With mounting deadlines, and added family or social responsibilities, it can be hard to find the time to cook hearty, delicious meals. If you're trying to stay healthy despite a lack of time, consider batch-cooking a flavorful pot of soup. Almost any recipe will do—just double the ingredients and let it simmer while you kick back with a glass of wine on Sunday night.
Ahead, we went in search of the best healthy soup recipes that prove you don't have to compromise on flavor. They're surprisingly varied, too. From one-pot vegan minestrone and black bean chili to slow-cooked butternut squash soup and winter vegetable chowder, there's enough variation to last you till spring.
Clear some space in your freezer—these are the best soups to batch-make when you're too busy to cook.
The Recipe: Fragrant Spiced Indian Vegetable and Lentil Soup
The Hero Flavor: A medley of spices makes this lentil soup extra flavorful. Cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric, and curry powder steal the show.
The Recipe: Winter Green Soup
The Hero Flavor: Leeks give this healthy soup a rich flavor and creamy consistency.
The Recipe: Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
The Hero Flavor: Coconut milk gives this classic dish a fresh twist.
The Recipe: White Bean and Kale Soup
The Hero Flavor: The roasted garlic broth will have you coming back for more.
The Recipe: Chicken and Ginger Immunity Soup
The Hero Flavor: Ginger adds more than flavor to this healthy soup—it also has anti-inflammatory properties that might be helpful during cold and flu season.
The Recipe: Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup
The Hero Flavor: The smoky flavor of bacon makes this vegetable-rich soup even tastier.
The Recipe: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
The Hero Flavor: Don't skip the chipotles en adobo. The dried, smoked jalapeños are a must.
The Recipe: Old-School Tomato Soup
The Hero Flavor: Rosemary and fresh herbs add a new taste to this old favorite.
The Recipe: Winter Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup
The Hero Flavor: Swiss chard and lemon juice give this dish a tart twist.
The Recipe: Italian Sausage and Orzo Soup
The Hero Flavor: Smoky, rich Italian sausage adds extra depth to this broth-based soup.
The Recipe: Garlic Mushroom Soup
The Hero Flavor: This recipe calls for a mix of shiitake and button mushrooms, which both have subtle, unique flavors.
The Hero Flavor: Chowder doesn't have to be unhealthy. This version includes celery root and cauliflower to mimic the creamy texture and flavor.
The Recipe: Welcome Home Soup
The Hero Flavor: Fresh mint leaves give this smooth and comforting dish an unexpected kick.
The Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sausage, Lentil, and Arugula Soup
The Hero Flavor: Melanie Makes' recipe creator says this soup is "beyond easy." Sweet Italian sausage is the perfect addition.
The Recipe: One-Pot Vegan Minestrone
The Hero Flavor: Coconut sugar makes this vegetable soup a little sweeter than expected (in a good way).
The Recipe: Simple Lentil Stew
The Hero Flavor: This soup is all about fresh vegetables: Carrots, onion, and parsnip are in the mix.
Considering getting a slow cooker? Once you've picked one, check out the 10 slow-cooker Recipes that make cooking dinner suspiciously easy.
This post was originally posted on December 7, 2017, and has since been updated.