18 Vegan Soups for Every Occasion

Embrace Soup Season (the best season!) with this roundup of 18 fabulous vegan soup recipes.

From freezer-friendly soups you can meal prep to dump-and-go Instant Pot soups to boldly flavored soups that are worthy of serving to guests, there’s a wide range of soups for every time in your life.

Soup season is squarely upon us, so I rounded up a bunch of my favorite flavor-packed vegan soups in one convenient location.

Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that uses just pantry ingredients, a gourmet soup you can serve at the holidays, or even a soup you can make without any hands-on cooking, this list has you covered!

There’s lots of global inspiration in this list and so many fun flavors packed into these soups, so you’re guaranteed to never get bored during soup season.

Plus, each recipe includes a suggested “when to make this” section so you’ll have all the best soups at your fingertips for all the right occasions. 

PS: I interpreted soup a bit liberally and have peppered in a few stews as well. Please don’t hate me!

Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale

With 250+ 5-star reviews, this Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale is must-make. It's creamy yet wholesome and veggie-packed, require just one pot, and is bursting with flavor from a few secret tricks. Includes Instant Pot instructions. With 250+ 5-star reviews!
Make this when: you need a cozy but healthy weeknight staple soup with bright, fresh flavor.
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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup just got a makeover with this Vegan Mushroom Soup. With a creamy bisque-like texture and incredible savory flavor, this is a gourmet soup that will wow your tastebuds.
Make this when: you need a gourmet starter for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! Or, when you find excellent mushrooms at the market.
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creamy vegan mushroom soup with seared mushrooms on top in a green ceramic bowl on a green table.

Lemony Chickpea Soup

This bright and fresh yet indulgent Lemon Chickpea Soup is like chicken noodle soup’s fun, hip cousin! With fresh lemon juice and dill plus a creamy chickpea puree, it’s comforting and rich yet also packed with plant protein and fiber to keep you full!
Make this when: spring is in the air, signaling the arrival of warmer days, yet you're still holding onto the cozy comfort of soup season.
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Lemony Chickpea Soup

Instant Pot Vegan Pho

A plant-based and Instant Pot spin on pho, an incredibly delicious Vietnamese noodle soup. With the magic of the Instant Pot, you get the umami and depth of flavor of traditional pho in a fraction of the time.
Make this when: you're craving Vietnamese food but takeout isn't an option.
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Instant Pot Vegan Pho

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

This Instant Pot Lentil Soup is not your ordinary lentil soup! It's hearty, rich, and flavor-packed yet healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. Thanks to the Instant Pot, it's so easy & quick to make and is great for meal prep and freezing.
Make this when: you need a hearty but wholesome soup for the whole family and/or you want a freezer-friendly meal prep option.
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bowl of instant pot lentil soup with bread.

Creamy Avocado Gazpacho

This Creamy Avocado Pea Gazpacho is made with wholesome ingredients like avocados, peas, cucumbers, lime juice, cilantro, and coconut milk, but is surprisingly creamy and satisfying. Perfect for lunch or as a light dinner.
Make this when: it's hot out and you need a no-cook, 10-minute meal.
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Vegan Gambian Peanut Stew (Domoda)

With 150+ 5-star reviews, this Gambian Peanut Stew is a must-make! Packed with hearty ingredients like protein-rich white beans, sweet potatoes, and kale, it's a feel-good meal that's still cozy, rich, and hearty.
Make this when: you're looking to meal prep a wholesome, complete meal that doesn't skimp on flavor.
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Vegan Instant Pot Pumpkin Lasagna Soup

Lasagna meets fall pumpkin flavors in this Instant Pot Pumpkin Lasagna Soup. If you love easy Instant Pot soups, this cold weather comfort food is the perfect vegan dinner to make!
Make this when: you can't decide between pasta or soup and want something indulgent! Or, as a starter/side for a Thanksgiving meal.
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Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup with Sausage and Kale

This is the perfect hearty, stick-to-your ribs weeknight dinner. It’s made with just 10 ingredients and is the ultimate hearty comfort food! Includes stovetop and Instant Pot instructions.
Make this when: your favorite vegan sausage goes on sale at the supermarket!
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Creamy Mushroom and Black Beluga Lentil Stew

This Creamy Mushroom and Black Beluga Lentil Stew is vegan, gluten-free, and plant-forward, but creamy and delicious. With hearty black beluga lentils, umami-packed mushrooms, and kale, this is a nutritional superstar stew!
Make this when: fancy mushrooms are on sale at the supermarket or you want a complete, balanced meal you can enjoy for several days.
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Vegan Instant Pot Lentil and Cabbage Soup

An easy, budget-friendly lentil and cabbage soup made in the Instant Pot. Made with everyday, affordable ingredients you might already have in your pantry, this is a hearty and easy soup that’s perfect for meal prep and easy, quick dinners.
Make this when: you have some cabbage to use up and/or are trying to stretch your budget.
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Vegan Green Goddess Soup

A green soup that’s not your ordinary detox broth. This green goddess soup is creamy and satisfying, yet 100% wholesome, vegan, gluten-free, and even Paleo. Made with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and lots of fresh herbs!
Make this when: you've over-indulged during the holidays and need something lighter.
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Vegan Italian White Bean and Pasta Stew

This Vegan Italian White Bean and Pasta Stew is rustic Italian comfort food at its finest. Creamy and saucy and packed with flavor, but also easy and fuss-free. Made with all pantry ingredients!
Make this when: your fridge is bare, you're trying to stretch your budget further, or are in the mood for Italian comfort food.
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Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Soup

A dump-and-go Instant Pot recipe made with nutrient-rich ingredients like red lentils and sweet potatoes. It's incredibly creamy and aromatic yet so easy. Vegan, gluten-free, and no added oil.
Make this when: you're short on time and you don't actually want to "cook." In other words, you need a curry in a hurry!
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Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Lentils

This cozy Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Lentils is the ultimate fall recipe. Featuring creamy pureed squash and a crunchy surprise topping, you’ll want to indulge in bowl after bowl!
Make this when: you want a creamy yet healthy fall soup, are trying to stretch your budget further, or as a Thanksgiving starter/side.
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person digging into bowl of soup with a spoon.

Vegan Instant Pot White Bean Stew

A dump-and-go Instant Pot recipe that couldn’t be simpler! This Instant Pot White Bean Stew is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and has no added oil. And it comes together with zero hands-on cooking!
Make this when: you're feeling lazy, your fridge is bare, and/or you're trying to stretch your budget further.
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The Best Cauliflower Soup

With 200+ 5-star reviews, this is the BEST Cauliflower Soup period. It's unbelievably creamy yet dairy-free and vegan, thanks to cashews and cannellini beans. It's easy and quick to make, freezes great, and is satisfying enough for a main meal.
Make this when: you're looking for a fuss-free yet gourmet soup or want a big batch soup that freezes well. Or, as a starter/side for a Thanksgiving meal.
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Instant Pot Chickpea Orzo Soup (+ more Vegan Soups!)

5 from 6 votes
This Instant Pot Chickpea Orzo Soup is a hearty and simple soup made with chickpeas, orzo, spices, and fresh herbs. Healthy and easy to make!
Make this when: you've got a busy weeknight or are looking for an easy soup to meal prep. 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 5 to 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 dried red chili peppers, broken in half (can sub with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups (960 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups (480 mL) water
  • 1 cup (170-180g) uncooked orzo
  • 2 (15-ounce /425g) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce /800g) can diced tomatoes
  • 8-10 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (I prefer oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped (plus more for garnish, if desired)
  • Lemon zest (optional)

Instructions

  • Select the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot. After a minute or two, add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned. Add the minced garlic and stir frequently for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the smoked paprika, cumin, and dried chili peppers, and tomato paste. Cook, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, for 1-2 minutes, until tomato paste is darker in color.
  • Pour in some of the vegetable broth to deglaze the pot. Use a wooden spoon or flat-end spatula to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Pour in the remaining broth, along with the water, orzo chickpeas, bay leaves, rosemary sprigs, oregano sprigs, salt, pepper, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  • Secure the lid and select the Pressure Cook setting at high pressure and set the cook time to 4 minutes.
  • After the timer is done, allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then release the pressure manually. Open the pot and remove the bay leaves and any remaining whole herb sprigs. Add in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and parsley. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Transfer the soup to bowls, and if desired, garnish with additional chopped parsley and a very light sprinkling of lemon zest.

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1650mg | Potassium: 1007mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1458IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 7mg

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8 comments on 18 Vegan Soups for Every Occasion

  1. Gigi

    5 stars
    I rarely leave comments, but OH, MY! This was amazing! SO full of flavor. It will go on repeat this winter.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Gigi, which soup did you make? We’re so happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the awesome review!

  2. Kerri

    Is is possible to use black beans in the pumpkin soup?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Kerri, it’s definitely possible but we wouldn’t personally recommend it. White beans or chickpeas have a much milder flavor which lend well to to the rest of the dish.

  3. Lydia

    5 stars
    Yum! Your white bean and pasta stew is my favorite thing ever (the miso is not optional in my opinion!). Anyone who hasn’t made it yet needs to!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thank you for sharing that, Lydia! Great to hear the soup is a favorite!

  4. Natalie

    5 stars
    This came at the perfect time! I have been on a soup kick lately. Can’t wait to try the Vegan Italian White Bean and Pasta Stew.

    1. Hannah Hairston

      Hi Natalie,

      Tis the season for cozy soups! Nisha has the best line up, and such a great variety to choose from. After you work your way through her soups, check out her curries too!

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