These vegan soup recipes are cozy, nourishing, easy to make, and hands down delicious. They’ll become favorites of all eaters at the table!
The best way to eat your veggies? Eat soup. Hi, we’re Sonja and Alex, plant-based recipe writers and cookbook authors with a penchant for soup. Why soup? Well, it’s delicious. It’s comforting. It’s easy to make. And more often than not, it can make vegetables taste like more than the sum of their parts. Whether it’s a cozy Tuscan soup that tastes like pizza, or a steaming bowl of Korean ramen, or a creamy cup of sweet and savory corn chowder, our vegan soup recipes will become tried-and-true favorites: guaranteed.
Here we’ve rounded up all of our favorite vegan soup recipes: with an eye towards recipes that are healthy and easy (since that’s what we’re most often asked for). Take a look through our favorites and let us know: which would you try? We’d love to know.
First up in our vegan soup recipes...this stunner of a vibrant bowl. After one bite, we guarantee you'll be sold on this curry lentil soup. It’s full of hearty red lentils and root vegetables, and the broth is swirled with red curry paste and coconut milk. With all the texture and flavor going on, it feels rich and luxurious. But at the same time it’s a healthy, plant based meal!
Next up: this impossibly creamy wild rice soup! Yes, this soup is cozy, dreamy, and comforting in a way that most vegan soups only dream of. The secret? Cashews are blended with a bit of the soup to make that silky base. Then it's filled with tender wild rice, carrots and onions, and white beans to add more plant-based protein. The original version is made in an Instant Pot, but the recipe has instructions for a stovetop variation, too. We've heard from multitudes of people who say that even though it's vegan, meat-eaters love it just as much.
One of our top rated vegan soup recipes is this Moroccan cauliflower soup! The cauliflower is roasted until lightly charred in a very hot oven. Then it’s blended with onion, carrot and warm Moroccan spices into a silky puree. Think: cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. This soup is pretty simple to put together, full of nutrients, and vegan and gluten-free too.
Yes, we’re pulling out the expletives because this lentil soup recipe is so delicious, you won’t even remember that you’re doing your body and the planet good. You’ll just feel like you’re wrapped in a cozy hug. Featuring fire-roasted tomatoes, savory fennel, and garlic, this vegan lentil soup is ready to amaze you.
What’s more classic than tomato basil soup? This one is oh so easy to make. Chop some veggies, simmer, then blend. All hail the tomato basil soup! It couldn’t be cozier, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to crusty bread. This version is a gluten free, dairy free and vegan soup recipe, so it fits many diets. Though of course you could add a dollop of cashew cream to make it a creamy soup too!
What’s a list of vegan soup recipes without a good chili? This savory, hearty quinoa vegan chili is packed with protein and is gluten-free as well. It’s got lots of veggies and the secret ingredients are a bit of adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo. Top with Cashew Cream or Nacho Cheese.
This one is our best ever corn chowder recipe, if we must say ourselves. It's another fan favorite, where blending cashews with a bit of the soup makes you swear it's loaded with dairy. This vegan chowder recipe turns out seriously creamy, with a savory, salty, and sweet flavor from simmering the corn cobs directly in the pot. It’s based on a similar vegan chowder from our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking.
This vegan soup recipe is lovingly dubbed “pizza soup” because it tastes like liquid pizza! Really. The pizza flavor is due in part to the San Marzano tomatoes: San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of tomato that’s grown in Italy. The tomatoes are sauteed with garlic, fennel, and smoked paprika, which bring a meaty and savory undertone. Throw in some Tuscan kale to the mix, and you won’t even tell it’s there: you’ll only be able to taste the pizza!
This creamy, dreamy coconut curry soup recipe is not just mega delicious, swirled with coconut milk and spiced with curry powder, cumin, and coriander. It's also a pantry soup! What’s a pantry soup? A recipe made only of ingredients found in your pantry. It's also quick to whip up, healthy, and versatile for multiple diets: vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan.
This vegan butternut squash lentil soup tastes like a bowl of sunshine. It’s chock full of beautiful, colorful healthy ingredients, and it tastes surprisingly more delicious than you’d imagine from the humble ingredients. Using leeks brings a complexity to the body of the soup. The only part about this superfood soup that requires some time is chopping the vegetables. You can use the recipe as an excuse to practice your knife skills!
This vegan tomato soup recipe is tangy, pure tomato-y, and made creamy using blended cashews. The nuts thicken the soup, at the same time adding protein. (Use almond milk for nut allergies.) But the best part? The star toast garnish! Cutting toast into stars is an easy way to dress up a soup: both kids and adults love it.
It sounds excessive, we know: 20 cloves of garlic in a soup!? Yes, the healthy dose garlic in this vegan soup recipe is exactly what makes the broth incredibly restorative and tasty. Don’t worry, the garlic is cooked down so you won’t have garlic breath: we promise! The soup also features leafy green kale and chewy mushrooms, making it ultra nutrient dense.
Ready for a seriously cozy soup that’s full of bold flavor? This Israeli soup recipe features freekah, an ancient grain that’s starting to have a moment here in the US. This soup feels like an elevated take on the chicken and stars canned soup of my childhood, but 100% tastier and healthier. The freekah adds body and a wisp of smoky flavor. If that’s not a reason to try this out, we’re not sure what is!
One taste of this curried carrot vegan soup recipe and you'll be sold. The velvety orange puree is creamy with just the right amount of spice. The secret to the big flavor in this vegan carrot soup is the Thai red curry paste. Thai curry paste has beautifully fresh flavors in a single jar: garlic, lemongrass, and ginger. Mix a spoonful of that with sweet carrots and silky coconut milk, and you'll be a believer in no time.
This tomato sage chickpea soup is savory, cozy and comforting…the classic antidote to a gray day. This vegan soup features sliced onions instead of the typical diced, which add a unique extra texture to the dish. The other stars are dried porcini mushrooms, which add a hefty umami to the dish, and fresh sage, which tastes like the culinary form of a hug. Alex’s opinion: “It has the vibe of canned soup, but tastes way better and healthier.”
This vegan sweet potato soup is nourishing, delicious, and easy to make. To get maximum flavor out of this soup, onion and garlic are sauteed together, then cooked with sweet potato and spices like cumin and turmeric. It's served with harissa, a North African red pepper paste. Peanut butter gives a creamy, savory undertone to the soup while keeping it vegan.
Potato leek soup is typically a beige food. And while it’s incredibly delicious, it doesn’t look so appetizing. So why not make it a vibrant shade of green? Adding spinach to the classic potato leek soup brings in a beautiful color and a hefty burst of nutrients. And this one is a vegan soup recipe, using white beans instead of heavy cream to make the creamiest bowl of soup ever. Serve with crusty bread or salad.
Here’s of the coziest soups out there, ready to join the ranks of tomato basil and wild rice. Yep, it’s mushroom barley soup! This one is full of flavor: it uses both dried and fresh mushrooms for earthy savoriness. And it’s got a warming broth and nutritious veggies. But the star? Whole grain barley, which infuses each bite with a pasta-like chewy texture. If you love barley soup, you’re going to be all about this one! It’s perfect for healthy desk lunches in a thermos or enjoying a big steaming bowl after a long day.
Ramen is a traditional Japanese dish that’s an interpretation of Chinese noodles, but it has a Korean spin as well! Gochujang (Korean chili paste), peanut butter, miso and seaweed all work together to add major savoriness to the broth. It's filled with veggies like carrots, cauliflower, and tofu, and topped with quick pickled cucumbers that add a satisfying crunch. Eating this steaming, hearty bowl of noodles and veggies feels positively restorative.
This dreamy, creamy vegan red lentil soup is an easy dinner that’s ready in under an hour. Bright red lentils are packed with nutrients and can cure any case of the fall or winter blues! This red lentil soup results in a complex and delicious flavor. And what really amps it up is the garnish – don’t skimp on this one! The combination of crunchy toasted almonds, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of tangy lemon makes this soup next level.
This vegan butternut squash soup is a Middle Eastern take on the classic. Along with the squash, this recipe features sweet potato, carrot, and za’atar, a traditional thyme and sesame seed seasoning. It brings serious flavor to the brilliant orange puree.
This easy vegan crockpot chili features dried black beans, something we always want to use more of. The mushrooms add a nice savory note. For the spices, we went the traditional chili route and used chili powder and chipotle powder. Add a little smoked paprika for a smokier chili. Saute the onions, mushrooms and garlic for 5 minutes until tender, then throw it all in a crockpot and cook for about 10 to 12 hours until the black beans are tender.
Ever tried Brussels sprouts in...soup? Here they're shredded and added to a soup pot with farro, a whole grain that’s a bit like barley, but cooks in about 1/3 the time. For the flavoring: a bit of shallot, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, which adds a savory, unexpected flavor. Brussels sprouts soup might sound unexpected, but it’s a crave-able way to boost immunity and get your cozy on.
This lovely vegan tomatillo soup doesn’t take too much time to put together and has a subtle, intriguing flavor. After you roast the tomatillos, you blend together the roasted veggies with veggie broth to use as the base of the soup. Then you add black beans and hominy, and simmer until warmed through. The garnishes are where this soup really shines: radishes, cilantro and lime bring a zesty flavor that you won’t be able to stop eating!
This vegan stew recipe features sprouted lentils, dark green dinosaur kale, and colorful vegetables that form a hearty and savory Italian-style stew. Sprouting lentils makes them easier to digest, and here they add a unique texture to the stew. While you can sprout your own, you can also buy dried sprouted lentils, which we found at our local grocery.
This vegan sweet potato stew just might be the epitome of health in a bowl. Sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and those infamously good-for-you leafy greens all together in one place? They make a hearty combination, and the coconut milk adds just the right amount of smoothness. Sweet potato skins are packed with fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins C and E, just to name a few of their many health benefits. So save yourself the effort of peeling the sweet potatoes and reap all the benefits of eating them.
And last up in our vegan soup recipes: sweet potato chili! This vegan chili recipe is loaded with savory flavor and vegetables like beans and sweet potatoes, which are superfoods high in nutrients. But even better: it’s so, so tasty! The flavor has added complexity from chili secrets like cocoa powder and balsamic vinegar. The recipe makes enough for a huge pot, so it’s good to feed a crowd (we’re of the opinion that chili should only be made in massive quantities). Garnish with sliced green onions and Cashew Cream or Nacho Cheese.
Many of these soup recipes use vegetable broth. If you have time and leftover vegetables, a great way to use them is making your own homemade vegetable broth! It uses up old vegetable scraps and is a great way to minimize food waste in your kitchen! It takes about 1 hour to make. Here’s our Easy Vegetable Broth Recipe.
What to serve with these vegan soups?
So you’ve got the vegan soup recipes: but how to make them into a meal? Here are a few sides that pair well with soups:
Add the olive oil to a large pan and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, potatoes, carrots and parsnips and saute for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for 30 seconds.
Add the lentils, kale, tomatoes, broth, water, and kosher salt. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the lentils and veggies are tender.
Stir in the curry paste (to taste)* and the coconut milk. Serve warm, garnished with torn cilantro leaves. Leftovers store well and taste even better.
*The spice level in Thai curry pastes can vary. Taste and add additional curry paste to your liking. The brand we like (Thai Kitchen) is very mild; we used 3 tablespoons of it and it didn’t add heat to the soup. Others can vary, so just add a bit, taste the soup, and add more to taste.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.