You Just Got a Dutch Oven, Here Are 15 Heart-Healthy Recipes to Make First

With its thick walls and heavy lid, the Dutch oven can be an invaluable tool in your home kitchen, helping you create truly delicious and nutritious meals. This collection is filled with recipes that are as delicious as they are healthy for your heart. Whether it’s soup, stew, chili or pasta, these comfort meals are made with low amounts of sodium and saturated fat to seamlessly fit into heart-healthy eating patterns. Put your new Dutch oven to good use with dishes like our Chicken and Dumpling 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 spot on the stovetop.


Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

This hearty and warm chicken-and-dumplings soup includes whole-wheat biscuits that provide a boost of fiber while maintaining a light texture. Thyme and parsley add freshness to the traditional flavor of this crowd-pleasing soup.




One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Caitlin Bencel

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 clean-up while adding more flavor to the noodles. This quick recipe is also extremely adaptable, and lends itself to lots of easy ingredient swaps (be sure to check out the quadrangle below). Substitute the spinach for any veggies you have on hand, such as chopped zucchini and mushrooms, or add leftover chicken or cooked and crumbled sausage. We’ve happily adopted whole-wheat spaghetti as a healthier alternative to white pasta; This works especially well in this one-pot application.




Hearty Chicken Stew

Perfect on chilly winter nights, this hearty chicken stew recipe will warm you up in no time. Serve it with some homemade biscuits for a filling meal.




Copycat Olive Garden’s Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Photographer: Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist: Ali Rami, Prop Stylist: Claren Spollen

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




Whole Grain 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 soft and turn into a sauce with stock and pasta. Without ever adding butter, spaghetti sauce is rich and silky. Adding herbs at the end gives fresh color and flavor to the dish. This is a healthy pasta recipe we can definitely get behind!




Vegetable and Tofu Soup

Tofu is known for being bland, but when it’s marinated in Italian seasonings for four hours, it’s nothing like that in this veggie-packed soup.




pasta alla norma

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

Pasta alla Norma is a Sicilian pasta dish traditionally made with eggplant, tomatoes and ricotta salata. While not traditional, our version includes a little balsamic vinegar and fennel seeds for sweetness and flavor. Ricotta Salata is a hard, salty cheese that, when paired with basil, brightens this easy vegetarian dish.




Türkiye 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 helps save time, and the lean turkey stays tender as it simmers gently in the chili. The poblano peppers and chipotle in adobo add a nice spice and smokiness to the dish. Top with your favorite garnishes, such as grated cheese, yogurt, avocado or lemon wedges.




Chicken Soup with Raccoon and Potatoes

This hearty chicken soup builds flavor fast, thanks to store-bought reccato, a cooking base made from cilantro, onions, sweet peppers, and garlic. Each bite is loaded with vegetables including potatoes, carrots and red bell peppers. Lemon juice completes the dish to bring it shine.




Southwestern 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.




Vegetarian Lentil Stew

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This comforting vegetarian lentil stew is incredibly satisfying thanks to hearty lentils and sweet potatoes. Leeks provide a savory allium note 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 Rami

This easy sweet potato soup prepares quickly with the use of refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes, which provide a creamy, smooth texture. Gremolata adds freshness and brightness to soups.




Grilled Salmon with Kale Sauté

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




Moyo de Paulette Pham

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

With the combination of smoke and heat, this dish is easy and quick to prepare. If you like spicy food, cut the chilli into long pieces to extract its juice. Char jalapeños, which are more readily available, can be substituted for habaneros (also known as Scotch bonnets), but habaneros contribute a flavor in their own right. Smoked chicken is available in specialty meat stores. 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 a ham bone and a little smoked paprika. The peas break down while cooking, enhancing the flavor and adding a creamy texture to this rich and warm soup.



EatingWell.com, December 2023

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