When I proposed writing this blog with 5 healthy soup ideas for fall to Heidi a few weeks ago, her response was, “It’s still 80 degrees here.” In other words, the Oklahoma weather wasn’t exactly making her feel like fall. I get that. I imagine you get that too. Fall soups require cooling weather, not 80 degree afternoons.
Here in the Seattle area though, it has been pushing the fall narrative pretty steadily for nearly a month. We’re in it and feeling like soup. Plus, Starbucks has been selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes since August 28th this year, and that is the nationally recognized start of fall now, right (totally kidding)?
No, it’s definitely not Starbucks that defines fall (even in the Seattle area). It’s the changing colors, the cooler temperatures, the crunching of the leaves under your feet (see my front yard below), rain boots, and hoodies. At least that’s how I define it in the Pacific Northwest. I love this time of year and soup is just one of the many reasons (but a very big one).
So, I hope you enjoy these 5 healthy fall soups and you have a great and healthy season in front of you.
What makes these "Healthy Fall Soups"?
- Whole, Fresh, Real Foods: These recipes just use real food. Most of the ingredients are things that don’t even have a nutrition facts label at the store (things like chicken, vegetables, whole grains and fruits) because they are just whole foods.
- No Added Sugar: The ingredients called for in these recipes have no added sugar. You won’t find ingredients that typically have cane sugar, maltodextrin, dextrose, or artificial sweeteners.
- No Other Red Tier Ingredients: We never use red tier ingredients in our recipes. That is, we never use ingredients listed on our red tier which lists the foods that we do not eat on a daily basis.
These recipes are free of refined grains, refined sugars, and preservatives and are made from REAL FOOD!
5 Healthy Fall Soups
When I looked through our recipe database for 5 healthy soup ideas for fall, I found it hard to narrow it down to just 5. There are MANY more soups in our recipe section, and some of them may say “fall” to you more than these. These 5 healthy fall soups are just the ones that fit the season and my tastes best when I looked. They’re some of my favorites and I’ve already had several of them this season (yes, I literally use these recipes)!
#1 – Classic Tomato Soup
Could we have a short list of healthy fall soups without classic Tomato Soup (with grilled cheese)? I think not.
This is such a simple and amazing version of the soup we seemed to have associated with a can for the last several decades. This recipe will make you forget about that can. It’s just about as easy as opening that can and uses much healthier ingredients. If you miss the can, we’ll give you your money back…uh…for this free recipe. But, seriously, it’s the best.
I’m not sure if you have to include the grilled cheese…but I feel like you probably do. Don’t you?
#2 – Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, and Apple Soup
My family just had this less than a week before I wrote this. It was a recipe we have had in the website for a while but it needed a new picture. So, I put it on my list of recipes to make with very little enthusiasm, to be perfectly honest. It didn’t sound “bad”, but it didn’t sound great to me either. I’m really selling this one, huh?
Anyway, I completely changed my tune once I tried this one. My wife loved it too. The flavor is just right. The balance of the apple and the squash is perfect. I added a bit of sour cream for a little creaminess (and a great picture) but that’s optional.
#3 – Tomato-Beef Soup
This one is a family favorite. We have to have this recipe several times a year, and we often feed extended family on Sundays with this one.
You’ll love the heartiness of this healthy fall soup (or anytime soup). You can use gluten free noodles such as brown rice noodles if you are staying away from wheat.
This one also works as a freezer meal.
#4 – Mediterranean Minestrone
This is another super hearty soup with lots of flavor. In fact, I think I made it extra hearty when I did this picture. Ha!
Sometimes a good hearty soup like this one is all you need for a fall meal. It has everything in it.
#5 – Sweet Potato Red Pepper Bisque
I’ve been eating this soup since 2012. It’s ridiculously easy and packs tons of flavor. If you’re looking for a healthy fall soup that doesn’t take much time, this one rivals the classic tomato soup for the easiest on the list.