16 Healthy Soup Recipes to Batch-Make When You're Too Busy to Cook

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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.

Fragrant Spiced Indian Vegetable and Lentil Soup Recipe
Stuck in the Kitchen

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.

Winter Green Soup Recipe
Mitzy at Home

The Recipe: Winter Green Soup

The Hero Flavor: Leeks give this healthy soup a rich flavor and creamy consistency.

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Skinny Taste

The Recipe: Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

The Hero Flavor: Coconut milk gives this classic dish a fresh twist.

White Bean and Kale Soup Recipe
Rose and Ivy

The Recipe: White Bean and Kale Soup

The Hero Flavor: The roasted garlic broth will have you coming back for more.

Chicken and Ginger Immunity Soup Recipe
Hello Glow

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.

Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup Recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

The Recipe: Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup

The Hero Flavor: The smoky flavor of bacon makes this vegetable-rich soup even tastier.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Salt and Wind

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.

Old-School Tomato Soup Recipe
Stuck in the Kitchen

The Recipe: Old-School Tomato Soup

The Hero Flavor: Rosemary and fresh herbs add a new taste to this old favorite.

Winter Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Winter Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

The Hero Flavor: Swiss chard and lemon juice give this dish a tart twist.

Italian Sausage and Orzo Soup Recipe
Chelsea's Messy Apron

The Recipe: Italian Sausage and Orzo Soup

The Hero Flavor: Smoky, rich Italian sausage adds extra depth to this broth-based soup.

Garlic Mushroom Soup Recipe
Playful Cooking

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.

Winter Vegetable Chowder With Mushroom, Lemon, and Cabbage Recipe
The First Mess

The Recipe: Winter Vegetable Chowder With Mushroom, Lemon, and Cabbage

The Hero Flavor: Chowder doesn't have to be unhealthy. This version includes celery root and cauliflower to mimic the creamy texture and flavor.

Welcome Home Soup Recipe
Stuck in the Kitchen

The Recipe: Welcome Home Soup

The Hero Flavor: Fresh mint leaves give this smooth and comforting dish an unexpected kick.

Slow-Cooker Sausage, Lentil, and Arugula Soup Recipe
Melanie Makes

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.

One-Pot Vegan Minestrone Recipe
Minimalist Baker

The Recipe: One-Pot Vegan Minestrone

The Hero Flavor: Coconut sugar makes this vegetable soup a little sweeter than expected (in a good way).

Simple Lentil Stew Recipe
Hello Glow

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.

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