Light and Lively Spring Soups

Curried Nut Butter-Vegetable Soup

Curried cashew vegetable soup

Nut butter make an unusual and rich-tasting base for a soup. With notes of ginger, curry, and citrus, this soup is good hot or at room temperature. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Colorful Asian-Style Vegetable Tofu Soup

Tofu vegetable soup

This quick and colorful soup will please anyone who enjoys Asian flavors. Just toss everything into a soup pot and in a few minutes, it’s done! Try enticing kids and teens with this simple soup. Serve with an Asian-flavored rice or noodle dish and veggie spring rolls for a fun meal. more→

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Vegan cream of cauliflower soup

This creamy dairy-free cauliflower soup, enhanced with any of the garnishes recommended, makes a soothing introduction to a meal. It’s great with veggie-filled wraps and main-dish salads. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Cream of Leek and Asparagus Soup

Cream of leek and asparagus soup recipe

This delicate spring soup of leeks and asparagus tastes even better if made a day ahead. It’s a light first course for a festive spring holiday meal (Easter or Passover), or as an everyday kind of soup served with sandwiches or wraps. more→

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Creamy Green Pea and Cashew Butter Soup

Creamy cashew green pea soup

A delectable, high-protein puree featuring cashew butter and green peas in a base of white beans silken tofu, this is a nearly-instant soup. It’s a treat when you crave fresh soup but don’t have the time for a lot of chopping and simmering. Serve with a crusty bread. more→

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Okra-Rice Soup

Okra rice soup

A true Southern classic, this okra and rice soup was as commonplace in the nineteenth century as it is unusual today. Despite the “throw-everything-into-the-pot” simplicity of the recipe, the result is a wonderfully complex blend of flavors and textures—thanks mainly to the unique character of okra. This thick soup is closely related to a Creole gumbo. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Spanish Vegetable Stew

Spanish vegetable stew

This classic stew, menestra de verduras, has many regional variations, and can be made with different vegetables according to season. Constant ingredients include potatoes, carrots, and green peas; artichokes are the most characteristic. Fresh artichokes are called for in traditional recipes, but using the canned or frozen variety simplifies the process. Though it’s a stew, it’s nice and light, and with plenty of fresh asparagus, this is a great dish for a cool late spring evening, just as the season is about to turn. A great companion to this is Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil, and fresh whole-grain bread. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons; photo by Michael Polito. more→

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Greek-Flavored Spinach and Orzo Soup

Lemony Spinach and Orzo Soup

Here’s a lively spinach soup that comes together quickly, with leeks, greens, and tiny orzo pasta in a lemony broth. It’s a lovely soup for everyday meals as well as holiday celebrations such as Easter dinner. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.   more→

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