15 Soups That are Healthy and Hearty
Everybody loves soup. Well, almost everybody. But the thing with a good soup is that it really makes a difference on the whole menu. Just think about it- you planned a fabulous dinner, everyone expected you make fantastic dishes and you surprise them with an even more fantastic soup! Also, soup is a very good solution during the fall and winter months. It warms you up and it gives you a little preview of the whole dinner. Soup too salty? You are probably end up drinking water instead of sleeping. Not as many veggies as you expected? You might want ti reconsider eating a bit more bread this time. So take care of your soups, folks!
1. For crock pot minestrone soup you need to puree 1 can of white beans with one cup of the chicken broth in a blender. Then, heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet, add 1 cup of diced carrots, 1/2 cup of diced celery, 1/2 cup of chopped onion and saute until tender for about 15 minutes. Transfer it all to crock pot with remaining broth, tomatoes, puree beans and add some rosemary, basil and parsley in the end. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
2. For making turkey meatball spinach soup you need to combine 10 oz of 93% of ground turkey, 2 tbsp of seasoned breadcrumbs, 1 large egg, some parsley, some salt and 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese. Gently mix all the ingredients well until everything is combined. Melt some butter in a large, nonstick pot, and when melted add 2 chopped stalks of celery, 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic and 1 chopped carrot. After cooking it for 8 to 10 minutes add some tortellini and simmer until cooked.
3. French onion soup is great for cold, winter days. Firstly, heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a Dutch oven. Then add 4 cups of vertically sliced onions to a pan, and stir in 1/2 tsp of sugar, some pepper and 1/4 tsp of salt. Cook it for 20 minutes and stir frequently, until onion is golden brown. Finally, place 8 slices of French bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and broil until toasted but be sure to turn them after one minute.
4. Dad’s creamy cauliflower is delicious, easy to make and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t try this out at your home! Make a roux by melting 1 tbsp of butter on low heat in a medium saucepan. Then, add 1 tbsp of flour and stir for 2 minutes. Add some chicken broth (about 4 cups), one chopped onion and bring it to boil on medium heat. Finally, puree it with an immersion blender and season with some salt and pepper!
5. Cream corn soup with queso fresco and cilantro may have a long name but you will be impressed by its taste. You need to heat a medium heavy pot and add 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Then add 1/3 cup of scallions and 1 chopped garlic clove and stir. Afterwards, a 3 cups of fresh kernels, 5 cups of milk, 1 chopped potato, 1 chicken bouillon and 1 tbs of cilantro. Bring it to boil and simmer for about 30 to 35 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally.
6. Crock pot chicken and black bean soup will literally blow your mind. All you need to do is to take one can of beans and put it in the blender with 2 cups of chicken broth. Then puree that mixture and add another can of beans and some chicken broth into the slow cooker together with 1 minced red bell pepper, 2 cans of tomatoes, some diced green chilies, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, 2 skinless chicken breasts and 1/4 cup of cilantro. Cook for 6 to 8 hours.
7. Do you want to impress your guests with your fabulous cooking skills? Try serving them pressure cooker split pea soup with ham! You need to rinse 1 lb dry green split peas under cold water. Then, in a pressure cooker, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped carrots and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add 7 oz of diced ham, peas, water and some bay leaf and bring to boil. Let the pressure cooker release the steam after 20 minutes and you are ready to impress!
8. Chicken shiitake and wild rice is as exotic as it sounds. To make it, you need to melt 1 tbsp of butter on medium heat, add 1 small onion, and saute it until it’s soft nut. Add 1 tbsp of flour and saute another minute. Then, add 6 cups of chicken broth, water, 3 cups of chopped carrots, some garlic, celery and 4.5 oz of long grain rice and 1/2 cup of brown rice. In the end, remove chicken from the pot and shred it with two forks. Finally, return it to the pot, add sour cream if you wish and serve!
9. To make fabulous roasted pumpkin sage soup you need to heat the oven to 400° F. Cut 2 medium sugar or pumpkin pie pumpkins with a sharp knife. Scoop out the seeds and place them on a baking sheet. Bake them for 1 and 1/2 hours. When pumpkins are cooked, take a spoon and scoop out the flesh. Then add some butter to a large pot, add shallots and saute for 4 minutes. Add some garlic, pumpkin and broth to the pot together with sage. Simmer for 15 minutes and blend in a blender until smooth.
10. Turkey pot pie soup is a great solution for the days when you have some extra turkey in the house. First, make a slurry combining 1/2 cup of the cold broth with 1/4 cup of flour. Whisk until well blended. Then, pour some cold broth and 4 cups of milk into a large pot and bring to boil. Add 2 chopped large celery stalks, 1 chopped onion, 8 oz sliced mushrooms, some fresh pepper and salt and return to boil. Add 16 oz cooked turkey breasts and slowly whisk in the slurry. Cook another 2-3 minutes and serve!
11. Tuscan white bean and roasted garlic soup is perfect for cold days That is, of course, because it is white and warm. Put 1 lb dry cannellini beans, 3 cloves of garlic, 8 cups of water and just a few sage leaves in a crock pot. Cover and cook until the beans are soft. Don’t add salt yet! In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400° F and place about 10 cloves of garlic in the center of aluminum foil. Cover them with some olive oil and salt and place all together in the oven for 20 minutes. When the beans are soft, add bullion and mix well. Put the roasted garlic and the mixture into the blender and blend until smooth.
12. If you love mushrooms, cheese and tortellini, well then you have to try three cheese mushroom and tortellini soup! First melt 2 tsp of butter over medium-low heat. Add 2 stalks of chopped celery, 1 small chopped onion, 1 chopped carrot and 2 minced cloves of garlic. Cook this on low heat for 8-10 minutes. Then add chicken broth, some water, 5 oz shiitake mushrooms and bring to boil. Simmer everything until mushrooms are soft, add tortellini and cook until al dente. Garnish with fresh Parmigiano Reggiano.
13. Kale and potato soup with turkey sausage will warm you up in the cold, winter days. Cook 14 oz reduced fat Italian chicken or turkey sausages in a pot for about 10 minutes. Slice sausages after they cool down a bit. Add some onions to the pot, together with 1 chopped carrot. Add 4 chopped cloves of garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add some water, broth and black pepper and bring to boil. Then, add kale and potatoes and cook until the are completely cooked, for 4-5 minutes.
14. Another good way to warm yourself up is a good beef barley soup. To make it, heat 1 tsp oil in a large pot and add 1 pound of lean beef. Seasoning with some salt and pepper brown meat for a few minutes. When meat is browned, add some carrots, onions and celery and stir well. Then, add in some water, salt and bay leaves bringing it to a boil. Simmer everything for 1-2 hours. Remove bay leaves and serve!
15. And finally, we suggest you escarole soup with turkey meatballs! You need to heat the the chicken broth in a large pot and while broth is heating up, combine 20 oz of ground turkey breast, some breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, onion, salt and cheese in another large bowl. Mix these ingredients and make small meatballs. When the broth is boiling, drop the meatballs and chopped escarole in. Season with some salt and pepper and treat your guests with some original Italian wedding soup!