When it seems like the cold weather will never end, find cheer in the fact that it’s soup season. No matter what the weather app says, comfort and warmth can be found in a big bowl of vegan soup, preferably served alongside a generous hunk of a toasted and buttered baguette. From hearty chili, to classic tomato, to vibrant purple yam bisque, slurp up some instant happy with these 13 comforting winter vegan soups.
1. Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons by Happy Healthy Life
There’s tomato soup with grilled cheese, then there is tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons. Oh yes. Silky, creamy, gooey, crunchy, buttery goodness all in one unbelievable bite. There is arguably nothing better on rainy days.
2. Creamy Roasted Sunchoke Soup by Carrots and Flowers
What happens when you cross the comfort of a potato with the flavor of an artichoke? Sunchokes. What happens when your roast these wonderful root veggies, puree them, and fold in cashew cream and a balsamic glaze? Magic—in soup form.
3. Instant Pot Lasagna Soup by Vegan Richa
Everything you love about lasagna, but in a slurpable, trendy “bowl food” form. Instant Pot or stovetop, this Italian soup comes together in about a half hour, making it a perfect weeknight meal. Further, it’s absolutely loaded with belly-warming ingredients, as any good vegan lasagna should.
4. Soon Tofu Stew by The Vegan Korean
It’s incredibly disheartening to discover that most tofu soups in restaurants contain fish sauce. Avoid disappointment and make your own. Pair it with some fish-free kimchi and give yourself a pat on the back for veganizing this popular Korean dish.
5. Spinach and Butterbean Curry by The Happy Pear
Bring the heat! Or not. You decide how spicy you like it by adjusting the seasoning in this deliciously thick and protein-packed stew. Bonus: IBS sufferers rejoice! This just happens to be a low FODMAP meal (meaning it’s relatively safe for those with tummy issues).
6. Miso Ginger Dumpling Soup by Plantifully Based
For those who thrill at Trader Joe’s-inspired meals, put this on your shopping list tonight. You could make your own dumplings (find a foolproof recipe on the Plantifully Based blog), but in a pinch, all five ingredients for this comforting soup can be found at your local TJ’s. While you’re there, have fun and explore the store’s other awesome vegan products!
7. Jackfruit Vegan Pozole Rojo by Dora’s Table
Those who have had good pozole have reserved a special place in their heart for this traditional Mexican soup. There’s nothing quite like the perfect combination of toothsome hominy paired with just the right amount of spicy, chili-based broth. The addition of jackfruit gives this aromatic stew another layer of texture. Unlike many soups, this recipe is anything but one-note.
8. Vegan Chicken and Rosemary Dumplings Stew by Connoisseurus Veg
When you’re alone but really need a warm hug, this soup is your second best option. Dive into the thick, pillowy rosemary dumplings and use them to sop up your sad feelings—and the savory herb broth. Dumplings make everything better.
9. Coconut and Winter Squash Stew by Rachel Carr
Eat with the seasons and enjoy a flavorful meal that won’t weigh you down. Chef Rachel Carr combines the season’s best produce with gluten-free glass noodles in a light, ginger and lemongrass-infused broth to keep you full and energized. Bring on the snowball fight!
10. Easy Super Greens Soup with Buttery Toast Croutons by Audrey Dunham
Juicing? Try souping. This thick and creamy green soup packs in a serious amount of nutrients, but unlike green juice, you won’t freeze while drinking it during the winter months. It’s also much more convenient to make; simply blend the ingredients together in a high-speed blender. No juice machine cleaning required!
11. Jackfruit Chili with Fajita Veggies by Veggies Save the Day
Veggies Save the Day has packed all of our favorite fajita ingredients into a one-bowl wonder. This chili is bursting with three kinds of beans, tender jackfruit, fire-roasted tomatoes, and bell pepper, and plenty of spices to warm you up on a blustery winter day.
12. African Peanut Stew by Oh She Glows
Really, all there is to say is, “Please sir, may I have some more.” Make a double batch of this addictively tasty soup and stockpile it in your freezer. It’s simply that outstanding.
13. Adaptogenic Purple Yam Soup by Food by Maria
This is not your average potato soup. Not only is it far more appealing to the eye thanks to its gorgeous purple hue, but this luxurious soup contains ashwagandha powder, which is known to reduce stress. Help yourself to a bowl after a hectic day, and let those worries go. You can deal with digging your car out of the snow tomorrow.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.
Photo courtesy of Dora’s Table