Packed full of vegetables, this superhearty soup gets a delicious boost from fresh fennel. If you use a slow cooker, toss everything together except the cabbage, kale, beans, and tomatoes; add those during the last 30-45 minutes of cooking. This also stores well in the fridge for easy reheating. View recipe.
A simple, slow-cooker winner. Leave potato peels intact for extra vitamin and mineral content, or peel if you prefer. Any quality pesto will do; traditional basil-garlic-pine nut pesto is fine, or try this with sun-dried tomato pesto for a unique flavor. View recipe.
As creamy and delightful as this soup is, it's also nutritious, with healthy doses of fiber, beta-carotene, and numerous vitamins. If pumpkin is not available, try other squashes, such as banana, butternut, or table queen. View recipe.
Buckwheat, a whole protein, adds an unusual background flavor and unique texture. Look for roasted buckwheat groats, which provide a full-bodied, almost smoky flavor, in bulk bins at your natural market (you can also use plain buckwheat groats). Dark-green Tuscan kale, also called lacinato or dinosaur kale, is more tender and less bitter than curly kale. View recipe.
With no weighty pasta, this vegetable-studded soup makes an excellent weeknight dinner. In place of the butter beans, you can also use shell beans (shelled, blanched, and peeled). View recipe.
Just a pinch of saffron opens the earthy flavor of roasted red peppers to embrace the sea tastes. Look for organic diced tomatoes or purée sold in BPA-free glass jars and boxes. Ask for fish stock at your natural market; it’s often sold frozen next to the fish counter. View recipe.
East meets West in this easy soup that will fire up your taste buds. Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow color, is a superb anti-inflammatory compound. View recipe.
Instead of using refined pearl barley, add whole-grain goodness with hulled barley, which retains its germ and bran. If you use a slow cooker, combine everything except peas and cook on low for 8-10 hours; stir in peas during the last 10 minutes of cooking. View recipe.
Get out your soup pot or slow cooker! We've got eight healthy soups and stews to warm your chilly fall nights.