When the weather gets cold, I crave hearty, stick-to-your-ribs style soups. For time and convenience, you can’t beat one-pot meals that deliver a lot of flavor and make your insides feel cozy and soothed. Add some toasted baguette, crackers, or grilled garlic sourdough, and dishes are kept to a minimum with just spoons and soup bowls. Plus, most soups freeze well, meaning quick and easy thaw-able meals later.
This Chickpea & Rice Soup with a Little Kale is one of my all-time favorites. It’s a recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz at Post Punk Kitchen, and during the cold weather months it’s been very well loved since she posted it last January. I usually make it with cannellini or Great Northern beans instead of chickpeas, and barley instead of rice, but it’s really satisfying any way you make it. With creamy cashew cream at its base, fragrant rosemary and thyme, and nutrient-dense kale, it feels like more than just a soup. It’s a meal.
I don’t know if it technically qualifies as a soup since it’s chili, but in my mind if there are beans and broth, it must be soup. I posted this recipe for Smoky Soy Curl & Two Bean Chili back in July when I was smothering grilled veggie dogs with it. Now it’s making its way into bowls to be adorned with crackers and a sprinkling of cheddar Daiya shreds. Or it’s also great in a chili cheese burrito (with vegan cheese, of course), being careful to remove as much liquid from the chili as possible before ladling it onto a tortilla.
Finally, this home-style split pea soup is thick and dense with carrots, celery, garlic, barley, and broken down split peas. (For a gluten-free option, replace the barley with rice.) I started making this soup way back in 2010 when I wanted a split pea option that was like my favorite canned split pea of yore but without having any pigs harmed in the process.
This comforting soup gets its smokiness by way of smoked salt, but if you’d rather use liquid smoke, that works as well. I even made a video about this soup when we were still living in a cabin on the river. The light and sound aren’t the greatest, but you can see one of my favorite places I’ve lived. It’s actually my most-viewed video on YouTube by far!
What vegan soups are filling your bowls these days?