10+ Heart Healthy Dutch Oven Recipes

10+ Heart Healthy Dutch Oven Recipes

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


Chicken and dumpling soup

Photographer: Jane Causey, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

This delicious and warming chicken and dumpling soup features whole wheat crackers that provide a boost of fiber while maintaining a light texture. Thyme and parsley add freshness to the traditional flavors of this crowd-pleasing soup.




One bowl of pasta with spinach and tomatoes

Caitlin Bensel

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




Hearty chicken stew

Perfect for cold winter nights, this delicious chicken soup recipe will warm you up instantly. Serve with some homemade crackers for a filling meal.




Olive Garden Copycat Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Photographer: Jennifer Cozzi, Food Designer: Ali Rami, Props Designer: Claire Spolin

This comforting Olive Garden fried chicken and gnocchi soup is creamy, with chewy gnocchi to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy with a green salad and breadsticks for dipping.




Whole grain pasta 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 turn into a sauce with the broth and pasta. Without adding any butter at all, the spaghetti sauce is rich and silky. Adding herbs at the end gives the dish a new touch of color and flavour. This is one healthy pasta recipe that we can definitely get behind!




Vegetable and tofu soup

Tofu has a reputation for being bland, but when it’s marinated in Italian seasoning for up to four hours, it’s nothing but this veggie-packed soup.




Pasta alla Norma

Photographer: Jane Causey, Food Designer: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Designer: Josh Hogel

Pasta alla Norma is a Sicilian pasta dish traditionally made with eggplant, tomatoes and ricotta salad. Although it’s not traditional, our version has a little balsamic vinegar and fennel seeds for sweetness and flavor. Ricotta salata is a hard, salty cheese that, along with basil, adds a bright touch to this easy vegetarian dish.




Türkiye chili

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

In this healthy turkey chili recipe, we skip browning the turkey for two reasons: it helps save time, and the lean turkey stays tender while it simmers in chili. The poblano and chipotle peppers in adobo add nice flavor and smokiness to the dish. Garnish with your favorite toppings, such as grated cheese, yogurt, avocado, or lemon slices.




Chicken soup with riquito and potatoes

This delicious chicken soup builds flavor quickly, thanks to store-bought riquito, a cooking base made of cilantro, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Every bite is packed with veggies, including potatoes, carrots, and red peppers. Lemon juice finishes the dish to add brightness.




Southwest salmon soup

Ideal for a cold day, salmon soup is an excellent source of high-quality lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. As an added bonus, this chowder can be prepared with minimal effort in less than an hour.




Vegetarian lentil stew

Fred Hardy

This comforting vegetarian lentil soup is incredibly satisfying thanks to delicious lentils and sweet potatoes. Shallots provide delicious allium flavor while tomato paste, miso, and cumin add bold flavor.




Sweet potato soup with orange and walnut gremolata

Photographer: Jane Causey, Prop Designer: Claire Spolin, Food Designer: Ali Rami

This easy sweet potato soup comes together quickly with the use of chilled mashed sweet potatoes, which provide a creamy, smooth texture. Gremolata brings freshness and brightness to complement the soup.




Grilled salmon with sautéed kale

In this healthy dinner recipe, salmon fillets are marinated in a spicy dry rub, grilled, and served with a simple side of lemon-marinated sautéed kale and shallots. Sometimes simple is best!




Moyo smoked chicken

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

This dish combines smoke and heat, and is quick and easy to put together. If you like fiery food, cut the peppers across long slits to release their juice. Four types of jalapenos, which are more readily available, can be substituted for habaneros (also called Scotch bonnets), but habaneros contribute a flavor of their own. Smoked chicken is available in specialized meat shops. Serve hot over rice.




Pea soup with ham bone

Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Pea soup gets its smokiness from a ham bone and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Split peas break down as they cook, gaining flavor and providing a creamy texture to this rich, warming soup.



EatingWell.com, December 2023

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