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33 Brand-New (and Healthy!) Soups You Haven’t Tried Yet

These healthy soup recipes make cozy, satisfying meals or sides—and with fewer calories than other soups, they're on the lighter side.

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Bean Bulgur Chili Exps Dodbz20 50115 07 21 E 3b 4

Bean & Bulgur Chili

Come in from the cold to a piping hot bowl of this zesty bulgur and bean chili. The bulgur adds great texture and heartiness, so you won't miss the meat. —Tari Ambler, Shorewood, Illinois
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Mushroom Barley Soup For Two Exps Cf2bz20 35459 E12 04 3b 2

Mushroom Barley Soup for Two

This is part of my favorite meal, quick and easy to prepare and the perfect amount for two of us. The mushrooms, carrots and barley are a good combination for flavor and color. The recipe is easy to double (or triple!) if you want to make a larger batch. —Aimee Lawrence, Wimberley, Texas
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Quick Ravioli Spinach Soup Exps Ssmz21 109720 E10 13 8b 6

Quick Ravioli & Spinach Soup

I love my Italian American traditions, but I never had time to make a classic Italian wedding soup. So I created this shortcut version with ravioli. —Cynthia Bent, Newark, Delaware
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Salmon Zucchini Chowder Exps Ssmz21 35193 B10 16 5b 2

Salmon Zucchini Chowder

This rich and hearty light chowder delivers many levels of flavor and is sure to warm those cold winter nights. —Vicki Thompson, Bristol, New Brunswick
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Chipotle Chicken Soup With Cornmeal Dumplings Exps Tohca19 41103 C03 14 6b Rms 6

Chipotle Chicken Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings

I combined two of my favorite recipes and came up with this filling soup that has a Tex-Mex flair. The cornmeal dumplings are the perfect finishing touch. —Nancy Granaman, Burlington, Iowa
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Hearty Ale Bean Soup Exps Tohfm20 197953 E07 10 9b 8

Hearty Pork Bean Soup

It's wonderful to come home to this pork bean soup dinner simmering away in a slow cooker, especially on a busy weeknight. This soup uses dried beans and is simple to throw together in the morning before work. When you get home, just add a few more ingredients, and in half an hour dinner is ready! Do not put the tomatoes in for the first 8 hours of cooking, or the beans will not become soft. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Carrot Chowder

My husband's grandmother passed this recipe on to us, and it's just wonderful—especially with a basket of warm, fresh bread on the side. This soup freezes well. —Wendy Wilkins, Prattville, Alabama
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Yellow Squash Soup Exps Ft20 40947 F 0903 1 14

Yellow Squash Soup

Delicate and lemony, this squash soup would set the stage for a memorable ladies luncheon. It’s the best of late summer in a bowl. —Heidi Wilcox, Lapeer, Michigan
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Spring Pea Soup

Truly a soup for the pea lover, this recipe originated with an idea in an old cookbook about eating better to live longer. Sauteed potatoes add body to an easy soup with good texture and superb pea flavor. —Denise Patterson, Bainbridge, Ohio
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Best Curried Pumpkin Soup

I whipped this up for my family on Thanksgiving, and everyone was crazy about it! Even my brother, who is one of the pickiest eaters I know, asked for seconds of this curry pumpkin soup. —Kimberly Knepper, Euless, Texas
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Potluck Chicken Vegetable Soup

I experimented with different variations, and this is the best chicken vegetable soup recipe I came up with. It's especially good to take to potlucks or share with friends. I often take a bowl to work to heat up for a fast lunch. —Bertha Vogt, Tribune, Kansas
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Tangy Asparagus Soup

A dollop of creme fraiche makes this pretty soup an ideal starter for an elegant spring dinner party. A cheese crisp on the side is the perfect finishing touch. —Jamie Concannon, Plymouth, California
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Scrabble Soup

Many games involve letters, so I thought alphabet soup would be ideal to serve at my theme party, which included an evening of playing board games and cards. I concocted the hearty soup using ingredients I had on hand.
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Cabbage Barley Soup Exps Sdfm19 77918 B10 16 5b 22

Cabbage Barley Soup

My neighbor had an abundance of cabbage, so a group of us had a contest to see who could come up with the best cabbage dish. My vegetarian cabbage soup was the clear winner—they ate the whole pot! —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Carrot Ginger Soup Exps Ft19 158298 F 0816 1 3

Carrot Ginger Soup

This light, flavorful carrot ginger soup is made with pantry staples and comes together in a hurry, yet always seems to impress. Fresh ginger makes a big difference—and what isn’t used can be wrapped tightly and tossed in the freezer to use later. —Jenna Olson, Manchester, Missouri
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Vegan French Onion Soup Exps Ft19 244762 F 0823 1 6

Vegan French Onion Soup

This healthy adaptation of classic French onion soup uses a few unconventional ingredients to create umami. If you cook vegan foods regularly, keep a jar of dried mushrooms in your pantry and add to soups, stocks and casseroles to add a savory, earthy note to your dishes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chickpea Tortilla Soup Exps Opfrb19 216413 B07 19 3bc 13

Chickpea Tortilla Soup

This vegan tortilla soup recipe is healthy, filling and family-friendly! We love how hearty and flavorful it is. We like to play around with the different toppings we add each time it's served. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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Vegan Potato Leek Soup Exps Ft19 244632 F 0815 1 1

Vegan Potato Leek Soup

This vegan potato leek soup uses starchy potatoes to thicken and create a creamy consistency, so there’s no need to stir in cream at the end. Top with green onions, chives or your favorite vegan shredded cheese before serving. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Sweet Potato Chili with Turkey

Sweet Potato Chili with Turkey

This sweet potato chili is packed with flavor. Ground turkey lightens it, and sweet potato puree sneaks in a healthy dose of vitamin A. —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia
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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup Exps Tohfm20 193672 E07 10 7b 12

Slow-Cooker Minestrone

There's nothing quite like the comfort of warm homemade soup, and it's even better when your slow cooker does most of the work for you! This slow-cooker minestrone is easy to put together but has all the flavor of a high-effort dish. —Erin Raatjes, New Lenox, Illinois
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Vegan Tortilla Soup Exps Ft19 245345 F 0912 1 4

Vegan Tortilla Soup

Quinoa may be an unconventional ingredient, but it adds protein in this vegan tortilla soup, making it hearty enough for a main dish. —<I>Taste of Home</I> Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Crab And Asparagus Soup Exps Tham19 120267 E11 09 8b 5

Crab and Asparagus Soup

I get rave reviews from family and friends whenever I make this soup, but the biggest compliment was when my son called to ask for the recipe so he could make it for his roommates. —Patti Bogetti, Magnolia, Delaware
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Peruvian Potato Soup Locro De Papas  Exps Thedscodr19 216924 C02 12 2b 2

Spicy Peruvian Potato Soup

This robust Peruvian soup (Locro de Papas) has the comfort of potatoes and warming spiciness of chiles. Light enough for a simple lunch, it’s also satisfying enough to serve as a soup-for-dinner meal. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chorizo And Chickpea Soup Exps Sdjj19 150632 E02 07 1b 14

Chorizo and Chickpea Soup

The chorizo sausage adds its own spice to the broth, creating delicious flavor without any extra seasonings. And while it's cooking, the whole house smells amazing. —Jaclyn McKewan, Lancaster, New York
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Vegan Cream Of Mushroom Soup Exps Ft19 140777 F 0821 1 4

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

I love mushrooms and am learning how to make heartier dishes out of my old favorites. This delicious vegan cream of mushroom soup is low in fat and high in nutrition, and it meets my dietary restrictions. Tofu, used in place of cream, provides a silky texture, but keeps the soup vegan and dairy free. —Maria Davis, Flower Mound, Texas
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Pork Bok Choy Udon Soup Exps Sdam19 71653 C12 12 7b 12

Pork & Bok Choy Udon Soup

While traveling in Thailand, my husband sampled a local version of this tasty soup from street vendors. We have tried many variations, and this comes the closest to his recollection. We double the recipe so we have lots of leftovers. —Donna Noecker, Plano, Texas
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Vegan Carrot Soup Exps Ft19 245342 F 0911 1 2

Vegan Carrot Soup

Yukon Gold potatoes—instead of cream—make a smooth carrot soup vegan and add a mild sweetness. If you don’t have Yukon Golds on hand, russet potatoes will work, too. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Italian Beef Vegetable Soup Exps Tohfm20 201409 E07 10 8b 8

Italian Beef Vegetable Soup

This hearty vegetable beef soup features a ton of fresh veggies, making it the perfect dish to use up all that summer produce. It's also fantastic during cooler weather! Make sure you serve this Italian soup with some breadsticks, rolls or flaky biscuits. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Curried Vegetable Soup Exps Thca19 59103 E02 27 1b 3

Curried Vegetable Soup

I created this recipe uniting my favorite spices with frozen vegetables to save time. It's easy to scale up to feed a crowd. I usually prepare enough to make sure there are leftovers. For a buffet, keep this soup warm in a slow cooker, and set yogurt out in a separate dish to let guests serve themselves. —Heather Demeritte, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Vegan Cabbage Soup Exps Ft19 245341 F 0911 1 2

Vegan Cabbage Soup

Comforting soups that simmer all day long are staples on cool, busy days. For a heartier version of this vegan cabbage soup, stir in canned beans like cannellini or navy beans. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Lunch Box Chicken Soup Exps Tohcai19 62302 E03 12 2b Rms 3

Lunch-Box Chicken Soup

A friend gave me this recipe, and I tweaked a few things to make it healthier. It’s so delicious and quite easy to make! I use it for family gatherings, church functions, care packages...just about anything. For shortcuts, I sometimes replace the celery and carrots with 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables. The prepackaged rice saves time, too, so you can have the soup ready and waiting even when the kids are busy with activities. —Jean Ann Fairchild, Shelby, Ohio
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Vegan Butternut Squash Soup Exps Ft19 245249 F 0906 1 6

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Apple and winter squash are great together. They are the perfect pair for this cozy, vegan butternut squash soup. For a slightly different flavor that still features classic fall produce, substitute a ripe pear for the apple. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Quick Sausage Tortellini Soup

I love that this soup is easy to make and uses common ingredients found in the pantry. You can use other types of sausage or pasta if desired. —Annalise Lau, Newberg, Oregon

Hazel Wheaton
Hazel is a writer and editor who has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years in the fields of travel, jewelry arts and food. As the editor of the Taste of Home Christmas Annual (among other titles), she's in the holiday spirit all year round. An enthusiastic baker, she's known for her cookies, cakes and other baked goods. And she still wishes she could cook like her mother.

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