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11 Soup Recipes Under 300 Calories Each

There's nothing quite as appetizing as a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter's day. These 11 mouth-watering soup recipes containing less than 300 calories each that will keep you warm this winter season. 

1) French Onion Soup

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Ingredients:
  • 8 cups less-sodium beef broth
  • 8 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace)
  • 8 (1-ounce) slices French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 cups thinly vertically sliced Walla Walla or other sweet onion
  • 4 cups thinly vertically sliced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
Directions:
  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 
  • Add onions to pan, and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in sugar, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. 
  • Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • Increase heat to medium-high, and sauté for 5 minutes or until onion is golden brown. 
  • Stir in wine, and cook for 1 minute. 
  • Add broth and thyme, and bring to a boil. 
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours.
  • Preheat Broiler
  • Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and broil for 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute.
  • Place 8 ovenproof bowls on a jelly-roll pan. 
  • Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. 
  • Divide bread evenly among bowls, and top each serving with 1 cheese slice. 
  • Broil 3 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

2) Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp

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Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup presliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced bamboo shoots, drained
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
Directions:
  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. 
  • Add juice, pepper, shrimp, and tofu to pan, then bring to a boil. 
  • Cook for 2 minutes or until shrimp is almost done. 
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. 
  • Add cornstarch mixture to pan, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. 
  • Slowly drizzle the egg white into pan, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in chili oil and onions.

3) Chunky Potato-Crab Chowder

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Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
  • 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 1/2 cups (1-inch) cubed red potato (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. 
  • Add onion, celery, and garlic, then sauté 4 minutes. 
  • Add potato, and sauté for 1 minute. 
  • Sprinkle with flour, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in milk, thyme, pepper, nutmeg, corn, and broth. 
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes become tender, stirring occasionally. 
  • Stir in crab, parsley, and salt.
  • Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4) Vegetable Soup with Pistou

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Ingredients:

Soup
  • 1/2 cup dried navy beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped leek
  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup peeled diced potato
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped seeded peeled tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups diced zucchini (about 2)
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/4 pound green beans, trimmed and cut crosswise in half
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 parsley sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dash of ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Pistou
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)
Directions:
 
Soup 
  • Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. 
  • Cover with water to 2 inches above beans, then cover and let stand for 8 hours. 
  • Drain, and return beans to pan. 
  • Add 6 cups water, then bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain, and then return beans to pan.
  • Add leek and next 9 ingredients (through dash of thyme) to pan, stirring to combine. 
  • Add 10 cups water, and then bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until potato is tender.
  • Stir in zucchini, macaroni, and green beans. 
  • Cook 15 minutes or until macaroni is tender. 
  • Discard bay leaf.
Pistou
  • Combine basil, cheese, and garlic in a food processor, and then process until a stiff paste forms. 
  • With processor on, slowly pour oil through food chute, and process until well blended. 
  • Serve with soup. 
  • Garnish with thyme sprigs (optional). 

5) Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

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Ingredients:
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • 4 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon bottled grated ginger
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, peeled
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 1 red chili pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 cups water
Directions:
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and sauté for 3 minutes. 
  • Add water and broth, then bring to a boil. 
  • Add chicken and pasta. 
  • Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done. 
  • Remove from heat, and stir the remaining ingredients in. 
  • Allow it to stand 5 minutes. 
  • Discard lemongrass.

6) Butternut Squash Soup

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Ingredients:

Soup
  • 3 1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Toast
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices French bread
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced Swiss cheese
Directions:

Soup
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. 
  • Add squash, carrot, and onion, and sauté for 12 minutes. 
  • Add chicken broth, and bring to a boil. 
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat, and stir in half-and-half and salt.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Place squash mixture in a blender. 
  • Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape), and secure blender lid on blender. 
  • Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). 
  • Blend until smooth.
Toasts
  • Arrange French bread on a baking sheet. 
  • Broil for 1 minute or until lightly toasted. 
  • Turn bread over, and top evenly with Swiss cheese. 
  • Broil for 1 minute or until bubbly. 
  • Serve toasts with soup.

7) Creamy Zucchini Soup with Mixed Herbs

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Ingredients:
  • 16 (1/4-inch-thick) slices French bread baguette (about 4 ounces)
  • 5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 9 cups (1-inch) sliced zucchini (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
Directions:
  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 
  • Add onion and minced garlic; then sauté 5 minutes or until tender. 
  • Add zucchini, broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and then bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until zucchini is very tender. 
  • Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Place half of the zucchini mixture in a blender, and cover  it tightly, and process until smooth. 
  • Pour pureed zucchini mixture into a large bowl. 
  • Repeat procedure with remaining zucchini mixture. 
  • Place pureed zucchini mixture in pan. 
  • Cook over low heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 
  • Keep warm.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Place bread slices in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
  • Coat bread with cooking spray. 
  • Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until toasted. 
  • Rub bread with cut sides of garlic clove.
  • Place parsley, tarragon, and chives in a small bowl. 
  • Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. 
  • Pour over parsley mixture, and toss well.
  • Spoon 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls. 
  • Divide parsley mixture evenly over toasted bread slices. 
  • Top each serving with 2 bread slices. 
  • Serve immediately.

8) Simple Clam Chowder

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Ingredients:
  • 6 (6 1/2-ounce) cans chopped clams, undrained
  • 5 cups diced peeled baking potato (about 1 pound)
  • 4 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Directions:
  • Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. 
  • Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon of the drippings in the pan. 
  • Crumble bacon, and set aside.
  • Add onion, celery, salt, thyme, and garlic to drippings in pan. 
  • Cook 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Drain clams, reserving liquid. 
  • Add clam liquid, potato, clam juice, and bay leaf to pan, and then bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender.
  • Discard bay leaf.
  • Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
  • Add flour mixture to pan, and bring to a boil. 
  • Cook 12 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. 
  • Add clams, and cook for 2 minutes. 
  • Sprinkle with bacon.

9) Tortilla Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips
  • 1 package (8 oz.) small corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips 
  • 12 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • Sliced avocado, sour cream, grated Monterey jack cheese, additional chopped cilantro, and/or sliced green onions for topping
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt
Directions:
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into a large pot (at least 5 qts.) over medium heat. 
  • Add onions and cook until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  • Stir in two-thirds of the garlic, 1 tablespoon salt, cumin, and chile flakes and cook 2 minutes.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, half the lime juice and increase heat to a gentle simmer.
  • Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Pour about 1 inch of vegetable oil into a small frying pan set over medium-high heat. 
  • When oil is hot but not smoking, add one-third of the tortilla strips and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. 
  • Transfer strips to a paper towel-lined baking pan with a slotted spoon. 
  • Repeat with remaining tortilla strips in two batches.
  • Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt, and set aside.
  • Purée soup in batches into a blender. 
  • Return soup to pot and resume simmering. 
  • In a small bowl, toss chicken with remaining lime juice, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. 
  • Marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes, then add to soup and simmer 5 minutes, until chicken is just cooked through.
  • Stir in cilantro, and serve hot with tortilla strips and your choice of toppings.

10) North Woods Bean Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces turkey kielbasa, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup baby carrots, halved
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
Directions:
  • Heat a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. 
  • Add carrots, onion, garlic, and kielbasa, and sauté for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. 
  • Reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes. 
  • Add the broth, Italian seasoning, pepper, and beans. 
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Place 2 cups of the soup in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. 
  • Return the pureed mixture to pan. 
  • Simmer an additional 5 minutes. 
  • Remove soup from heat. 
  • Add the spinach, stirring until spinach wilts.

11) Tomato Soup with Parmesan Toast

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Ingredients:
  • 6 (1-ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread (about 1 inch thick)
  • 6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
  • 2 cups chopped onion 
  • 2 cups chopped fennel bulb
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 
  • Add onion to pan, and sauté 3 for minutes. 
  • Add fennel, and sauté for 3 minutes. 
  • Add garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, and thyme to pan, then bring to a boil.
  • Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes. 
  • Remove pan from heat, and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Discard thyme sprig, and place half of the tomato mixture into a blender. 
  • Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape), and then secure lid onto blender. 
  • Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). 
  • Blend until almost smooth, and then Pour into a large bowl.
  • Repeat procedure with remaining tomato mixture. 
  • Stir in salt and pepper, and keep warm.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Place bread slices on a baking sheet. 
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cheese on each. 
  • Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

H/T: myrecipes.com

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