Soup for Kids: 22 Healthy Recipes Your Child Will Actually Eat

22 Healthy Soups That Kids Will Actually Eat

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22 healthy soups for kids that will have even the pickiest eater asking for seconds. Delight your kids with these tasty, child-friendly recipes. All these soups are super easy to make and great for leftovers. Includes a devious mom hack to disguise vegetables your kids refuse to eat.

My boys were the definition of picky eaters. Most meals were greeted with a chorus of unenthusiastic remarks ranging from “Yuk” to “Is that onion?”

Apparently, food was instantly rendered inedible if there was even the tiniest speck of onion visible.

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I experimented with all kinds of food and found soups were always a hit. In the winter we practically lived on the stuff.

Now I have to insert a disclaimer here. The soup could only contain their favorite vegetables and not have anything yucky like kale, or onion, or the ultimate horror that was celery. Actually, most of my soups contained all these things, but I quickly learned how to disguise them, so my boys had no clue. You’ll find my devious Mom hack below.

Soup makes the ideal family meal. It is

  • Cheap
  • Healthy
  • Comforting
  • Easy to make (especially in a slow cooker)
  • Freezes beautifully.
  • A sneaky way of getting kids to eat vegetables.

And the leftovers make great lunches.

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22 Healthy Soup Recipes for Kids (even picky eaters)

I gathered some really tasty soup recipes for kids that will have even the pickiest eat begging for seconds. I’ve sorted them into categories to make it easier to find what you need. Use the table of contents below.

Tomato Soup

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Tomato soup was a childhood staple for my boys. They would turn up their noses at tomatoes in anything else, but somehow it was acceptable in soup. Try these different variations on this classic dish.

This easy tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons is perfect for a weeknight meal. This recipe is done in the Instapot but you could easily adapt it for the slow cooker. Enjoy it as a main course for dinner and take the leftovers for lunch the next day!

This roasted tomato basil soup is easy to make with fresh tomatoes, irresistibly creamy & bursting with flavor. You don’t need an Instapot for this one.

Roasted tomatoes are blended with other ingredients to make this delicious tomato and cheddar soup.

Vegetable Soups that Even the Pickiest eater Will Love

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These vegetable soups do not hide their ingredients and that can be a bit risky with picky eaters. Here are some that my boys would eat. Most vegetable soups required my devious hack.

Minestrone Soup: This quick and easy minestrone soup can be on the table in 30 minutes for a healthy, hearty, and delicious meal the whole family will enjoy. Macaroni noodles would make it the perfect kid-friendly meal!

Alphabet Soup: What is it about alphabet soup that kids love? Somehow those pasta letters hide all the dubious vegetables. Try this delicious recipe.

Kid Friendly Soup Recipes With Chicken

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Chicken tastes great in soup and it is very healthy. Try these kid friendly soup recipes and watch your kids ask for seconds!

Chicken Noodle Soup: Chicken Noodle soup is another childhood classic and the homemade version is so much better for you than the tinned. This does contain celery, but you can use my devious hack to disguise it.

Chicken and Dumplings: This hearty chicken and dumplings recipe is easy to make, kid-friendly comfort food. You’ll love the fluffy homemade dumplings.

Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup: This Indonesian style chicken and sweetcorn soup is gonna be your next favourite family soup. It’s delicious and so easy to make.

Chicken and Rice: This Chicken and Rice Soup is flavorful, hearty, healthy and it’s made in one pot in under an hour! 

Chicken and Stars Soup: This homemade version of Chicken and Stars Soup will make your kids say, “More, please!”

Buffalo Chicken Wings Soup: Enjoy the great taste of Buffalo-style chicken wings without the mess in this amazing Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup Recipe. This soup is simple to prepare and freezes well.

Need some more family friendly recipes? Look in our recipe archives.

Delicious Soup For Kids With Meat

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Meat of all kinds make very hearty meals that are packed with protein and goodness. Try these delicious soups for kids featuring beef, sausage and ham.

Mexican Meatball Soup: Kids love meatballs especially if they are in the tastiest Mexican style Albondigas soup! This is made with ground beef and rice meatballs and lots of vegetables in a savory and light broth. Think you kids will turn up their noses at the veggies? Use my devious hack to hide them.

Beef and Barley Soup: This easy beef and barley soup recipe can be made on the stove or in the slow cooker. It is packed with ground beef, pearl barley and healthy vegetables. 

Taco Soup: It only takes 20 minutes to make this delicious taco soup. Packed with the flavors of tacos and served with yummy toppings your kids will love.

Ham and Potato Soup: Ham and potato soup  will satisfy the pickiest eater. It is a great recipe for using up leftover ham. It does feature vegetables openly, but they are the kind that picky eaters tend to favor.

Spaghetti and Meatball: Who doesn’t love Spaghetti and Meatball soup? Try this easy recipes and your kids will be begging for seconds.

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A Devious Hack to Make Kid Friendly Soup

You can easily disguise the forbidden vegetables, so your kids don’t recognize them. Simply cook the hated veggies and fling them in a blender with the liquid soup base. Blend until everything has liquefied. Easy peasy!

To give you an example from the recipes above. My boys would have loved the homemade chicken noodle soup, except for the dreaded celery lurking in its depths. Just sauté the celery along with the onions and garlic. Put in the blender with half the water from the recipe and blend until there is no trace. Add it to the pot along with the rest of the water and follow the recipe.

My boys happily slurped down any soup containing the few vegetables they liked and had no idea they were eating things like broccoli, chard and onion. I have never confessed my devious ways to them.

I will just add that my boys are now adults and eat everything (well I’m not sure about celery). They lost their picky ways and love to try new foods. They are now a joy to cook for.

Soups Recipes for Kids With Hidden Vegetables

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This last section of kid friendly soup recipes are all vegetable soups of one form or another. But your kids will never know what is in them!

Loaded Potato Soup: A delicious and easy recipe that you can make in your slow cooker. Let it simmer and then load it with all kinds od delicious toppings. Find the recipe here.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup: Creamy and delicious pumpkin soup that the whole family will love. The best part? It takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Curried Carrot Soup: A delicious one pot, creamy and thick carrot soup that you will be making again and again.

Split Pea Soup: This split pea soup is a delicious mash of green peas, celery, and carrots. It’s a creamy blend made buttery and served with crispy bacon for a crunchy finish! 

Butternut Squash Soup: This butternut squash soup is slightly sweet, with the perfect smooth texture that kids love. Super easy to make using the Instant Pot!

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Dippers and Toppers to Make Soup Special

Children love to dunk and mix. Some fun dippers/toppers are

  • bread rolls
  • croutons
  • Goldfish crackers
  • plain yoghurt
  • buttered toast
  • Breadsticks
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Cheese
  • Corn Chips
  • Saltines
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