Healthy Soups, Stews & Chili to Warm You Right Up

Eat comfort food without packing on pounds with healthy soups, chilis, and stews. For a dinner that will warm you up -- without all the calories and fat -- try these healthy soup recipes. Loaded with whole grains, veggies, and lean protein these healthy soups will satisfy even the biggest hunger.

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    Butternut Bisque with Spicy Pear Salsa

    Pureed butternut squash and carrots combined with chicken broth make a low-cal base for this silky soup. Stir in succulent crabmeat and top with a salsa of pears, onion, jalapeno, and bacon for spectacular soup with only 211 calories.

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    Spicy Brazilian Turkey Soup

    The enticing scent of this soup simmering on your stovetop will lure everyone to the table. A melange of tomatoes, lime, coconut milk, beer, and roasted peanuts produces a fresh and colorful soup you’ll make over and over again.

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    Cream of Fennel & Potato Soup

    You’d never guess a serving of this sausage-filled soup has only 254 calories! Potatoes, fennel, and skim milk blended until smooth give the soup a creamy texture without lots of fat.

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    Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage

    This tasty, good-for-you soup is filled with healthful barley, veggies, lentils and decadent sausage links. Toasting the barley before cooking it brings out a rich nutty flavor to add new dimension to your soup.

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    Maple-Kissed Cream of Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon-Cheddar Crostini

    Greek yogurt and pureed veggies give this beautiful soup its smooth creaminess. A crostini of French bread topped with mayo, bacon, cheese, and green onion makes a stunning (and delicious) topper.

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    Roasted Mushroom Soup with Dill & Lemon Gremolata

    This side-dish soup gets amazing flavor from freshly roasted mushrooms. Topping with fresh lemon rind and dill gremolata adds a punch of freshness to balance the flavors.

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    Mediterranean Kale & Cannellini Stew with Farro

    Farro is one of the healthiest grains available. Check your local Italian or Middle Eastern market to purchase, or find it on

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    How to Cook Beans for Soup

    Watch our method to cook dried beans for soup.

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    Gingered Chicken Meatball Soup with Brown Rice & Basil

    Asian ingredients such as rice vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce add dynamic flavor to this satisfying soup. Brown rice, chicken, and veggies fuel you with three food groups for just 391 calories per serving.

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    Creamy Roasted Chicken, Potato & Noodle Soup

    This twist on classic chicken noodle soup adds potato and a bit of evaporated milk for fuller body and purchased roasted chicken for richer flavor and simple prep.

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    Slow-Cooked Minestrone

    Ground beef or turkey turns this vegetable soup into a satisfying meal. Fresh-grated Parmesan cheese makes the perfect topper.

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    Shrimp Soup with Chili Tortilla Strips

    This light, broth-based soup is loaded with shrimp, corn, beans, mild poblano pepper, and cooling avocado for a well-balanced bowl of comfort. Don’t mess with thawing shrimp, it can go straight into the soup from a frozen state.

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    Chipotle Pork Chili

    You don't have to wait for a warm, comforting meal to cook all day; whip this hearty pork chili together in less than 30 minutes. If you find your chili is too thick for your taste, thin it with low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth.

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    Sweet Potato Soup with Kale Chips

    Chipotle peppers give this sweet potato soup a sultry spice that builds as you make your way through the bowl. Looking for a little more flavor for your kale chips? Sprinkle with garlic salt or another favorite seasoning.

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    Mushroom Goulash

    This slow cooker version of goulash gets its hearty flavor from portobello mushrooms. Its simplicity makes it the perfect dish for a Meatless Monday meal.

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    French Lentil, Leek & Mushroom Soup

    Hearty and rustic French lentils, or lentilles du Puy, are smaller and darker than regular brown lentils and hold their shape better during cooking. Look for them at your local health market.

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    Good Greens Soup

    You won't feel a bit of guilt when eating this yummy soup. The vitamin-rich blend of kale, spinach, leeks, and zucchini is endlessly satisfying -- and only 90 calories per serving.

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    Indian Cauliflower Soup with Garam Masala

    Garam masala is a mixture of spices commonly used in Indian cooking that flashes a touch of curry heat without adding sodium. This soup has only 406 milligrams of sodium and 85 calories per serving.

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    Triple-Tomato Soup

    This chunky soup makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner. It combines pantry-ready tomatoes -- canned, dried, and paste -- with onions, celery, and parsley.

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    Ginger-Carrot Soup

    Caramelized onions and fresh ginger bring delicious flavor to this creamy carrot and sweet potato soup.

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    Italian Spinach Soup

    Fresh emerald spinach brings the brilliance of a spring day to this light and healthful soup. Its Italian accent comes from herbs, garlic, and shallots, plus a sprinkling of shaved Parmesan cheese at serving.

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    Barley-Beef Soup

    Garlic-seasoned beef adds filling protein to this healthy mix of veggies and quick-cooking barley. When buying the meat, look for lean cuts and trim any fat before cooking.

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    Chicken Chili

    Brimming with tender chicken and white kidney beans, this fiery slow cooker favorite owes its bold flavor to a zesty mix of cumin, oregano, garlic, and chile peppers.

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    Two-Pea Soup

    Mixing earthy green split peas, green peas, and fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley puts a vibrant spin on a comforting favorite. Simmer with smoked pork hocks if you're a traditionalist.

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    Edamame Soup with Feta Croutons

    Easy-to-make feta croutons and fresh thyme leaves top this veggie-filled soup.

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    Hearty Garlic & Snap Pea Soup

    A blend of fresh fennel, snap peas, potatoes, and garlic makes a hearty and tasty main-course soup. Stir in fat-free plain yogurt for extra creaminess.

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    Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

    Chocolate-flavor syrup adds an intriguing undertone to this Cajun-accented chili. Keep it healthy by using fat-free or reduced-fat sour cream and cheddar cheese for your topper.

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