15+ Healthy Vegan Soup Recipes

Is there anything better than a big, steaming bowl of soup on a cold night? If you have switched to a vegan diet and need some inspiration for making soup, here are 15+ healthy vegan soup recipes that are delicious and satisfying.

Post originally published February 2019; Updated February 2023.

We’ve gotten to that time of the year when I start daydreaming of going somewhere warm for vacation because winter seems like it will never end! Since I don’t have any travel plans, I’ll be hunkering down with my favorite comfort foods like these 15+ healthy vegan soup recipes.

In addition to the soup recipes, you’ll find some of my favorite tips and tricks for making flavorful vegan soup recipes at home. Need some new ideas for what to serve with soup? I’ve got those too – keep reading to find out!

Tips for Making Vegan Soups

Want to make your favorite soup recipe vegan-friendly? Here are my tips for swapping animal-based products for plant based ones.

To Add Creaminess: There are several different ways that you an add creaminess to soup recipes without using heavy cream or dairy. My favorite way to add extra creaminess is full fat canned coconut milk. You don’t taste the coconut in the final soup and it add tons of creaminess and fat. You can also use a non-dairy heavy cream, homemade cashew cream, nut or seed butters (peanut, almond, tahini), pureed canned white beans, or vegan cheese to add creaminess. Pureeing or partially pureeing your soup is also an easy way to add creaminess.

Broth Options: To make soup recipes vegan-friendly, you’ll want to use vegetable broth instead of chicken or beef broth. There are tons of great broth options on the market that are animal based that come in either a liquid, powder, or puree/paste.

Adding Protein: Make vegan soups more filling by adding more plant-based protein in the form of beans, lentils, whole grains, tvp, soy curls, or plant-based meats like chick’n or seitan.

Add Flavor: Enhance the flavor of your favorite vegan soups by making sure you are seasoning it properly with enough salt. Adding some acid at the end of cooking like a couple teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar can also brighten up all the flavors in your soup.

Best Equipment for Making Homemade Soup

Large Pot/Dutch Oven: when making soup at home, pretty much any large pot will do! We really like our enamel coated cast iron dutch oven because it heats evenly. We used this one from Lodge for years before getting this one from LeCreuset.

Crockpot/Slow Cooker: If you like to get ahead on meal prep, getting a crockpot or slow cooker for making soups and chilis is great! We have been using this budget friendly crockpot for years.

Instant Pot: Want to speed up the cooking time for your vegan soup without having to babysit it on the stove – an instant pot can be a great option! Plus, this one appliance can be a slow cooker too so it’s a space saver as well.

Immersion Blender: If you like pureed or creamy soups, getting an immersion blender is a must. I love that you can puree the soup right in the pot rather than having to transfer it back and forth to the blender.

Storage Tips

How to Refrigerate: allow the cooked soup to cool to room temperature before transferring to lidded containers to store in the fridge. Cooked soup lasts for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Reheat in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave.

How to Freeze Soup: add soup that has been cooled to room temperature to freezer safe storage containers. You can store in one large container or smaller since portion size containers. You can also store in mason jars in the freezer. Homemade soup lasts for up to 3-4 months in the freezer. Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating.

What to Serve with Vegan Soup

Soup can be a delicious meal by itself, or you can serve it with a variety of different sides to round out the meal. I often like to top my vegan soup recipes with some vegan cheese, croutons or crackers, fresh herbs, and ground black pepper when serving.

Bread: add a slice of homemade or store-bought bread as a side for your vegan soup. I usually like to toast mine and add a bit of vegan butter. Great for dipping!

Salad: Soup and salad is such a classic combo. Here are some vegan salads that I love serving with soup: kale apple walnut salad, lemon kale Caesar salad, pear arugula salad, citrus and fennel salad.

Sandwich or Wrap: a vegan grilled cheese sandwich is a great option for a side dish for soup or you could try one of these sandwiches or wraps: tofu egg salad sandwich, buffalo tempeh wrap, tempeh wrap with peanut sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze soup in mason jars?

Yes! You can freeze soup in mason jars if you’d like. To store, allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to the mason jars. Be sure to leave at least an inch of room between the fill line of the soup and the top of the jar as the sop will expand when it freezes. Soup can be stored in mason jars in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.

How do you add richness to vegan soup?

There are plenty of ways to add richness to vegan soups such as: nut butters or tahini, cashew cream, unsweetened vegan cream, and coconut milk.

What is the healthiest soup you can eat?

Soup can be a really healthy food! Choose soups that are full of vegetables and legumes like beans or lentils as these foods are loaded with antioxidants and fiber.

Healthy Vegan Soup Recipes You’ll Love

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

Warm up with a bowl of this delicious vegan chicken noodle soup that can be made in one pot in just about 30 minutes. Full of all the traditional flavor of a chicken noodle soup but without the meat! 

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Vegan Black Bean Soup

Put those cans of black beans that have been lingering in your pantry to good use in this super simple vegan black bean soup.

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Italian Farro Soup

Warm up with a bowl of this simple, yet hearty Italian farro soup which is chock full of fiber and vegan-friendly protein.

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4 Bean Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

This quick and easy 4 bean vegan crockpot chili still feels hearty and filling without any meat. Beans add plenty of fiber and protein to keep you feeling satisfied!

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Miso Soba Noodle Soup

Nourish your gut with this 30 minute, probiotic and fiber filled miso soba noodle soup flavored with white miso paste and ginger and filled with bok choy, carrots, and mushrooms. Big bowls of this miso soup are the perfect way to warm up on cold days.

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Thai Tomato Soup

This thai tomato soup is the perfect way to use up the last of the market tomatoes in a simple soup that is full of summer flavor.

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Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This vegan broccoli cheddar soup is a big bowl of comfort food for the rainiest of days. Serve it up with some crunchy croutons and a sprinkle of paprika.

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Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

This vegetarian lasagna soup is easily made vegan by using a vegan tofu ricotta instead of dairy ricotta to garnish the soup when serving. You’ll love this flavorful soup that tastes like a delicious lasagna in a bowl!

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One Pot Red Lentil Pumpkin Soup

This one pot red lentil pumpkin soup is super simple to whip up on even the busiest weeknight. A hearty vegan soup that will fill you up on a cold night.

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Crockpot Vegan Minestrone Soup

This crockpot vegan minestrone soup couldn’t be any easier to make and is packed with plant-based protein and fiber. 

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Vegan Creamy Carrot Soup

Get your daily dose of vitamin A with a bowl of this delicious vegan creamy carrot soup loaded with warming flavors from the ginger and curry powder. It’s super simple to prepare with a short ingredient list, perfect for pairing with a hearty salad or sandwich.

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Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup

This deliciously creamy butternut squash and red pepper soup is simple to whip up with just a roasting pan and a good blender. Canned coconut milk adds lots of richness to this dairy-free soup.

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Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This vegan roasted butternut squash soup has become my favorite soup for fall. It’s super simple to whip up as everything is just roasted on a sheet pan and then blended up in the blender. 

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Vegan Tortilla Soup

This vegan tortilla soup tastes like it was cooking on the stove for hours but can actually be whipped up in about 30 minutes!

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Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

This creamy vegan tomato soup is super simple to make with a few pantry friendly ingredients like canned tomatoes, coconut milk, and onion. Perfect for a chilly weeknight!

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Vegan Curry Summer Squash Soup

Summer squash is abundant this time of year, so put it to good use by whipping up this simple vegan curry summer squash soup!

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