Soup Nutsy: 13 Healthy Soup and Stew Recipes for Fall

The cold is already a-biting. Warm up with these hearty soups and stews.

My lunch today; also my dinner last night. Victory!

My grandmother would describe today as raw: cold, wet, windy. I would describe it as the perfect occasion to make a huge batch of soup.

Last night, I kicked off my soup-making extravaganza with a quick and healthy chicken noodle soup recipe courtesy of Cooking Light. It was pretty darn tasty, and easy, too. I had to add a few more shakes of salt to get the seasoning right, but I’m not complaining—especially since this sucker clocks in at a measly 237 calories per serving. That meant I had enough calories left over for a slice of cornbread and a pumpkin ale to wash it down. Win-win.

If you’ve got the soup bug like me, here are 12 other low-calorie soup and stew recipes to add to your recipe box this fall. Industrious types could even spend a Sunday afternoon making a few huge batches and freezing them for later. Talk about instant soup.

From Be Well Philly

Creamy Carrot-Ginger Soup with Shrimp
All the texture and flavor from soups made with heavy cream, but this one’s super light thanks to nonfat Greek yogurt.

Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup
The smoky heat from the chipotle pepper adds a nice flavor twist on this classic fall soup. Bonus: this one’s just 100 calories a serving.

Spicy Tortilla Soup
This soup got rave reviews from our Office Challenge contestants last year. Add some chunks of cooked chicken for a protein boost.

Pumpkin and Squash Chili
Hearty, vegetable-filled goodness. ‘Nuff said.

From Around the Web

Chicken and Spinach with Fresh Pesto
via Eating Well

The chicken and beans in this soup make for 18 grams of protein per serving—not bad for a 204-calorie soup.

Curried Vegetable Stew with Couscous
via Fitness Magazine

I love anything with chickpeas, including this yummy stew.

Salmon Chowder
via Eating Well

You’ll use just one salmon fillet to make six servings of this soup. The instant mashed potatoes add the creaminess.

Beef and Bean Chili Verde
via Eating Well

A healthy spin on classic chili. This one uses green salsa for a slightly different flavor.

Chicken Stew with Shallots, Cider and Butternut Squash
via Cooking Light

You’ll use some hard cider for this stew, along with chicken, butternut squash, almonds and a touch of curry powder. Heaven.

Greek Lemon Rice Soup
via Eating Well

When I lived in D.C., I used to spend lunch breaks standing in a long line at a Greek deli for this yummy Mediterranean staple. Now I can make it at home for fewer calories.

Spinach and Lentil Soup

This is one of those you-couldn’t-possibly-screw-it-up-if-you-tried recipes. Which, sometimes, is a good thing.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Soup
via Prevention

Pass the peas, please—like, a whole cup of ’em for this yummy soup.

>> What’s your favorite soup recipe? Share in the comments!

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