10 Yummy Vegetable Diet Soup Recipes – Try Them At Home For Weight Loss

Reviewed by Madhu Sharma, Registered Dietitian
by Priyanka Sadhukhan , M.Sc. in Food and Nutrition

Do you want to shed some weight and become healthier? Try out these vegetable soups to kickstart your weight loss journey.

Vegetable diet soup is one of the healthy dishes to have for lunch or dinner. Fresh and healthy vegetables are not only low in calories and fat but also packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals (1).

So, try out some vegetable weight-loss soups to start the journey to a healthier you.

1. Tomato Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 5 mins; Cooking Time – 15 mins

Ingredients
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, seeded
  • 4-6 cups of water based on the size of the tomatoes.
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • ½ small red onion, peeled
  • 1 small green pepper, cored
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh basil to garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add in the garlic, tomato, green bell pepper, onion, and cucumber.
  2. Toss and cook for 2 minutes over medium flame.
  3. Transfer the ingredients to a blender. Add in a little water and blend until smooth. You may also add a dash of olive oil while blending the vegetables.
  4. Transfer the blended vegetables back to the pan. Adjust the consistency as you desire by adding water.
  5. Add salt, cumin powder, and black pepper. Let it come to a boil.
  6. Remove from the flame and garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Benefits Of Tomato Soup For Weight Loss

  1. Tomato is a low-calorie and low-fat vegetable (2).
  2. The lycopene in tomato protects against developing metabolic disorders. A study published in Nutrition found that the supplementation of tomato juice (containing 32.5 g lycopene) reduces waist circumference in young women (3).
  3. Cucumber is high in water and low in calories. It also exhibits lipid-lowering properties (4).
  4. Green pepper (or capsicum) is rich capsaicin, a bioactive component that regulates your appetite by increasing satiety (the feeling of fullness) (5). It was also found to decrease weight gain and lipid accumulation when given to rats on a high-fat diet (6).

2. Moong Soup Or Protein Dal Soup

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Serves – 4; Prep Time – 10 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup yellow lentils
  • ¼ cup red lentils
  • ½ medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or rice bran oil
  • Cilantro to garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Pressure cook the lentils.
  2. Heat olive oil or rice bran oil in a pan.
  3. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter for a few seconds.
  4. Add the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium flame.
  5. Add in the chopped tomato, green chili, turmeric, and salt.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes and then add the pressure cooked lentils.
  7. Stir and combine everything well.
  8. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Top it with a teaspoon of ghee.
  10. Remove from the flame and garnish with cilantro.

Benefits Of Moong Dal Soup

  1. Lentils are a concentrated source of plant protein (100 g of boiled lentils provide 9 g of protein) (7). Thus, they increase satiety and thermogenesis. A diet rich in protein helps build lean muscle mass and aids weight loss (8).
  2. A study published in the journal Advances In Nutrition states that pulse consumption is beneficial for weight loss as it is rich in protein, fiber, and slowly-digestible carbohydrates. Pulses also have a low glycemic index and load (9).

3. Barley Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 10 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole barley
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup diced mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • A pinch of garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cilantro for garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the vegetables and barley.
  3. Add the mushrooms, broth, salt, pepper, and garam masala.
  4. Cover and cook for 20 minutes over medium flame.
  5. Garnish with cilantro before serving.

Benefits Of Barley Soup For Weight Loss

  1. Barley is rich in 𝛃- glucan, a soluble fiber that is effective in reducing body weight, visceral fat, BMI, and waist circumference (10).
  2. Barley is a whole grain cereal that low in glycemic index. Thus, it improves glucose response when taken for lunch or dinner (11).
  3. Carrots are high in fiber (12). Therefore, they add bulk to the soup that makes you feel fuller for longer.

4. Peas Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 5 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups of fresh peas
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of almond flour or crushed/powder oats
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot and add in the chopped onions.
  2. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the green peas.
  3. Stir and cook for a minute and add the vegetable broth, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cover and cook for 15 minutes over medium flame.
  5. Open the lid and use a hand blender to blend the peas into a thick consistency.
  6. If you want to make it thicker, you can add one teaspoon of almond flour or oats flour.
  7. Sprinkle fennel powder and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot.

Benefits Of Peas Soup In Weight Loss

  1. 100 g of peas provide 5 g of protein and 6 g of fiber (13). This is a great combination of nutrients for weight loss.
  2. Peas contain soluble pectin fiber, which is more effective in reducing weight and is more satiating compared to pea protein (14).

5. Easy Garbanzo Beans Curry Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 10 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup chopped Swiss chard
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and toss in the chopped garlic.
  2. Let it fry for 10 seconds and then add in the chopped onions.
  3. When the onions turn golden, add in the chopped tomatoes.
  4. Mash the tomatoes with the back of the spatula.
  5. Add in salt, turmeric, black pepper, and coriander powder.
  6. Cook for a minute.
  7. Add in the canned garbanzo beans (no need to cook them further as they are already cooked and ready to serve).
  8. Add ¼ cup water, cover, and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Remove the lid, add in the Swiss chard. Give it a stir, cover, and cook for 5 minutes more.
  10. Remove from the flame. Sprinkle garam masala, and your curry soup is ready!

Benefits Of Easy Garbanzo Beans Curry Soup For Weight Loss

  1. Garbanzo beans a rich source of plant protein and fiber. 100 g of beans contain 9 g of protein and 8 g of fiber (15).
  2. Chickpeas are effective in reducing body weight and waist circumference (16).
  3. Swiss chard is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber that add extra bulk to this weight loss diet soup (17).

6. Weight Watchers Vegetable Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 10 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • ¼ cup chopped carrot
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup cucumber, sliced and halved
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves to garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add chopped onions. Cook until they turn translucent.
  2. Add in the garlic and ginger. Cook for 15 seconds.
  3. Add in the chopped tomatoes, chopped carrot, and shredded cabbage. Cook for 1 min.
  4. Add in the bay leaves, salt, pepper, and vegetable broth. Cover and cook over medium flame for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Garnish with basil before serving.

Benefits of Weight Watchers Vegetable Soup

  1. Including more vegetables in your soup makes it a healthy choice for lunch, dinner, and snacking. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber. Thus, they aid weight loss by improving satiety and regulating your hunger pangs (1).

7. Keto Broccoli Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 5 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • ¼ cup fresh cream
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
How To Prepare
  1. Add in the butter to a heated pan.
  2. Toss in the chopped garlic and cook until they turn brown.
  3. Add in the broccoli and celery. Toss and cook for 4-5 minutes over medium flame.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the veggies to a blender and blend until you get a smooth consistency.
  6. Transfer to a serving soup plate and add a generous amount of fresh cream.

Benefits Of Keto Broccoli Soup For Weight Loss

  1. Broccoli is a low-calorie, low-fat, and fiber-rich vegetable that is the perfect choice for anyone watching their weight (18).
  2. After fermenting in the gut, dietary fiber produces short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that improve gastrointestinal health (19).

8. Protein-Packed Mushroom Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 10 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon mixed Italian dried herbs
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Parsley to garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Add olive oil and butter to a heated pan.
  2. Add in the garlic cloves and cook until they turn golden brown.
  3. Add in the mushrooms, mixed Italian herbs, onion powder, pepper, and salt. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the white wine and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add in the flour and vegetable broth. Stir, cover, and cook for 2 minutes more.
  6. Remove from the flame.
  7. Garnish with parsley.

Benefits Of Protein-Packed Mushroom Soup

  1. Mushrooms are rich in high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals and low in fat (20).
  2. A year-long study conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that substituting mushrooms red meat reduces weight, waist circumference, and total body fat (21).

9. Delish And Quick Thai Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 10 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash
  • ½ cup carrot, diced
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1-inch ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry
  • ½ can unsweetened coconut milk
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 green chilies, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
How To Prepare
  1. Heat a soup pot and add olive oil.
  2. Add in the chopped onion, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the butternut squash, carrots, and tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, Thai red curry paste, salt, lime juice, and coconut milk. Cover and cook for 7 minutes.
  5. Remove from the flame and stir in the sliced green chilies.
  6. Serve hot.

Benefits Of Delish And Quick Thai Soup

  1. Butternut squash is low in calories and fat and high in fiber (22).
  2. It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Dietary fiber controls appetite and reduces energy intake (23).

10. Italian Vegetable Soup

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Serves – 2; Prep Time – 10 mins; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole wheat pasta
  • ½ cup chopped, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup canned butter beans
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Italian mixed herbs
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh basil for garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot and add crushed garlic to enhance the flavor.
  2. Cook for a few seconds and add chopped onions and celery.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes and add carrot, tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stir in the vegetable broth.
  5. Toss in the bay leaf and wheat pasta. Cover and cook until the pasta gets cooked.
  6. Open the lid, add Italian mixed herbs, and give it a final stir.
  7. Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Benefits Of Italian Vegetable Soup For Weight Loss

  1. Whole-wheat improves satiety, reduces hunger, and lowers post-meal thermogenesis (24).
  2. When whole-wheat pasta is combined with vegetables, it adds more bulk to the soup that makes you feel full for longer.

Conclusion

These delicious weight loss soups are low-calorie, filling, quick, and easy to make at home.

Try out these soups for a light dinner along with a bowl of salad to make you feel full. Do not consume these low-calorie soups the entire day as it may lower your sugar levels.

Balance them with whole grains (1 serving = 28 g) and a serving of lean meat if you are planning to have them for lunch or breakfast. Make sure to exercise at least 150 minutes per week to boost your metabolic rate.

Talk to your dietitian for a balanced diet plan to start your weight loss journey.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How much weight can you lose on the soup diet?

Combined with exercise and a healthy diet plan, you can lose 3-5 pounds in a week on the soup diet.

Is eating soup every day bad for you?

No, eating soup every day is not bad if it is balanced with whole-grain cereals. Drinking soup by itself is bad for you as it may lower your metabolic rate.

Is soup enough for lunch?

Yes, soup is enough for lunch if combined with lots of vegetables and a controlled amount of whole grains.

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Priyanka Sadhukhan

Priyanka has over 8 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics with a strong research background. She is passionate and obsessed about science and how it can be applied to daily lifestyle. According to her, food is the best medicine and proper nutrition is key to achieving good health. She has also written a book on PCOS and its management for doctors and patients. When she is not working, she loves spending quality time with family and friends. She loves creating innovative, healthy recipes and endorses healthier alternatives to junk foods to promote good health.
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