View as List 7 Hearty Vegetarian Soups

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    Perfect for a light supper, these easy soups are packed with vegetables and super-healthy (in a few of these recipes, make sure to substitute vegetable broth or water as a simple swap for chicken stock). They can be made ahead of time, and you can round out the meal with whole-grain bread and a side salad. Feel free to experiment with swapping out ingredients, and using dried beans instead of canned.

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    Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

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    Savory mushrooms and liquid smoke give this soup a meaty flavor without the added saturated fat or sodium of meat. If you prefer more texture, only blend half the soup at the end.

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    Mushroom-Barley Soup

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    This soup is so hearty it’s almost a stew. If the barley soaks up too much liquid, you can always add a little more water right before serving. A great source of fiber and niacin.

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    Herbed Cream of Tomato Soup

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    This soup is thickened by a roux, a combination of fat and flour. In this case, olive oil provides a healthier fat than, say, butter. A little bit of sugar sweetens this soup, and a dollop of sour cream adds to the creaminess.

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    Basic Black Bean Soup

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    You can spice up this classic recipe by adding corn, or salsa and chips. Or make it more elegant by stirring in a few tablespoons of sherry and topping it with chopped scallions right before serving.

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    Golden Vegetable Soup

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    This beautifully hued soup gets its beta carotene from the carrots and squash, and its intense color (plus the B vitamin folate) from orange juice.

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    Spicy Gazpacho

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    With tomatoes readily available, this typically summer soup is easy to make in winter, too. It’s sweetened by a little bit of orange juice, and if it’s chilly out you can easily serve the soup warm.

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    Big-Batch Lentil-Bean Soup

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    Perfect for a crowd, this soup is easy to make ahead. Make sure you add the macaroni right before serving, though.

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