16 Vegan Soup and Stew Recipes to Warm You Up (2023)

As much as I love a bowl of beef stew or broccoli cheese soup, you don't need meat or dairy to make a fantastic pot of soup. Limiting yourself to plant-based ingredients is one of the best ways to give seasonal produce the respect they deserve. That means Italian ribollita packed with kale and squash in the winter, zucchini-basil soup in the spring, or an intense vegan ramen any month of the year. No matter what the weather, you'll find the perfect recipe in our collection of 19 vegan soups and stews.

One more thing: Store-bought vegetable stock is usually mediocre at best, so we'd recommend taking the matter into your own hands with either our ultimate or quick and easy recipes.

Asparagus and Tarragon Velouté (Dairy-Free Creamy Asparagus Soup)

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Think you need dairy to make a creamy soup? Think again. Flour not only can thicken a soup, but it also lets the flavor of good produce shine more brightly than cream. This flour-thickened soup, or velouté, is made with asparagus, leek, and tarragon. As you're simmering the asparagus, be sure to save a few tips to garnish each bowl.

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Quick and Easy Dairy- and Fat-Free Colombian Vegetable Soup (Ajiaco Negro)

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Potatoes are another great way to give vegan soups extra body—they release enough starch as they cook to thicken this version of the Colombian soup ajiaco. This easy recipe requires barely any work beyond chopping the vegetables—just dump the carrots, corn, peas, fava beans, and potatoes into a pressure cooker with broth, cook 15 minutes, then mash the veggies and add fresh peas and favas.

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Ajo Blanco (Spanish Chilled Bread and Almond Soup)

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Gazpacho gets all the love, but it's not Spain's only chilled soup. Sometimes called white gazpacho, ajo blanco is made with bread, just like its more famous cousin. To that we add garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. The most important ingredient, though, is almonds—as you blend everything they release their milk and make the soup wonderfully creamy.

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Easy, Summery Zucchini-Basil Soup

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Anyone who has grown zucchini knows that it absolutely takes over in the summer. Zucchini bread is the classic way to work through a massive harvest, but if you get tired of that, then try out this summery soup. The recipe starts with squash, leek, and celery, and the addition of basil, garlic, and olive oil give it a pesto-like flavor.

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Vegan Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Kale Soup With Coconut

At Serious Eats we're typically more concerned with deliciousness than authenticity. Case in point: This hearty dish is loosely based on West African peanut soup, but the coconut milk inspired us to mix things up with Thai ingredients like garlic, ginger, and chilies. While many similar recipes call for store-bought peanut butter, we give our soup a more complex flavor by toasting whole peanuts and grinding them by hand with a mortar and pestle.

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Hearty Vegan Polenta and Kale Soup With Miso and Toasted Sesame Oil

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While we're throwing tradition to the wind, check out this polenta and kale soup that replaces Parmesan cheese with other umami-rich ingredients: soy sauce and miso paste. Rather than try to hide the nontraditional ingredients we embrace the Japanese theme and top the soup with toasted sesame oil and sliced scallions.

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The Best Minestrone Soup

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Calling this the "best" minestrone is a little bit of a misnomer—it's more like an outline to make the best vegetable stews with whatever produce you have on hand. Beyond the vegetables, to make minestrone you need dried beans, a broth made from the bean cooking liquid, and diced aromatics.

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Ribollita (Hearty Tuscan Bean, Bread, and Vegetable Stew)

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Ribollita was born when cooks started stretching leftover minestrone with beans and stale bread, but it's tasty enough to be worth making from scratch. This recipe calls for kale, butternut squash, and turnip, but as with minestrone, use whatever produce looks good at the market or is sitting in your fridge.

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Tuscan Ribollita With Summer Vegetables

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Because ribollita works with just a range of vegetables, it lends itself to pretty much every season. This summery version of the stew omits the dried beans and uses summer squash, zucchini, green beans, and spinach. One of my favorite things about ribollita is that if you keep cooking it down it will eventually condense into a sort of vegetable pancake.

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Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Bean and Pasta Soup)

Even heartier than minestrone, pasta e fagioli is bulked up with both beans and noodles. We want the beans to shine in this vegan recipe, so we put away the can and start with good dried ones. Cook the soup until the beans seem done and then cook it some more—you want some of them to be overcooked so that they fall apart and thicken the soup.

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15-Minute Creamy Tomato Soup

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To make a creamy, dairy-free tomato soup in just 15 minutes we turn to gazpacho for guidance and use bread as a thickener. Even better, since the recipe calls for canned tomatoes, you can make this soup any time of year. If you somehow don't have time for a 15-minute recipe, you can make this one in just five minutes with a high-powered blender.

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Tuscan Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup)

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This Tuscan soup is similar in flavor to gazpacho, but since it's cooked, feel free to use canned tomatoes. The heat has another benefit, too—stale, dry, and fresh bread all wind up about the same when you cook them, so you can use whatever you have on hand.

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Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup With Crispy Shiitake Chips

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Bread is good for thickening more than just tomato soups—it's also the secret to our vegan cream of mushroom. As with other vegan vegetable soups, by cutting out the dairy you can really let the flavors of the mushrooms come through. The uniformly smooth texture of creamy soups can be a little boring, so we top this one with crunchy fried shiitake chips.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup With Pistachio, Orange, and Mint Salsa

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Roasting the sweet potatoes before adding them to this soup might seem like a waste of time, but it's the best way to bring out the natural sugar in the spuds. Take the time to get the potatoes nice and sweet, then blend them up with sautéed aromatics, broth, and orange juice and serve with a garnish of pistachios, scallions, orange zest, mint, and cayenne.

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Spicy Carrot and Ginger Soup With Harissa

This recipe is less about the specific ingredients (though we do love the combination of carrots, harissa, and ginger) and more about the technique—follow a simple eight-step process and you'll be able to make a creamy vegetable soup with whatever flavors you're in the mood for.

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Fully Loaded Vegan Baked Potato Soup

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A soup dominated by cheese and bacon seems like a strange choice for vegan-ification, but we're not ones to back away from a challenge. As it turns out, it was easy to make a vegan baked potato soup because we already have all the the tools necessary: vegan nacho cheese made with cashews, almond milk, vegetable shortening, and potatoes and smoky mushroom "bacon."

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Vegan Curry Butternut Squash Soup With Kale

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I know not everyone wants their vegan foods to mimic meat or dairy. For a meal that's all about plants, check out this soup made with squash, kale, and quinoa. We use a generous helping of curry powder to give the veggies extra flavor and finish the soup with cilantro and toasted pepitas.

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Easy Lentil Soup With Lemon Zest, Garlic, and Parsley

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I'll be honest—while I like the hearty texture of lentil soup, I often find that the flavor is...lacking. This version, though, is anything but bland, thanks to gremolata, a flavorful mix of parsley, lemon zest, and garlic.

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The Ultimate Rich and Creamy Vegan Ramen With Roasted Vegetables and Miso Broth

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It's not easy for vegan ramen to go toe-to-toe with pork-studded tonkotsu, but we think that this recipe can hold its own. We might have gone a little overboard, though—the broth is made with fresh and charred vegetables, fresh and dried mushrooms, and a shiitake-based tare, and we top the ramen with charred eggplant, roasted sweet potato, and roasted and simmered mushrooms.

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FAQs

What soup is vegan? ›

Here are some of the most beloved vegan-friendly soups from countries around the world: Minestrone—an Italian classic made from pasta, tomatos, beans, and flavorful herbs. Dal—India's most popular soup, made from curried lentils or mung beans. Gazpacho—Made from vegetables in a tomato broth.

What is veg hot and sour soup made of? ›

Vegetarian Chinese Hot and Sour Soup is a delicious, meat-free alternative to a takeout favorite. What is this? Shiitake mushrooms, tofu and vegetables are bathed in a delicious vegetable broth flavored with soy sauce, rice vinegar and chili sauce for perfectly balanced flavors.

What can I add to vegetable soup to make it taste better? ›

Adding Extra Flavor – Herbs And Spices To Add
  1. Fresh or dried herbs such as basil, thyme, oregano or marjoram.
  2. Dried herb blends such as Italian seasoning or herbs de Provence.
  3. Red pepper flakes will add a spicy kick.
  4. Paprika or a curry powder.
  5. Add a parmesan rind and simmer.
22 Oct 2014

How does Jamie Oliver make vegetable soup? ›

Ingredients
  1. 7 cups chicken or vegetable broth.
  2. 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes (optional)
  3. 2 teaspoons olive oil.
  4. 2 carrots, peeled and sliced.
  5. 2 celery stalks, peeled and sliced.
  6. 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped.
  7. 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced.
  8. 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) cannellini beans.
2 Mar 2011

Is Coke a vegan? ›

The vast majority of our drinks, including Coca‑Cola, are suitable for vegetarians and vegans as they do not contain any animal derivatives.

Is Hot & sour soup healthy? ›

Hot and sour soup is rich in manganese which is great for our overall health. This nutrient helps in bone development. Also, it helps in boosting the metabolic rate of the body. The soup also has many other essential nutrients like vitamin B-6, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium.

Is miso soup vegan? ›

Miso is made primarily from soy beans, a grain like rice or barley, and salt, so unless it has been produced in a factory that also processes non-vegetarian ingredients, miso is generally vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Is Hot and Sour Soup good when sick? ›

Helps to clear up Sinuses

Congestion along with a headache and stuffy nose is a common symptom of a sinus cold, and consuming a lot of hot liquid and inhaling steam can help reduce sinus stuffiness. A hot bowl of hot and sour soup solves both these problems.

What vegetables should you not put in stock? ›

Some vegetables that don't do well in stock are:
  • Leafy green parts of carrots and celery.
  • Brassicas, including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, rutabagas, collard greens, kohlrabi, and kale.
  • Artichokes.
  • Beets.
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Squash flesh, including winter squash and zucchini.
12 Oct 2022

How can I thicken soup without flour? ›

A handful of uncooked rice. That's all folks, just a handful of white rice. Any kind will do: jasmine, basmati, short grain, long grain. When added to a brothy (or watery, even) soup, and left to simmer for 20-30 minutes, the rice breaks down, releasing its starch and thickening the liquid that it's cooking in.

How can I make soup taste better? ›

7 Easy Ways to Make Any Soup Better
  1. Brown or Sear the Meat. ...
  2. Roast the the Veggies. ...
  3. Mix up the Texture. ...
  4. Use Homemade Stock Whenever Possible. ...
  5. Put Your Cheese Rinds to Work. ...
  6. Perk up a Bland Soup With Simple Pantry Staples. ...
  7. Add Fresh Herbs or Dairy When Serving.
30 Jan 2018

What is the number 1 vegetable soup in the world? ›

Filipino dish sinigang is the world's "best rated" vegetable soup, according to an international food and lifestyle website, besting 161 others from different countries.

What are the healthiest vegetables to put in soup? ›

Veggies That Make Healthy, Tasty Soups
  • Cucumber. 1/14. This nutritious veggie is one of the ingredients in the cold soup called gazpacho. ...
  • Butternut Squash. 2/14. ...
  • Lentils. 3/14. ...
  • Broccoli. 4/14. ...
  • Potatoes. 5/14. ...
  • Mushrooms. 6/14. ...
  • Fresh Spring Peas. 7/14. ...
  • Dried Split Peas. 8/14.
5 Nov 2020

Should you cook soup with lid on or off? ›

Cooking a soup, stew, or sauce uncovered allows water to evaporate, so if your goal is to reduce a sauce or thicken a soup, skip the lid. The longer you cook your dish, the more water that will evaporate and the thicker the liquid becomes—that means the flavors become more concentrated, too.

Why are oranges not vegan? ›

So, are oranges the only fruit for vegans? No. Tesco has also labelled its oranges “non-vegan” because they are treated with beeswax to keep the fruit fresher for longer. Beeswax, made from honeycomb, is also sometimes used to coat oranges, apples, pears and, most derangingly of all for vegan millennials, avocados.

Why is honey not vegan? ›

Vegans avoid eating honey to take a stand against bee exploitation and farming practices that are thought to harm bee health.

Why can't vegans eat honey? ›

For some vegans, this extends to honey, because it is produced from the labor of bees. Honey-avoiding vegans believe that exploiting the labor of bees and then harvesting their energy source is immoral — and they point out that large-scale beekeeping operations can harm or kill bees.

Are McDonald's fries vegan? ›

Unfortunately NOT Vegan at McDonald's (in the US):

French Fries (contain “Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]” and are fried in beef fat) Hash Browns (contain milk and fried in beef fat) Donut Sticks (contain milk in sticks and sauce)

Is ketchup vegan? ›

To put it simply, yes, Heinz ketchup is vegan-friendly. Not only are all their ingredients plant-based, when it comes to Heinz tomato ketchup they've said 'we can confirm that the product is suitable for a vegan diet. Our sugar is not refined using bone char from animal bones. ' Making it entirely suitable for vegans.

Can vegans drink coffee? ›

Black coffee is always vegan, but dairy-based milks and creamers are a no-go. So instead of reaching for the rich 2% or classic coffee creamer, try one of these plant-based alternatives. Almond Milk — A classic nut milk with a thin and velvety body and a subtle nutty, semi-sweet flavor.

Do vegans eat soup? ›

Many vegans take advantage of delicious ethnic cuisine, such as Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Mexican, and convenience foods, such as instant soup, frozen “TV dinners,” flavored rice mixes, and canned soup (many black bean, minestrone, and vegetable varieties are vegan).

Is Campbell's soup vegan? ›

Yes, Campbell's® Well Yes! ® ready-to-eat soup in cans and sipping soups offer vegetarian and vegan options.

Do vegans eat rice? ›

So what do vegans eat? grains (pasta, bread, rice, couscous, bulgur, millet, quinoa, and so much more) – it's always best to choose whole grains! legumes, nuts, and seeds (chickpeas, black beans, and other beans are a great source of plant-based proteins!

Are soaps vegan? ›

Vegan soap is easy to find. But you should always that assume soap contains animal-based ingredients unless the label says otherwise. Many bar soaps contain animal fat derivatives as their primary ingredients. Don't expect soap companies to be forthcoming about their use of animal fats.

What soups are best for upset stomach? ›

Here's our list of soups that put their feel-good magic to work!
  • Chicken Noodle Soup. Let's start with a classic! ...
  • Asian-Inspired Zoodle Flu Buster Soup. ...
  • Harvest Vegetable Soup. ...
  • Butternut Squash Soup. ...
  • Tomato Basil Soup. ...
  • Coconut Curry Soup. ...
  • Creamy Corn and Potato Chowder. ...
  • Poblano Chicken Chowder.
17 Mar 2021

What is vegan food? ›

A vegan diet is based on plants (such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits) and foods made from plants. Vegans do not eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.

Can vegans eat food cooked with meat? ›

Vegans avoid all foods of animal origin. These include: Meat and fish: such as beef, chicken, duck, fish, and shellfish. Eggs: whole eggs and foods that contain them, such as bakery products.

Is Progresso tomato basil soup vegan? ›

Progresso Tomato Basil Soup is an MSG-free and vegan-friendly soup that uses ingredients like potatoes to create the same creaminess you expect to find in a tomato soup that includes dairy.

Is Heinz tomato soup vegan? ›

that are not vegan.

Is Campbell's tomato vegan? ›

Is Campbell's tomato soup one of the products that someone who follows a vegan diet can enjoy? Campbell's Tomato Soup is vegan-friendly. The soup can does not carry the vegan certification, but the ingredients contain mostly tomato puree, water, wheat flour, seasonings, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup.

Why can't vegans eat potatoes? ›

Potatoes on their own are totally vegan, but potatoes require cooking. That's where things go wrong for potatoes. A lot of potato dishes are cooked in non-vegan-friendly ingredients, such as dairy. That is why you should always find out exactly how the potato dish is cooked if you haven't cooked it yourself.

What do vegan people drink? ›

Plant milks are also a great solution for people who are lactose-intolerant or who have milk allergies. There is a great variety of vegan milks that you could choose from: think of soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, hazelnut milk, macadamia milk, hemp milk, spelt milk, even milk made from rice, oats, or peas.

Do vegans eat honey? ›

Vegans try to avoid or minimize all forms of animal exploitation, including that of bees. As a result, most vegans exclude honey from their diets. Some vegans also avoid honey to take a stand against conventional beekeeping practices that can harm bee health.

Is shampoo vegan? ›

Most shampoos contain animal ingredients, which are present not because they add any vital cleaning properties, but because they're ridiculously cheap. And many shampoos have been tested on animals. The biotin, keratin, silk powder, and gelatine found in many shampoos and conditioners may all be derived from animals.

Is Dove vegan? ›

Dove uses animal-derived ingredients & by-products in its products, therefore Dove is not vegan.

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