With thick walls and a heavy lid, a Dutch oven can be an invaluable tool in your home kitchen, helping you make some really tasty and healthy meals. This collection is full of foods that taste as good as they do for your heart. Whether it’s soup, stew, chili or pasta, these comfort foods are made with low amounts of sodium and saturated fats to fit seamlessly into a heart-healthy eating pattern. Use your new Dutch oven in recipes like our Chicken & Dumplings Soup and Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Italian Turkey Sausage, Arugula and Balsamic Tomato Sauce, and you’ll want to give your sturdy pot a permanent place on the stovetop.
Chicken & Dumplings Soup
This hearty and warming chicken-and-dumplings soup features whole-wheat biscuits that offer a boost of fiber while maintaining a light texture. Thyme and parsley add freshness to the traditional flavors of this crowd-pleasing soup.
One-Pot Pasta With Spinach and Tomatoes
This one-pot pasta dinner is simple, fresh, and nutritious. What’s not to love? This quick recipe is infinitely adaptable, and lends itself to many easy ingredient changes (be sure to check out the cleverriffs below). Substitute spinach for any vegetables you have on hand like sliced zucchini and mushrooms, or add leftover chicken or cooked and crumbled sausage. We happily embrace whole-wheat spaghetti as a healthier alternative to white pasta; it works especially well in this one-pot application.
Hearty Chicken Stew
Perfect for cold winter nights, this hearty chicken stew recipe will warm you up. Serve it with some homemade biscuits for a hearty meal.
Copycat Olive Garden’s Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
This comforting copycat Olive Garden chicken and gnocchi soup is creamy, with chewy, pillowy gnocchi to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy a green salad and breadsticks for dipping.
Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Italian Turkey Sausage, Arugula, and Balsamic Tomato Sauce
Total happiness in a bowl: pasta, sausage, tomatoes and herbs. Tomatoes become sweet and soft and become a sauce with stock and pasta. Without adding any butter, spaghetti sauce is rich and silky. Adding herbs at the end gives the dish a fresh pop of color and flavor. This is a healthy pasta recipe that we can definitely get our hands on!
Vegetable and Tofu Soup
Tofu has a reputation for being bland, but when marinated in Italian seasoning for up to four hours, it’s anything but in this veggie-packed soup.
Pasta alla Norma
Pasta alla Norma is a Sicilian pasta dish traditionally made with eggplant, tomatoes and ricotta salata. Although not traditional, our version includes a splash of balsamic vinegar and fennel seeds for sweetness and flavor. Ricotta salata is a firm, salty cheese that, along with basil, brings brightness to this easy vegetarian dish.
In this healthy chili turkey recipe, we skip browning the turkey for two reasons: it helps save time, and the turkey stays tender while simmering in the chili. The poblano peppers and chipotles in the adobo add a nice spice and smokiness to the dish. Top with your favorite toppings, like shredded cheese, yogurt, avocado or lime wedges.
Chicken Soup with Recaito and Potatoes
This hearty chicken soup takes on flavor quickly, thanks to store-bought recaito, a cooking base made with culantro, onion, sweet peppers and garlic. Each bite is loaded with vegetables, including potatoes, carrots and red bell peppers. Lime juice finishes the dish to add brightness.
Southwest Salmon Chowder
Perfect for a cold day, this salmon chowder is an excellent source of high-quality lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. As an added bonus, this low-effort chowder can be prepared in less than an hour.
Vegan Lentil Stew
This comforting vegan lentil stew is incredibly satisfying thanks to hearty lentils and sweet potatoes. The leeks provide a delicious allium note while the tomato paste, miso and cumin add a bold flavor.
Sweet Potato Soup with Orange-Walnut Gremolata
This easy sweet potato soup comes together quickly using chilled mashed sweet potatoes, giving it a creamy, smooth texture. The gremolata brings freshness and brightness to complement the soup.
Grilled Salmon with Kale Saut
In this healthy dinner recipe, salmon fillets are seasoned with a zesty dry rub, grilled and served with a simple side–lemon-seasoned sauteed kale and shallots. Sometimes simple is best!
Moyo de Poulet Fum
Combining smoke and heat, this dish is easy and quick to assemble. If you like a fiery dish, cut long slices into the peppers to release their juice. Four jalapenos, which are more readily available, can be substituted for habaneros (also called Scotch bonnets), but habaneros contribute their own flavor. Smoked chicken is available at specialty meat shops. Serve hot over rice.
Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone
Split pea soup gets its smokiness from the ham bone and a dash of smoked paprika. Split peas break down during cooking, infusing flavor and delivering a creamy texture to this hearty, warming soup.
EatingWell.com, December 2023
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