5 Soups That Leave You Full, Not Famished

5 Healthy Hearty and Weight Loss Friendly Soups That Leave You Full Not Famished

The right kind of soup is magical. Curl up with a bowl in front of the fireplace and feel your cares slipping away one heartwarming bite at a time.

Unfortunately, while soup taste fabulous at the table, most of them leave your stomach grumbling in hunger just a couple of hours later. (After all, most soups are just bits of veggies or pasta thrown in water and seasoned with bullion.)

And who wants to eat a meal that will just leave you hungry? Especially when you’re trying to lose weight.

The secret to filling soups is fiber. Ingredients like whole grains and beans, in addition to a lot of vegetables, makes the soup heartier, which means you won’t find yourself needing to snack a few hours later.

Here are 5 hearty soups that are so delicious you’ll wish they hadn’t filled you up so fast.

5 Hearty Soups to Fill You Up

1. Copycat Carrabba's Minestrone Soup

Carrabba's Minestrone Soup is hearty and filling

The potatoes, beans and cabbage in Carrabba's Minestrone soup makes it one of the most filling soups

Minestrone soup is a staple at most Italian restaurants, though each establishment has their secret proprietary version. The basic ingredients are beans, pasta, veggies, and some sort of greens.

Carrabba’s minestrone soup is one of the most filling. They use potatoes instead of pasta and a lot of shredded cabbage instead of just spinach. You end up with a more satisfying soup for fewer calories.

Get the recipe: Copycat Carrabba’s Minestrone Soup

Total cook time: 55 minutes

Recipe tips: This recipe goes well with any type of bean, so feel free to substitute your favorites.

2. Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup is hearty and filling

The veggies, chickpeas and red lentils make this a hearty, filling soup.

Lentils are a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. They’re easy to find, cheap and filling. They’re quite tasty too, especially when seasoned with the right spices. But the heartiness of this soup comes from the fact that it has chickpeas and veggies added to the lentils. All of these are high in fiber, which means the soup will fill you up faster and you’ll stay full longer.

Get the recipe: Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

Total cook time: 45 minutes

Recipe tips: Want to make it even more hearty? Add a cup of whole wheat orzo to the soup when you throw in the lentils.

3. Creamy Potato Chowder

This Creamy Potato Chowder is hearty yet slimming.

This creamy chowder gets its slimming power from the cauliflower white bean "cream" that is both filling and weight loss friendly.

Chowder is a creamy seafood or vegetable soup that originated in New England. Unfortunately, chowders aren’t usually weight-loss friendly. They’re full of either cheese or cream; and though they do have veggies, there’s not usually enough of them.

This vegetable chowder uses cauliflower for some of its creaminess and gets a kick of protein from beans. The veggies provide a lot of fiber too. Creamy, tasty, guiltless comfort--just perfect on a stormy night.

Get the recipe: Creamy Potato Chowder

Total cook time: 45 Minutes

Recipe tips: Nutritional yeast flakes are a high fiber source of protein that give soups a cheesy taste. You can find them at local health food stores. Add 2-4 tablespoons immediately after removing the pot from the burner for a more cheesy taste without the fat and calories that come from cheese.

4. Tuscan Bean Soup

This tuscan bean soup is full of veggies and beans

This Italian soup is brimming with beans, veggies, and greens--the perfect combination for a hearty, filling meal.

In Italy, Tuscan farmers are famous for adding beans to everything - from salads, to soups, and even pasta dishes. Each Tuscan village has their own version of bean soup, but they all have one thing in common--heartiness. It’s no surprise this dish is so full of beans, greens and veggies.

Get the recipe: Tuscan Bean Soup

Total cook time: 30 minutes

Recipe tips: Serve it like a true Italian. Line your bowl with a piece of crusty bread cut into chunks and serve the soup on top. (Croutons don’t count as crusty Italian bread.)

5. Hearty Tunisian Soup

This african soup is hearty due to veggies, collards, beans and pasta.

Beans, collards, veggies and whole wheat pasta make a deliciously filling African soup.

No other soup captures the bold taste of african cuisine as well as this Hearty Tunisian Soup. The beans obviously play a big role in this rich soup, but the secret filling ingredients are the whole wheat-pasta and collards.

Get the recipe: Hearty Tunisian Soup

Total cook time: 35 minutes

Recipe tips: Want even more spice? Add a few shakes of hot sauce to your bowl before serving.

These Soups are Freezer Friendly

One of the best features of soup is how long it lasts. Next time you cook your soup, double the recipe and freeze half of it. Then, when pressed for time, simply defrost and serve for lunch or dinner.

Enjoy The Comfort of Soup Without Feeling Hungry

Soup is one the tastiest treats you can give yourself on a chilly evening, or when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s warm and soothing to an aching body--the food version of a fluffy, down comforter. And when it’s full of veggies, beans, and grains, soup will fill you up without hunger pangs hitting you later. So fill up a bowl, settle into a comfy chair and feel your cares slipping away--one heartwarming bite at a time.


Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones is head copywriter, recipe curator, makeup artist, and occasional stage hand at Full Plate Living by day, and a ridiculously happy mother of a toddler at night. You can keep up with her random musings on Twitter.