Can you ever really have enough soup recipes? In our opinion, the answer is no, especially as the weather gets cooler. Soup is a fantastic make-ahead meal that can be enjoyed all week, but particularly when soups are meatless, they often don't have to cook all that long, making them all the more perfect for Meatless Monday fare.
The base of a good soup is almost always a stock. Consider making your own veggie stocks whenever you can. It's super simple: save scraps like vegetable peelings, removed ends and roots. Place everything along with a halved onion and a carrot chopped into chunks in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 hours or so, then strain and freeze. Now you have your very own (unseasoned!) vegetable stock that you can dress up however you like or include in these tasty Meatless Monday soup recipes.
There is perhaps nothing more classically comforting than a well-made tomato soup. Use your homemade veggie stock or a good-quality storebought one, and above all, don't skimp on the tomatoes. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using canned tomatoes, and in fact, out of tomato season, there's no reason to choose anything else. Pick organic San Marzano tomatoes for the best flavor; you'll bring the peak of summer freshness into your winter kitchen.
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Our spicy roasted pumpkin soup definitely changes up the classic. Not only is the base of this soup made silky smooth with vegan coconut milk, but the pumpkin is highlighted with a host of Indian-influenced spices like coriander, turmeric and cumin. It's a departure from the classic pumpkin pie spice, and this late in the season, it's particularly welcome.
Broccoli soup is a common winter offering, particularly broccoli and cheddar or broccoli and beer, but what about broccoli and curry? This Thai green curry of broccoli soup is a snap to prepare and only calls for five ingredients -- one of which is water! This totally vegan dish is an interesting departure from more traditional broccoli soups, with coconut milk and peanut butter highlighting the powerful flavors of Thai green curry paste.
Speaking of spice, our spicy mung bean soup is a chunkier soup than some on this list that packs a flavor punch. Sweet potatoes and mung beans form the base of this soup, which is flavored with mustard powder and turmeric for just the right amount of kick. You won't even need your homemade stock for this one -- just a touch of good old H2O, and you'll be ready to go.
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