The Recipe for Soup Success

by | Nov 2023

Pot of Soup

Photo: Melissa Jaeger

Looking for an easy weeknight meal? Try a cozy bowl of homemade soup! If you’re new to making homemade soup, the process is quicker than you might think. Here are the keys to soup success:

Watch the Sodium: The base of any soup is the broth or stock. A benefit of making your own soup is that you can control the sodium level. Start with a low-sodium or no-salt-added broth and add flavor with spices and fresh herbs.

Pick Your Protein: Focus on lean protein options, such as chicken, turkey or lean ground beef. Or, opt for plant-based protein, and use beans or tofu. When adding canned beans, look for no-salt-added varieties, or drain and rinse to reduce the sodium.

Fill up with Veggies: A good rule for meal planning is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, and the same can go for your soup. Add a variety of fiber-rich vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, carrots or even leafy greens. You can reduce food waste and use up leftover vegetables that may otherwise go bad in the fridge.

Dinner is Served: To round out the meal, pair your soup with whole-grain bread, rolls or crackers.

Melissa Jaeger, RD, LD is a Hy-Vee registered dietitian. You can find out more information about Hy-Vee dietitian services at or on Instagram @hyveedietitians.


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