Warming Winter Soups
This hearty vegan fresh tomato soup with tortellini or ravioli is filling far served with a fresh corn on the side. It’s a wonderful choice for late summer that are starting to get cool, and is a good way to use up tomatoes that are a bit past the season’s peak. Look for vegan tortellini or ravioli in the freezer section of your natural foods store. Serve with fresh corn on the side. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Made creamy with tofu or white beans, this ancient grains soup is filled with tasty leeks and mushrooms. It’s truly a bowl of comfort! If you’d like to explore the various ancient grains on the market, you can make this with whole farro, spelt, or einkorn berries. Or go “new school” with ordinary pearl or pot barley. Whichever grain you use, you’ll enjoy this nourishing soup on a chilly or rainy day. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
No matter the season, soup remains a staple dish in everyone’s home. Hearty vegan soups are a great meal option for vegans because they can be easily made with plant-based ingredients. Soups are a great way to cook vegetables and other hearty ingredients like lentils, beans, and even potatoes.
However, there are a number of non-vegan soup recipes that need to be updated with more plant-based substitutes. One of these classics is cream of chicken and wild rice. For vegans, a simple substitute is mushroom and wild rice. This soup is perfect for cozy nights or lunch on a chilly winter day. more→
Red lentils cook quickly, so they’re a good choice when you want a hearty, filling soup in little time. Adding a couple of cups of pumpkin or butternut squash puree adds to the orange-y goodness of this soup — and cauliflower and spinach contribute to its overall veggie-packed deliciousness. Serve this main-dish soup with a fresh flatbread and a simple salad. Photos by Evan Atlas.
Here’s a vegan take on the classic French onion soup, topped with crisp bread and melted nondairy cheese. You’ll cry a river while cutting the onions, but you and your family or guests will weep tears of joy while eating this heavenly soup. It’s also a good remedy for a cold — all those onions and garlic will do you good! This recipe skips the rather unnecessary step of baking the soup with the bread in it — as really, it’s only the bread and cheese that need to be baked. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas.
Here’s a simple soup of quick-cooking red lentils, embellished with tender greens. It’s a warming homemade soup you can have on the table in less than 45 minutes. Once you’ve done the onion-garlic sauté, there’s very little additional work to do! Serve with fresh pita, croutons, or crispy pita chips that you can crumble right into the soup. The recipe yields a flavorful but mild soup; see notes on seasonings following the recipe if you’d like to kick it up a few notches.
Like Minestrone, Italian Pasta and Bean Soup is a classic, sometimes referred to as pasta e fagiole. It’s a meal in a bowl that you can complete easily with fresh garlic bread and a big salad. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas. more→
Filling and flavorful, this becomes a meal in itself when served with a robust bread and a simple salad. Though the peas and herbs will lose their color, this keeps exceptionally well and develops flavor as it stands. For an extra special cool-weather meal, start making some Focaccia Bread just before making the soup. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas.
This hearty lentil soup features a slew of compatible ingredients, including potatoes, cauliflower, and spinach or arugula. It all melds together in a garlicky, mildly curried broth. Add a fresh flatbread and a simple salad for a satisfying meal. more→
This satisfying soup features lentils, potatoes (and optional sweet potatoes) and greens, a trio of compatible ingredients in a mildly curried broth. This is a wonderful soup to come home to on a cold late fall or winter day, so make it on a quiet Sunday and enjoy it when you come home from work the next day. It’s also a good choice to pack in a Thermos, to take to work or school.
Serves: 6 to 8
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup raw brown or green lentils, rinsed
- 1 large celery stalk, diced
- 6 cups water
- 2 large potatoes, scrubbed and diced (or use 1 large potato and 1 medium-large sweet potato)
- 15- to 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained (try fire-roasted for extra flavor)
- 2 to 3 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, or more, to taste
- 1 tablespoon salt-free seasoning blend (like Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
- 6 to 8 ounces leafy greens, washed, stemmed, and chopped (use chard, kale, collard greens, spinach, or arugula — or a combination of whatever you have on hand)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until both are golden.
Add the lentils, celery, garlic, and water. Bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Add the potatoes, tomatoes, and curry powder, and seasoning blend, and simmer gently until the potatoes and lentils are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes longer.
Stir in the greens, cilantro, and lemon juice. Adjust the consistency with more water as needed, then season with salt and pepper. Simmer over very low heat for another 5 minutes. Serve at once or if time allows, let stand off the heat for an hour or so, then heat through before serving.
Meals based on low-fat, inexpensive ingredients like this nourishing tomato, lentil, and barley soup are always welcome. Serve this main-dish soup with fresh bread or cornbread and a colorful green salad to complete an easy meal. Leftovers of this soup are great to take to work or school in a container; and it freezes well, too. Photos by Laurie Fahrner, who writes the blog Mehitable Days. Recipe adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.
Once you’ve got the squash baked, this autumnal butternut squash soup comes together quickly. The mellow flavors of coconut milk, kale, and red onions synergize delectably with the squash, and look gorgeous together as well. It’s a fantastic first course for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner, but it need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Susan Voisin. more→