“Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.”—Auguste Escoffier
Basically, soup is magical. It’s the antidote to coming home freezing and the remedy for hangry cooks who want dinner on the table, like, now. You might not have time on weekdays to make your own broth (though we highly recommend it for added depth of flavour). But you’ll definitely be able to whip up these healthy soup recipes, even on your most hectic Monday evening.
1. Tomato and Bean Soup
This one-pot treasure is the ultimate quick comfort food. Fire-roasted tomatoes add a hit of delicious flavour with zero fuss. You’ll want seconds for sure (and we won’t judge if you go for thirds and fourths …).
2. Thai Squash Soup
Puréed soups are the time-crunched cook’s best friend. Just blend and eat! (Okay, there are a few other steps, but that’s pretty much it.) Butternut squash adds just enough sweetness to balance out the spicy heat.
3. Spicy Thai Coconut Soup with Kamut Noodles, Sweet Potato, and Lime
Don’t be intimidated by the long name. This quick and simple recipe is perfect if you prefer chunky, loaded-to-the-brim soups. And despite a longish ingredient list, it’s surprisingly easy to throw together.
4. Turkey, Mushroom, and Wild Rice Soup
It’s the season of turkey, turkey, turkey. Rather than having yet another turkey sandwich, transform your leftovers into a kick-ass soup. This recipe is loaded with veggies including carrots, celery, and mushrooms, so you won’t feel like you need a huge nap right after eating it.
5. Tri-coloured Quinoa Chowder
This is truly a speedy soup—it’s ready in a mere 15 minutes thanks to extremely quick-cooking quinoa. All you need are six ingredients (plus water) and one pot.
6. Green Minestrone with Butter Beans and Fusilli
This Italian-inspired soup is bursting with green goodness. If you’re in between holidays right now and looking for something super healthy … look no further.
7. Power Pesto Soup
Pesto in a soup? Yep, and it’s delicious. This soup is full of garlicky, zippy flavour, with edamame and zucchini adding some extra plant power.
8. Silk Road Chicken Noodle Soup
If you feel a cold coming on, we have good news for you: studies show that chicken soup can, in fact, help you feel better. This probably has something to do with its nutrient-rich combination of ingredients. Plus, the warm liquid helps soothe nasal congestion and ease your sore throat. This version includes fresh ginger and Asian-inspired flavours.
9. Light and Lovely Minestrone
This is a light twist on the classic minestrone, with protein-packed quinoa replacing typical macaroni. Make it an indulgent meal by serving with your favourite crusty bread.
10. Mushroom and Barley Soup
If you have a pressure cooker hiding in the back of a cupboard somewhere, now’s the time to unearth it. Thanks to that fast-cooking device, this umami-rich soup is ready almost instantly.
11. Whole Grain Tortellini and Tomato Basil Soup
We might just have saved the best for last. Imagine lasagna in soup form, and you’ve got this dish. But unlike lasagna, it’s a cinch to make. Tomatoes and kale add some nutrition, while cheese tortellini brings the indulgence.