Looking for easy healthy meals? Think soup! These top vegetarian soup recipes are seriously satisfying for eaters of all kinds.
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. And please promise us you’ll serve with a side of best cornbread or our flaky buttermilk biscuits?
This vegetarian tortilla soup is at the top for good reason! 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.
Next 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.
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.
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 Vegan Sour Cream or Cashew Cream) and it's true perfection. Serve with our Best Homemade Cornbread.
Ready for your new favorite cozy and healthy soup? Loaded potato soup. Who could pass that up? This one is impossibly creamy with intermittent potato chunks, using no heavy cream at all! Old Bay gives it an irresistible undertone. And it’s so easy to make: you don’t even need a blender! Like any good recipe, the best part is the toppings. Load it up with whatever you like: here we used shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, and smoky, salty vegan bacon.
Pasta e ceci is a traditional Italian “pasta and chickpea soup” This stew is full of big Italian flavors: intense vibrant tomato, leafy Tuscan kale, and a creamy broth made with Parmesan rind. Swimming in it all are the chickpeas and pasta of the soup’s title, making it hearty and filling. It’s a stunner!
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.
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.
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.
Ready for the coziest, most comforting soup recipe? This curried butternut squash soup tastes like a bowl of sunshine. And because it's pureed with chickpeas, it's heartier than most butternut squash soups. The Thai flavors of coconut, ginger and curry are the perfect match to this lightly sweet orange squash! Pair with grilled cheese or fancy quesadilla to make it a meal.
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.
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. Serve it with bread and a simple salad.
There’s nothing quite like the cozy factor that is split pea soup. This vegetarian version 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 you'll use a touch of liquid smoke in place of the traditional ham.
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.
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.
No need to roast a pumpkin: all you need for this pumpkin soup is a can of pumpkin puree! It’s got another secret ingredient too, that makes it more filling than a standard creamy soup: red lentils. The lentils thicken this soup and give it creamy body. Top sour cream swirls and crunchy homemade croutons, and well: it’s a cozy masterpiece. (PS Add Everything Bagel Seasoning to your croutons to take it over the top!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have time and leftover vegetables, a great way to use them is making 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.
Make the tortilla strips: Brush the tortillas lightly with olive oil on each side. Using a pizza cutter, slice them in half, then into thin strips. Place the strips on a baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until crispy and lightly browned.
Make the soup: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the green pepper and the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the oregano and the cumin for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, beans, corn, adobo sauce, broth, and kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and add additional adobo sauce or kosher salt if desired.
Prep the garnishes: Slice the radishes. Slice the lime into wedges.
Serve: To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and allow to cool to warm. Garnish with the tortilla strips, radishes, torn cilantro leaves, hot sauce, and plenty of lime juice.
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.