You just got a dutch oven. Here are 15 heart-healthy recipes

With thick walls and a heavy lid, a Dutch oven can be an invaluable tool in your home kitchen, helping you to prepare truly delicious and nutritious dishes. This collection is full of dishes that are as tasty as they are healthy for your heart. Whether it’s soup, stew, chili, or pasta, these comforting meals are made with low amounts of sodium and saturated fat to fit seamlessly into your heart-healthy eating habits. Use your new Dutch oven with our recipes like Chicken and Dumpling Soup and Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Italian Turkey Sausage, Arugula and Balsamic Tomato Dressing, and you’ll want to give your sturdy pot a permanent place on the stove.


Chicken and dumpling soup

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

This hearty and warming chicken dumpling soup contains whole grain crackers that add fiber while maintaining a light texture. Thyme and parsley bring freshness to the traditional flavors of this crowd-pleasing soup.




One-pot pasta with spinach and tomatoes

Caitlin Bensel

This one pot pasta dinner is simple, fresh and healthy, what’s not to love? Cooking the pasta directly in the sauce saves time and cleanup and gives the noodles more flavor. This quick recipe is also endlessly adaptable and lends itself to several easy ingredient swaps (be sure to check out the handy recipes below). Swap the spinach for whatever vegetables you have on hand, such as sliced ​​zucchini and mushrooms, or add leftover chicken or cooked and crumbled sausage. We’ve happily embraced whole wheat spaghetti as a healthier alternative to white pasta; it works especially well in this one-pot application.




Rich chicken stew

Perfect for cold winter nights, this hearty chicken stew recipe will warm you right up. Serve with homemade cookies for a filling meal.




Copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Photographer: Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee, Prop Stylist: Clairen Spollen

This comforting Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is creamy with chewy, pillowy gnocchi to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy with a green salad and breadsticks for dipping.




Whole wheat spaghetti with Italian turkey sausage, arugula and balsamic tomato sauce

Complete happiness in a bowl: pasta, sausage, tomatoes and herbs. The tomatoes become sweet and tender and they become a sauce with the broth and pasta. Spaghetti sauce is rich and silky without ever adding butter. Adding herbs at the end gives the food a fresh color and taste. This is one healthy pasta recipe we can definitely get behind!




Vegetable and tofu soup

Tofu has a reputation for being bland, but marinated in Italian seasoning for up to four hours, it’s anything but in this vegetable-packed soup.




Pasta below Norma

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle

Pasta alla Norma is a Sicilian pasta traditionally made with eggplant, tomatoes and ricotta salata. Although not traditional, our version includes a splash of balsamic vinegar and fennel seeds for added sweetness and flavor. Ricotta salata is a solid, salty cheese that, along with basil, brings brightness to this easy vegetarian dish.




Turkey chili

Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Shell Royster

In this healthy turkey chili recipe, we skip browning the turkey for two reasons: it saves time and the lean turkey stays tender as it simmers lightly in chili. Poblano peppers and chipotles in adobo bring a nice spiciness and smokiness to the food. Top with your favorite garnishes, such as grated cheese, yogurt, avocado or lime slices.




Chicken soup with recaito and potatoes

This hearty chicken soup builds flavor quickly thanks to store-bought recaito, a cooking base of kulantro, onion, bell peppers, and garlic. Every bite is loaded with veggies, including potatoes, carrots and red bell pepper. Lime juice finishes the dish to add brightness.




Southwest salmon cheese

Perfect for a cold day, this salmon powder is an excellent source of high-quality lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. As an added bonus, this low-fat dressing can be made in less than an hour.




Vegan lentil stew

Fred Hardy

This comforting vegan lentil stew is incredibly satisfying thanks to hearty lentils and sweet potatoes. Leek lends a savory allium flavor, while tomato paste, miso and cumin add bold flavor.




Sweet potato soup with orange-walnut Gremolata

Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

This easy sweet potato soup is quick to prepare using chilled sweet potato puree, which gives it a creamy, smooth texture. Gremolata brings freshness and brightness to complement the soup.




Grilled salmon in kale

In this healthy dinner recipe, salmon fillets are seasoned with a fresh dry rub, grilled and served with a simple side dish – lemon-seasoned kale and shallots. Sometimes simple is best!




Moyo de Poulet Fum

Photography / Jennifer Causey, Styling / Ruth Blackburn / Audrey Davis

This container that combines smoke and heat is easy and quick to assemble. If you like hot food, make long slits in the peppers to release the juice. The four more readily available jalapeños can be substituted with habaneros (also called Scotch bonnets), but habaneros have their own flavor. You can get smoked chicken from specialty meat shops. Serve hot over rice.




Split pea soup with ham bone

Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Split pea soup gets its smokiness from the ham bone and a touch of smoked paprika. Split peas break down as they cook and take on flavor and a creamy texture to this rich and warming soup.



EatingWell.com, December 2023

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