Slim down deliciously with 80 soup recipes from the editors of Eating Well.
Get Your VEGGIES • There isn’t a more delicious and satisfying way to get more veggies into your diet than a big bowl of soup. Each one of the recipes in this chapter boasts at least a full 1-cup serving of vegetables per bowl. And that’s important because most of us don’t get enough. Here are recipes that help you ladle your way to better health.
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Cheese Toasts 6 Ways • Soup’s ultimate partner? Cheese toast. Start with a slice of toasted baguette and get creative with the toppings. Here are some of our favorite combinations. Don’t worry, plain grilled cheese, we still love you—we just want to see other toasts too.
SLOW-COOKER Soups • A big pot of soup that simmers for hours is a joy to come home to after a long day. That’s where the slow cooker—the ultimate soup-making machine—comes in. Load it up with ingredients that get better the longer they cook, like tough cuts of meat, beans and root vegetables, and get ready for the most deliciously convenient soups imaginable.
SLIMMING Soups • Whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds or just maintain your weight, soup should be a part of your plan. The broth in soup makes you feel full while adding minimal calories. And all the great stuff that goes into each pot—lots of vegetables, lean meats, beans—also helps in the battle to fend off hunger.
Changeable Chicken Soup • Making chicken soup is an essential cooking skill. This master recipe teaches you the basics and gives you plenty of ideas for making this most comforting soup your own.
IN JUST :30 • While we love a long-simmered soup that develops layers of flavor in multiple cooking steps, we equally appreciate one that comes together weeknight-fast. Quick-cooking ingredients and choice convenience products are the key to making a delicious soup in 30 minutes or less without sacrificing flavor. The recipes and tips that follow will help you get a tasty meal on the table pronto! Added bonus: They’re all prepared in one pot, making cleanup fast too.
PARTY in a BOWL • Everyone brings their own sense of taste—and planning—to the table when it comes to feeding company. Maybe you’re the type that loves to impress with a dish that features origami-like homemade wontons. Or perhaps you just want a guaranteed-delicious recipe that you can get on the table without too much fuss. Whichever type of entertainer you are, don’t worry, we’ve got a soup for you.
Top It Off • Think of what the cherry does for a sundae—it adds a bit of flavor and a dash of good looks. Before you dip your spoon into your bowl of soup, sprinkle, drizzle, swirl or squeeze a little extra beauty on top with creative toppers. Here’s some inspiration, but really, these ideas are just a jumping-off point—anything goes!
SALADS On the Side • Salad is a natural partner for soup and it boosts your veggie servings (recent studies show most of us are not eating enough) while also making your meal more enjoyable. Complement a bold soup with a simple salad dressed with a vinaigrette, or pair a basic soup with a more complex salad topped with fruit, nuts and cheese. Veggies served alongside a healthy bowl of soup—a win-win!
Blend It Up • Too many carrots? Broccoli starting to soften? Want to celebrate the first spring peas? Turn them into a silky smooth soup. They all shine here and once you master this easy method, you can use it for any vegetable you like, including cauliflower, butternut squash, parsnips or celery root. Serve these whipped-up soups as starters or enjoy one with a salad and crusty bread for a simple meal.
Soups to FREEZE • Make a rainy-day dinner fund by loading up your freezer with soup. Then if your dinner plan is derailed, all you...