19 Hearty Meatless Soups and Stews To Keep You Warm This Winter
With chilly temperatures comes an undeniable craving for warm, hearty, and comforting dishes. A richly-flavored soup fits all of those requirements. And if you're following a vegetarian diet, you know that meat, meat stock, and meat broth aren't necessary ingredients for a cozy seasonal soup or stew. Here, you'll find some of our favorite vegetarian soup recipes, all ideal for winter and all completely meat-free.
Vegetarian Moroccan Harira
"Harira is a famous Moroccan soup, and here's a hearty vegetarian (and vegan!) version, packed with tomatoes and chickpeas and flavored with paprika, turmeric, saffron, ginger, and harissa," says recipe creator chouchou65 of this robust recipe.
Black Bean and Salsa Soup
Black beans make an ideal base for a stick-to-your-ribs vegetarian soup, thanks to their high protein levels and their flavorful nature. This simple recipe incorporates black beans, veggie broth, chunky salsa, and plenty of cumin, resulting in a smoky, spicy, and very satisfying meal.
Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)
Here's a rich, substantial soup that's brightened up with vinegar. "Fakes (pronounced 'Fah-kehs') is a staple in the Greek kitchen, and an especially filling meal," says Diana Moutsopoulos. "It is traditionally served with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of vinegar. Though the vinegar is of course optional, try it. It lifts the lentils and adds another dimension of flavor!"
Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup
Apples and root vegetables give off serious cool-weather vibes, and this soup highlights those soothing flavors. Plus, the addition of red lentils packs major nutrients. The recipe advises you to puree the soup, but if you prefer a chunkier texture, you can ease up on the blending.
Traditionally made with meat and meat broth, this satisfying vegan version of the traditional Vietnamese soup meets with the approval of Allrecipes readers like Pinkangora, who declares: "Vegans rejoice! This is delicious, as good as the best pho restaurant!"
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
This piquant tortilla soup brings heat (courtesy of the green chiles), sweetness (courtesy of the corn), smokiness (courtesy of the cumin), and a pleasant textural contrast (courtesy of the tortilla chips). It's easy to prepare, and while the original recipe calls for Cheddar cheese as a garnish, the omission of this ingredient (or its replacement with vegan cheese) makes the whole recipe vegan-friendly.
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe creator Mint&Mango calls this sweet, spicy, and vibrant butternut squash soup "very filling and even a little naughty. This butternut squash soup [makes] a decadent appetizer. Butternut squash is hearty on its own, but the coconut milk makes the mixture truly rich. Serve with a warm baguette."
Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
When it comes to comfort food, it's tough to beat a steaming bowl of tomato soup served alongside a grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe uses butter and cream to enrich the tomato base and also seasons the soup with basil, an herb with a natural affinity for tomato. Pair this soup with a focaccia-mozzarella panino!
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone
When Italians think about "vegetable soup," they frequently imagine minestrone, a classic version with a tomato base, plenty of seasonal veggies, protein-packed beans, and rice or pasta for extra sustenance. This particular recipe uses a slow cooker to simplify the minestrone-making process. MTRoth raves, "Frankly, I am shocked that something this easy to make can be so darn delicious!"
Vegan Broccoli Soup
Cashews and potatoes provide real backbone here and elevate basic broccoli soup, which can sometimes be bland and neutral in flavor, from a forgettable side dish into a delicious and entree-worthy bowl.
Vegetarian Potato-Leek Soup
"The perfect soup: simple, straight-to-the-point and genuine. The proportions of potato, leek and liquid are right on. The consistency is not too thick and not too thin; enough to coat the back of a spoon," Buckwheat Queen says of this easy, inexpensive, and crowd-pleasing recipe.
West African Peanut Soup
Peanuts are a common ingredient in West African dishes, and this smooth soup uses the combination of peanut butter and tomato to create a flavor base with remarkable complexity, bolstered by heat from red pepper flakes and texture from cooked rice and crushed peanuts.
Fire Roasted Vegetarian Gumbo
Gumbo purists might insist that this Creole staple can't be made without seafood and andouille sausage...but if you're willing to stray from the norm, then you'll find that this veggie-based spin on gumbo still has plenty of authentic taste. "The smokiness from the paprika, roasted peppers, and tomatoes takes the place of andouille sausage in this vegetarian gumbo. With a lot of spice and flavor, this gumbo is a great way to warm up on a cold winter's night," says JessMacintyre.
Mushrooms frequently garner comparisons to meat, thanks to their toothsome texture and savory, evocative flavor. This stew makes the most of those parallels, building richness with the use of both fresh and dried mushrooms. The recipe suggests serving this stew over polenta, but if you prefer rice or another type of grain, then you should feel free to experiment!
Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms
This silky, umami-laden soup includes both mushrooms and tofu to change up the texture and to give the bowl more winter-friendly substance. Green onions sprinkled over the top add some bite, making every spoonful an engrossing and bold experience.
Vegetarian Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
Corn might be in-season during the summer months, but the comforting elements of corn chowder make it highly desirable throughout the winter. This slow-cooked vegetarian take on corn chowder contains numerous types of hot peppers, so if you're not a fan of spicy food, you'll want to tread cautiously and potentially omit a few of the suggested chiles.
The Best Vegetarian Chili In The World
If you're wondering whether the name of this recipe is a bit of an exaggeration, then just check out the ratings and reviews: over 2,000 Allrecipes cooks gave this chili high marks! "This recipe tempts me to never buy canned chili again! My whole family enjoyed this one and the leftovers have proved tastier than the first bowl," reviewer Aviva Jorstad says of this chili, which incorporates beans, peppers, tomatoes, and veggie burger crumbles.
Beaker's Vegetable Barley Soup
Barley, a grain that's also a powerful source of fiber, takes a starring role in this soup. The barley and the vegetables (like carrots, celery, and zucchini) make the soup both nourishing and satisfying, and spices like paprika and curry jazz up the broth. The recipe includes Worcestershire sauce, but if you'd like to make a vegan version of this soup, just omit that ingredient.
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower feels very on-trend lately, but this soup recipe proves that cauliflower's appeal has real staying power. The cauliflower roasts in the oven before going into the soup pot, giving the whole dish a toasty undercurrent that makes this simple 7-ingredient soup wonderfully complex.