Healthy Soup, Chili & Stew Recipes

Serve heaping bowls of our healthy soup, chili and stew recipes for a leaner take on comfort food.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Coconut milk adds creamy richness to this classic fall soup and makes heavy cream unnecessary. Peel ginger simply by scraping it with the back side of a spoon.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Chili Ginger

Magical Chicken Ginseng Soup

Ginseng has numerous health benefits, and this soup is the "Korean penicillin." If using the dried ginseng root, there is no need for the tea, and vice versa.

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White Chili

Low-sodium chicken broth is the foundation of Ellie Krieger's light-handed take on chili: a bowl brimming with ground turkey meat, white beans and hominy.

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Mediterranean Chicken Stew

Reduced-sodium chicken broth forms the base of this stew, which gains flavor from aromatic veggies, herbs and some white wine. The lean proteins — chicken thighs trimmed of fat, and cannellini beans — bulk up the dish and make it a meal.

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Stew

Jambalaya with Shrimp and Ham

Don’t be overwhelmed by the long list of ingredients — the army of spices in Ellie's recipe adds depth to her one-pot jambalaya, which is ready in under an hour.

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Lentil Soup

Fill up on iron-strong, amino-acid-rich lentils. The nutritious legume is the star of Alton Brown's thick and creamy soup, which is seasoned with toasted cumin, coriander and grains of paradise. Serve it with a side of bread and fat-free sour cream to make it a meal.

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Beef and Roasted Vegetable Stew

Along with tender chunks of beef shank, Nadia G.'s robust stew is also full of nourishing veggies — like carrots and parsnips — making it the perfect guilt-free comfort food.

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Game-Time Chili

Bobby Deen proves that chili can be healthy and delicious. His leaner chicken-and-bean rendition gets a kick of heat from diced jalapenos and chili powder.

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Chicken Stir-Fry Soup

Half chicken stir-fry, half chicken soup, this bowl gains flavor from a hot and spicy preparation of the chicken and low-sodium additions to the stock.

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Chianti-Marinated Beef Stew

Beef brisket takes on the bold flavors of Chianti wine before simmering slowly with hearty winter veggies for a satisfying one-pot meal.

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Spicy Thai Sweet Potato-Ginger Soup

This rich, thick soup seems like an indulgent treat, but thanks to calorie-free aromatics, nutrient-rich sweet potatoes and a tablespoon of red Thai curry paste, it’s only 220 calories and has only 121 milligrams of sodium.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Thai Sweet Potato-Ginger Soup

Pepper and Potato Stew

Debi and Gabriele's stew is filled with fiber-rich russet potatoes and vitamin-packed bell peppers. Serve a slice of crusty Italian bread on the side and lap up every last bit of the delicious broth.

Get the Recipe: Peppers and Potatoes Stew: Peperonata Di Patate

Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Ellie makes a few tablespoons of fragrant thyme and sage go a long way in this low-calorie, veggie-loaded soup.

Get the Recipe: Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Light French Onion Soup

This brasserie classic doesn't need to be a grease trap. Bobby Deen forms the aromatic base using low-sodium vegetable broth and onions, then finishes it with whole-wheat bread and a mix of grated Gruyère and low-fat Swiss cheeses.

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Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

Ellie knocks some calories and salt off of her broccoli-and-extra-sharp-cheddar soup by using low-fat milk and low-sodium chicken broth.

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Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Low in fat and high in fiber, red lentils bulk up this carrot-and-spinach soup, turning the bowl into a hearty and nutritious meal.

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Three-Bean and Beef Chili

Extra-lean beef and three types of fiber-filled beans assure maximum heartiness in Ellie's healthier chili.

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Wintertime Tomato Soup

Whole peeled tomatoes, halved and sliced onions, and diced carrots form the base of Mark Bittman's healthy and wholesome cold-weather soup.

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Superb Squash Soup with the Best Parmesan Croutons

No heavy cream, no butter, and still Jamie Oliver manages to make a squash soup with depth, flavor and body. Top it all off with Parmesan-crusted ciabatta croutons.

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Hearty and Healthy 3-Bean Minestrone

Rachael Ray’s trick for a flavorful, rich soup? Prepare a stock with the rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Lean Prosciutto di Parma and oven-roasted tomatoes lend even more flavor.

Get the Recipe: Hearty and Healthy 3 Bean Minestrone

Fisherman's Stoup

This flavorful soup — high in protein and low in both calories and fat — is a heart-healthy one-dish meal. Rachael’s take on this Mediterranean-style fish stew contains scallops and cod.

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Rustic Fall Vegetable Soup

Add Kelsey Nixon's orzo-speckled soup to your list of delicious and nutritious winter squash recipes. With sweet potato, zucchini and crushed tomatoes, it may very well make its way to the top.

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Mediterranean Chickpea Stew

Protein-rich chickpeas form the base of Nadia G.'s stew, with paprika, parsley and mint, among other Mediterranean flavors.

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Chicken and White Bean Chili

Feel free to top this chili — loaded with hearty veggies, beans and lean ground chicken — with low-fat cheddar, reduced-fat sour cream and a few tortilla chips.

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Carrot and Carrot Juice Soup

Simple yet elegant, Laura Calder's creamy carrot puree marries the subtle aromas of fresh chervil, sweet shallots and tangy lemon juice. Luxurious and wholesome, it's the right kind of healthy winter soup.

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Acquacotta

Onions, porcini mushrooms, spinach and chile peppers lend their fresh flavors and heat to the watery broth, making this Tuscan dish a healthful — and low-sodium — soup.

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Kidney Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Oranges

High in fiber, Bal Arneson's Indian-spiced stew is also brimming with vitamins C and B6. With generous chunks of sweet potato and plenty of kidney beans, it'll easily satisfy.

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Hungry Chick Chunky Soup

By opting for lean chicken breast and fat-free chicken broth, and subbing in dry coleslaw mix for the noodles, Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien makes the slimmest chicken soup recipe you may ever meet.

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Aztec Soup

Straight out of Nadia's Bitchin' Kitchen, this rich chicken soup recipe brings smoky notes with cayenne and paprika.

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Spicy Chicken Soup Tom Yum Gai

The soup comes together in a snap, but provides all of the comfort of great chicken soup. Serve this as a starter, or pair with rice for a full and satisfying meal.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Chicken Soup (Tom Yum Gai)