There’s nothing quite like eating homemade vegan soup on a cold winter day. From vegan vegetable soup, to vegan potato kale soup. Enjoy these 15 Warm Winter Vegan Soup Recipes!
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There is something reassuring about a big bowl of warming soup in winter. I tend to cook mine slowly, allowing the flavours to mingle thoroughly without losing the texture of the pieces of vegetable. They are wonderfully healthy and can top up your levels of vitamins and minerals at a time of year when you want your immune system in tip-top condition.
1. Winter Vegan Vegetable Soup
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It’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever made, but it’s pretty darn delicious. I absolutely love making soup because it’s super easy – just cook everything in one pot and you’re done.
My Alternative To Winter Vegan Vegetable Soup
Sweet Soup For Dreary Days
You can use any combination of vegetables in this soup really, but the carrots and parsnips give a sweetness to the soup that you might not normally associate with vegetables.
A Nutritional Time Bomb
The nutritional value of carrots and beta carotene in particular are well known, but the parsnips add significant amounts of vitamin C and K as well as vitamin E, Magnesium, Thiamine, Phosphorus, Zinc and Vitamin B6. You also get the health benefits of Parsley, Thyme and Turmeric. You get a boost of vitamins A, C and K as well as a host of trace elements and minerals like calcium, Iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium.
The Worlds Healthiest Foods
All three of the herbs listed also have recognised health benefits beyond basic nutrition. To go into detail here I would have to dedicate the complete article to this one meal, but you can find information about parsley, which has been called the one of the world’s healthiest foods, here.
2. Vegan Barley & Lentil Soup
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This Vegan Barley and Lentil Soup is rich and will fill you up and warm you on a cold winter day.
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Fashion And Food
Pearl Barley went out of fashion for a long while. It was once a staple ingredient in most people’s diet simply because it was cheap and filling. However, over recent years it has often been described as a super food and has gained in popularity again.
It is a very complex food nutritionally. You can add it as an extra ingredient in most soups too. A single cup will provide all the Selenium and Thiamine you need in a day. That same cupful will give you twice your recommended daily amount of manganese and half of your recommended daily amount of copper, magnesium, phosphorus, Iron and Niacin, and significant amounts of Riboflavin, Potassium, Zinc and vitamin B6. In some ways it might be easier to tell you what it doesn’t contain.
The Best Tonic Food I Know
Providing both Protein and Carbohydrates it is also high in fibre and low in fat. High in antioxidants it also improves the repair of cell damage and the protection of healthy cells. By attacking free radicals it can help with numerous health conditions, but you should research these properly if they might apply to you. This will help, but there are many other articles online. As a general tonic food it is hard to find anything that has such a rounded and complete nutritional content.
3. Vegan Potato Kale Soup
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This vegan potato kale soup does not only look really fancy, but it’s also super delicious and packed with nutrients! Just perfect for Christmas!
My Alternative To Vegan Potato Kale Soup
The Best Source Of Vitamin K On The Planet
Kale is another food that has made a resurgence in the modern era. It is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. Just 1 cup will provide 7 times the vitamin K, twice the vitamin K and more than enough Vitamin C for your recommended daily amounts. It also has high levels of manganese and is loaded with some very important antioxidants and flavonoids.
A Proven Winner
You will find some important information here and there are many other similar articles. They begin to explain some of the amazing health benefits that have now been clearly shown to be associated with an increase in the use of Kale as part of your diet.
4. Vegan Red Lentil Soup
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This Nourishing Red Lentil Soup is full of immune boosting nutrients. Lentils are protein and zinc rich, sweet potato brings vitamin A, rosemary is anti-microbial, garlic is warming, ginger boosts circulation, and turmeric is anti-inflammatory. So much goodness all in one bowl!
My Alternative To Vegan Red Lentil Soup
Food For Thought
As you can see from the excerpt above, Lauren’s post has a great deal of nutritional information already. Instead of duplicating it, I will try and give you some different ideas to adapt the recipe.
Keeping All Of The Benefits
You could use carrots instead of sweet potatoes for one option. Carrots also have some amazing nutritional benefits so it doesn’t take away from this health factor in this warm winter vegan soup. Why not try using different lentils too? All lentils have great levels of protein. The flavours will be subtly different but not by much.
Add Some Sparkle
Coriander seeds will give you a distinct flavour that you can use instead of cumin seeds too. You could even add some freshly ground fenugreek seeds for some extra sparkle. They complement lentils beautifully and are a firm favourite in many dishes from Northern India
5. Creamy Carrot & Ginger Vegan Soup
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This bright, vibrantly spiced creamy carrot and ginger soup is the perfect winter warmer. Not only is this plant-based and vegan soup satisfying and nourishing, but it is easy to digest and uses amazing anti-inflammatory and detox ingredients.
My Alternative To Creamy Carrot & Ginger Vegan Soup
When your budget is tight this is a great easy and cheap meal that ticks all the boxes nutritionally. You get an amazing nutritional package and wonderful flavours from this simple recipe. Onions, Garlic, Ginger and Turmeric together make a wonderful flavour for any recipe. Using them with the sweetness of the carrot balances out the flavours in this simple but sumptuously luxurious soup.
An Alternative To Plant Milk
I do try to limit my use of plant milk products because of their environmental impact. This may well be better than cow’s milk but they do use a lot of water and power in the manufacture of the milk. So, having thought about it I decided to try and replace it. I poured boiling water over some pearl barley and left it to soak overnight. In the morning I brought the pan back to the boil to make sure the barley was cooked through and then sieved the mixture to separate the liquid. You can use this liquid instead of the coconut milk and the recipe works just as well. Adding the soaked pearl barley to the soup makes it even more filling too,
Try Aquafaba For Extra Luxury
You could also use Aquafaba in either the original or the adapted recipe. Using the whipped Aquafaba makes the rich creamy texture of the original recipe feel even more luxurious in your mouth. You can use it in many of the recipes you use. It really is a very versatile ingredient.
6. Vegan Orzo Soup
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Make this hearty vegan orzo soup when you are looking for easy soup recipes. It is a healthy soup recipe that is perfect comfort food for cold winter nights
My Alternative To Vegan Orzo Soup
Alternatives To Orzo
You can change this wholesome vegan soup recipe in several ways quite easily. Each of the options listed will give the recipe its own subtly distinct flavour. Instead of changing any other ingredients I am just going to suggest some different ingredients to replace the orzo.
Try Bulgar Wheat For A Different Flavour
You have to try this recipe with pearl barley instead of the orzo. The nutritional impact of the pearl barley is amazing (see above/Link ). Another tasty alternative is to use Bulgar Wheat. It will give you a nuttier flavour. Couscous is another great way to change the recipe too. You can use literally any kind of rice or pasta instead. Risotto rice gives you a very different alternative recipe as it will thicken up the mixture much more and turn it into something rich, creamy and very filling.
7. Cleansing Vegan Winter Vegetable Miso Soup
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This is one of those recipes that you will find yourself making all the time, and for good reason. It’s just that good for those cold winter days when you really need something healthy, but warm and satisfying at the same time.
My Alternative To Cleansing Vegan Winter Vegetable Miso Soup
The Power Of Miso
Miso has an ever growing list of health benefits. Nutritionally it has some amazing properties and the varieties made from soybeans are considered to be one of the few sources of complete protein because they contain all the essential amino acids needed for human health.
8. Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
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This spicy chipotle sweet potato soup is a healthy and flavorful vegan soup with a nice kick of heat! It’s wonderfully silky and will really warm you up this fall.
My Alternative To Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
The Wonderful World Of Chillies
Chilli makes a wonderful warming addition to most soups. This winter vegan soup recipe is built around the taste of the Chilli. Chipotle chillies have a lovely flavour but so do many other chillies too so don’t be scared to try others. At the mild and sweet end of the spectrum you could try Pepperoncini Chillies. They are sweet mild peppers usually sold pickled and are also known as Tuscan Peppers or Golden Greek Peppers. Jalapeno’s are well known from the world of fast food and are another great alternative.
My personal favourite is the classic bird eye chillies used in a lot of Thai food. You can Control the heat by removing the seeds from some of the chillies if you need to, retaining the flavour without making the recipe too hot. If you are feeling really brave you could try using Scotch Bonnet Peppers, but be careful to wash your hands after you have been chopping them to avoid painful accidents.
Incredible Chillies From Around The World
Here you will find a list with details and pictures of an incredible variety of Chillies, take a look and begin your own Chilli Adventure.
9. Roasted Red Pepper Soup with White Beans
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This roasted red pepper soup is rich and comforting thanks to the coconut milk and smoked paprika. It’s a delicious winter warmer that’s suitable for vegans.
10. Vegan Curried Butternut Squash and Brown Rice Soup
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This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
11. Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
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Butternut squash soup is a classic fall and winter soup recipe. But today we’re roasting the butternut squash, which gives so much more depth of flavor and makes the soup easier to prepare (as you don’t have to cut the butternut squash).
My Alternative To Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Making Your Job Easier
Just like with pumpkin, if you roast the butternut squash you get much more flavour. You can add even more flavour by sprinkling of a nice salt and pepper or spice mix when you put it in the oven. Simply cut it down the middle, put the pieces face up on a large baking tray, sprinkle on you spices or salt and pepper, roast them thoroughly, then simply scoop out the tasty flesh. You get a much fuller flavour and it makes the job of preparation much easier too.
One Of The Best Sources Of Vitamin A
Equally as important as any other vitamin the butternut squash is one of the best sources of vitamin A, even a small portion will give you your full recommended daily dose of vitamin A. It also contains a large dose of vitamin C. It is also rich in Beta Carotene, just remember, the brighter the colour of the flesh the better it is for you, just like with sweet potatoes. The Antioxidants it contains will help slow cellular damage and reduce inflammation, which can reduce the risk of several chronic diseases.
12. Vegan Cream Of Mushroom Soup
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This vegan cream of mushroom soup recipe is hearty, delicious, and easy to make. A perfect fall and winter warmer soup.
13. Vegan Cream Of Tomato Soup
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The most comforting thing about a warm bowl of this tangy tomato soup on a frosty day is knowing that it’s fresh and homemade. Simple ingredients, easily prepared for a classic cold-weather warmer.
My Alternative To Vegan Cream Of Tomato Soup
A Powerful Defence
Tomatoes are another one of those foods that has got a lot of publicity about its health giving benefits. As a great source of vitamins A, C and K it also contains some rather scientifically sounding compounds like alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and Lutein. These antioxidants form a powerful defence against cellular damage. They are the compounds that attack and neutralise the free radicals in our bodies that cause damage to our cells every day. Increasing the levels of antioxidants in the blood has been shown to reduce the risk of many of the diseases that have become more common in modern life.
14. Vegan Roasted Garlic & Parsnip Soup
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Creamy, nutty and sweet roasted garlic and parsnip soup with caramelised onions. Parsnips are in season at the moment and are the perfect vegetable for roasting and enjoying on cold wintery days!
15. Vegan Carrot Ginger Miso Soup
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Winter is a great time to enjoy hearty soup, but hearty soup doesn’t necessarily call for heavy cream to make it look creamy and inviting. You can create creamy and rich looking soup with miso paste. Today, I am going to share a very simple recipe for carrot ginger miso soup.
I hope you have as much fun with these soup recipes as I did. It’s that time of year when my soup pan is rarely off. I always make mine in large batches and freeze them, so there is always a choice of different soup ready to defrost and eat throughout the colder months. We all know illness is more likely to strike in winter too. So loading up your diet with antioxidants to help fight against those diseases has to be a great thing too. Enjoy experimenting with these recipes too to find your perfect soup. You could let us know which your favourites are; it’s always nice to get a message from someone about one of the recipes we have featured.