When the weather dips, I find myself immediately adding soup to our weekly meal plan. Until spring hits, a big simmering pot makes a recurring appearance and I never complain. What’s not to like about a warming meal meal that makes it easy to load up on good things like vegetables, beans, and whole grains this time of year.
These 10 hearty soups will help make that a reality. Each is loaded with healthy ingredients that will have you feeling your best, which is a great thing no matter the time of year, but especially during these winter months.
Lentil soup is a classic for good reason: It’s budget-friendly to whip up, infinitely adaptable, full of good nutrition and is almost always better the second day.
Since hearty greens wilt almost immediately in a pot of soup, you’ll get a big serving of them and their nutrients, which is a whole lot easier than chewing through a big kale salad.
Thanks to plenty of fresh ginger and garlic, this is a perfect immune-boosting soup, so definitely make it the instant you feel a cold coming on.
This blended soup is so creamy, you’ll swear there’s heavy cream in it but it’s actually just the power of sweet potatoes. Garnish bowls with chopped toasted pistachios for contrasting crunch.
This riff on chicken noodle soup is rich and spicy thanks to both chipotle and chili powder along with diced green chili. You can also swap chickpeas in for the chicken if you want to make the soup meatless.
While Brussels sprouts aren’t a common soup addition maybe they should be because they lend a cabbage-like texture to it. Whole grain farro also boosts the fiber and nutrients of each spoonful.
While this quick black bean soup is perfect all on its own, finishing bowls with chopped avocado, fresh cilantro, and a dollop of Greek yogurt make it extra special and satisfying.
This lightened-up take on beef and barley soup is just as comforting as the original. It’s full of nutrition thanks to plenty of vegetables and whole grain barley and is also super freezer-friendly.
Stirring quinoa into this minestrone-like soup rather than the usual pasta is a great way to add protein to the pot while also keeping it gluten-free.
Meaty mushrooms add bulk to this spicy Thai curry soup was also keeping in vegan. If you prefer, you can also skip the noodles and stir in cooked brown rice instead.