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Vegetarian Soups . . . Seasonal Sensations!

Updated on August 30, 2017

Enjoying Vegetarian Soups All Year Round

From brothy to creamy to thick and hearty . . . vegetarian soups can be prepared to delight almost any palate. Oh, the flavors and textures . . . oh, the combinations of ingredients from grains to beans to veggies, spices, herbs and yes, even fruit!

If you're looking for a great appetizer, the focal point of the main course or a simple snack, there is a range of vegetarian soup recipes that you'll want try. As a matter of fact, you can even be inspired to create your own healthy soup recipes, if you dare.

So get out your soup pot, crockpot or pressure cooker and get ready to dish up tasty, simple-to-make, healthy vegetarian soups you can enjoy all year round.

F A L L

Autumn Vegetarian Soups - Warm & Welcoming

Pumpkin Basil Soup - Photo used under Creative Commons from:Ned Raggett, on Flickr

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Photo used under Creative Commons from: sassyradish, on Flickr

Poll: WHEN Do You Tend To Eat Soups?

Minestrone with Squash & Kale - Photo used under Creative Commons from: Ned Raggett, on Flickr

WHEN Do You Tend To Eat Soups?

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Italian Soup . . . Spring, Summer . . . Anytime of Year

Photo used under Creative Commons from: jugglerpm, on Flickr

Gotta Love These Vegetarian Seasonal Soup Recipes - Vegetarian Soups . . . To Live For!

Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of the Vegetarian Epicure
Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of the Vegetarian Epicure

'. . . wonderfully creative recipes make use of fresh, seasonal produce—try black bean and squash soup in the fall, smoky eggplant soup in midsummer, or seductively perfumed wild mushroom soup for Christmas. Silky puree or rib-sticking chowder—each recipe has room for variation, and nearly all are vegan-friendly.

 

W I N T E R

Winter Vegetarian Soups - Thick, Hot & Hearty

Photo used under Creative Commons from: savorytart, on Flickr

Lentil-Spinach Soup

Lentil-Spinach Soup - Photo used under Creative Commons from: Rooey202, on Flickr

A Late Winter Broccoli Soup

Photo used under Creative Commons from: postbear, on Flickr

  • " . . . a good late winter soup, topped with crisp-fried onions and chopped parsley. standard stock (onion, celery and potato, but no carrot), then blanched broccoli pureed together. no dairy, very little oil and salt, seasoned with rosemary and a little sage."
  • ~ postbear, on Flickr

Vegetarian Barley-Lentil Soup

Vegetarian Barley-Lentil Soup - Photo used under Creative Commons from: jcmeloni, on Flickr

Hearty Barley and Lentil Soup (from Eat Out Loud)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped peeled carrots
  • 1 cup cubed peeled rutabaga
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 large bay leaf (or 2 small ones)
  • 10 cups (or more) vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup pearl barley
  • 2/3 cup dried lentils
  • 4 cups (packed) coarsely chopped curly-leaf kale
  • salt/pepper to taste

Place olive oil, onions and carrots into a heated large pan. Cook until onions become transparent, then add garlic bay leaf, and cumin - stir to combine and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Add broth and barley, bring to a boil and simmer partially covered for 25 minutes.

Add lentils and rutabagas, simmer partially covered for an additional 30 minutes. Stir in kale and season to taste. Allow kale to cook for about 5 minutes before serving. This makes a large pot of soup, so I will be having leftovers today.

The soup is hearty and has a rich/warm flavor due to the cumin and bay. The carrots and rutabaga add a slight sweetness that balance nicely with the kale and onion. Overall, I found this soup to be a smash hit.

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Recipe credit: Eat Out Loud

CrockPot Soup-Making Is A Cinch! - Try this flavor-packed, stew-type vegetarian soup recipe . . .

This may seem like a long list of ingredients but cooking this hearty vegetarian crockpot soup is real easy.

Crockpot Barley-Lentil Soup

Soup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry brown lentils, washed and drained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Optional: 2 inch piece dried kombu
  • Optional: 1 vegan bouillon cube
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ginger slices, peeled and minced
  • 2 celery sticks, trimmed & chopped in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • Optional: 1 leek - trim & wash carefully to remove any sand (OR: 1/2 yellow onion)
  • 2 cups winter squash, chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped Roma tomato, peeled & seeded (OR: 1 sm can diced tomatoes)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves OR 1 Tbsp fresh
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram leaves OR 1 sprig fresh
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaves OR 1 sprig fresh
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp gr cumin
  • 1 tsp gr coriander
  • pinch cayenne or to taste
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Crockpot Cooking Directions:

  • Add all ingredients except salt, pepper and fresh cilantro to the cold crockpot, turn on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Remove kombu & bay leaf, add salt, pepper & fresh parsley about 15 minutes before serving.
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Recipe adapted from Savvy Vegetarian

If you don't already have a crockpot . . . invest in a good one (because you'll end up using it all the time for far more than soups)

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart (33967)
Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart (33967)

Enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals even with a busy schedule thanks to this easy-to-use programmable 6-quart slow cooker. Simply add ingredients to the unit's oval-shaped stoneware pot, insert the pot into the electric base, and select one of three automatic-cooking options--program, manual, or probe--using the flat-panel push-button control panel with digital display. Especially convenient when away from home . . .

 

S P R I N G

Springtime Vegetarian Soups - Lighter Textures and Flavors

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Maggie Hoffman, on Flickr

Poll: What's Your Favorite Texture?

Some folks have a preference . . . some don't. Personally, I prefer chunkier soups especially when I'm having it as a main course.

What's Your Favorite

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S U M M E R

Summer Vegetarian Soups - Cool and Flavorful

Iced Tomato Soup - Photo used under Creative Commons from: Ned Raggett, on Flickr

Blueberry-Coconut Soup with Lime, Oh My!

Blueberry-Coconut Soup with Lime

  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1-15 oz. can lite coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut, lightly toasted

In medium saucepan, combine berries, sugar, water, lime zest, and lime juice. Boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to large bowl and chill.

In medium bowl, whisk coconut milk until smooth and light. Stir into chilled soup and serve garnished with toasted coconut. (If you want a smoother texture, whirl cooked berries in food processor before adding coconut milk )

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[Contributor: Allison as submittted to International Vegetarian Union (www.ivu.org)]

Rosehip Soup

Rosehip Soup - Photo used under Creative Commons from: ratexla, on Flickr

Rose Hip Soup

  • 1/2 pound dried rose hips
  • 3 pints water
  • 2 ounces potato flour
  • 4 tablespoons madeira (or sherry)
  • 12 blanched, skinned almonds, shredded or (preferably) ground in a coffee bean grinder (clean first!)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Wash the rose hips, and put in clean, fresh water. Set aside to soak for 3 hours.

Bring water to a boil. When boiling immediately lower heat and allow to simmer until quite soft. Let cool just to be workable, and force rose hips through a strainer or sieve.

Bring to a boil again, and add other ingredients whisking madly to incorporate the flour. These are nice when served with dumplings or biscuits on the side.

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From In Mama's Kitchen (www.inmamaskitchen.com) - Contributor: Pat Ciesla

What do you think of these seasonal vegetarian soups? - Or, just let me know you stopped by . . .

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Wonderful looking recipes here! I love eating soup all year, but especially in the colder months. Blessed~

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love the variety in your vegetarian soup selections!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Some great sounding vegetarian soup recipes - I will be trying some of these!

      ~~Blessed~~

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      kare2share 5 years ago

      Oh my, these recipes look so good... and I'm not even a vegetarian! I enjoy soup year-round, but I really like the way you separated them by seasons. It's 100 degrees here today (in October!) so Gazpacho sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      The pumpkin basil soup sounds yummylicious. In fact, all of the recipes are great. Just wish I could try them all at once! :D

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      Superwriter711 5 years ago

      These look delicious. I can't wait to try some of them out

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I have to try some of them. You have great recipes here.

      Regards

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I'm always looking for good veggie soup recipes, can't wait to try some of these out!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I like all the variety of soups you have here. I'll be checking some out.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      These look really good! I'm looking for more vegetarian recipes, and a good hearty soup this time of year is always good. I'd like to try the crock pot barley-lentil soup.

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      Henk LM 6 years ago

      Wow, you have some delicious-looking soups on here! I've seen several I want to try out.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I do love soup - I'm right now making a garbonza bean and tomato soup Can't wait til it's done. But I do mostly eat soup in the cold winter months.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Soupaholic's paradise! Nice work thanks.

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      TWOnline2 6 years ago

      i love veggies. yum.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I feel happy that I find your lens here, imbued with delicious odor, life is so charming and funny!

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      Tamara14 7 years ago

      Just delicious! I love your photos and easy to follow tips. Great!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The lentil recipes made my mouth water!! I know what I'm making this winter!!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i lov how you've organized this page for the seasons. all of the soups look delicious!

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      WellnessWiseGuy 7 years ago

      All of these recipes sound delicious. Mouth-watering photos.