You’ve heard of sweater season—
Now get ready for something better: Soup season.
Fall and winter are the coziest times of year, and soup is the perfect meal to add to that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Your earliest memories of soup are probably from when you weren’t feeling well and you needed something light and nutritious.
You can still enjoy soup when you aren’t feeling well, but this world of soup recipes is so much wider today!
Now, healthy, savory, delicious soups are popular menu items all around the world.
The good news?
They are easy to make vegan-friendly!
In this article, we’ll be going over everything you need to know to enjoy a variety of soup recipes this fall and winter.
Here is what we will be covering:
Are you ready to learn more?
White Bean Kale Soup from Kylie of Midwest Foodie
Kitchen Essentials: The Toolkit for Vegan Soups
The first step to creating satiating soups right at home is to make sure you have your kitchen stocked and ready to roll.
Here are the kitchen essentials we recommend having on hand:
- A Stockpot: A stockpot is a staple in any kitchen. This standard type of pot is traditionally used to make stocks and broths, but it can also be used to make a big batch of soup as well. This stockpot from Sur la Table fits up to 8 quarts and comes in an array of colors.
- A Slow Cooker: If you don’t already have a slow cooker in your kitchen, prepare to have your life changed. A slow cooker is the perfect set-it and forget-it dinner plan. Great for soups, stews, chilis, and more. This slow cooker from KitchenAid is big enough to store any amount of soup!
- Blender: A glass, heat resistant blender is going to take your soup game to the next level. Perfectly blend up your soup ingredients for a smooth finish with this Ninja blender, sold at Macy’s.
- Long Wooden Spoon: For any soup, you’ll need a great wooden for stirring, (and taste-testing!) The look of this olivewood spoon from World Market is gorgeous for your kitchen.
- Ladle: For serving up all of the soup-goodness, you’ll need an extra-large ladle! This silicone ladle with a copper handle from Williams Sonoma is beautiful and easy to clean.
- Zester: If you’ve seen this kitchen appliance, but weren’t sure if you need it, now is the time to invest. You’ll be shocked at how frequently you get out your zester to add that extra zing to your soups! This standard zester from Target does the trick.
- Soup Skimmer: You can get by without it, but if it’s in the budget and you’re ready to perfect your soup-making game, then this soup skimmer from Cuisinart is going to be your new best friend.
- Thermos: Naturally, you will want to store your soup so that you can enjoy it for lunch! Keeping your soup in a thermos is a great way to enjoy your soup without worrying about hunting down a microwave. We like this container from Lunchbots that holds two servings of soup!
- Storage Containers: It is pretty rare to only make one serving of soup. If you’re doing it right, you’ll have lots of leftovers! Soups are great to keep in the fridge or even the freezer. These classic storage containers from Pyrex will help you out when you make big batches of soup!
Those are all of the essential kitchen utensils you’ll need to master the art of making soup.
There is one additional ingredient you will want to have on hand if you are ready to jump into the soup-making process:
Vegan vegetable stock or vegetable broth.
Afraid to ask the difference between broth and stock?
You’re not alone.
The difference is simple.
Stock is usually referred to as a base for soup.
Broth is referred to as something you can drink and consume on its own.
Both can be used as a base for your delicious vegan soups.
Do you know the number one reason soups aren’t vegan friendly?
Chicken broth is currently the most common base.
That’s why hunting down pre-made soups in the store or at the deli isn’t always the best idea for a vegan.
There are tons of vegan vegetables stocks and broth out there that will create a delectable base for all of your soups!
Here’s what we recommend:
- Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base: This product comes in a paste that can be melted down in boiling water to create your soup base. It has all the savory flavors you could dream of and won’t take up a lot of space in your kitchen.
- Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth: A lot of broths have a high sodium content in order to preserve them. This brand is a great low-sodium alternative.
- Vegetable Broth Concentrate: This silky broth is created using French cooking techniques and is an economic choice for cooking. Just one bottle makes up to 18 cups of vegetable stock!
- Make Your Own: Making your own vegetable broth and stock is easy, and oftentimes healthier than store-bought broth. Jennifer’s Kitchen has a complete breakdown of how to make incredible vegan broth and stock from home.
Roasted Garlic Miso Soup with Greens from Julie of The Simple Veganista
Out to Eat: Your Soup Survival Guide at Restaurants
Every year, there are more and more vegan options on the menu.
But order with caution—
Soup is something that vegans need to keep a close eye on.
At first glance, most soup appears vegan. However, this is not always a guarantee. Here are our tips for ordering vegan-friendly soup while you’re out to eat.
1. Ask About The Broth:
The most popular base for soups in restaurants today is still chicken broth, (sigh.)
That being said—
Many kitchens are starting to get with the picture and offer soup that has a vegetable base on their menu.
A quick question to the kitchen will clear up your options immediately!
2. Look for the green “V”:
Many menus, in order to accommodate for diet restrictions and allergies, are starting to include a small logo to indicate what ingredients each dish contains.
There is usually a separate logo for vegans and vegetarians. Symbols to look for?
A green V, a Ve, or a small green leaf.
Complete a quick scan of the menu to check out your vegan soup options.
3. Avoid Add-Ons:
It’s happened to the best of us—
A perfectly delicious vegan soup arrives at your table, only to be covered in cheese or sour cream.
Make sure when you order your soup to check if any toppings are going to be added.
This will help you avoid disappointment!
Vegan Curry Ramen Noodles from Kylie of Midwest Foodie
25 Scrumptious Soup Recipes To Try Today!
The moment you’ve been waiting for—
Again, there really is a soup for every occasion, and you’ll learn all of them in this comprehensive list.
Let’s get cookin’!
Hearty Soups (And Stews!)
We’re getting to that time of year—
The time when it’s either cold, rainy, or snowy each day.
Sweater weather. Or, shall I say, soup weather.
Along with that comes an excellent excuse to cook up some cozy, heartwarming flavors in the kitchen to enjoy all winter long.
Here is the long list of vegan soup favorites you have to try:
- Packed with protein and dark leafy greens, this white bean kale soup by Midwest Foodie Blog is a great soup batch to whip up.
- Just in time for fall, this black bean butternut squash stew by Healthier Steps might make the perfect Holiday lunch meal.
- Citrus in soup? Don’t knock it until you try it. This lemony lentil soup by Gimme Some Oven is to die for.
- If you’re looking to impress some guests, look no further than this high protein vegan lasagna soup recipe by Counts of the Netherworld.
- Lemon, rosemary, thyme, and tahini are all included in this flavorful white bean soup recipe by The Simple Veganista.
- Okay, okay— it might not strictly be a soup, but this vegan curry ramen by Midwest Foodie Blog is an absolute must-try recipe.
- Spicy soup anyone? This garlic enchilada soup by Contentedness Cooking has a kick!
- Gimme Some Oven’s recipe for lemony orzo chickpea soup has protein and carbs to gear you up for the day.
- Red peppers, tomatoes, lentils, and brown rice all come together to make the perfect stuffed pepper soup by Choosing Chia.
- You didn’t know you needed this garlicky parmesan pasta soup by Rabbit and Wolves in your life.
- With bright and fresh ingredients, this carrot ginger soup by Sweet Peas and Saffron brings a zing to your day!
- This red pepper cauliflower soup by The Busy Baker is pureed to perfection.
- Want to cook with some unusual ingredients? Check out this saffron potato leek soup with fried garlic and almonds by The Simple Veganista.
Classic Soup Recipes
Of course, when we think of soup, there are a few classic recipes that have stood the test of time in our culture.
These recipes will show you how to veganize the old classics:
- Topped with a scrumptious plant-based cheese baguette, this vegan French Onion recipe by Ela Vegan is perfect.
- Nothing can beat a creamy, savory tomato soup with a side of crispy bread. This recipe by Nora Cooks does not disappoint.
- This miso soup recipe by Simple Veganista is classic, comforting, and totally nutritious.
- This lentil tortilla soup by Midwest Foodie Blog is hearty with a bit of a kick!
- Of course, we can’t forget “chicken” noodle soup! Nora Cooks recreates the classic recipe you’ll remember from your childhood here.
Gazpacho (And Other Cold Soups)
Gazpacho has a steep history that is rooted from the Andalusian area. This soup is served cold and the most popular recipe today is a tomato-based soup served up in Spain.
If you haven’t before cracked into the world of cold soups
You are in for a treat.
There is nothing better than a cold, nourishing bowl of soup with your favorite veggies on a blistering hot day:
- Keeping the Peas shows you how to make a classic vegan gazpacho recipe here.
- Cooking with beets always brings a vivid color palette to your table! This beet-based gazpacho recipe by Feasting at Home is almost too pretty to eat.
- This vegan basil cucumber gazpacho recipe by Vibrant Plate just sounds refreshing.
- With Food and Love’s chilled farmer’s market soup is a gorgeous golden color due to its use of sweet corn and sungold tomatoes.
Copycat Soups to Try
For many vegans, there is a dish from a restaurant that they really miss eating.
Don’t worry, there are some vegan cooks out there that make magic in the kitchen and have created copycat recipes so you can enjoy these yummy soups right at home!
- Healthy Girl Kitchen recreates the classic Panera broccoli cheddar soup bread bowl in this recipe.
- Filled with hearty vegan sausage, potatoes, and other yummy flavors, this vegan zuppa toscana recipe by This Savory Vegan is scrumptious.
- This vegetable gnocchi soup by Pearlynsia is Olive Garden inspired.
Vegan Stuffed Pepper Soup from Jess of Choosing Chia
Fall Soup Recipes to Spice Up Your Life
There is a reason soup is so popular.
It’s versatile, fun to make, and oh-so-delicious.
Now you know everything you need to know to create amazing soup recipes this fall!
Thinking about your vegan holiday menu? Check out our blog all about vegan Thanksgiving!