The sun has started setting before 6 p.m., the leaves are turning, and it's finally getting cold enough for us to pull our cozy sweaters (and slow cookers) out from storage. That's right — we’ve officially transitioned from relentless heat waves into the most delicious time of the year: soup season. And whether you're fully plant-based, or if you merely choose to observe the occasional meatless Monday, we have 28 vegetarian soup recipes that will keep you feeling toasty and satiated all winter long.

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1. Roasted Tomato Soup

For an ~adult~ pairing to that homemade grilled cheese, look no further than this flavorful Roasted Tomato Soup. The tangy goat cheese and fresh herbs elevate it from the Campbell’s classic you used to love as a kid.

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2. Lentil Soup

There’s truly no better desk lunch than this hearty dish. With a blend of spices, vegetables, and protein-filled lentils, it will absolutely up the ante for every one of your desk lunches this week (seriously, it makes several servings). And we promise it will be more satisfying than your usual $15 Sweet Green salad.

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3. Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

It’s got pasta, it’s got cheese and it’s even got wine—what’s not to like? You won’t even realize you’re eating a ton of veggies, because there are so many tasty ingredients in this slow-cooked masterpiece. Put on a rom-com while you devour this, and you’re set up for a next-level night in.

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4. Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry

Hi, health queen—we love something that’s fragrant and spicy, especially when we’re feeling rundown after a dreary day. With ginger, plant-based protein and fragrant lemongrass, this is truly everything your body needs to recharge.

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5. Easy 5-Ingredient Corn Soup

If you love the idea of a crab boil — sans the crab, of course — this creamy, buttery soup is reminiscent of the corn and potatoes that have been sitting in butter and spices for hours at a New England backyard party. Plus, it only boasts five ingredients, and between prep and cooking, it takes less than an hour to make, from start to finish.

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6. Creamy Mushroom-Chestnut Bisque

Pour yourself a glass of Chardonnay and sip it with your pinky out alongside this decadent combination of mushrooms and white wine, which makes us feel fancy AF. It’s also dairy-free—but it’s so creamy, you’d honestly have no idea. Cheers to that.

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7. Restorative Miso Noodle Soup

Skip the takeout tonight and get in on this light-yet-fulfilling and nourishing bowl of noodle soup. The mushrooms are meaty and the miso paste makes for a sweet, mellow flavor. And if you stir in the miso right when you finish cooking it, you’ll get those incredible gut-loving probiotic benefits. Win-win.

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8. Detox Red Beet Soup

Impress literally everyone at the dinner table with a bowl of this gorgeous and vibrant “borscht.” The herbs and citrus give the eastern European classic a slight Asian flare, and because it’s packed with beets, your body will thank you later (it’s been linked to fighting inflammation and keeping blood pressure in check).

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9. Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup

While many aromatic soups require hours of slow cooking, this Instant Pot creation is quick and vegan-optional. The best part is the final coconut yogurt drizzle, which simultaneously gives it some extra color and a slightly sweet flavor that you’ll love.

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10. Vegan White Chili

Who doesn’t appreciate a Mexican-inspired white chili? This vegan masterpiece marries the spicy flavors of poblano and jalapeño peppers, which manage to give the normally-tame hominy and neutral white beans a powerful punch. Just give your dinner guests a spice warning, if they aren’t prepared for things to get hot.

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11. Spring Pea Soup

Forget everything you once thought you knew about peas—not only is this savory and flavorful, but the fresh mint on top is seriously refreshing. Your mom definitely won’t fight you finish the whole thing like she did with peas back in the day, because this time around, you’ll be licking the bowl.

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12. Vegan Slow Cooker Detox Coconut Soup

Whether you partied too hard at the Christmas party or if you’re simply coming down with a cold, we could all use a little detox at some point or another. With ginger, lemongrass and a mix of fresh vegetables and herbs on top, you’ll finish a bowl of this soup feeling simultaneously full and nourished.

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13. Roasted Cauliflower and Sunchoke Soup

You really can’t go wrong with cauliflower, and roasting it beforehand packs in some serious savory flavor. And although you might not be familiar with sunchokes yet, this is a fantastic introduction to the beloved root vegetable you’ve been sleeping on for far too long.

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14. Tomato Orzo Soup

Orzo is probably one of the most underrated foods out there, and this soup proves it to be true—combined with kale and tomato broth, it literally tastes like a hug in a mug. And with a little parmesan sprinkled on top, you’ll be glad you have about seven servings left. Our stomachs are ready.

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15. The Best Damn Pumpkin Soup

Forget PSLs—this takes the cake for fall-winter pumpkin creations (and you’ll get bonus points if you serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin). Plus, the combination of rosemary, thyme and leeks will make you feel completely prepared for any blizzards heading your way.

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16. Garlic Soup With Tomatoes and Eggs

This is a truly egg-cellent dish for any egg-eating vegetarians out there. The slow-roasted tomatoes are absolute fire, and let’s be honest: we’ll eat anything with a buttload of garlic in it. Maybe just have some Listerine Strips within arm’s reach if you’re planning to socialize afterwards.

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17. Dairy Free “Cream of Broccoli” Soup

This truly ups the ante of the modern classic cream of broccoli, blending chickpeas into the mix, and swapping broccoli rabe for the usual broccoli base. You’ll feel a little lighter than normal, too, because even though it’s extremely rich, it’s secretly dairy-free.

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18. Zucchini Lasagna Soup With Lentils

Reminiscent of lasagna, this is the ultimate comfort food we never knew we were missing. The zucchini is shaved into ribbons, almost mimicking the texture and look of lasagna noodles to a tee. And the lentils replace what would normally be ground beef or turkey—but trust us, even your meat-loving uncle won’t be able to taste the difference.

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19. Vegan Creamy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

This Thai-inspired soup blends butternut squash with coconut milk and soft, silken tofu, making for a texture so decadent that it gives off some real main dish energy. (You can easily leave out the fish sauce to make it fully vegan, BTW.)

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20. Creamy Peanut Stew With Crispy Baked Okra

Creamy peanut butter blends with sweet potatoes and spicy habanero peppers, making for an incredible sweet and spicy combination. To be honest, the crispy baked okra is the best part of this dish, but we like to save those for last. This is truly unlike anything we’ve ever made, but it’s certainly a stew to remember.

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21. Curry Coconut Noodle Soup

Inspired by a dish Gaby Dalkin once tried at a Thai restaurant in East Hollywood, this soup isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s certainly fiery, so have a few glasses of milk at the ready. But it will undoubtedly clear your sinuses like, instantaneously. Keep some tissues on hand.

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22. Curried Chickpeas and Coconut Potage

Here’s a creative way to use up a lot of goods already in your pantry (chickpeas, coconut milk, spices and broth). The warm spices will warm you up on any frigid winter night, and when served with some toasted naan, it becomes the ultimate comfort meal.

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23. Quinoa Vegetable Soup With Kale

Originally inspired by a dish the blogger discovered at Trader Joe’s, this packs in a long list of nutritious yet easy-to-find ingredients. The quinoa adds some protein-packed texture, while the kale and other veggies bring color, vitamins and of course, tons of flavor.

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24. Slow Cooker Mushroom Wild Rice Soup

With the rich taste of mushrooms and the texture of wild rice, this certainly makes for one heck of a meal. Jessica recommends finding actual wild rice—not just a wild rice blend—because regular rice would get soggy. While downing just a cup of it will probably put you to sleep, it’s the perfect addition to your weeknight meal rotation.

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25. Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Although tortilla soup is usually made with chicken, this gives you the opportunity to try it sans the animal products. And being able to top it off with fun ingredients like avocado, cheese, diced onions and cilantro makes it a total winner winner (no-chicken) dinner.

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26. Thick and Hearty Easy Vegetarian Chili

Everyone needs to store an easy veg chili recipe up their sleeve—and this one is filling, cheap and super quick to make. With Beyond Meat crumbles, a few different types of beans, and zucchini, (which is a major game-changer in the realm of chili), your crew might not even realize it’s plant-based. Make things fancy and set up a toppings bar with shredded cheese, cilantro and tortilla chips.

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27. Best Cabbage Soup

This aromatic, veggie-packed soup was created in the name of Meatless Monday by a blogger who doesn’t actually consider herself vegetarian—and she says it easily fulfills any and all of her daily cravings. Plus, all veggie-packed soups like these call for a crusty bread, so consider baking a loaf yourself or simply picking up some from the nearby bakery.

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28. Instant Pot Vegan Black Bean Soup

Here’s yet another Instant Pot soup recipe that takes virtually no time to make, but absolutely slays it nonetheless. It’s a delicious Mexican-inspired meal all by itself, that can be easily elevated with some tortilla chips, or—gasp!—maybe even some garlic bread. It only has 10 ingredients, so grocery shopping will be a breeze, and you likely already have many of them sitting in your pantry.

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