10 of Our Most Satisfying (Yet Healthy) Soups

10 of Our Most Satisfying (Yet Healthy) Soups

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Sheela Fiorenzo
Dec 26, 2017
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A pot of soup is on repeat in my kitchen during these cold winter months. Bur during this busy holiday season, when I find myself eating a bit more indulgently, I tend to crave soups that are lighter and more wholesome than most. That tends to cancel out all the decadence and have me feeling my best.

Here are 10 great soups that won't weigh you down yet still make for a satisfying meal.

1. The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup

Swapping in zucchini noodles for pasta not only lightens up this riff on the classic soup, but it also adds an extra dose of vegetables to your steaming bowl.

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2. Gingery Poached Egg Soup

Start with store-bought broth and infuse it with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce to give it a serious flavor boost and you're looking at a simple soup that comes together in just under 15 minutes.

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3. Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

While most versions of this crowd-pleasing soup are loaded with cream and cheese that weigh it down, this lightened-up version relies on a potato instead of cream to give it substance and calls for a smaller amount of cheddar for flavor.

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4. Spicy Tomato and Shrimp Soup

Tomato paste adds depth to this brothy soup that has just enough shrimp and pasta in it to keep you satisfied, while a heap of chopped basil gives the bowl freshness.

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5. Red Lentil Soup

We love lentil soup in all shapes and forms, as it never weighs us down but definitely keeps us full. This is simple and colorful, thanks to the use of red lentils instead of classic brown.

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6. Alice Waters' Chickpea and Broccoli Rabe Soup

Just a little diced pancetta or bacon adds the right amount of richness to this vegetable- and bean-loaded soup while still maintaining its wholesome vibe.

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7. Spinach and Lemon Soup with Orzo

While this soup may look like it's creamy and rich, it's actually quite light. Whisking a few eggs into the simmering pot is the secret to its velvety consistency, and adds a bit of protein to ensure it's satisfying.

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8. Slow Cooker White Beans in Parmesan Broth

This simple soup comes together without fuss in the slow cooker. It's light and brothy yet feels like a meal, thanks to the white beans and sausage.

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9. Minestrone

Vegetable-loaded minestrone is always a feel-good soup. This version calls for any mix of veggies you may have on hand, which makes it a great back-pocket recipe for busy weeknights.

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10. Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

While traditional pho usually consists of a rich beef broth, this version relies on a ginger- and star anise-infused vegetable broth that's lighter yet just as flavorful.

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