25 Best Vegetarian Soup Recipes

Looking for easy healthy meals? Think soup! These top vegetarian soup recipes are seriously satisfying for eaters of all kinds.

Vegetarian soup recipes

When it comes to eating your veggies: soup is one of the easiest ways to do it! Hi, we’re Sonja and Alex, vegetarian cookbook authors and soup addicts. Soups are what we always tell people to make when they ask about how to eat lots of veggies. Why? Soups are easy to make, and they make those nutrient-packed vegetables taste so delicious that you can’t stop eating them. I mean, which would you choose: carrot stick or classic chili? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

Here, we’ve made a collection of all of our favorite vegetarian soup recipes. And let us warn you: we’re obsessed with infusing big flavor into humble vegetables. It is, in fact, our job. And we take it very seriously! Each of these vegetarian soup recipes have been carefully tested and seriously enjoyed before they get to your table. So we can guarantee: you’re going to love them.

Want more soup recipes? Check out our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking.

Let’s get started: our top vegetarian soup recipes!

Vegetarian Tortellini Soup

Vegetarian Tortellini Soup

First up in our vegetarian soup recipes: tortellini soup! It savory and hearty, with a lightly sweet depth that makes you want the bowl to be never-ending. The trick? Tomato paste and paprika give just the right complexity to the broth. And a bit of carrot and celery add texture and crunch. Whole basil leaves are added right after the tortellini cooks, which meld into the beautiful velvety broth. Add a bit of Parmesan cheese and it’s a little bit of heaven.

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

This vegetarian tortilla soup is one of our top recommendations for soup recipes! It has the most savory, zesty broth flavor that you'd think had to simmer all day: but it takes only 30 minutes. The secret? A touch of canned adobo sauce, which brings nuanced flavor without the heat. Add to that bell peppers, black beans, corn and onion, and top it with crunchy tortilla strips. It's a winner with everyone we've served it to—hands down.

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Creamy Corn Chowder

Creamy Corn Chowder

There’s something about potato corn chowder that makes it work both in the heat of summer and on cozy fall days, too. This one is our best ever corn chowder recipe, if we must say ourselves. It’s based on a vegan corn chowder recipe from our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking. But for this one we wanted to try a classic corn chowder: with milk and butter! It turned out seriously creamy, with a savory, salty, and sweet flavor from simmering the corn cobs directly in the pot.

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Classic Vegetarian Chili

Classic Vegetarian Chili

Can you ever go wrong with chili? This classic vegetarian chili recipe is a fan favorite, balancing three beans, green chilis, and a massive amount of chili powder. It's filled with bulgur wheat to mimic the texture of meat (sub cooked quinoa for gluten free). Top with sour cream or cashew cream and it's true perfection.

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Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable Stew)

Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable Stew)

Ribollita is an Italian vegetable stew traditionally thickened by bread as a way to use up old crusts going stale. It might look like just a humble stew, but honestly, the flavors in this ribollita are mind blowing. It’s gently simmered so that the flavors meld together beautifully. The crusty bread cubes are almost like dumplings when soaked in the savory broth. I had to stop between spoonfuls to proclaim to Alex how much I loved it. erve it with bread and a simple salad.

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Cauliflower Soup with Moroccan Spices

Cauliflower Soup with Moroccan Spices

Here's one of our fan favorite vegetarian soup recipes: 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.

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Tomato Basil Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Tomato Basil Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Food is all about vibe, and this soup channels all those cozy, comforting, and warm feelings! This tomato gnocchi soup recipe is tangy and bright, filled with chewy gnocchi pillows and topped with Parmesan cheese. The secret to the creamy tomato basil base is after sauteing onion and garlic, deglaze the pan with white wine vinegar. The tangy vinegar brings out the brightness in the tomatoes: and combined with peppery fresh basil, it's irresistible.

Another tomato soup? Try our Easy Tomato Basil Soup or Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup.

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Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup Recipe

WOW is all we can say about this creamy wild rice soup recipe! It's made in an Instant Pot, but we've also got a stovetop variation because our readers went CRAZY over this one! It's creamy by way of cashews that are blended right along with the soup to make a creamy base. Then there's tender wild rice, cozy carrots and onions, and white beans that round it out to add more plant-based protein. This one is vegan and gluten-free too, and we've heard from multitudes of people who say that meat-eaters love it too.

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Golden Vegetable Soup Recipe

Golden Vegetable Soup Recipe

This golden vegetable soup is like canned soup, but infinitely better! It's one of our favorite vegetarian soup recipes because it's cozy and comforting, and everyone loves it. The base recipe is seriously simple, with onion, carrot, celery, and rotini pasta noodles. If you'd like, you can customize it by adding veggies like handfuls of baby spinach or white beans for additional plant based protein.

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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

There’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of soup. And how about split pea soup? It’s the cozy equivalent of blueberry pancakes and pumpkin spiced coffee, right? This vegetarian split pea soup recipe is one of our favorite healthy dinner recipes since it’s not only hearty and delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. Here we’ve used a touch of liquid smoke and smoked paprika in place of the traditional ham.

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Tomato Lime Indian Soup Recipe

Tomato Lime Indian Soup Recipe

This tasty tomato lime soup recipe is a creamy Indian-spiced soup flavored with cardamom and cumin. Sauteed tomatoes, onion and garlic are blended with yogurt and lime to make a creamy soup. The flavor is surprisingly tangy and unexpectedly satisfying. Serve it with homemade almond cashew crackers to make for a hearty, protein-packed meal.

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Easy Vegetarian Ramen

Easy Vegetarian Ramen

Let's talk vegetarian ramen, shall we? A terrific meatless ramen recipe is hard to find, but this vegetarian ramen delivers. The savory broth is full of umami (that fifth savory sense), the mushrooms are meat, the curly noodles are fresh and chewy, and it's topped with a creamy soft-boiled egg. And if you’re me and Alex, it's doused in spicy chili sauce. Yes, it's the ultimate comfort food in a bowl.

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Tomato Artichoke Soup with Garlic Croutons

Tomato Artichoke Soup with Garlic Croutons

This brilliant red tomato artichoke soup is bursting with tangy flavor and the perfect thing for a gray day! The resulting soup is so flavorful and comforting that we could almost eat it for every meal (almost). Serve with homemade garlic croutons and shaved Parmesan for the ultimate in cozy.

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Moroccan Stew with Chickpeas & Sweet Potatoes

Moroccan Stew with Chickpeas & Sweet Potatoes

This Moroccan stew is one of our top picks for a vegetarian soup recipe. Why? It’s ultra flavorful, with a blend of warm Moroccan spices: coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. And it’s full of nutrient rich vegetables: sweet potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach. Serve it with quinoa for a delicious plant based dinner that’s also gluten free. If you'd like, add a dollop of Greek yogurt and a squeeze of lemon to top it off.

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Italian Soup with Vegetables & Gnocchi

Italian Soup with Vegetables & Gnocchi

This Italian soup is homey, comforting, and heart-meltingly good. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make! It’s chock full of nutritious veggies: spinach, chickpeas, green beans, tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Then add gnocchi, those tasty homemade pasta pillows! It’s full of tangy, herby flavor without too much effort.

Looking for another gnocchi soup? Try Tomato Basil Soup with Gnocchi

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

This butternut squash soup recipe is creamy without the use of one ounce of dairy! The secret? Potato, which when purred with the orange flesh of the squash blends into a velvety puree. It's a classic recipe that we've used time and time again. To step it up, garnish with sour cream and fresh dill.

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Tuscan Artichoke Lentil Stew

Tuscan Artichoke Lentil Stew

This Tuscan stew is earthy and homey, featuring tangy artichokes and hearty lentils with a garlicky tomato base. Dark leafy green kale brings in nutrients and soaks up the flavor-packed broth. To make it a meal, serve with crusty artisan bread and garnish with Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese.

Love lentils? Also try our Creamy Red Lentil Soup.

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Ultra Creamy Leek Soup

Ultra Creamy Leek Soup

This ultra creamy leek soup recipe uses cream cheese, yogurt and egg yolks to make a rich and velvety base. It's flecked with spinach and of course the savoriness of sauteed leeks. This one's undeniably retro: it’s adapted from the New York Times Bread and Soup Cookbook of 1972!

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Hearty Sweet Potato Kale Soup

Hearty Sweet Potato Kale Soup

Soups are a tasty, easy way to eat a ton of vegetables without realizing it. And this hearty soup recipe loads them on: leafy green kale, tender sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and protein-packed black beans. It's flavored with oregano, cumin, and just enough lime juice so that it pops. Sliced green onions stirred in at the end of cooking keep it tasting fresh. With sliced radishes and a dollop of Greek yogurt as a garnish, it’s a delicious way to load up on nutrients.

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Curried Acorn Squash Soup

Curried Acorn Squash Soup

This curried squash soup is swirled with coconut milk and seasoned with warm Indian-style spices like curry powder, garam masala, and cumin. Topped with crispy quinoa and pepitas to garnish, it has just the right amount of spice, complexity, and heat. The title specifies acorn squash, but you can use any type of squash you'd like: or use purchased squash puree to cut down on prep time.

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Mango Black Bean Chili

Mango Black Bean Chili

Here's a chili recipe that's a unique spin on the standard: mango black bean chili! In this vegetarian soup, chunks of fresh mangos add a sweetness and complexity that's unexpected yet satisfying. A hint of allspice and a squeeze of lime kick it up a notch, and black beans and quinoa add protein and body.

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Green Pea Soup with Chive Flowers

Green Pea Soup with Chive Flowers

Here's a vegetarian pea soup of a different kind: instead of split pea soup, it's fresh pea soup! This vibrant spring green pea soup is creamy and light, and perfect to accompany a grilled cheese. It’s topped with crunchy rye croutons and chive flowers for a beautiful garnish. We grow chive flowers in our garden: you can also find them in the spring at farmer’s markets! Or you can omit the flowers and just eat this delicious pea soup with croutons: it's just as tasty.

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Stracciatella Soup Recipe

Stracciatella Soup Recipe

Leave it to the Italians to have beautiful words for even the most unglamorous of concepts. “Stracciatella” (strah-chi-ah-tay-lah) literally means “rags” in Italian. When it comes to gelato, the “rags” are bits of chocolate mixed throughout a creamy vanilla base. But “stracciatella” also applies to soup. In this case, the rags are eggs – a kind of Italian egg drop soup. The Pecorino cheese and eggs bring a delightful savoriness.

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Tomato Dumpling Soup

Tomato Dumpling Soup

What’s not to love about dumplings? They’re homey, comforting, and in the middle of savory tomato basil goodness, they’re like a deconstructed sort of pizza. The vegetarian tomato dumpling soup recipe is easy enough for a weeknight, but delicious enough to work for a special dinner. If you’re looking for a cozy tomato soup, these dumplings seriously take it to a new level.

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Easy Korean Ramen

Easy Korean Ramen

And last but not least in our vegetarian soup recipes: this Korean ramen! 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.

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What to serve with these vegetarian soups?

So you’ve got the vegetarian soup recipes: but how to make them into a meal? Here are a few sides that pair well with soups:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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