Soulful Soups

Vegan “Chick-Un” Noodle Soup

Vegan mock chicken soup

This simple, tasty soup recalls a comfort food from my childhood — minus the poor bird. Chickpeas or baked tofu do the trick, adding substance and flavor to this soothing soup. There’s a Yiddish proverb that goes: “Worries go down better with soup.” How true! Photo by Theresa Raffetto. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.*
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Tomato Chickpea Soup with Tiny Pasta and Fresh Herbs

tomato chickpea soup with tiny pasta

Chickpeas and miniature pasta shapes in a richly flavored tomato broth add up to a soup that comes together in no time, yet tastes as if it has been simmered for hours.

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Quick Green Veggie Soup with Couscous or Quinoa

Quick Green Veggie soup with couscous or quinoa

For this bountiful vegetable soup, the less cooking time, the better. Featuring an of green veggies, including broccoli, zucchini, peas, and spinach — plus fresh herbs — everything should remain bright green and just done. The addition of a small amount of couscous or quinoa make this soup more substantial without adding cooking time.

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Creamy Zucchini Soup

Creamy Zucchini Soup - vegan

This tasty, creamy zucchini soup easy to prepare. Use smaller zucchini, as they’re more flavorful than large ones. It’s a perfect soup for late summer, when zucchini are in abundance. This is good served hot or chilled. more→

Zucchini Chowder

Zucchini chowder

This soup recipe is a tasty adaptation of a southwestern classic. When zucchini becomes over-abundant in the late summer garden, this is one way to use up a fair amount of it! Serve as an introduction to a southwestern-style meal of soft tacos or vegan quesadillas. more→

Bok Choy, Tofu, and Baby Corn Soup

Bok choy, tofu, and baby corn soup

This quick Asian-style vegetable soup, combining crunchy bok choy with high-protein tofu, is perfect to team with a rice dish or a cold noodle dish like Orange Sesame Noodles. It’s also delicious paired with Quinoa Scallion Fritters, as shown here. more→

Hot-and-Sour Asian Vegetable Soup

Hot and Sour Vegetable Soup

Hot-and-sour soup always offers an extravaganza of invigorating textures and flavors. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients here. It’s an easy soup to make and doesn’t take long to cook. Serve it as an accompaniment to a simple hot or cold Asian-style noodle dish. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Asian Mushroom-Noodle Soup

Asian mushroom noodle soup

Comforting and quick, this simple soup abounds with mushrooms and noodles, along with a few minimally cooked vegetables. A trip to an Asian market to find exotic noodles is no longer necessary. Most well-stocked supermarkets feature an array of imported noodles in the Asian foods section. more→

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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Very Quick Black Bean Soup

Quick black bean soup

Making a soul-satisfying black bean soup in such short order is a rarity, but organic canned black beans are so flavorful that they do the trick perfectly. Organic black beans are packed in a nice thick base, rather than a briny liquid. Take note of the variety of toppings you can use to dress the soup up each time you make it. This is delicious served with cornbread or a leafy wrap. more→

Collard Greens and Rice Soup

collard greensRich with collard greens, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes, this delicate soup is healthy as it is delicious. From Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf.

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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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