March 22, 2019

View as List 7 Hearty Vegetarian Soups

  • fresh vegetable stew

    Perfect for a light supper, these easy soups are packed with vegetables and super-healthy (in a few of these recipes, make sure to substitute vegetable broth or water as a simple swap for chicken stock). They can be made ahead of time, and you can round out the meal with whole-grain bread and a side salad. Feel free to experiment with swapping out ingredients, and using dried beans instead of canned.

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    Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

    bowl of split pea soup with herb garnish on side

    Savory mushrooms and liquid smoke give this soup a meaty flavor without the added saturated fat or sodium of meat. If you prefer more texture, only blend half the soup at the end.

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  • 2

    Mushroom-Barley Soup

    mushroom barley soup

    This soup is so hearty it’s almost a stew. If the barley soaks up too much liquid, you can always add a little more water right before serving. A great source of fiber and niacin.

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  • 3

    Herbed Cream of Tomato Soup

    cream of tomato with basil and whip cream

    This soup is thickened by a roux, a combination of fat and flour. In this case, olive oil provides a healthier fat than, say, butter. A little bit of sugar sweetens this soup, and a dollop of sour cream adds to the creaminess.

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  • 4

    Basic Black Bean Soup

    bean and whip cream bowl

    You can spice up this classic recipe by adding corn, or salsa and chips. Or make it more elegant by stirring in a few tablespoons of sherry and topping it with chopped scallions right before serving.

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  • 5

    Golden Vegetable Soup

    Carrot soup with sour cream

    This beautifully hued soup gets its beta carotene from the carrots and squash, and its intense color (plus the B vitamin folate) from orange juice.

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  • 6

    Spicy Gazpacho

    Bowl of Gazpacho Soup

    With tomatoes readily available, this typically summer soup is easy to make in winter, too. It’s sweetened by a little bit of orange juice, and if it’s chilly out you can easily serve the soup warm.

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  • 7

    Big-Batch Lentil-Bean Soup

    bowl of Italian Minestrone

    Perfect for a crowd, this soup is easy to make ahead. Make sure you add the macaroni right before serving, though.

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