Soups are one of the best ways to eat healthy and delicious! Here are our best easy soup recipes that the whole family will love.
When people ask Alex and me where to start for eating healthy, we typically reply, “soup recipes!” Why? There are multiple benefits to cooking up a big pot of soup. Here’s a collection of our best easy and healthy soup recipes. But first: what’s so great about soups?
Why soup recipes are the perfect healthy meal
- Soups make it easy to eat lots of vegetables at once. You can eat a vegetarian meal without eating any real nutritious vegetables. (Grilled cheese! Mac and cheese!) Sometimes looking at a refrigerator of raw veggies, we feel uninspired, too. Soups make eating lots of vegetables easy, healthy and delicious.
- Soup recipes make meal planning a breeze. In the winter, our meal plans start to look like this: Soup and bread. Soup and salad. Soup and cornbread. They work for a weeknight, a dinner party for entertaining, or made ahead for lunches.
- Soups are cozy and comforting. There’s nothing more hygge (read: extremely cozy) than a steaming bowl of soup. Just add a fuzzy blanket and a candle.
Over the years we’ve made hundreds of healthy soup recipes. Here’s a collection of few of the best soup recipes that stand out here on A Couple Cooks. And, they’re healthy and easy soup recipes too! And perfect with a side of Best Homemade Cornbread or our Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits.
And now…our best easy & healthy soup recipes!
This bright tomato artichoke soup recipe is bursting with tangy flavor and perfect for a gray day! Serve with garlic croutons and shaved Parmesan.
For the soup
- 1 large onion (1 ½ cups chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 15-ounce can artichokes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 23-ounce jars Muir Glen diced fire-roasted tomatoes or 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Pecorino Romano cheese (for garnish)
For the garlic croutons
- 2 cups bread, cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Chop the onion and mince the garlic. Drain and roughly chop the artichokes.
- In a large soup pot, heat the butter. Sauté the onions, garlic, and bay leaves until the onions are translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.
- To the pot, add the artichokes, canned tomatoes,water, oregano, basil, Parmesan cheese, and kosher salt. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaves. Using an immersion blender (or transfer to a standard blender), blend the soup to a smooth consistency. Taste and add additional kosher salt if necessary. Garnish with croutons and shaved Pecorino Romano cheese and serve. (Tip: The soup becomes thicker after refrigeration, so if reheating you may need to stir in a bit of water or milk to achieve the correct consistency.)
- To make the garlic croutons: Preheat the oven to 300°F. Cut the bread into small cubes and place in a small bowl. Mix with the olive oil, kosher salt and garlic powder. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and top with the bread cubes. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes, then let cool for a few minutes before serving. (Croutons can be made in advance and stored in a sealed container until ready to use.)
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Soup Recipes, Tomato Artichoke Soup, Healthy Soup Recipes, Easy Soup Recipes
Looking for more healthy soup recipes?
This website is full of easy and healthy soups; here are a few we’d recommend:
- Creamy Coconut Curry Soup
- Loaded Potato Soup or Instant Pot Potato Soup
- Creamy Corn Chowder
- Tomato Lime Indian Soup
- Vibrant Spring Soup
- Green Pea Soup with Chive Flowers
- Golden Vegetable Soup
- Watermelon Gazpacho
- Tomato Sage Chickpea Soup
- Curried Carrot Soup
- Black Bean & Roasted Tomatillo Soup
- Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
- “Green” Vegan Potato Soup
Love Italian food? Try these 8 Italian Soup Recipes.
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About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.