flavor in this silky soup. A single tablespoon of cream gives the vivid green soup a touch of richness.

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Chilled Tomato Soup with Goat-Milk Yogurt

Chilled Tomato Soup with Goat-Milk Yogurt
© Fredrika Stjärne

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge make yogurt from the goat milk produced on the Beekman farm. They blend the tangy yogurt into this herb-flecked soup.

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Caribbean Green Soup

Caribbean Green Soup

Callaloo, originally from Africa, is served throughout the Caribbean in different forms--from a thick side dish to the soup you see below.

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Summer Black Bean Soup with Corn and Tomatoes

Summer Black Bean Soup with Corn and Tomatoes

This recipe works best with fresh corn and tomatoes at the height of the season. Add them in right at the end so they maintain their texture and fresh summer flavor.

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E.J.'s Vegetable Noodle Soup

E.J.’s Vegetable Noodle Soup

The Good News In this nutrient-rich soup, the vegetables are cut very small and the flavors are simple. "It's one of the first dishes I cooked for E.J. and Meril," says Emeril Lagasse. "It's great for young kids."

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