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Vegetarian Hot-and-Sour Soup

This recipe starts off as a simple, aromatic broth that can be served as is, but by adding chiles and lime juice, the dish becomes a hot-and-sour soup. As with other Southeast Asian cuisines, such as Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai, lemongrass and galangal are often used in aromatic soups. The application of these herbs goes beyond cooking as they are widely used in folk remedies. Both lemongrass and galangal have medicinal properties as antibacterials and tonics to aid indigestion. Recipe from Vietnamese Fusion: Vegetarian Cuisine* by Chat Mingkwan (Book Publishing Co.), reprinted by permission. Continue Reading…

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is an Italian cuisine classic. Here is our recipe for this classic Italian vegetable soup with beans and pasta!

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ⅜ cup dried white beans
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup broken fettuccini pasta
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Soak the white beans overnight in a bowl with just enough cold water to cover them.
  2. The next day, drain the water from the beans and rinse well. Cook in boiling water for 45 to 60 minutes. Reserve.
  3. In large saucepan, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Add carrots and celery. Season and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the potatoes and stir. Continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in spinach and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  7. Add vegetable stock, crushed tomatoes, and thyme sprigs. Season. Put a lid on the pan and cook the soup over low heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. It’s important that the minestrone soup simmer gently.
  8. After 2 hours of cooking, add cooked beans and pasta and continue cooking for 20 minutes. Check the seasoning.
  9. Serve with a crusty piece of bread.

 

Nearly-Instant Thai Coconut Corn Soup

Nearly-Instant Thai Coconut-Corn Soup from Vegan Express

This Thai Coconut Corn Soup is a soup that’s great for any kind of weather, not just when it’s chilly and rainy. Because this recipe is ready to serve in 20 minutes, it’s perfect for any time you want soup in a hurry. You can even chill it and serve it cold on warm days. Recipe adapted from Vegan Express: Featuring 160 Quick, Delicious Recipes for Healthy Meals* by Nava Atlas; photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. Continue Reading…

Vegan “Vegetable” Noodle Soup

Vegan "Vegetable" Noodle Soup

This hearty Vegan “Vegetable” Noodle Soup recipe can help you use up your leftover vegetables and noodles—and it’s just as tasty as its classic meat cousin.

I love soups because they are quick to prepare, they use a lot of leftovers (which reduces waste!), and they can be made in advance.

This hearty soup has all the qualities that I look for in a meal: tasty, comforting, nutritious, and especially quick to prepare. It’s perfect for cooler days!

Vegan "Vegetable" Noodle Soup
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped into thin half moons
  • 2 celery branch, finely chopped
  • ½ cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 zucchini, chopped in half-moons
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup fettuccini, uncooked
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add olive oil and cook onion, celery, and carrots for 5 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, bay leaf, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add the fettuccini. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until noodles are tender.
  4. Remove from heat. Remove the bay leaf and add the zucchini. Serve.

 

Barley Soup

Colorful vegetables blend well with barley. This comforting soup will warm you from head to toe during the fall and winter.

 

Thai Barley Soup
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1½ teaspoons red curry paste
  • ½ cup pearl barley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, carrot, and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes or until onion has softened.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, and curry paste; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Add barley, salt, pepper, and broth. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes or until barley is tender.
  6. Add lime juice and mix. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, then serve.

 

Peanut Kale Soup

Peanut Kale Soup - China Study Cookbook

Whenever LeAnne Campbell (author of The China Study Cookbook) makes this luscious peanut kale soup, she doubles the recipe. Everyone goes back to the soup pot for seconds, thirds, and yes, sometimes fourths—it’s that good! If you don’t have kale on hand, you can also use collard greens or spinach. Recipe and photos from The China Study Cookbook (revised and expanded edition) ©2018 by LeAnne Campbell. Published by BenBella Books, reprinted by permission. Continue Reading…

20-Minute Vegan Mushroom Barley Soup

20-Minute Vegan Mushroom-Barley Soup

When cold and flu season is in full swing, or if it’s simply a bone-chilling winter day, sometimes you need a big pot of comforting soup and you need it now! One of the most soothing bowlfuls ever is mushroom barley soup, and this shortcut vegan version takes at least an hour off the process. Case in point, our Classic Mushroom Barley Soup, which is about an hour and a half or more, from prep to finish. There’s not a lot of work time, so when you have more leisure to cook soup, give it a try!

This fast version shaves off the time by using quick-cooking barley and precut fresh veggies. It’s just as good as the original, and gets more flavorful as it stands. Look for quick-cooking barley (sometimes called 10-minute barley) in the grains or dried beans section of well-stocked supermarkets and natural foods stores. Trader Joe’s has their own brand, too. Or you can search for quick-cooking barley and order online. Continue Reading…

10 Warming & Easy Vegan Soups in 20 Minutes or Less

Udon noodle soup with crisp vegetables

Nothing satisfies like a comforting bowl of soup when you come home feeling tired and chilled, or need a remedy for a cold. But lots of chopping and long wait times for simmering don’t have to be part of the equation. Here are 10 warming and super easy vegan soups that combine fresh veggies and shortcuts that result in a good-sized portions. It’s no accident that more than half of these aree Asian-style soups, which as a matter of course require little cooking. But they’ll all have you saying “Soup’s on” in 20 minutes or less! Continue Reading…

Manhattan “Glam” Chowder (Vegan Clam Chowder)

Vegan clam chowder

At last, a satisfying vegan clam chowder! Manhattan clam chowder is the red, tomato-based soup found on diner menus all over the city. Mushrooms bring the perfect texture and flavor to this vegan “glam” chowder, a version of the iconic New York City soup. Nori and Old Bay Seasoning cleverly replace the seafood flavors. From NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple, copyright © 2017 by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment. Photos by Jackie Sobon. Used by permission. Continue Reading…

Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup

Vegan Cream of tomato soup

Here’s a healthy homemade vegan cream of tomato soup that will remind you of the kind that you might have had from a can when you were a kid — but this one is so much better! This easy and comforting soup is ready for you to enjoy within a half hour, and it’s delicious served with vegan grilled cheese sandwiches. Recipe and photos from The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table by Del Sroufe © 2017, BenBella Books, Reprinted by permission. Continue Reading…

Creamy Leek and Mushroom Soup with Ancient Grains

Creamy mushroom and leek soup with ancient grains

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. Continue Reading…

Immune-Boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Immune-boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup is a super tasty recipe —it’s also easy to make, vegan, and gluten-free. For those of you who don’t like spicy, the chillies are optional. When you’re eating the right foods to support your health, food is your medicine. And when it comes to boosting your immune system, nature provides some powerful ingredients to help us fend off those seasonal bugs. 

Contributed by Ursula Escher, from The Vegan Survival Guide: Boost Your Mental and Physical Health – Your Guide to Functional Veganism* reprinted with permission © UEscher Publishing. Continue Reading…

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup

This tasty soup comes together, and is a fantastic way to get kids of all ages to eat their veggies! Start it about 30 minutes before you want to serve it. ,As kids get older, you can leave out the alphabets (or replace them with tiny shells, orzo, or other small pasta), but those letters floating around in the soup gives it great appeal to young eaters. This soup will recall the canned version—but it’s much better and fresher. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Vegan French-Style Onion Soup

Vegan French Onion Soup

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.

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