There’s nothing like a steamy bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day, but if you’re trying to minimize weight gain this hibernation season, these recipes will satisfy your cravings without breaking your calorie budget. And if, like Santa, you couldn’t care less about extra jiggle, you’ll still love them–they’re that delicious. From adding almond milk to the secret to a cream-free, silky soup, these 21 hot bowls of love will nourish you all winter long.
21 winter soups that will warm your belly (without padding your hips)
Spinach and White Bean SoupThis simple stew is a hearty dinner in a bowl–and one you can whip up in less than 30 minutes, leaving lots of time to ignore how badly your driveway needs shoveling…again. GET THE RECIPE.The Foodie Affair
Creamy Asparagus SoupYogurt fills in for cream for a tangier take on a sophisticated standard. And check out the gorgeous colour! GET THE RECIPE.The Food Charlatan
15-min Tomato Soup with Basil Pine Nut CrumbA basil pine nut crumb classes up this simple, satisfying soup. Perfect for last-minute après-ski parties. GET THE RECIPE. Amuse Your Bouche
Cream of Carrot Soup with Almond CroutonsThe secret to this creamy soup is that there is no cream. Unsweetened almond milk creates a velvety texture, while carrots contribute fibre, beta carotene, vitamin A and a hue beautiful enough to inspire an original Anne Shirley poem. GET THE RECIPE. Almond Board of California
Dairy-Free Cream of Mushroom SoupThis creamy cup is gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo, but if those dietary trends mean nothing to you, here’s all you need to know: it’s delicious. GET THE RECIPE.The Healthy Maven
Feel Better Chicken Noodle SoupIt’s up to you whether to use standard wheat pasta or a gluten-free option like rice or quinoa noodles. No matter which, chicken noodle soup is super-soothing, healing to the cold and sick and a comfort to all. GET THE RECIPE. Liv Life
Wild Rice Soup with Almond MilkFun facts: wild rice is not, in fact rice. It’s a native North American water grass seed, and the state grain of Minnesota. This version of the Midwestern soup swaps out traditional cream for lighter almond milk. GET THE RECIPE.Nellie Bellie
Mexican Chicken SoupThis soup, traditionally garnished after cooking, is easily customized to individual tastes, making it a good choice for casual dinners when you’re trying to please a variety of palates. GET THE RECIPE.Mexico In My Kitchen
Southwestern Bean Soup with Chicken and KaleIf you own a can-opener, you own the key to unlock the secrets of this almost-instant, healthful, hearty stew. (Hint: there are seven cans in this creation alone!) GET THE RECIPE.Yankee Kitchen Ninja
Everything But the Kitchen Sink SoupAdding a dash of this, and that, and that other thing, and something else gives lots of room for customizing this hearty stew. That said, if you can find the suggested elk, be bold and give it a try! GET THE RECIPE. Bless This Mess
Spinach and Eggplant Noodle Miso SoupJulienne eggplant is a creative alternative to traditional noodles in this Asian-inspired soup. While it may sacrifice carbs, you're still going to slurp this soup to its last drop. GET THE RECIPE.Gourmande in the Kitchen
Italian Fish ChowderWe won’t judge you if the heart-healthy heartiness of this soup makes you want to curl up with a mug and stay inside all (delicious) winter. GET THE RECIPE. A Family Feast
Roasted Carrot, Fennel and Apple SoupPre-roasting carrot, fennel and apple caramelizes their natural sugars, creating an end product that is as sweet as it is healthy. GET THE RECIPE. Peanut Butter and Peppers
Not Your Grandmother’s Split Pea SoupDoes your grandmother throw chipotle peppers into everything? In that case, this might be your grandmother’s soup. Ours definitely did not, and we love this spicy and smoky take on a classic. GET THE RECIPE.One Good Thing by Jillee
Apple Butternut Squash SoupIt’s okay to indulge your sweet tooth before dessert if you do it right. This apple-sweetened soup does it just right. GET THE RECIPE. The Foodie Affair
Mushroom and Lentil SoupIf you like your winter soup with a little bit of intrigue and a whole lot of umami, this is the recipe for you. GET THE RECIPE. Much Ado About Fooding
Kale, Squash and Farro Soup with ChickpeasFarro, an heirloom grain and ancient Roman staple food, ensures this tasty stew is as trendy as it is nutritious. Serve with a crusty loaf and dinner is done. GET THE RECIPE.One Hungry Mama
Hearty Lentil and Swiss Chard SoupSwiss chard is the new kale! (Okay, it’s not. But it is a versatile, healthy and tasty ingredient in this hearty winter stew.) GET THE RECIPE. The Healthy Maven
Chicken Tortilla SoupGo easy on the cheese and nacho chips to keep this protein packed stew a truly low-cal treat. GET THE RECIPE.Crazy Adventures in Parenting
Lentil and Bulgar Soup with Lemon and ParsleyThe high protein and fibre content in this lemon-spiked pleaser will keep you full for all your winter fun. Whether that means hauling the toboggan uphill or cuddling up on the couch for some binge viewing, you’re set. GET THE RECIPE. Amuse Your Bouche
OdenOden is a veggie-laden hot pot that’s simple to make and satisfying to slurp. This version calls for ready-made fish cakes and traditional Japanese soup stock. Find the ingredients at most Asian grocers. GET THE RECIPE. Roti N Rice
Lemon and Chicken Quinoa SoupThis flavourful and protein packed soup totally eats like a meal. And the lemon juice? It's the zing your day, and your taste buds have been waiting for.
GET THE RECIPE.The Loop
Hungry for more?Of course you are. It's soup season, after all. Join the conversation on Hubub for more winter-worthy soup and stew recipes. Share your fave or discover a new one!
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Hungry for more?
Of course you are. It’s soup season, after all. Join the conversation on Hubub for more winter-worthy soup and stew recipes. Share your fave or discover a new one!