These incredibly flavorful healthy vegan soup recipes are easy and family friendly. Chock full of veggies, and healthy plant-protein they make for a simple weeknight meal. From creamy, to chunky, noodle-y, and chilled, you’ll find a recipe for any time of the year! Plus learn how to create your very own soup recipe!
Who says soup only has to be enjoyed during the winter months? I love a good soup or chili all year long. Maybe that’s because I have a tendency to always have a bit of a chill, even in the summer months!
There are so many different types of vegan soup recipes. Depending on your mood, the time of year, the produce that’s in season, or what you have in your pantry, you can easily whip up a soup in no time at all.
Now that we also have these handy dandy appliances like the slow-cooker, and instant pot, you can take a few shortcuts, and have dinner ready with very little effort. Soup is an excellent vegan prep meal idea!
Even if you have meat-eaters in your home, like I do, you can create a hearty and comforting soup and nobody will miss the meat!
Why is soup a healthy plant-based meal?
Soups are a great way to sneak in tons of veggies into your meal. This ensures you’re getting an adequate serving of veggies, and also keeps the calories and fat down.
All those added veggies means you’ve increased the nutrient content of your meal in a very simple way.
Vegan soup recipes also call for ingredients such as beans, rice, and pasta. These ingredients provide some added texture and heartiness. But they also add plant-protein, and fiber. Be sure to use whole grain pastas and brown rice to increase fiber content.
Creamy vegan soups often use coconut milk to create that smooth and luxurious texture. Coconut milk adds healthy fats!
The one thing you need to be careful of when it comes to soup recipes is their sodium content. If using vegetable stock, use low sodium, or make your own so that you have more control over the amount of salt that is added.
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What are common ingredients in vegan soup recipes?
These recipes use a combination of pantry and fresh ingredients. You’ll need in season produce, a broth of base, canned beans or other vegetables, and plenty of spices.
Common Vegetables Used in Soups:
Depending on the season and the type of soup you are making you can add virtually any type of produce to your soup. I’ve seen fruity melon soups, and cold cucumber and tomato soups in the summer. In the winter you move to squash, potatoes, root vegetables, and leafy greens.
- Sweet Potatoes
Common Canned and Pantry Ingredients:
Many soup recipes call for both canned and dried pantry ingredients. Beans can be used both in canned or dried form. If you choose to use dried beans you’ll need to prepare them in advance of your soup. Here are a few common canned and pantry ingredients you will likely find in many soup recipes.
- Coconut Milk
- Diced Tomatoes
- Crushed Tomatoes
- Vegetable Stock
- Brown Rice
- Noodles or Pastas
There are so many spices out there it is difficult to give a complete list. Depending on the type of soup you’re making and the region it is from you may use some quite exotic spices. However, that’s not always necessary. Once you stock up your spice rack, you’ll have most of the spices these recipes call for on hand.
- Salt and Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Italian Seasoning
How do you make your own homemade vegan soup recipe from scratch?
If you’re the type of home chef that likes to create your own recipes with the ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry, then you’re in luck! Soup is such an easy and simple recipe that only needs a few important components.
Step 1: Choose Your Ingredients
Choose your base: When it comes to making vegan soup your choices come down to vegetable stock, tomato puree, or coconut milk. In some cases you may also be able to use other dairy free milks to create a creamy texture, but coconut works best in soup due to its fat content.
Choose a plant protein: This is optional as some soups don’t need a plant-protein but it does provide your soup with some heartiness, and texture. When it comes to vegan soup your choices are beans, lentils, split peas, quinoa, sometimes tofu, or soy beans.
Choose your veggies: Many vegan soups start with sautéed onions and garlic, then add carrots and celery to create a mirepoix. When choosing your veggies go with what is in season. In the winter you may choose butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc. In the summer months you have fresh zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, and more! I also like to add leafy greens to my soups such as spinach and kale.
Choose a grain: If you’d really like to make a hearty soup consider adding a whole grain such as brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat pasta.
Choose you spices: Now you can really get creative when you choose your spices. This is what creates the flavor and makes your soup unique and delicious! Refer to some of the spice suggestions above.
Step 2: Choose your Method
Creating a delicious vegan soup is easy! It doesn’t require a ton of skill, and there are many different methods you can use.
Going the traditional route?
Cooking your soup on the stovetop is the most traditional and common way to make soup.
Looking for a quick soup recipe?
Try using the Instant Pot! In under 30 minutes you can have a delicious soup that is flavorful and tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove all day!
Don’t have time to cook in the evening?
Use your slow cooker! Throw your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on and walk away. You’ll have a scrumptious soup in a few hours with very little time and effort on your part.
Want a smooth and creamy soup?
Step by Step Instructions:
Depending on the type of method you choose your directions may be differ slightly. The directions below are for a simple stovetop recipe.
Step 1: Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup of vegetable stock, water, or olive oil. If starting with a mirepoix add onions, sauté until translucent, then add carrots and celery, and any other aromatic vegetables.
Note: I usually use vegetable stock to sauté my vegetables to keep my recipes oil-free and plant-based.
Step 2: Add your spices. Stir and sauté for an additional 3 minutes until they become aromatic.
Step 3: Add your base whether that be vegetable stock, tomato puree, or coconut milk. Add in your additional vegetables, and plant-protein.
Step 4: Add in your grain (if using). Cover and allow to simmer until vegetables and grains are cooked through. Some soups require a shorter simmer time, while others require a longer 1-2 hours.
Step 5: Adjust the flavors. Taste and add additional salt, pepper and spices to your liking.
If you’re not quite ready to get inventive in the kitchen and want to try your hand at some tried and true vegan soup recipes, look no further! Below you’ll find every type of vegan soup you could possibly dream of. Broken down into subcategories, to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
- Vegetable Soups
- Noodle Soups
- Creamy Vegan Soups
- Vegan Bean Soups
- Instant Pot Soups
- Slow-cooker Soups
- Summer Soups
Vegan Vegetable Soup Recipes
In these soup recipes, vegetables are the star ingredient! Loaded with veggies of every kind in a vegetable or tomato broth, these soups are full of vitamins and nutrients and keep you full and satisfied.
Vegan Noodle Soups
Who doesn’t love a big bowl of soup full of noodles? These healthy vegan noodle soups are warm, comforting, and full of noodle-y goodness!
Creamy Vegan Soup Recipes
These creamy soup recipes use coconut milk, or other dairy free milks to create a rich creamy texture. Then they are blended into smooth.
Vegan Bean Soup Recipes
When you’re looking for a healthy and hearty soup, beans are the way to go. These soups are packed with protein using beans, lentils, and peas. All of these ingredients belong to the legume family.
Instant Pot Vegan Soup Recipes
When you’re too tired to cook, but need something quick and healthy fast, the Instant Pot is the tool to use! These soups are ready in minutes, and taste like they’ve been simmering on the stove top all day!
Slow Cooker Vegan Soup Recipes
Use your slow cooker to make these healthy vegan soups. Throw the ingredients in, turn it on, and come home to the smell of a home cooked meal!
Summer Vegan Soup Recipes
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice bowl of soup. These cold and warm soups use the freshest ingredients of the summer!
I hope you found some delicious and healthy recipes that you would like to try, and maybe you’ve been able to develop you’re own simple soup recipe using these tips!
Be sure to check out these other vegan recipe round-ups!
- Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas
- Plant-Based Dessert Recipes Everyone Will Love
- Easy Vegan Appetizers for Your Next Party
- 43 Healthy Vegan Snacks for Kids
If you’ve tried this any of these vegan soup recipes, let me know how they turned out. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more plant-based family recipes your whole family will enjoy!