posted in 2 SmartPoints

Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon

This Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon is my new favorite soup recipe!

Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon recipe by

It’s fall! Actually, where I live we’re a little confused since it snowed in the mountains this past weekend! We had a bit of a cold front come in, and it snowed above 7,000 feet (I’m at 6,000 feet where we got rain instead). I’m hoping that means we’re going to have a fantastic ski season. And I’m guessing that means that the gargantuan snowblower we just bought is going to come in handy.  I’m going to have to make sure I have LOTS of soup around to keep us warm.  I’ll start with this recipe:

I used a soup recipe from the current Cooking Light and switched up a few things.  The “Harvest” vegetables included in the soup are butternut squash, carrots, corn and kale.  I love a soup that is LOADED with veggies, with a little added protein (chicken and BACON) and a sprinkle of healthy grains (quinoa).  It’s healthy, and it’s filling too.

Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon recipe by

Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s my pretty soup.

Harvest Vegetable, Chicken and Quinoa Soup with Bacon from

If it’s already becoming soup weather where you live, I hope you’ll try out this recipe very soon.  It’s both comforting and satisfying.   And if you’re still getting sweltering heat in your part of the world, well then you can tuck this recipe into your pocket for a cooler day.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon


  • 4 center-cut bacon slices
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups diced butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed through a fine sieve
  • 6 cups chopped kale
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves


  1. Cook the bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings (scoop out and discard the rest). Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the onion, butternut squash, carrot, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the drippings in the pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Remove the mixture from pan.
  3. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add the chicken to the pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 6 minutes or until the chicken is browned and done. Stir in the vegetable mixture, chicken broth, bay leaves, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil.
  4. Add the quinoa to the pan; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the kale, corn and thyme to the pan; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Discard the bay leaves. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with bacon.


  • If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use brands of bacon and chicken broth that are known to be GF.
  • Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints per serving (recipe divided into 6 servings): 2
SOURCE: (Adapted from this Cooking Light recipe)

Here are a few more comforting soups you might enjoy:

24 Responses to “Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon”

  1. postedSep 23, 2013 4:14 AM

    Beautiful and healthy soup to keep us all warm this fall and winter! Gorgeous photos, too. Thanks for sharing, Lori! Pinned!

  2. postedSep 23, 2013 5:02 AM

    It snowed here too (and still is), gotta love mountain ton living! Winter always comes pretty early!

    This soup is the perfect thing to warm us all up! I love the added kale and quinoa. Oh and obviously the bacon!

  3. postedSep 23, 2013 6:45 AM

    What a homey and hearty soup. I always seem to forget about quinoa. Kale and bacon always compliment each other so well too.

  4. postedSep 23, 2013 7:00 AM

    Soups that are a whole meal are so welcome at this time of year, and this one I could eat three nights in a row. It all starts with the squash for me and ends with the healthy kale. I love that combination.

  5. postedSep 23, 2013 7:49 AM

    Looks DE LISH! Getting to be that crock pot/ hearty soup time of year here in New England… it might be 60 today…. Hoping to make this one soon!

  6. postedSep 23, 2013 8:13 AM

    Looks delicious, Lori! It’s cold here this week and I’m looking for a new to me soup to make and have around for quick lunches. I think I have just about everything on hand!

  7. postedSep 23, 2013 10:21 AM

    I could use a big bowl of this right now! I love the addition of quinoa!

  8. postedSep 23, 2013 10:48 AM

    I love adding quinoa to soup! Great soup, Lori!

  9. postedSep 23, 2013 11:45 AM

    Soup is one of my favorite things about fall! Love the Quinoa and bacon in there!

  10. postedSep 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    This soup looks wonderful. I think I will make it this week 🙂

  11. postedSep 23, 2013 1:41 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    I love everything about this soup and will definitely be making it once it cools off here in Dallas! Looks so fresh and comforting!

  12. postedSep 23, 2013 1:52 PM

    Wow. That soup looks really pretty. All those veggies and quinoa, plus bacon? Heaven!

  13. postedSep 23, 2013 6:23 PM

    Your soup looks terrific, and the quinoa is such a nice addition.

  14. postedSep 24, 2013 1:37 AM

    Mmmm… perfect comfort food on a chilly day! Stay warm 🙂

  15. postedSep 24, 2013 7:55 AM

    We are in soup mood too and I need all the ideas I can get. This veggie soup looks perfect! Love the quinoa and bacon! Pinning!

  16. postedSep 24, 2013 8:49 AM

    This sounds like the perfect cold day meal. I’ve been really into quinoa lately but haven’t tried it in a soup yet – thanks for the inspiration!

  17. postedSep 24, 2013 11:35 AM

    So tasty!

  18. postedSep 25, 2013 8:51 AM

    Mmmm so perfect for this weather….I love the idea of Quinoa in a soup!

  19. postedSep 25, 2013 8:31 PM

    I was wondering what you would suggest to do in order to alter this soup to be vegetarian? Would there be enough flavor if I were simply to leave out the chicken and bacon?

    • postedSep 26, 2013 8:08 AM

      Probably- or add in other things that you like…

  20. postedSep 25, 2013 10:04 PM

    Oh my, this soup looks so full of flavor 🙂 my husband will love it!

  21. postedSep 28, 2013 9:59 PM

    We had snow in the mountains, too. I’m totally in soup mode, and want a bowl of this!

  22. postedJan 21, 2014 6:12 AM

    Does the butternut squash need to be peeled before going into the harvest vegetable chicken soup with quinoa?

Leave a Comment