Warming Winter Soups

White Bean and Kale Stew with Fennel and Vegan Sausage

White bean and kale stew with fennel and vegan sausage

White beans, kale, fennel and sausage — what a winning combination for a warming stew. This is such welcome dinner to come home to on a cold winter day and it is especially good served with a loaf of crusty bread warmed in the oven. From The Blooming Platter Cookbook* by Betsy DiJulio, by permission of Vegan Heritage Press, © 2011, reprinted by permission. Photos by Evan Atlas more→

Creole Creamy Carrot Soup

creole cream of carrot soup

This clove-scented Creole cream of carrot soup has a cheery orange color, and if good, fresh carrots are used, a subtly sweet flavor. It’s a real spirit-lifter in the fall, winter and spring, awakening and nourishing the senses. Serve with fresh warm bread or top with crisp croutons. Leftovers are great to pack into thermoses for school lunch or the office.

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Red Lentil Vegetable Soup with Nut Cream

Red Lentil Veg Soup linda long virgin veganNuts and lentils make this a protein and vitamin-packed soup. It’s simple, creamy, and comforting. Recipe and photograph from Virgin Vegan The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate** by Linda Long, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith Publisher, © 2013. more→

Spiced Carrot and Orange Soup

Carrot, Orange and Ginger soup recipe

A warming soup with the cheering color of carrots and the zesty flavor of citrus and ginger, this soup is great as everyday fare as well as a first course for winter holiday meals.  more→

Classic Mushroom-Barley Soup

Classic Mushroom Barley Soup

Here’s the comforting classic, mushroom-barley soup. It’s nothing fancy, but always so satisfying. Change it up by using different kinds of mushrooms. I like to use a combination of baby bella (aka cremini) and shiitakes.  more→

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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Sweet Potato Dal

Sweet potato dal

This soup is Dal-icious! It’s so flavorful you’ll want seconds. and thirds! Recipe and photo contributed by Lindsay S. Nixon, from The Everyday Happy Herbivore* (BenBella Books, 2011).

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Tomato-Barley Vegetable Soup

Tomato Barley Vegetable Soup

Here’s a hearty, full-flavored tomato-barley soup featuring vegetables readily available in the winter. A one-dish meal, serve this with a simple salad. Try one with mixed greens, apples or oranges, and toasted walnuts. For added protein, serve with hummus and fresh whole-grain bread or pita. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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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→

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→

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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