45 Good-For-You Soups To Help You Get Through The Winter

Finally, soups that are healthy, hearty, and DELICIOUS.

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Parker Feierbach

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.

Want even more soup ideas? Check out our top creamy soups, our favorite vegetable soups, and our best noodle soups too.

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Parker Feierbach
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Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

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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Park Feierbach
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Keto Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Is there anything more hearty, cheesy, and perfect than broccoli cheddar soup? You get all of the stick-to-your bones goodness from all the best comfort food and the sharp, cheesy flavor from the cheddar, while still getting a good dose of veggies.

Get the Keto Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe.

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

We love lentil soup for its versatility. For this healthy rendition, we add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic as a base, plus canned tomatoes and fresh thyme. Simply add ingredients, set your Instant Pot to high, and press go!

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Erik Bernstein
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Chickpea Noodle Soup

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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Parker Feierbach
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Quinoa Vegetable Soup

This hearty soup might be vegetarian, but it's also super-filling thanks to protein-full quinoa and white beans and a colorful variety of veggies. Hot tip: Raid your crisper drawer for anything on its last legs, this soup can take any old vegetables you've got.

Get the Quinoa Vegetable Soup recipe.

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Joel Goldberg
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Green Goddess Soup

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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Park Feierbach
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Keto Chicken Soup

This version of chicken soup gets a hearty boost with cauliflower rice, and we're big fans. Don't skimp on the ginger—it adds an irresistible kick to the broth.

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Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup

Cozy and nourishing, we crave matzo ball soup pretty much year-round. Although schmaltz (AKA chicken fat) and chicken broth are typically included in this classic Ashkenazi Jewish soup, it’s not hard to swap in vegetarian-friendly ingredients.

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Erik bernstein
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Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

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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Vegan Ramen

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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Ethan Calabrese
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Cheeseburger Soup

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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Erik Bernstein
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Nabeyaki Udon

Nabeyaki udon is a one-pot Japanese noodle soup with a super flavorful broth. It's got all the umami you crave, with TONS of vegetables so you can get your greens in all winter long.

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Pesto Rice & Bean Soup

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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Parker Feierbach
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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Loaded with cabbage, cauliflower, bell peppers, and zucchini, this vegetable soup is the easiest, healthiest way to warm up this winter.

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Parker Feierbach
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Turkey Noodle Soup

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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Andrew Bui
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Vegan French Onion Stew

With complex flavor and toasts broiled with melty dairy-free cheese, this is just as good as the French classic. Be warned: If you’re meal prepping, it’s best to melt your cheese on a sheet tray instead to avoid losing soggy pieces of bread in your leftovers.

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Parker Feierbach
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Creamy Spinach Soup

This gorgeously green spinach soup is guaranteed to make you feel good.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

What dish is the most indicative of impending winter? Some might say it's pumpkin pie, others might say warm apple cider, but to us, nothing fits better with sweater weather than a delicious bowl of healthful butternut squash soup.

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June Xie
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Vegan Black Bean Soup

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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Parker Feierbach
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Vegetable Cabbage Soup

This hearty soup is totally adaptable. Add any of your favorite veggies! Leftover pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, or even tofu would also be delicious. Add it in during the last few minutes of cooking, just to warm it up.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Wonton Soup

We turn to this quick and easy Chinese soup over and over when temperatures start dropping. Not only does it come together in a flash, it's also super-satisfying without weighing you down.

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Parker Feierbach
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Best Vegetarian Kale Soup

This soup proves kale really can be delicious. If you like it extra-thick and creamy, feel free to immersion blend it before adding the kale. We like it chunky, so we just mash the beans to thicken it once they come to a simmer.

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Anna Watson Carl
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Spinach-Lentil Soup

This lentil soup is so tasty, you'd never know it's full of fiber, vitamins, and protein. Feel free to swap in/ add any additional greens or veggies here—this soup is perfect to help clean out your fridge.

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Brad Holland
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Cauliflower Soup

Even though there are minimal ingredients—aromatics + cauliflower + stock + heavy cream—this soup has TONS of flavor. In fact, it's delicious even without the cream (but it certainly doesn't hurt!).

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Parker Feierbach
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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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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Brandon Bales
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Chicken Noodle Soup

When we're sick, there's only one thing we crave: this chicken soup. If you wanna pack it with more veggies (hey, they're good for you!) throw in some peppers with the onions, or stir in some spinach or kale when it's almost done cooking.

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June Xie
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Leek And Potato Soup

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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June Xie
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Pumpkin Chili

This "pumpkin" chili recipe actually uses *plot twist* kabocha squash. It eats like a cross between butternut squash and a starchy sweet potato, complex with floral aromas and earthy chestnut notes that make this chili something extra special.

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Avocado Soup

File this one under: Why haven't we thought of this before? Somewhere between the cool freshness of gazpacho and the savory richness of guacamole, avocado soup is equally great chilled or served at room temperature, meaning you can enjoy it all year long.

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Slow-Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

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.

Get the Slow-Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Soup recipe.

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