Whether you’re looking to create a quick, delicious appetizer or a hearty main course that makes you feel like curling up by the fireplace, a tasty vegetarian soup may be just what you’re looking for.
Vegetarian soups give you the option to let your imagination run wild and explore new flavors. Perhaps you’ll want to create a delicate, creamy soup by blending soy or coconut milk with carrots, sweet potatoes or pumpkin or maybe you’ll opt for heartier fare like black beans, split peas or leeks.
A multitude of recipes from around the globe are out there for you to try. It’s easy to prepare Mexican cream of corn soup with a dash of chipotle pepper, Indian red lentil and broccoli soup flavored with hints of curry and garam masala, a light-tasting Japanese miso broth with tofu cubes added, a vegetarian Russian borscht or a traditional American soup loaded with potatoes, tomatoes, beans, and other wholesome veggies.
While vegetables, beans and spices are certain to be your primary ingredients, you’ll need to decide if your soup will include eggs, butter, cream or other dairy products, or if it will be a vegan soup that substitutes all animal ingredients with soy, almond, hemp or coconut milks and uses vegetable starches as thickeners. There are also many types of vegetable-based broths and bouillons that can be easily located at most health and natural food stores.
Remember to keep an open mind, experiment with new flavors and enjoy!