5 Amazing Meatless Soup Recipes

I’m not a fan of winter.  If you’ve read my About Me page, you already know that I’m pretty much always cold.  I am, however, a big fan of soup.  So, I love when winter rolls around, and I can start breaking out the soup fixings.  I don’t eat meat (other than some seafood on occasion), so I’m always on the hunt for delicious meatless soup recipes. 

I don’t know how the weather has been where you live, but here in the Mid-South, we haven’t really had much winter to speak of.  This hasn’t stopped me from cooking up some amazingly hearty soups over the past few months though.  And since it’s not unusual for old-man winter to rear his ugly head in February (and sometimes even March), I figured I would share 5 of my favorite soup recipes at the moment.  Just in case it does decide to get cold again.  

I found all but one of these recipes on Pinterest.  Does anyone find anything outside of Pinterest anymore?  Does anything outside of Pinterest even exist anymore?  It’s amazing how technology has changed things…

Ok, back on track.  Here are my top 5:

(Side note:  While these are meatless soups, most of them do call for chicken broth.  If you want to keep them completely vegetarian, just substitute vegetable broth.)

  1. Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup – This has been one of our favorite soups from the very first time we made it.  This is not originally where I found it (for the life of me, I couldn’t find the original pin), but it is the same recipe.  I tend to put in more carrots and celery than called for.  What can I say, I love my veggies!  I do about 4 carrots and 4 celery stalks.  I also only use about 1.5 cups of half and half.  Other than that, I follow the recipe exactly, and it is absolutely amazing!
  2. Easy Vegetarian Chili – I had actually never made chili prior to this winter.  I had tasted a vegetarian chili once before, a number of years back, but I’ve never attempted to make it myself.  When I found this recipe, I decided to give it a whirl.  I was a fan of all of the ingredients, so I figured it couldn’t be that bad.  Well, it was amazing.  Let me just say, my first real chili experience has me wanting to go back for more.  Plus, it really was so easy to make.  Just how I like it.  Even my meat-loving husband, who is also a big chili fan, gave this recipe a big thumbs up.
  3. Homemade Minestrone Soup {Slow Cooker} – My husband and I have tried a number of minestrone-like soups (soup that is packed full of veggies in a basic stock), and this is the one that we continue to come back to.  Again, I tend to bump up the quantity of carrots and celery (although this soup has so many veggies, it’s not really necessary), and we often use chicken broth, instead of vegetable broth.  If you’re looking for a healthy and hearty soup, I highly recommend giving this one a spin!
  4. Creamy Parmesan Tomato and Spinach Tortellini Soup – Phew, that’s a mouthful. A mouthful of deliciousness!  Again, this recipe is super easy to whip together, and it is mouth-watering good.  We used to make a tortellini dish very similar to this.  It was simply tortellini tossed together in a skillet with diced tomatoes and spinach.  The soup was very reminiscent of that, but we both agreed that we liked the soup version better.  This is an amazing, wintery comfort food.
  5.  Mashed Potato Soup – This is the only recipe that didn’t come from Pinterest.  A girlfriend of mine made this one month for our bookclub, and I just had to have the recipe.  It comes from Simply Suppers by Jennifer Chandler.  This is yet another incredibly easy soup to put together.  If you like your soup on the thicker side (like I do), just add a bit more potato to it.
    Mashed Potato Soup
    Serves 4
    Ever wonder what to do with those leftover mashed potatoes? Here's a delicious solution.
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    1. 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
    2. 1/4 c. finely diced yellow onion
    3. 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
    4. 3 c. chicken stock
    5. 2 1/2 c. leftover mashed potatoes
    6. 1 c. heavy cream
    7. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    8. 1/4 c. crumbled cooked bacon (optional)
    9. 1 small tomato (optional)
    10. 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (optional)
    1. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
    2. Dust the onions with the flour and cook, stirring, until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken stock.
    3. Over high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Cool until slightly thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
    4. Reduce the heat to medium and whisk in the mashed potatoes until you have a smooth consistency.
    5. Gradually whisk in the heavy cream.
    6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the mixture is heated through, about 4 to 5 minutes.
    7. Serve hot, garnished with crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, and scallions, if desired.
    1. Cooking Tips: If you don't have mashed potatoes, you can still make this soup. Just peel and dice 1 1/2 pounds of red potatoes. Place the raw potatoes and a pinch of salt in a pot of cold water. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the potatoes and mash them.
    2. If the soup is too thick, you can thin it by adding a little more chicken stock.
     So, there you have it.  My 5 favorite meatless soup recipes this winter.  I hope you enjoy!

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    1. Thanks! I love soup as well, and hopefully, you’ll find something you love here. Thanks for looking!

  1. Wow, that sounds yummy……..and sounds easy too.
    Like the sounds of both…….
    Gotta love soup in the Winter……it is the best!


    1. Yes, delicious AND easy. Just the way I like it! I hope you enjoy the recipes, and are keeping warm this winter (although that’s not been too hard in many parts of the country). 🙂 Thanks for looking!

  2. I’m down south as well and we have had maybe 2 cold days. However, hot soup for lunch at my over air conditioned office sounds like a plan. I have been looking for a good minestrone! Thanks

    1. Oh, yes. It’s miserable indoors when the air is set too cool, no matter what the temperature is outside. Soup would definitely make a good lunch in those circumstances! I hope you enjoy! Just be warned, the recipe makes a ton. 🙂 Thanks for looking!

    1. Thanks! I’m the same – always looking for meatless meals. Hopefully, you enjoy some of these. Thanks for looking!

  3. I’m not a fan of winter either. We live in an old home (100 years old) and it is so hard to ever feel WARM. Thanks for sharing the soup recipes!! I LOVE soup and am always on the lookout for something new to try. 🙂

    1. Our house is not that old (50ish years), but I really think it must not be insulated well. Like you said, it’s so hard to ever feel warm during the winter. Hopefully, you find something you really enjoy here. Thanks for looking!

    1. Yes, I love the mashed potato soup. I’m so glad my friend shared the recipe with me! 🙂 Thanks for looking!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! You should try the mashed potato soup. You can’t go wrong with it! 🙂

    1. Haha, perfect! Love when I can pull dinner together without having to go to the store! Hopefully you enjoy the soup. Thanks for looking!

  4. These are perfect Amy. My daughter is a vegetarian, I tend to eat half and half, and my husband loves his meat and potatoes. I tend to make two crock pots, or two stockpots, full of one of type of soup. A good vegetarian stock is also gluten-free, which is the one thing I need. Sure lot of Hoops to jump through for a great bowl of soup, isn’t it? All of these recipes would be great for us, and I can just add meat to my husband’s servings.

    1. My husband is pretty good at eating meatless meals with me, but he often just adds meat to his own servings. He enjoys all of these recipes as they are, so hopefully, your family will too!

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