With the cold weather rolling in, there’s no better time for a hearty bowl of soup. While some cream-based soups can be calorie traps, making your own soup at home is fast, economical and healthy, because you can control what ingredients and how much of them you put into the soup.
To shake up your soup routine, try some of our favorite techniques, including adding new vegetables to your favorite chowders, skipping the meat in your favorite chili and cutting down on the cream. You’ll still have that satisfying bowl of soup that will help take away the chill right up until spring.
Creamy Broccoli Soup: If the cold weather leaves you craving creamy, comforting soups, you can skip the cream, flour and butter that give most cream soups their velvety textures. Use white bean puree to add depth and consistency to a lightened-up cream of broccoli soup that delivers fiber and nutrients along with taste.
Kale Chowder: Sometimes, chowder means a thick and creamy soup. That isn’t the case with this veggie-packed version that delivers a whole lot of taste for a lot less fat. Get a serving of leafy greens in with this hearty soup that will warm you from the inside out – and pairs perfectly with a tossed green salad and whole grain bread.
Onion Soup: If you’re watching your diet, you probably thought that onion soup, packed with croutons and a cheesy crust, was off-limits. Now, you can enjoy your favorite soup, flavored from the natural juices that come from cooking onions low and slow for several hours.