If you're looking for something warm and comforting to make for dinner -- particularly something simple to make before devoting yourself to a huge holiday feast at the end of the week -- soup should be on the menu. These vegetarian soup recipes are perfect for Meatless Monday (not to mention for the days that follow). Make a big pot of your favorite soup, and dip into leftovers as the week continues.
Start things off with a delicious specialty from France: French onion soup. While most French onion soups are made with beef broth, this rich and flavorful version uses mushrooms as a base. With both onions and scallions to create a complex aroma and a topping of bread and melted Gruyère cheese, this soup is perfect for the holiday season.
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This rich and creamy, heart-healthy lentil soup recipe combines a variety of different pulses and legumes, like green lentils, black-eyed peas, and chickpeas. Spiced with garlic, cumin, oregano, and basil, and bulked up with kale, this soup is a great choice any night of the week.
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This rich and hearty barley soup is actually fairly simple to make, with no more than ten ingredients. Quick-cooking barley makes this soup a snap to throw together, and it's quite aromatic due to a combination of herbs like thyme and bay.
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This rich and creamy cauliflower soup is a real treat. Cauliflower and potato are cooked until tender and blended together to form a velvety soup base. Flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese, the soup is as simple as it is delicious. An optional squeeze of lemon over the top of the finished soup perks up the flavors just enough.
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