Why should chicken soup get all the glory? There are plenty of options not starring meat or poultry that are every bit as comforting and nutritious. Load up on seasonal produce with these 25 easy vegetable soup recipes that are destined to become instant hits at your winter table. This list boasts something for everyone, whether you’re a pasta e fagioli stan or a sucker for loaded potato soup.
25 Easy Vegetable Soup Recipes to Cozy Up with This Winter
1. Sheet Pan Curried Butternut Squash Soup
You make whole meals on your baking sheet all the time, so why not soup? Roasting the butternut squash before blending concentrates its flavor in a way simmering just can’t.
2. Freekeh Vegetable Soup
3. Carrot, Fennel And Miso Soup
Caramelized veggies and umami-laced miso pump this dish full of deep, savory flavor. Don’t even get us started on the sweet-and-spicy, seed-nut crunch topping.
4. Roasted Tomato Soup
5. Restorative Miso Noodle Soup
6. Easy 5-ingredient Corn Soup
Potatoes make the soup’s texture starchy and silky, while the in-season corn infuses it with natural sweetness. But the real pièce de résistance is the brown butter-sesame seed topping.
7. Easy Lentil Soup
What’s the key to making a lentil soup that isn’t straight-up mush, you ask? Use larger heirloom varieties and cook them gently so each lentil retains its structure.
8. Curried Parsnip And Apple Soup
The parsnip is so underrated when it comes to winter root vegetables, despite its versatility and subtle sweetness. It turns out that crisp, acidic apples and heady, warm spices are its ultimate foils.
9. Vegan Slow-cooker Detox Coconut Soup
Impossibly creamy without a drop of dairy, thanks to canned coconut milk. Finish the ginger-spiked broth with baby spinach, glass noodles, scallions, fresh herbs and sliced Fresno chiles.
10. The Best Damn Pumpkin Soup
11. Loaded Baked Potato And Cauliflower Soup
Since the best part about a baked potato is the toppings (aka bacon, cheese, sour cream and chives), you won’t mind making the base lighter by substituting cauliflower for some of the spuds.
12. Slow Cooker Pasta E Fagioli Soup
Who knew that all you had to do to catch a flight to Tuscany was bust out the Crockpot? Veggies, white beans, pasta, herbs, white wine and a Parmesan rind unite for this slow cooker play on a classic.
13. 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil
14. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup
Come on: That presentation is pure artwork. And thanks to the pressure cooker, this autumn stunner will only take you 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish.
15. Roasted Broccoli And Aged White Cheddar Soup
Panera Bread could never. The soup is decadent and delicious on its own—the garlicky sourdough breadcrumbs on top are just a bonus.
16. Canal House’s Carrot Soup
A swirl of sour cream and a flourish of sliced scallions can make just about any bowl of soup look gourmet.
17. Velvet Corn Soup
The secret to its silky-smooth texture is heavy cream, butter and a low-and-slow simmer. You can also strain the soup through a fine-mesh sieve to make it even smoother after it’s blended.
18. Kale Minestrone
Complete with a dollop of pesto on top. Serve the soup with crusty bread and extra grated Parmesan cheese for finishing.
19. 15-minute Cucumber-avocado Blender Soup
No summer scorcher is a match for this refreshing cold soup (especially when it’s plated alongside buttery, Asiago-encrusted baguette).
20. Instant Pot Harissa Bean Stew
If you still haven’t gotten in on the harissa hype…well, what the heck are you waiting for? It’s a spicy chile paste hailing from the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa, and it’s the source of this stew’s intense heat and complex flavor.
21. Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Corn Chowder
You can make this soup with fresh corn in the summertime and freeze the leftovers for up to two months. But if you want to make it in the dead of winter, simply substitute canned corn kernels.
22. Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup
Behold, the most flexible soup recipe of all time. Adjust the amounts of garlic and ginger to your heart’s content, substitute vegetable stock or water for chicken stock to make it vegan or trade coconut milk for dairy, if you’d prefer.
23. One-pot Vegetarian Chili
This crowd-pleaser is basically as easy as dumping all the ingredients in a pot and simmering them to perfection, so it’s prime for preparing during commercials on football Sunday.
24. Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
This golden beauty has a summery surprise inside that balances the herby, peppery soup with juicy sweetness: two ripe peaches.
25. Easy Ramen
The noodle soup that got you through college tastes even better when it’s loaded with vegetables. We’re talking spinach, red bell pepper, cremini mushrooms, scallions and fresh cilantro.
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