Spring is a bounty of fresh vegetables just waiting to be picked. With the worry of meat shortages due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and health experts touting the health benefits of fresh (and frozen) produce, you may be wondering how to make more meatless meals. With that said, there is nothing easier or more delicious than a bowl of homemade soup. It warms the heart and comforts the soul like no other dish can. Whether you have sworn off meat altogether or just want to try to add more vegetables into your diet, here are some of our favorite garden fresh vegetarian soups to make at home this season. So pull out your favorite soup pot and let’s get cooking!
Curried Lentil, Tomato and Coconut
This satisfying, sweet and spicy soup is packed with fiber and protein, thanks to red lentils. It gets its kick from freshly grated ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, and medium curry powder from your spice rack — or heat things up with a spicier variety if you choose. The flavor is mellowed by the addition of creamy coconut milk from your kitchen pantry cabinet and a twist of lemon or lime. For the recipe from Epicurious, click here.
Light and colorful, this soup is packed with garden fresh spring vegetables and herbs, like carrots, leeks, asparagus, red potatoes, thyme and dill, plus navy beans and vegetable broth from your kitchen pantry cabinet. Best of all, it can be made in 30 minutes or less! To make this tasty Spring Minestrone at home, click here for the recipe from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen.
Cucumber Tomatillo Gazpacho
This cool and creamy gazpacho is a vibrant shade of spring green, and can be made and chilled up to two days ahead. It blends English cucumbers with fresh onions, poblano chiles, garlic, and tomatillos, as well as zesty cilantro and parsley. Want to try this refreshing soup at home? Click here for the recipe from Bon Appetit.
This sweet and smoky soup is bubbling with Tex-Mex flavors, like fresh jalapeno peppers, black beans, fire roasted tomatoes and corn, and ground cumin from your spice drawer. Topped with avocado slices, sour cream, and chopped fresh cilantro, it is sure to become a warm weather favorite. For the recipe and complete list of ingredients from Better Homes and Gardens, click here.
If you’re looking for a hearty vegetarian soup this spring and summer, whip up some corn chowder. This rich and creamy dish includes butter, heavy cream, potatoes, diced onions, garlic cloves, and fresh corn on the cob. You’ll also need some vegetable stock from your kitchen pantry cabinet, and flour for thickening. Season your chowder with fresh parsley, thyme and ground pepper. For the complete recipe from Chef Tyler Florence and Food Network, click here.
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