As exciting and festive winter season is, it definitely comes with vengeance. When the roads are filled with snow and temperatures as low as -4 celsius are recorded, there’s only one antidote to keep the cold at bay. A hot steaming bowl of soup. And when it comes to soups and stews, vegetarian dishes can really stand out and bag the limelight. Soups like pumpkin chili and Minnesota wild rice have a near-magical ability to warm our toes and keep us warm from the snow outside. Here are 10 vegetarian soups and stews that are sure to make your winters warmer and more enjoyable.
1. Spiced Parsnip Soup
Parsnip is a kind of root vegetable which is sweet and earthy when used in a dish. But on their own, parsnips can be bland and would taste better when used an ingredient in other dishes like soups and stews. The key to a tasty Parsnip dish is to toss some aromatics like onion, leek, garlic, celery, coriander seed, jalapeño, and ginger. The result is a soup that is healthy, keeps your insides warm and nothing like bland.
2. Fat-Free Colombian Veg Soup
A soup that is healthy, full-bodied and devoid of fat. Now that’s a winner. In this Colombian ajiaco, the potatoes break down and release starch while cooking, thereby thickening a clear soup of carrots, corn, peas, fava beans, and broth. It takes about 45 mins to prepare this dish on the stovetop, although, in a pressure cooker, it takes less than half an hour.
3. Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup
If you’re looking for a fast or quick recipe, here’s the deal. Simply cook the onions and garlic with cauliflower, broth. Add some warm spices and ready your favorite toppings to get the soup boiling and ready to drink. This soup will definitely stick to your ribs.
4. Pasta E Fagioli
This dish is a vegetarian stew that can both be served as a starter as well as a meal. Pasta E Fagioli is a balanced and filling bowl that will save you from the freezing cold. While there are many ways of making this dish, including with meat, the one showed here is made from pasta, beans and some spices. The flavor and texture of the soup are due to the beans and pasta. For best taste, ensure to use fresh beans and overcook them so that they are soft and tender.
5. Minnesota Wild Rice And Mushroom Soup
This soup is a winter staple in most of the households. The sweet aroma of the wild rice while cooking, the sumptuous taste of caramelized mushrooms make it a delicious winter meal. You can use a variety of mushrooms to make this soup, depending on your favorites. Whichever mushrooms you choose, ensure you cook them deeply. The mushrooms should turn brown and look caramelized. Once the mushrooms are well cooked, add the stock.
6. Tuscan Pappa Al Pomodoro
This dish not only kills the cold but also helps in turning stale bread into a delicacy. But Pappa Al Pomodoro doesn’t essentially require only stale bread. This dish can be prepared with dried bread too. In a large pot with olive oil, add onions, season with salt ad pepper. Cook until onions are soft and turn golden. Toss some garlic too. Stir in tomatoes, season with salt, to taste, and cook until the tomatoes are really soft and juicy, about 12 to 15 minutes. Toss in the whole basil leaves.
7. Butternut Squash With Kale
This warm Roasted Butternut Squash Winter Salad with Kale, Farro, and Cranberry Dressing is a wholesome and comforting dish. This dish, perfect for a winter meal side dish, or a wholesome lunch on its own. Roast cubes of butternut squash until they get tasty caramelized edges. While roasting the squash, prep the onions and kale and then sauté them with balsamic vinegar. Add the squash, pecans, and cranberries at the end. Simple.
8. Vegan Sweet Potato And Two-Bean Chili
If you love sweet potatoes then here’s your dream dish. Add sweet potatoes to a stew of kidney and black beans to give it an extra flavor and a soft texture. To contrast, you can throw in some chewy hominy, and masa to thicken the chili without making it gluey.
9. Lentil Soup With Lemon Zest, Garlic, And Parsley
In most regards, this is a simple, heartwarming lentil soup you would look forward to at the end of a chilly day. This dish is an Italian mix of parsley, lemon zest, and garlic typically served with osso buco—which you can add in two ways. Sauté it with a mirepoix base until it’s aromatic. After the lentils are cooked, garnish the soup with more gremolata and a bit of lime for a fresh, tangy finish.
10. Vegan Ramen With Roasted Vegetables And Miso Broth
Made with an intense broth from fresh and charred vegetables, fresh and dried mushrooms, and a tare seasoning blend of soy sauce, shiitake caps, and kombu. The mushroom-scallion oil gives the ramen the necessary dose of desired fat. Add some toppings like charred eggplant, roasted sweet potato, and roasted and simmered mushrooms.
After all the richness and indulgence of the holiday season, a vegetarian soup sounds just perfect. Most of these stews and soups can be made in about half an hour, and they make great leftovers for the chilly days ahead.