These healthy, low-calorie soup recipes are healing, comforting, and simply delicious.
From colorful taco soup to various detox recipes, they’re proof that low-calorie foods are far from boring.
Believe it or not, leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up mouthwatering foods.
It’s just a matter of finding the right ingredients and recipes.
Luckily, these low-calorie soup recipes are perfect for any meal, any time of the year.
They’re hearty and creamy, light and refreshing, and always family-friendly.
So, if you’re hoping to shed a few pounds, bookmark this list. Because these low-calorie soups are just the ticket.
35+ Best Low-Calorie Soups to Keep You Cozy and Full
Whether you’re looking for a colorful appetizer or a light lunch, this soup won’t disappoint.
Zucchini, cabbage, bell peppers, beans, and cauliflower florets swim in a thick and savory tomato beef broth.
It’s low in calories but high in vitamins, minerals, and protein. And it’s hearty, tasty, and just 52 calories per cup!
Tasty, colorful, and loaded with flavor, this soup is ideal for anyone trying to convince picky eaters to eat more veggies.
Featuring chicken, black beans, and corn in a broth bursting with spicy southwestern flavors, it’s a surefire hit.
Better yet, you can add virtually any vegetable to the dish, and it’ll be just as tasty.
Seasoned with tons of herbs and spices, the broth is super delectable too.
The author isn’t exaggerating when they say this soup is magical.
You don’t need to cook it in a cauldron or anything. The magic lies in the combination of ingredients.
It’s a mash-up between the Weight Watchers garden vegetable soup and cabbage soup.
So, it takes all the best things about the two and gives you one sensational bowl.
It’s packed with vegetables and kidney beans, bringing you a hearty and tasty soup that’s sure to help you use weight.
This 40-minute recipe is such a delight. It’s rich and creamy with hearty lentils, vegetables, leafy greens, and a whole lot of spice.
Besides being healthy and tasty, this soup will make your whole house smell delicious.
And while it’s super healthy and low in calories (just 104 calories a bowl, y’all!), it’s so good even the kids and non-health-conscious folks will enjoy it.
Broccoli and cheddar are a match made in heaven. If you don’t agree, I’ll just let this soup prove my point.
If you have someone in your life who can’t stand broccoli’s vegetal taste, combining it with cheddar will mask that taste right out.
Besides the cheese and broccoli, this dish also features potatoes, carrots, and other vegetables, all cooked and pureed to create a creamy and delectable soup.
P.S. You can make this soup as smooth or as chunky as you like. It’s totally up to you!
Here’s another soup featuring a famous cruciferous vegetable that gets a lot of hate.
Personally, I don’t understand the distaste for these tree-looking veggies. And they’re so crazy-versatile, why wouldn’t you give them a try?
That said, I’m pretty positive this cauliflower soup will convert any haters.
A lovely blend of cauliflower, chicken broth, cashews, and herbs, this dish is insanely rich and creamy.
It’s perfect as is, but a little Parmesan cheese adds an extra layer of saltiness and flavor. Yum!
Minestrone is a hearty Italian soup chock full of macaroni, beans, zucchini, and carrots.
While the mix-ins all contribute to its greatness, the broth is the best part.
You’ll transform a simple vegetable broth with white wine, tomatoes, and lots of herbs and seasonings.
Top tip: cook the pasta separately and add it before serving. That way, it won’t turn mushy.
This detox soup is just what you need after one too many sinful treats over the holidays.
It’s a delicious way to cleanse your body and jump-start your diet!
The word “detox” doesn’t make this soup sound that appetizing, but it definitely is.
Packed with fresh chicken, tons of vegetables, and ginger, it won’t just boost your metabolism, it’ll satisfy your taste buds too.
No one likes bland chicken in a lackluster broth. But don’t worry, this soup is exactly the opposite.
Flavored with soy sauce and ground cumin, the broth here creates such complex flavors that’ll tickle your tongue with every spoonful.
Carrots and kale give the soup a lovely pop of color and make it extra tasty.
Overflowing with ground beef, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, kale, and bell peppers, this soup is colorful, to say the least.
The beef and vegetables create playful textures and flavors your palate will go crazy over!
Flavored with fire-roasted tomatoes and Italian seasoning, the broth is a star in and of itself.
It’s like eating a hamburger but in soup form.
And it’s healthy? I’ll take the biggest bowl you’ve got!
Bursting with savory chicken, beans, sweet corn, and diced tomatoes, this soup gives you an explosion of bright Tex-Mex flavors.
To make things more exciting, top it with cotija cheese, avocado, cilantro, and tortilla strips.
As a bonus, this soup comes together in just 15 minutes. So it’s just what you need on busy weeknights.
If you’re trying to cut down on meat but miss its umami-rich flavors, you can always count on mushrooms.
Made with white mushrooms, stock, sour cream, and fresh herbs, this soup overflows with rich, woodsy, and meaty flavors.
I swear, it’s so good you won’t miss the meat at all!
Plus, it only takes 10 minutes to make. Once you’ve tried this easy recipe, you’ll never go for canned mushroom soup again.
This soup combines succulent beef and fresh cabbage to make a perfect harmony of flavors.
Aside from offering its tender and juicy goodness, the meat also lends its uniquely rich flavor to the broth.
The cabbage balances it out with its buttery, mild flavor, giving you a healthy and hearty yin and yang.
Here’s another magic detox soup that’ll boost your immune system with just one bowl!
Infused with ginger, turmeric, and other warming spices, this soup will definitely help if you’re feeling… a little backed up 😉
With loads of mushrooms and vegetables, it won’t just aid in digestion but will also give your taste buds something to sing about.
While undeniably delicious, classic French onion soup isn’t exactly healthy and low-calorie.
That’s mostly down to the chunk of bread and mountain of cheese on top.
But with a few minor tweaks, you can transform this decadent soup into a wholesome dish you can enjoy without ruining your diet.
Even with this healthified version, you’ll still enjoy scrumptious comfort food – bread and cheese, and all.
This seafood chowder is just as rich, creamy, and flavorful as the real thing. It even has bacon bits in it!
The briny flavors of seafood mixed with the dreamy broth is hard to pass up.
The trick is to replace heavy cream with almond or coconut milk. It’s a pretty simple swap, but it makes all the difference.
Ground turkey is a fantastic ingredient if you’re trying to cut back on calories.
Turkey is leaner than beef and pork, and it’s lower in cholesterol, carbs, and sugar.
It’s still super flavorful, though! And when you add it to recipes like this (or chili and stew) most people don’t even notice the difference.
Here’s another Tex-Mex-soup that’ll make you dance for joy!
Enchiladas are loaded with protein, beans, vegetables, salsa, and tortillas – the works.
Of course, it’s the tortillas that make them carb-heavy. Oh, and they’re usually smothered in cheese.
Luckily, this soup has the same explosion of colors, flavors, and textures – minus the carbs and empty calories of all that cheese.
I’m not saying don’t add cheese to the top – please do! Just don’t drown the bowl under such a huge amount.
This split pea soup has so many bright and beautiful flavors, it’s like a bowl of sunshine.
Made from pureed split peas and sweet potatoes cooked in garlic and spices, it’s totally vegan and wonderfully filling.
You don’t need to attend an Italian wedding to try this soup.
It actually gets its name from the Italian phrase, “minestra maritata,” meaning “married soup.”
A combination of meatballs, mini-pasta, spinach, and a rich and savory broth, it’s a beautiful marriage of flavors, hence the name.
There’s no need to wait for Passover to make this heartwarming recipe! I’d happily eat homemade matzo ball soup any day of the year.
With tender dumplings, chicken thighs, and matzo balls, it’s full of flavor and textural varieties you’ll love.
Yes, it’s possible to eat pasta even on a low-calorie diet. The secret is portion control!
This soup mixes tortellini shells and vegetables in a light, flavorful broth of bright Italian flavors (tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, and basil).
Sprinkle the soup with Parmesan cheese for an even more delectable dish.
23. Skinny Taco Soup
This is everything you love about tacos in one bowl.
I know it’s hard to believe that such a colorful and hearty dish is low-calorie. But it is, I promise.
The secret is to use ground turkey instead of the usual pork and beef.
Of course, it’ll be flavored with taco seasoning, so you’ll barely notice the difference.
Filled to the brim with turkey sausage, white beans, spinach, and tomatoes, this soup is not just delicious but nourishing, too.
It’s packed with fiber, protein, and vegetables and is as healthy as it is tasty.
If you’re craving Thai food, say “hello” to your new go-to recipe.
The broth is made with coconut milk, red curry, ginger, and garlic. So it’s rich, creamy, and robust with the kind of yummy flavors you’ll want to bathe in.
And did I mention it features sweet shrimp and earthy mushrooms, too? I’m not drooling, you’re drooling!
26. Easy Wonton Soup
Got 15 minutes? Take those wontons out of the freezer and give this soup a whirl.
Aside from the scrumptious frozen wontons, this soup also features vegetables and an umami-rich broth.
It’s embarrassingly easy to make, yet it tastes just like Chinese takeout!
This deconstructed stuff pepper soup is filled with ground beef, bell peppers, cauliflower rice, and a delectable tomato-based broth.
Tomato sauce and fire-roasted tomatoes make up the broth, so expect a massive hit of sweet acidity.
Sadly, cutting calories almost always means saying goodbye to pasta.
But there’s no reason to cut it out completely. Instead, make this healthy lasagna soup!
Everything’s there, from the meaty marinara to the creamy cheese sauce. Just use Farfalle (bowtie pasta) instead of lasagna.
Or, to keep it even low in carbs, try Banza pasta (chickpea pasta).
You don’t have to wait hours for a spoonful of homemade bean soup. Thanks to this recipe, all you’ll need is 20 minutes.
And no, just because it cooks quickly doesn’t mean it’s not as good.
Just use canned beans, and it’s lightning fast.
If refreshing flavors are what you’re after, this lemon and chicken soup will absolutely deliver.
Savory shreds of chicken, hearty orzo, and chunky vegetables swim in a delectable broth.
A squeeze of lemon lifts this up, keeping things light and bright with a nice, zingy flavor that’s ideal for summer.
31. Best Miso Soup
You don’t need to be a pro to pull off this scrumptious miso soup! In fact, all you’ll need is 15 minutes and a handful of ingredients.
A combination of miso paste, onion, dashi, and water, this soup may be simple, but it’ll knock your socks off with its incredibly rich flavors.
Chinese hot and sour soup is such a fun mix of flavors and textures. Surprisingly, it’s effortless to make!
Simply combine all the ingredients in a pot, and…that’s it. Once cooked, mix in whisked eggs, and voila.
If you’re feeling extra hungry, this ham and potato soup is the perfect solution. It’s comforting and satisfying, yet still healthy and low-calorie.
Keep it low in carbs by substituting the potatoes for cauliflower. Just keep in mind, the latter cooks much faster, so add it towards the end.
Say “hello” to recipe number thirty-pho! (Believe it or not, this was just a fun coincidence.)
While traditional pho has noodles, a simple swap will allow you to enjoy it guilt-free.
Instead of flat rice noodles, use shirataki noodles.
This mushroom-based alternative has the same taste and texture as glass noodles but has barely any calories in it at all.
Very impressive, indeed.
I have a serious weakness for corn chowder. It’s creamy with a combination of savory and sweet flavors I just can’t get enough of.
Of course, it’s usually full of potatoes, cream, and bacon. So…it’s not the healthiest option.
Or is it?
Loaded with starchy potatoes, hearty carrots, and crunchy sweet corn, this chowder may be all veggie, but it’s all good.
While it’s a bit plain-looking, make no mistake; this barley and mushroom soup will shock you with its irresistible flavors.
From the woodsy mushrooms and hearty pearl barley to the cozy broth, this soup is wonderfully salty, savory, and simply delicious.
Cauliflower, broccoli, and cheddar cheese join forces to bring you an outrageously creamy, cheesy, yet low-calorie soup!
Make it more mouthwatering with bacon bits and extra shredded cheese on top. Enjoy.
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