If you’re looking to lighten up your meal, most of the year, a salad is a solid bet. In the winter though, when produce isn’t as inspiring and the weather outside is terrible, it’s harder to get excited about cold greens in lieu of things like heavy casseroles and hearty baked pastas. Don’t despair—you can still achieve all your health goals with these 45 super-comforting soup recipes. The ones on this list are packed with veggies, protein-ful beans, and lean proteins, and are sure to keep you feeling good all winter long.
We know health looks different to different people, so we’ve included options for a variety of diets, like low-carb, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free, and even low oil. Looking for soups that are lower in carbs? Try our keto broccoli cheddar soup, our loaded cauliflower soup, our miso soup, or our zoodle ramen. Trying to avoid animal products? Check out our vegan slow cooker butternut squash soup, our vegan "clam" chowder, our Thai red curry coconut noodles, or our coconut curried red lentil soup. Just looking to get more veggies into your diet? We got you too. Try our green goddess soup, our vegetarian kale soup, our Instant Pot vegetable soup, or our quinoa vegetable soup. They’re colorful and good for you, the perfect combo for getting through gray winter days.
It also must be noted, when we’re feeling under the weather, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of chicken noodle soup. We’ve included a few variations on the theme here, like our vegan chickpea noodle soup, our turkey noodle soup, our keto chicken soup, our healthy chicken noodle soup, and our chicken & wild rice soup. No matter what health looks like to you, one of these is guaranteed to help cure everything that ails you, from the common cold to a broken heart.
Classic chicken noodle soup is already pretty good for you, but we made this even more so by loading it up with lots of kale, using low-sodium broth, and opting for boneless skinless chicken breasts. We also used gluten-free noodles, but feel free to go for egg noodles if you're a purist.
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This is an incredible vegan version of chicken noodle soup, made with chickpeas instead of chicken and orecchiette instead of egg noodles. Cooking the pasta in the soup will yield a velvety, substantial broth, but for a leftover-friendly version, boil the noodles separately so they don’t bloat in the broth over time.
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It’s not always easy eating your greens, especially in winter. Enter: a soup inspired by one of our favorite salad dressings, Green Goddess. The creamy green dressing is wholesome, herbaceous, and can improve even the most lackluster of salads, so we knew it had potential to be an incredible soup.
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This comforting soup is sort of like an earthy version of chicken noodle soup. Wild rice brings some subtle floral, smokey flavors, while bone-in chicken thighs provide enough fat and flavor for a rich homemade stock. Topped with crispy chicken skin "croutons," we dare you to find a meal that can ward off the blustery cold like this one.
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This completely vegan recipe uses layers of umami-packed flavor to mimic the depth complexity of traditional ramen, with edamame for a protein boost. Feel free to swap in some of your favorite veggies, but don't skip the salty soy sauce balanced with sweet, tangy mirin—it makes this bowl extremely slurp-worthy.
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As fun as food mash-ups are, we’re only going to put one out into the universe if it’s straight-up delicious... and that's what this soup is. Loaded with creamy cheese, vegetables, and that awesome burger flavor, it’s everything we want in a comforting bowl of soup. Grab a spoon!
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This one-pot pesto rice & bean soup can be as flexitarian as you’d like it. While we use chicken broth here to add a layer of savoriness without actually adding meat, you’re free to substitute it with vegetable broth or water. Try out different pesto varieties too!
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Chicken noodle soup is obviously our go-to. It's simple and fast and just so darn comforting. Turkey noodle soup is still everything you love about the classic with the addition of some leftover turkey. Honestly, though, this soup is reason enough to go out and buy yourself a turkey breast or two.
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This gorgeously green spinach soup is guaranteed to make you feel good.
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Working against that stereotype of vegan food being lesser-than, this soup is loaded with spices and smoky numbers. There's chipotle in adobo, serrano, poblano, and cayenne for a quadruple hot kick; then there's onion, tomatoes, and a bit of sugar to balance that spiciness with underlying sweetness. This might just be the best black bean soup ever.
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This is a vegan soup but you would never guess, because it's satisfying enough to be the main course. The warm, rich flavors of curry powder play beautifully with sweet roasted butternut squash. Topped with a drizzle of rich coconut milk, toasted peanuts, and fresh cilantro, this picture-perfect dinner is sure to please everyone—even the omnivores.
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While many recipes using leeks call for discarding the tougher, more fibrous green tops, we reserve them, slice 'em real thin, and stir-fry them until crispy and golden. Sprinkled with a little salt, fried leek greens transform an otherwise fine bowl of soup into an outstanding one.
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This vegan butternut squash soup is made in a slow cooker, so after you chop up all your vegetables, it’s essentially hands-off. Woohoo! A quick blitz with an immersion blender at the end, and you’ve got a silky, drinkable butternut squash soup in no time.