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

Updated 03/06/19
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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 a flavorful . 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 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:

The Hero Flavor: A medley of spices makes this lentil soup extra flavorful. Cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric, and curry powder steal the show.

Sapphire Lightweight Cast Iron Soup Pot by World Market
Cost Plus World Market Sapphire Lightweight Cast Iron Soup Pot by World Market $30 $13
Winter Green Soup Recipe
Mitzy at Home

The Recipe:

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

H&M Spoons, 4-Pack
H&M Spoons, 4-Pack $13
Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Skinny Taste

The Recipe:

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

Jasmin Soup Plate
Sarah Lavoine Jasmin Soup Plate $44
White Bean and Kale Soup Recipe
Rose and Ivy

The Recipe:

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

Minestrone e Polenta 5-Quart Stewpot Set
Lagostina Minestrone e Polenta 5-Quart Stewpot Set $300 $169
Chicken and Ginger Immunity Soup Recipe
Hello Glow

The Recipe:

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.

Sur La Table Olive Wood Ladle
Sur La Table Olive Wood Ladle $50
Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup Recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

The Recipe:

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

Rosenthal Junto White Soup Plate, Set of 4
Rosenthal Junto White Soup Plate, Set of 4 $24
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Salt and Wind

The Recipe:

The Hero Flavor: Don't skip the chipotles en adobo. The dried, smoked jalapeños are a must.

All Clad d5 Stainless Brushed Steel 4 Quart Soup Pot with Lid
All-Clad Stainless Brushed Steel 4 Quart Soup Pot With Lid $300
Old-School Tomato Soup Recipe
Stuck in the Kitchen

The Recipe:

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

Suomi White Soup Cup
Rosenthal Suomi White Soup Cup $80
Winter Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe:

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

Ladle Curve
Lue Ladle Curve $96
Italian Sausage and Orzo Soup Recipe
Chelsea's Messy Apron

The Recipe:

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

Amoeba Cutting Board- Large
Hawkins New York Amoeba Cutting Board, Large $195
Garlic Mushroom Soup Recipe
Playful Cooking

The Recipe:

The Hero Flavor: This recipe calls for a mix of shiitake and button mushrooms, which both have subtle, unique flavors.

Stoneware Bowl
H&M Stoneware Bowl $10
Winter Vegetable Chowder With Mushroom, Lemon, and Cabbage Recipe
The First Mess

The Recipe:

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

Shun Hikari 8
Williams Sonoma Shun Hikari 8" Chef's Knife $375 $300
Welcome Home Soup Recipe
Stuck in the Kitchen

The Recipe:

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

Holiday Striped Adult Apron
Williams Sonoma Holiday Striped Adult Apron $35 $25
Slow-Cooker Sausage, Lentil, and Arugula Soup Recipe
Melanie Makes

The Recipe:

The Hero Flavor: Melanie Makes' recipe creator says this soup is "beyond easy." Sweet Italian sausage is the perfect addition.

Black Nylon Spoon with Wood Handle by World Market
Cost Plus World Market Black Nylon Spoon with Wood Handle by World Market $2
One-Pot Vegan Minestrone Recipe
Minimalist Baker

The Recipe:

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

Bordered Hotel Napkins
Williams Sonoma Bordered Hotel Napkins $75 $42
Simple Lentil Stew Recipe
Hello Glow

The Recipe:

The Hero Flavor: This soup is all about fresh vegetables: Carrots, onion, and parsnip are in the mix.

Stoneware Salt and Pepper Set
H&M Stoneware Salt and Pepper Set $15 $9

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This post was originally posted on December 7, 2017, and has since been updated.

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