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Perfect any time of the year, healthy soup recipes will fill your tummy and keep you on track with your well-being goals. They’re hearty, filling, and packed with healthy ingredients like veggies and lean protein!

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We Love Soup!

I have lots of favorite soup recipes. I’ve shared all the best Crockpot Soup Recipes, as well as all of my most popular Chicken Soup Recipes.

Today I want to share all of my favorite healthy soup recipes!

Here’s why they’re favorites:

  • Healthy benefits. It keeps you hydrated. These soups contain a blend of several vitamins and cover many food groups.
  • Filling. It’s hearty, fills you up faster, and keeps you full longer.
  • Feeds a crowd. They can be doubled to make a big batch.
  • Save for later! Soup freezes well to have on hand when needed.
Homemade vegetable soup served in a white bowl.

ingredients to make soup healthier

There are a few ingredients to watch out for when looking for healthy soups. Some ingredients are a must, while others you may not want to use or use carefully.

  • Protein. Use low-fat and low-sodium ground beef and Italian sausage. When browning the meat, drain the excess fat before transferring the meat to the pot of soup.
    • Other sources of protein include chicken, turkey, black, pinto & white beans, and quinoa.
  • Vegetables are tasty and pack a nutritious punch. Favorites include broccoli, lentils, squash, potatoes, leeks, cabbage, spinach, kale, onions, carrots, cauliflower, split peas, and celery. Though not a vegetable, I have to say mushrooms also make the list.
  • Herbs and spices add flavor without adding to the calorie count. Spices such as ginger, curry, and red pepper flakes can especially add some additional kick. Only add a little bit, allow it to simmer, taste, then add more if needed.
    • 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. Squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice onto your soups for some added flavor.
  • Broth vs stock. They both come with a base of beef, chicken, or vegetable broth and can be organic, gluten-free, and vegan. They can be used interchangeably so pick the one that best fits your dietary needs.
    • Broth is thinner, has fewer calories, and has less fat than stock.
    • Stock (aka bone broth) has slightly more calories, fat, and protein, but also has significantly higher vitamins and minerals.
Carrots and celery being sautéed in a large pot.

Tips for Making Healthy Soup

Make most soups healthy, or healthier with these suggestions.

  • Not all soup is created equal. Cream-based soups have higher calorie and fat content. Canned soups, though convenient, contain extra ingredients that don’t exactly scream healthy. 
  • Avoidable ingredients. Healthy soups start with healthy ingredients. Avoid using or using these ingredients sparingly: cheese, heavy cream, sugar, and salt.
  • The healthiest soup to eat when you are sick. Soups that are dairy-free and contain a broth are usually the most recommended. They are the easiest to digest and have been trusted for generations.
    • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is our go-to when we aren’t feeling well. It gives your body the necessary fluids to recover and contains essential vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and protein.

best healthy soup recipes

All of these soups are either tomato or broth-based, without cream, and include healthy proteins like chicken or beef.

Chicken is always fairly low in fat, as long as you use chicken breasts. If you are using beef, make sure it is either 80% or 90% lean to keep the fat content low.

1 Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
4.99 from 53 votes
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2 Vegetable Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Vegetable Soup Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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3 Lentil Soup Recipe

Soup Lentil Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 32 votes
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4 Healthy Cabbage Soup Recipe

Soup Healthy Cabbage Soup Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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5 Mexican Soup Recipe

Soup Mexican Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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6 Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

Soup Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Minestrone Soup Recipe
This Minestrone Soup is not only delicious and comforting, but it's also really nutritious! It makes a hearty meal or side.
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 10 votes
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7 Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 30 votes
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8 Albondigas

Soup Albondigas
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 346 votes
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9 Chicken Corn Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Corn Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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Other Healthy Soups

Some of the most popular soups include variations of potato soup, rice soup, chilis, chicken and vegetable soups, tortilla or taco soup, chowders, and gumbo.

Quickly turn your healthy bowl of soup into an unhealthy meal by consuming calorie-laden bread or indulging in sugar and fat-filled desserts. Keep it healthy by serving your soup with salad!

10 Chicken Tortilla Soup

Main Course, Soup Chicken Tortilla Soup
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 380 votes
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11 Stuffed Green Pepper Soup Recipe

Soup Stuffed Green Pepper Soup Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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12 Turkey Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Turkey Soup Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 13 votes
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13 Tortellini Soup

Soup Tortellini Soup
Total Time: 1 hour

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4.99 from 95 votes
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14 Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Soup Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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15 White Chicken Chili Recipe

Soup White Chicken Chili Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 160 votes
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16 Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

Soup Sweet Potato Chili Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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17 Crock Pot Turkey Chili Recipe

Soup Crock Pot Turkey Chili Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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18 Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Green Chili Chicken Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

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5 from 56 votes
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19 How to Make Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Soup How to Make Egg Drop Soup Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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20 Caldo de Pollo

Soup Caldo de Pollo
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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21 Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Soup Ham and Bean Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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22 Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Soup Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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23 French Onion Soup Recipe

Appetizer French Onion Soup Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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24 Navy Bean Soup Recipe

Main Course Navy Bean Soup Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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25 Sausage Soup Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course, Soup Sausage Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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26 Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Soup Pumpkin Chili Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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27 Black Bean Soup Recipe

Soup Black Bean Soup Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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28 Carrot Soup Recipe

Soup Carrot Soup Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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29 Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Soup Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes
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A FAV!

We love all soups, but we definitely have some favorites.

One of those is our orzo soup. It’s just like our Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup but with a few healthier ingredients (low-sodium broth, extra veggies like zucchini).

Here is the recipe:

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15+ Healthy Soup Recipes – Orzo Soup Recipe + MORE

By: Lil’ Luna
Healthy orzo soup is flavorful and filled with spinach, carrots, chicken and more!
Servings: 12
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces orzo pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 (32-ounce) cans chicken broth, low sodium
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 lemon , zested
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) package baby spinach leaves
  • 1 lemon sliced, for garnish
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
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Instructions 

  • Cook orzo in boiling water about 5 minutes, until partially cooked through but not yet soft; drain and rinse with cold water until cooled.
  • Saute carrots and celery until they just begin to soften. Add any other veggies you'd want in your soup as well (zucchini, squash, etc).
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper; continue cooking another 30 seconds then add chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil; partially cover pot, reduce heat, and cook about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir orzo, lemon juice, lemon zest, and chicken into the broth and cook an additional 5 minutes, until orzo has softened. Add spinach and let wilt.
  • Serve into bowls and garnish with lemon slices and Parmesan cheese. 

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 55mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2624IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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A Healthy Option

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4 Comments

  1. Kathy Puckett says:

    We Loved the Chicken Tortilla Soup. It will be a weekly staple in our family this winter!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the soup. Thanks for sharing!

  2. KATHY GARCIA says:

    5 stars
    I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE…IT REMINDSi ME OF THE FOOD I GREW UP ON AND I’M 64. I JUST RETIRED AND HAVEN’T COOKED IN OVER 20YRS SO I REALLY RUSTY. MY MOM WAS A HOMEMAKER, HER AND MY DAD GREW UP DURING THE DEPRESSION AND LEARNED TO USE WHATEVER THEY COULD FIND TO FEED THE FAMILY. IT WAS GOOD TASTY FOOD BUT SIMPLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WEBSITE I CAN’T WAIT TO GO GROCERY SHOPPING. SINCERELY, KATHY GARCIA

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Awe, thank you so much for saying that! I hope you find some delicious recipes to try 🙂