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Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup

There are many variations on tortilla soup, a southwestern classic. The common denominator is a crisp corn tortilla garnish. This veggie-filled rendition is a light and pleasant way to begin a meal with a southwestern theme — try it with vegan quesadillas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Vegan Creamy Mushroom Soup

Vegan creamy mushroom soup

Pureed tofu or white beans make a low-fat but rich-tasting base for a soup sure to please mushroom enthusiasts. This comforting soup is a great first course for most any kind of meal or can be served side-by-side with sandwiches and wraps. Use leftover soup as a delicious Stroganoff sauce for pasta. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Vegan cream of broccoli soup

A longtime favorite in our family of broccoli enthusiasts, this soup gets a thick, creamy base from pureed white beans or tofu. The addition of green peas at the end of cooking time brightens the color and heightens the flavor of the soup. This is great served with many kinds of wraps or sandwiches. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Leek and Potato Soup with Watercress

Leek potato and watercress soup

Peppery, bright green watercress adds a touch of spring to a classic leek and potato soup. If you can make this the night before it’s needed, so much the better, as the flavors improve from standing overnight. Add the all the watercress when reheating. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Red Lentil Soup with Spinach or Arugula

Red lentil and spinach soup

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.

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Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil soup

The earthy flavor of these protein-packed legumes shines in this basic rendition of lentil soup. Make sure to see the variations listed below the recipe. This is perfect as a soup centerpiece, served with crusty bread or fresh cornbread, and any kind of salad you enjoy.

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Traditional-Style Miso Soup

Miso soup with bamboo mat

The kind of miso soup that’s served in Japanese restaurants is so tasty and warming, and quite easy to replicate at home. It takes just minutes to make. Look for kombu (the sea vegetable that gives the soup its traditional character) in natural foods stores. Note that once the miso is stirred into water, it should not be boiled. Otherwise, its beneficial enzymes will be destroyed.

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Puree of Spring or Summer Greens

Puree of Spring Greens

Here’s a soup designed to make the most of kale or chard, spinach, arugula, and lettuces when they become too abundant. When greens threaten to take over the fridge, I turn to this recipe, which has become an annual tradition! If you love greens and have plenty of them, you’ll find this nourishing recipe useful as well as delicious. Make sure all greens are very well washed. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.  

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