10 Vegetarian Soups & Stews for Fall

It’s been just about a week since the first day of fall here in the northern hemisphere, and it’s finally starting to cool down a bit around here. One of the best things about fall is trading out summery salads and sandwiches for hearty soups and stews.

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or an omnivore, these meat-free recipes are sure to please!

1. Quinoa and Vegetable Soup

Quinoa is a nutritional superstar, and its nutty taste will ensure that you don’t miss the meat in this tasty soup.

2. Vegan Fricot

Kim at The Vegan Mouse gives a veggie twist to this traditional Acadian dish. Loaded with veggies and tofu, this makes for a filling meal with a piece of crusty bread for dipping.

3. Black Bean Soup

Black bean soup is always a crowd pleaser! Serve with toppings like minced scallions or onions, diced tomatoes, avocado, your favorite salsa, and sour cream and cheese (dairy or vegan versions). Kids will love building a custom bowl of soup with toppings they choose.

Up next: Eggplant stew, (no) chicken and rice, and spicy lentil soup.

eggplant stew

4. Eggplant and Peanut Stew

This African dish is delicious, filling, and cheap to make! A healthy dose of peanut butter gives it a protein boost. If you’re sensitive to peanuts, any nut or seed butter will do the trick.

5. Creamy [No] Chicken and Rice

A healthier take on classic cream of chicken soup, this vegan version features brown rice, tofu, and lots of veggies. It’s hearty enough to stand alone as a meal!

6. Ancho Lentil Soup with Grilled Pineapple

If you’re looking to wow your guests at a dinner party or spice things up for a weeknight meal, this quick, flavorful soup will definitely fit the bill. Crunched for time? You can use store bought chili powder instead of making your own.

Up next: Roasted butternut squash soup and Irish stew.

butternut squash soup

7. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

The Food Network recipe isn’t vegetarian, but its’ easy as pie to make a vegetarian or even vegan version with just a few substitutions: use veggie broth in place of chicken stock, ditch the optional mascarpone cheese, and use 1/3c olive oil instead of 1/2c butter to roast the squash. Don’t forget to pass some whole grain bread for dipping!

8. Irish Stew

Vegan Dad’s Irish stew is rich, delicious, and totally meat-free. Time saving tip: In a hurry? You can use store bought seitan instead of making your own. If you’ve never made your own seitan, though, I definitely recommend giving it a whirl. Just make sure you use vital wheat gluten and not high gluten flour.

Up next: Mushroom and leek soup and vegan vichyssoise.

vegan vichyssoise

9. Mushroom and Leek Soup

This is a great quickie meal. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, don’t fret! You can do this in the slow cooker set to high or on the stove top. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, tasting frequently to see if everything is cooked through.

10. Vegan Vichyssoise

This creamy, blended soup is rich, decadent, and meat- and dairy-free. Make it a meal by serving with a nice baguette.

Do you have a favorite meatless soup or stew recipe? Share away in the comments!

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Image Credits:
Black Bean Soup. Creative Commons photo by skampy
Eggplant and Peanut Stew by Becky Striepe
Butternut Squash Soup. Creative Commons photo by valkyrieh116
Vegan Vichyssoise. Photo via Melissa Breyer

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Linda Moore
Linda Moore2 years ago

Can't wait to try some of these!!
I think I'll go shopping now...

Dimitris Dallis
Dimitris Dallis2 years ago

Thank you Becky...

June Bostock
June Bostock2 years ago


Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush2 years ago

It appears that the vegetarian life-style has a very strong following.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.2 years ago

YUMMMMMMMM - Thanks with a happy face

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Thanks for sharing

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Michael H.
Mike H.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing this

Mary T.
Mary T.2 years ago

thanks for the recipes, got some corn, need a nice corn soup recipe

Mimi S.
Mimi S.2 years ago

I am making the eggplant and peanut stew as I write this! Had all of the ingredients except okra, so why wait! Added a couple more veggies I had on hand, too!