Warming Winter Soups

Golden Curried Pea or Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

This hearty soup, adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, features a variation serendipitously discovered by Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs. Craving pea soup, Ricki pulled out the book, started the soup, and realized she had no yellow split peas. Undaunted, she quickly substituted red lentils and discovered that the soup works just as well with that substitution. Thanks to Ricki for that inspiration, and for the lovely photo here as well. more→

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Italian-Style Potato and Escarole Soup

Italian-Style Potato and Escarole Soup

The combination of greens and potatoes makes a comforting soup that’s perfect for a chilly day. No escarole? Substitute an equal amount of chard, kale, or mustard greens. Adapted from Wild About Greens. Photo by Susan Voisin of FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Winter Potato and Lentil Stew

lentil and potato stew

Here’s a simple, basic stew of potatoes and lentils that gets its kick from a cool coconut yogurt dressing that’s passed around for topping. Serve with a crusty bread or fresh flatbread and a colorful kale salad for a nice cold-weather meal.

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French Onion Soup

Onions on white

Ahhh, French Onion soup, my favorite vegetarian mistake. I loved this so much in my omnivore days that I just assumed since it was an onion soup that it had to be vegetarian. Boy, was I wrong. I was just three months into being vegetarian when on of my coworkers informed me that French onion soup is made with beef broth! Imagine my horror, especially since I hadn’t eaten beef in nearly a decade. But hey, we all make mistakes, and from that day forward the French onion soup and I parted ways. But now here we are, reunited…and it feels so good (sing along!). This recipe is contributed by Alicia C. Simpson from her book Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food(The Experiment, 2009).

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Four-Grain Tomato Soup

four-grain tomato soup

This savory medley of whole grains and vegetables in a tomato base will warm you when the weather gets nippy. Photo courtesy of Mehitable Days. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage and Bread Stew

sweet and sour bread and cabbage stew

Here’s a variation of classic sweet-and-sour cabbage soup, given a bit more heft with bread cubes nestled in each serving. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photo by Ricki Heller. more→

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Miso Soup with Winter Vegetables

Daikon Radishes

This soup is very warming, and surprisingly filling compared to the more usual, brothy miso soups. It features potatoes, cabbage, carrot, and daikon or turnip, to make a satisfying bowlful. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for all Seasons by Nava Atlas. more→

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Virginia Peanut Soup

Virginia Peanut Soup

Admittedly rich, this traditional Southern-style peanut soup has an intensely nutty flavor. Served in moderate portions, it’s immensely satisfying. more→

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