30 Easy Plant-Based Soups & Stews for Fall

by Alena
Oct 15, 2020
two bowls filled with creamy orange plant-based carrot ginger soup topped with seeds and herbs

What’s there not to love about soups? They are suitable for beginners, great for batch cooking, super versatile and can hide a whole bunch of veggies. That’s why we hand-selected this list of plant-based soups and stews for fall and winter! 

No matter if you’re a seasoned vegan or are looking to include more plant-strong meals into your weekly routine, soups are always great for dinner.

They can be reheated in a matter of minutes after a long day, boost your immune system, help with weight maintenance and can be surprisingly filling.

Served with a side of freshly baked bread or colorful fall salad, plant-based soups are easy on your digestion and can be a great way to ease into eating more legumes or healthy cruciferous veggies.

What we love most about soups is that they are so easy to customize with whatever we find in our kitchen and that’s about to go bad in a few days! In fact, you could just freeze any type of produce that doesn’t look very fresh anymore and add it to a lazy weeknight soup — you’ll be surprised about the accidentally genius combinations you’ll come up with that way.

Plant-based soups or stews are great staple meals for families where not everyone wants to follow a vegan diet! You can just let your kids or partner add cheese, sour cream or whatever animal products they don’t want to give up to it and not have to cook two meals.

If you find yourself in a hurry, reheating frozen soup is a great quick and simple meal idea — or just grab a canned vegan soup and call it dinner when things become too stressful.

Vegan Canned Soups

While home-cooked plant-based soups are usually healthier than store-bought vegan canned soups, there’s a place and time for them and any vegan canned soup will be better than ordering pizza after a long day.

Here are some popular vegan canned soups!

  • Amy’s Kitchen No Chicken Noodle or Alphabet Soup
  • Campbell’s Harvest Tomato & Italian Vegetable Farro Soup
  • Dr. McDougall’s Soups (Black Bean, Noodle, Minestrone, Tom Yum)
  • Gardein Plant-Based Chick’n, Saus’ge & Be’f Soup
  • Healthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup
  • Imagine Foods Soups (Butternut, Broccoli, Portobello, Tomato, etc.)
  • Pacific Foods Cashew Ginger Bisque, Thai Sweet Potato & Vegetable Masala
  • Progresso Vegetable Classics Line

These make for great pantry staples because of their long shelf life and are a lifesaver for when you’ve fallen sick!

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Easy Plant-Based Soups & Stews

Ready for some delicious plant-based soups that you can make in a hurry, prepare in large batches and make everyone in your family happy? Here are our 30 favorite picks to cook this year.

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

linen towel with two white bowls full of orange vegan butternut squash soup topped with seeds
Recipe by Pinch and Swirl

This plant-based soup combines everything we love about fall and winter! Delicious butternut squash, fresh ginger, nutmeg and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Only a handful of other staple ingredients are needed to prepare this recipe in under 30 minutes!

Cozy Lentil Soup

woman in cozy white sweater eating a bowl of orange anti-inflammatory soup with veggies using a spoon
Recipe by Nutriciously

If you’re looking for a super nutritious healing plant-based soup, then you need to make this ginger, turmeric, carrot and lentil soup! Cozily spiced, decently rich in plant-based protein and earthy root veggies, it’s hearty, family-friendly and so good for you.

Garlic Brussels Sprout Soup

two white bowls with green brussels sprout soup topped with garlic
Recipe by Running to the Kitchen

Vibrantly green and super creamy, this Brussels sprout soup is bursting with garlic flavor and easily made in the blender within minutes! Although this cruciferous veggie isn’t easy to love for some people, disguised in a flavorful soup and topped with some tempeh pieces, it’s pretty darn delicious.

Carrot Ginger Soup

white table with two bowls filled with creamy orange vegan carrot ginger soup topped with seeds and herbs
Recipe by The Live-In Kitchen

This creamy plant-based carrot ginger soup is slightly spicy and made with only 8 simple and healthy ingredients! Topped with some peanuts, sesame seeds or fresh cilantro, it’s the veggie-rich soup you need this fall to get you through the dark days.

One-Pot Bean Veggie Chili

Close up of woman stirring with spoon to create a mixture for a vegan chili sin carne recipe
Recipe by Nutriciously

Looking for something really filling and more sustaining? Our favorite one-pot vegan chili is full of protein-rich beans, finely chopped vegetables and features all the delicious flavors you’re longing for. Topped with some avocado or soy yogurt, it’s a cheap meatless dinner option.

Mexican Noodle Soup

two large bowls with vegan mexican noodle soup next to a towel and spoons
Recipe by Vegan Huggs

Have you ever heard of Sopa de Fideo? It’s a savory Mexican noodle soup featuring toasted noodles and a flavorful tomato-based broth. It’s easy to make, requires simple ingredients and is both budget and family-friendly! 

Cream of Celery Soup

wooden table with a piece of bread and two white bowls filled with green vegan celery soup
Recipe by Veganosity

Celery is a very common ingredient in plant-based soups but have you ever made a whole pot with this vegetable as the main star? This vibrant green soup requires a whole head of celery and gets its creamy texture from unsweetened almond milk. Silky, bright and lovely dinner idea!

Potato Coconut Curry

Closeup of woman in grey shirt holding bowl with finished vegan curry in front of her
Recipe by Nutriciously

This creamy and slightly spicy one-pot potato curry is made with protein-packed chickpeas, green peas, broccoli and a good handful of warming Thai spices! Together with the coconut milk, this is one steaming pot of healthy and flavorful goodness.

Vegetable Miso Noodle Soup

large bowl with vegetable miso noodle soup featuring broccoli, edamame, carrot and mushrooms
Recipe by Bakerita

Another Asian-inspired plant-based soup is this easy gluten-free vegetable miso noodle soup. Irresistibly delicious and simple to make in under 30 minutes, you can customize it with whatever veggies you have on hand and spice it up with lots of fresh garlic and ginger!

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

white speckled bowl with plant-based instant pot lentil soup and fresh herbs
Recipe by Recipes From a Pantry

Ready for an easy hands-off plant-based soup rich in protein? The amazing electric pressure cooker Instant Pot is able to prepare legumes from scratch within minutes while intensifying any flavors in your meal from garlic to smoked paprika or chili. Try this cozy Mexican-inspired lentil soup with some homemade oil-free tortilla chips!

Cozy Vegetable Sweet Pea Soup

rustic table with a white towel and dark green sweet pea soup with two slices of bread
Recipe by Sincerely Tori

Especially during the first cold days, you can make great use of some leftover summer vegetables like this creamy plant-based soup which is made from sweet peas. Topped with some fresh snap peas, baby spinach leaves and a splash of coconut milk, serve this tasty soup alongside some vegan bread!

African Peanut Stew

white bowl with plant-based African peanut stew, rice and a spoon
Recipe by Making Thyme For Health

We definitely need some more hearty plant-based stews on this list! This warming and comforting one-pot African peanut stew is bursting with flavor, comes with a creamy base and needs little washing up. All the delicious spices from garlic to cumin, ginger, onion and cayenne are featured in this recipe!

Plant-Based Black Bean Soup

white table with a bowl of Instant Pot black bean soup topped with salsa and vegan yogurt
Recipe by Vegan Blueberry

Another easy peasy plant-based soup that is perfect for making in the Instant Pot is this slightly spicy black bean soup! If you don’t happen to have one of these devices, you can prepare this recipe in a slow cooker or on the stovetop as well. Super simple pantry ingredients and only 10 minutes of prep time will get you this pot of steaming goodness!

Cauliflower Leek Soup

wooden table with sliced bread and two bowls of creamy cauliflower leek soup
Recipe by Where You Get Your Protein

Would you believe this creamy plant-based soup is completely dairy-free, oil-free and nut-free? Perfect for busy weeknights, this one-pot cauliflower leek soup is super comforting and sure to keep you nicely warm all winter long. Make sure to serve it alongside some bread and top with green onion or coconut bacon!

Kale White Bean Lemon Soup

two bowls with plant-based White Bean, Lemon and Kale Soup and a spoon next to sliced bread
Recipe by Occasionally Eggs

Interesting combination, you may think! We’ve been intrigued by this quick and easy soup recipe because of the sheer amount of beneficial nutrients in it. Combine that with the simplicity of ingredients and you’ll get a light, healthy and cozy soup that’s ready in 30 minutes and will keep any ailment miles away from you (probably).

Vegan Chickpea Noodle Soup

close up of a white bowl with vegan chickpea noodle soup and some crackers
Recipe by Where You Get Your Protein

Speaking of ailments, if you think that a classic chicken noodle soup is the answer to your sniffles, you need to try this plant-based version! Just as cozy and decently high in protein, this (even healthier) warming soup is made with everyday ingredients, easily customizable and super family-friendly.

Golden Beet Soup

wooden table with sliced baguette, seeds and two bowls of orange golden beet soup
Recipe by Crumb Top Baking

Sweet and creamy with some spicy add-ins like garlic and ginger, this golden beet soup is a lovely idea for a healthy lunch, side or appetizer. Featuring mostly veggies, broth and seasonings like sage and lemon zest, it’s a delicious seasonal plant-based soup that can be topped with seeds or fresh herbs.

Smoky Tomato White Bean Soup

white table with two spoons, some bread and two bowls of plant-based tomato white bean soup
Recipe by Vegan Huggs

Loaded with fire-roasted tomatoes, tender white beans, sautéed veggies and warm seasonings, this soup is packed with flavor and done in no time! Perfectly filling, it’s a great weeknight meal, freezer-friendly and works year-round.

Plant-Based Taco Soup

white bowl with vegan taco soup topped with tortilla chips, vegan sour cream and cheese
Recipe by Vegan Blueberry

Probably the most comforting soup you’ll ever make is this soul-satisfying plant-based taco soup topped with vegan sour cream and cheese shreds! Ready in only 20 minutes, it’s super kid-friendly and great to serve to non-vegan family members or friends thanks to all the flavorful fixings.

Vegan Corn Chowder

wooden table with a dark towel and a bowl of bright yellow vegan corn chowder
Recipe by Zardy Plants

Made from frozen or fresh corn, this delicious, hearty dinner is great for meal prep and tastes utterly divine! Easy to make either on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot, this savory and satisfying plant-based soup is perfect to feed your whole family.

Creamy Wild Garlic Soup

wooden table with veggie chips, fresh herbs and two bowls of creamy green plant-based soup with lots of toppings
Recipe by Happy Kitchen Rocks

While this creamy healthy soup is made with early spring greens, it definitely works for the colder months (late winter probably) and is a delicious natural flu remedy! Also, we were so mesmerized by all these beautiful, delicious toppings (hello, veggie chips!) that we just had to feature this soup anyway.

Plant-Based Mushroom Soup

close up of a bowl of vegan mushroom soup with sliced mushroom and fresh herbs
Recipe by Vegan On Board

This comforting fall soup is full of yummy umami flavor and rich in taste! Super easy to make within 15 minutes, this classic soup is best served with some freshly baked bread and a dollop of vegan yogurt. 

Jalapeno Popper Soup

close up of a small bowl with creamy plant based jalapeno popper soup held in a hand
Recipe by This Healthy Kitchen

Want a nice spicy kick? This jalapeno popper soup combines vegan cheddar sauce with jalapenos for a spicy, delicious bite! Made from wholesome ingredients, it’s filling, satisfying and ready in 35 minutes.

Vegan Tomato Soup

white bowl of classic vegan tomato soup with some basil next to a vegan sandwich
Recipe by Cadry’s Kitchen

You cannot go wrong with some good old tomato soup! This simple recipe calls for just a few staple ingredients like canned tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and some herbs and spices — yet, it’s a classic we all need up our sleeves! Served with a good vegan grilled cheese, it’s a quick and satisfying family-friendly dinner.

Creamy White Bean Soup

two brown bowls with homemade plant-based white bean soup
Recipe by Watch Learn Eat

This veganized Tuscan-style white bean soup is deliciously rustic and rich in taste without any dairy, gluten or oil added! Combining cannellini beans and fresh herbs to create an earthy flavor, it’s decently high in plant-based protein, filling and so satiating. If you’ve been having trouble adding more legumes to your diet: this is the way to go!

Healthy Harvest Vegetable Soup

two white bowls with healthy Harvest Vegetable Soup perfect for fall and winter
Recipe by The Rustic Foodie

Let’s use up all those delicious fall harvest vegetables and create a simple, warming plant-based soup! This humble recipe is made with carrots, parsnips, celery, kale and diced tomatoes. It’s freezer-friendly and can be customized with whatever you have on hand.

Beetroot Soup With Coconut Drizzle

cooling rack with two bowls of purple beet root soup with coconut drizzle
Recipe by April Golightly

If you’re ever worried about getting enough iron on a plant-based diet, just take a look at this gorgeous beetroot soup — stuffed with essential vitamins and minerals, it has all the delish but almost no calories or fat! Just try it for yourself.

Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup

white bowl with roasted pumpkin apple soup next to a towel, spoon and fresh produce
Recipe by Flavor The Moments

Finally, this bright orange plant-based soup is filled with fall-everything! We’ve got pumpkin, Granny Smith apples, carrots, ginger and fresh sage, gently pureed and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds. Simple and delicious!

What are your favorite plant-based soups and stews during fall and winter? Do you plan on making any of the ones we listed above? Feel free to share with us in the comments below and Pin the recipes here.

Alena enjoying a bowl of fresh plant-based food and coffe in a restaurant
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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