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Ramen Soup-Make it Healthful

Updated on January 30, 2015

A Package of Ramen Soup

Soup Recipes: Ramen Made Healthful

Those little packages of Ramen soup that you eat when you are in a hurry or there is nothing else to fix--why not add some healthy ingredients. This packaged soup has become a staple in many homes, and can be a staple for college students on a strict budget. It is cheap and filling--two important ingredients for those watching the pennies. Being of healthy conscious spirit, I figured out some ways to make this quick, easy and cheap soup have a little more substance. My husband loves anything with noodles in it so I was motivated to make Ramen soup a bit healthier. I made some changes in the preparation of the soup, and we enjoy a lunch with this recipe a few times a week, and I don't feel guilty about not getting enough veggies in our diet.

How To Make Ramen Soup

For you Ramen novices out there, preparing this soup is as easy as putting in two cups of water in a pot, waiting for it to boil, and adding the noodles and the little sodium filled packet. The soup is ready to eat in about 3 minutes after coming to a boil. Ramen comes in a variety of flavors: chicken, shrimp, beef and oriental (not sure about that one). If you just want a quick and filling lunch you may stop here and have lunch for less than 20 cents. However lets create a nutritious lunch and eliminate the sodium filled packets of imitation flavors.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Two packages of Ramen Soup-two or three servings

Get creative with Ramen soup

Add all the veggies you want
Add all the veggies you want
Add  lots of seasonings
Add lots of seasonings
Vinegar gives it a tangy taste
Vinegar gives it a tangy taste

Ingredients for Basic Healthy Soup

  • 1/2 Cup Spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Celery, Finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley or Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice or cider vinegar
  • Seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder

Instructions for Ramen Soup

  1. Put four cups of water in a large pot or add half vegetable stock and half water.
  2. Add choice of vegetables--chopped.
  3. Bring water to a boil.
  4. Add a variety of seasonings to your taste.
  5. Add two packages of Ramen noodles and cook for three minutes.

ramen Soup

4.4 stars from 5 ratings of ramen Soup

Now for the real Ramen Delux Soup

I have shared a few ideas for a basic and healthy Ramen soup. You can get very creative, use a variety of leftovers and eliminate using the flavor packet that is 35% sodium.

Other things you can add to the soup:

  • Jalapeno peppers (fresh or canned)
  • Left over chicken, beef or shrimp
  • thinly sliced carrots
  • finely chopped broccoli
  • cooked cabbage
  • chopped onions
  • thinly sliced squash
  • chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
  • any cooked left over vegetables
  • fresh minced garlic
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • curry powder (indian flavor)
  • cumin (mexican flavor)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you..Yeah..Never thought of that. What a perfect meal for a bachelor and those on strict budgets.. still eat healthfully. A new hub is emerging.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Sounds like a Gourmet Bachelor's meal! :) thanks for sharing the Carol. Love it!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you pstraubie48 and I thank all of the angels on this 24th day of the new year....Have a lovely weekend.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Ramen noodles have saved the day a number of times. On occasions when I would eat alone they often were my go-to dish.

      You have shared some ways to pep up this little food and make it healthy and tasty.

      Sending Angels to you, Carol, on this 24th day of our new year.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so kind. I appreciate the visit today and all the great ratings. You made my day..today.

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Hey Carol this recipe is wwwaaaayyy coollllll! I would have never dreamed in a million years of making Ramen Noodles healthy. I used to eat these noodles all the time, ok this is one I am going to have to try. Thanks for sharing with the HP community. 5 star rating

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Kids always seem to like noodles. Thanks for the visit.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well at least you kids were certainly inventive..And if you loved to soup that meant you ate it. Amazing what you can do with this little package of soup. Thanks for dropping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks barbergirl...I always keep a stash for when I don't make my own soup from total scratch. I always seem to have something green to put in it. Thanks for dropping by and here is to good ramening.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Quick and easy, may grandsons love these.

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      Man from Modesto 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      My parents had a passle of kids to feed. They both worked, and the five of us invented a lot of recipes for potatoes and for ramen (not together!).

      Once the water boils, and the noodles are tender, crack an egg into the soup. Let the whites firm up for a few seconds. Then, gently break the egg and stir it slightly. Mix in any extra veggies (e.g. frozen peas or corn), then the flavor packet. Once that is all stirred together, lay a slice of American cheese on top. Let it melt, and pour all into a bowl. Yum.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have never been a big fan of Ramen when I was younger. Then suddenly we got some and it has become a regular staple in our house. Every single Tuesday my kids have karate and frankly, it kind of cuts into dinner time. That being said, this recipe sounds like a great way to beef up Ramen without really pushing the limits on the time. I will have to add some of this to mine from now on!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Yes it is really simple to health up the Ramen soup and I love that it is so cheap. Thanks for dropping in and vote.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      I've to say that ramen is my go-to-meal whenever I run out of ideas or inspiration to cook. I add my own vegetables too. You've really loaded yours with all kinds of good stuff. Great tips and here's to our next ramen meal--cheers. Rated up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      as long as you don't use those little packets the soup can be made fairly healthy. Cannot go wrong with greens and other veggies. Thanks for dropping in.

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      Great advice! I love soup, and Ramen is such an easy way to start. By adding some healthy vegetables, you can decrease the salt somewhat. Perfect hub for a time when many people are looking for cheap, good tasting but still healthy foods.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      wow..thanks so much for all the votes and sharing. Yes it can be a lot healthier to eat. And it is still a bargain in the pocketbook department...Thanks again for visiting.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Hey there Carol. I've heard of healthier ways of eating Ramen Noodles, but I've never actually took out the time to look for myself. Coming across your hub definitely showed me that it's possible to make the noodles more healthier. Next time I cook these, I'll add some vegetables and maybe some chicken instead of the flavored sodium package. Well written hub, and definitely interesting in a good way. Voted up, shared on Twitter, and rated interesting. Keep up the great work :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much and will be honoredto be on your hubsite. Ramen is a staple for grad students so it seems.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for sharing andvoting up...as always so appreciated... These little noodles come in handy.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love your cooking with ramen ideas - I'm going to try to find the space to link this to my "ramentatta" hub! I still have loads of ramen noodles, but I'm out of eggs for my recipe, so I'll have to see what I can dig out of the cabinets to try your suggestions. Ah, the joys of being a grad student!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Carol, we use this interesting twist to noodles soup most of the time. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, useful and shared.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping in for some soup. And appreciate the vote up and share. Thanks so much.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      I love noodle soups! ^-^' This making me imagine a bowl of Ramen, maybe I'd be making one later on. :) Broccoli, carrots, and cabbage are my favorites on my noodles. Sometimes I also add boiled eggs! Voted up and shared!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Jamie: I found that my husband was eating way too much of this soup so I figured I had to make it healthy. Thanks for the vote and visit.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for all the great ideas on things to add to Ramon Noodle soup! It's better than doing it the way I used to.. I would boil the noodles, pour the water out and then add some butter to melt over the noodles and then add the packet. It was just creamy, salty noodles. Though it seemed pretty good if it's all we had, it was definitely way more fattening. Voting up, useful & interesting!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping by and nice comments and voting up of course.

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      Sommer Dalton 4 years ago

      This sounds really good! Thanks for the idea! voted up plus 3:)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you so much for visiting and voting,sharing etc. Can't ask for more. We do enjoy it especially when I add a ton of greens.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you so much for visiting and voting,sharing etc. Can't ask for more. We do enjoy it especially when I add a ton of greens.

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      For a period of about 4 months when I was 21, Ramen noodles were my basic diet. Thank you for sharing these useful tips on how to make it a ton healthier and more creative. Voting up, sharing, and rating useful and awesome :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      That sounds different..I always enjoy comments with new ideas. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

      I like to add hard boiled eggs or poached eggs, romaine lettuce, roasted pepers, sliced beef, and roasted garlic. I do this with both Ramen Noodles and other types of packaged noodles. I particularly like Nongshim brand noodles.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for kind words and dropping by for a visit..and the vote.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      great tip,carol

      we use these instant noodles once in a week in our household and this will be a delight to try it :)

      Thanks and voted up as useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I think Ramen soup has become a staple in homes ..easy, fast and very inexpensive. Broccoli...I put some in yesterday in fact. Not bad.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love Ramen! I don't think I could live without it. I eat it with the packets, because I am a bad girl, but when I cook if for my husband I always cut way back on how much of the packet I use, and make up the flavor with my own seasoning mix.

      I love this hub because I use Ramen all the time with vegetables. It is a life saver on a busy day. Our favorite way to cook it is with frozen broccoli and a can of mushroom soup, but the squash you mentioned sounds very lovely. Will have to try that!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by to check out the soup. I like noodles okay, but my husband loves them! Let me know if you were able to noodle it for dinner.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Hey there! You know, I don't have any packages of ramen around, but you've definitely got me craving some noodles. Hmm...I might have to see what I can conjure up this evening by way of some noodles. Hehe.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy this easy soup.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I try hard to have a low sodium diet...and if you don't open cans and buy prepared food you are ahead of the game. So noodles and no sodium.. We just had it for lunch...cilantro, celery, spinach, tomatoes and spices...I see you live in Las Vegas..my favorite city. Thanks for stopping by for some soup.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have always stayed away from Ramen because of the high sodium. I'm so happy to have found your suggestions for healthy-ing up this budget-friendly food staple! My husband is also one of those who would eat anything that has noodles, so this is a great solution that will make us both happy. Me because it's easy, and him because it's noodles! :)

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Carol, as the days get Cooler, this is an Excellent Soup Recipe, and so Easy to make and add to. I will try it, and Thanks so much for sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much Billybuc. I have redone all my hubs a gazillion times as I learn new things. I always find a typo, a better way to explain, photos and now rss..I am getting so smart I can hardly think straight. You know I always think about how you were there when I first came to answer my questions. I look for new writers and try to encourage them and share what little I do know. So here we are and thanks so much always. Nothing wrong with top ramen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Look at all the comments; you have arrived here on HubPages. Just so you know, I will be mentioning you in my hub on Thursday or Friday....and by the way, I survived in college because of Top Ramen. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lord DeCross: Thank you for stopping in to check out the soup. I appreciate your lovely comments.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Excellent add ons. You gave us a good idea of a delicious and nutritious enriched soup. Time to warm up that Soup from last night... seriously!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like it because it comes in a small package..easy to store and stays fresh. It is just something to have handy when you need a quick meal and use anything you have around the kitchen. Thanks for dropping by for a visit.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I used to make a healthy version of this too with chicken and peas. Thanks for the reminder. Ramen noodles is always a good filler. I used it in soups too.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by for a visit. thanks for your kind remarks..Always very appreciated.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I have always wanted to try Ramen noodles and now with your help and healthy recipe, I can do so. A world of thanks, Carol.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping by and lovely comments. How nice to have your kids home!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Yummy! Looking forward to trying it. My first winter in 4 years with both kids home again. Thank you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you breakfastpop..Do they serve it at the Inn?

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I am a soup lover so I appreciate this hub.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for dropping in. I like the soup because we are often around the house during lunch and having to think up another meal...this saves that plus have health benefits. Thanks for share.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sounds like a really healthy, yet hearty recipe, Carol! Thanks for sharing it! shared!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by and nice comments.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this idea. We use Ramen as a stock for vegetable and noodle soup.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Nell Rose: I always enjoy your visits. The soup can take on many new flavors for few dollars, and so easy to fix. Put whatever you would put in soup and then some.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I think Ramen noodles are the same as what we over here call a Pot Noodle! lol! but I never thought of adding my own ingredients, so your ideas are spot on! fanatastic! voted up! nell

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      i know how you can get tired of certain foods, but maybe with some new ingredients you may change your mind.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      I used to love Ramen noodles... I guess we had them too often and got tired of them :/

      With the tips you give here, I think we might like it again, thanks for sharing :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is definitely a solution to get rid of all sodium and msg. Thanks for dropping by and great comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Not too bad for a quick and cheap dinner. I am sure it lasted for a few meals...Thanks for stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi and Thank you for stopping for a visit. No sodium with this version. Thanks for the Vote.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ignugent 17 Thanks for dropping by and voting up. Yes it is a cheap and tasty with veggies.

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      Deborah Freed 4 years ago from Virginia Mountains

      I love the idea of putting lots of veggies and herbs in place of the seasoning packet. I am allergic to MSG and the packets that come with these noodles are filled with it and way too much sodium. When my older son was in college I would buy a case of these and make him promise to throw out the packets and use an instant chicken soup base powder with dehydrated veggies I would buy at the health food store. the noodles are versatile but I suggest to make it even healthier, throw out the chemical packet. GREAT ideas!!!!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Carol, hailing from The Garden Isle and having been a college student and a bachelor decades ago, I am very well acquainted with ramen noodles.

      A variation I call "A Poor Man's Tuna Casserole" involves cooking two packages of noodles, pouring off the excess water, adding a can of tuna, a previously heated can of mushroom gravy, and just one of the packets of ramen spices. You can then add sliced jalapenos, more spices according to taste, and voila! A fast, economic, and delicious meal for two.

      Aloha and mahalo!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Carol, I love your healthier version of this meal. I do love the noodles but do not buy them due to the high sodium content. This recipe will certainly be appealing and enjoyable. Voted up.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Good idea Carol. I agree with Janine that winter is just around the corner and we need something hot. Go for healthy food.

      Voted up and more!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Janine: Thanks so much. I had to create this as the house is always full of Ramen soup. And getting the veggies and it is so easy. And it is so cheap...Thanks again for all the votes.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I have pinned this, because with upcoming winter being able to make some healthy soup for my family sounds wonderful and your recipes sound delicious. I have also voted, shared and tweeted too!!