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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.