Soup is a beloved comfort food, and winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a bowl of warm, hearty goodness. Soups are affordable, healthy, easy to prep and easy to freeze, which makes them a perfect choice when you’re planning your meals ahead of time. And you can customize soup recipes based on the season, your preferences and your unique dietary restrictions.
Here are eight hearty, creative soups to add to your recipe repertoire this winter.
Everyone loves a butternut squash soup in the wintertime, and this chickpea and pea recipe has a protein-rich twist. The base of this soup is coconut milk, which is an excellent vegan alternative to cream, and it helps balance the turmeric and cayenne in the recipe. The best part? It only takes 15 minutes to prepare!
Healthy Highlights: 15 grams of dietary fiber, 13 grams of protein and 264 percent of your vitamin A per serving.
This soup is a full meal in one bowl, and you can make it in just under 40 minutes. The recipe uses one of the leaner cuts of protein-packed steak, and it’s chock full of vegetables and whole-grain barley, making it both filling and nutritious. And even though it’s hearty, it’s quite low in calories, at only 250 per serving.
Healthy Highlights: 17 grams of protein and 65 percent of your vitamin A per serving.
3. Moroccan Lentil Soup (vegan)
This comforting, Moroccan-style soup will warm any cold winter night. In addition to hearty cauliflower and lentils, it’s rich in aromatic spices including turmeric, coriander and cinnamon, which have been studied for their anti-inflammatory and immune-strengthening properties.
Healthy Highlights: 9 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber and 96 percent of your vitamin A per serving.
Winter squash is a nutrient- and flavor-packed addition to any soup. This chunky turkey soup is a great way to sneak in a dose of vitamin A, and you can prepare it in just 45 minutes.
Healthy Highlights: 24 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 260 percent of your vitamin A per serving.
There’s no need for takeout when you can make your own healthy hot and sour soup in under 30 minutes! This vegan recipe is also a great way to explore some of the nutrient-packed veggies common in Asian cuisines including shiitake mushrooms, green cabbage and bamboo shoots.
Healthy Highlights: 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 24 percent of your calcium per serving.
6. Bread and Tomato Soup (vegetarian)
Here’s a super quick dinner option for a chilly night. This recipe combines garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, chard and spices into a hearty tomato soup you can enjoy with toasted bread. You can also dress it up with a runny egg for a more satisfying meal.
Healthy Highlights: 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. (Note that this does not include the egg.)
7. Vegetarian Tortilla Soup (vegetarian)
This vegetarian, Mexican-inspired tortilla soup is foodie heaven in a bowl, achieving the perfect blend of crunchy and creamy textures. In addition to exotic ingredients like ancho chiles and epazote greens, this soup also features tofu and chopped kale for a dose of protein and fiber. Try it topped with cheese and avocado!
Healthy Highlights: 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving.
Chicken soup is a soothing remedy for winter woes, especially when it’s homemade and full of veggies. This delicious recipe only takes 35 minutes to prep. It calls for zucchini and spinach, but feel free to add the extra veggies you have left over in your fridge too. The more the merrier!
Healthy Highlights: 31 grams of protein and 55 percent of your daily vitamin A per serving.