8 Vegetarian Soup Recipes for Cold Days Slideshow

Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

Who knew a vegetable soup could be so hearty? This recipe from Manifest Vegan takes full advantage of fall’s seasonal veggies, combining cauliflower and sweet potato with onion, garlic and garam masala. It’s also suitable for vegans and gluten-free eaters.

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Sometimes your grilled cheese needs a slightly more exciting sidekick. Tomato soup, meet roasted red pepper. Together they form a slightly spicy, more flavorful version of the traditional soup. This vegan recipe from CookieAndKate.com also goes well with avocado on toast, according to the site.

Roasted Acorn Squash and Leek Soup with Pepitas

Acorn squash frequently gets overshadowed by butternut when it comes to fall soups, but don’t underestimate it! This yummy recipe from Skinnytaste is easy enough for even the most amateur home chefs, and it looks beautiful when garnished with pepitas like the site recommends.

Pesto Soup with Gnocchi, Beans and Greens

This nutritious recipe from ThePPK.com blends garlic, cauliflower, and basil to get the "pesto" part of the soup, and combines it with a tasty mix of Swiss chard, navy beans, and gnocchi. The puréed cauliflower does wonders for the texture, creating a creaminess that usually requires high-fat ingredients like heavy cream.

Roasted Garlic and Smoky Greens Soup

We might not look forward to the cold weather, but fall and winter do provide us with one of our favorite seasonal veggies: kale. And this recipe from Chow.com is a great way to eat it. This beautifully colorful soup combines roasted garlic and kale with russet potatoes, leeks, and just the right seasonings. Top with a poached egg if you’re craving some protein.

Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

If you’re looking for a hot, vitamin-rich soup to knock that cold out of your system, Foodess.com recommends this one — although we plan on making it in sickness or in health. One of the reasons we love this soup is the creamy texture, which it gets from probiotic-packed yogurt. To make it 100 percent vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

We promised you a butternut squash soup, but we’re delivering something better. Just when we thought we had found all the best butternut squash soup recipes on the Web, we came across this take on the more traditional versions. In addition to butternut squash, this soup contains sweet potatoes and apples — also in season! If you’re a full-blown vegetarian, substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup

We adore recipes with minimal ingredients, and this one only has five (including salt). Depending on what you’re in the mood for, you could use pumpkins or a squash of your choice. Combined with coconut milk, red Thai curry paste, some butter, and sea salt, this recipe makes for a wonderful fall soup with a Thai twist.

For more soup recipes, check out these 7 savory soups high in nutrition, low in fat/calories.