Here is another summer soup for your palate! Like a traditional vichyssoise, this soup can be served either hot or cold. It is so rich and satisfying it definitely leaves you wanting more! You’re welcome.
Easy Summer Soup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 head cauliflower, cored and chopped (about 7 cups)
1 (16-ounce) cans of white beans, drained and rinsed (cannellini, great northern, or navy)
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup non-dairy milk of your choice (I used full fat coconut milk)
White truffle oil
Chopped chives for garnish, hazelnuts, sriracha or other hot sauce, microgreens (all optional)
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower, beans, potatoes, mustard, and spices, except salt and pepper. Stir well coating all ingredients. Cook for about 1 minute. Add wine to deglaze the pan. Add vegetable broth, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the cauliflower is completely tender about 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the plant-based milk. Puree the soup with an immersion blender (or in batches in a regular blender). Transfer the soup to the refrigerator and chill. Drizzle soup with truffle oil, add a few drops of sriracha, hazelnuts, and sprinkle with the chives/microgreens, before serving.
For as long as I can remember Summer meant splashing around at the lake, drinking lemonade, and eating my weight in watermelon. So when a friend of mine told me about a watermelon soup with jalapeno she had somewhere down in Florida, I immediately went to work! After making at least a half-dozen recipes, I finally figured it out! Both are a fruit, and the savory tomato combined with the sweet watermelon makes for a great pairing! This magical soup is not only a favorite of mine, but it’s also a favorite for everyone who tries it! So, my friends…here you go!Print
Easy and Delicious Summer Soup
- 6–7 cups of diced watermelon
- 1 red onion roughly chopped (reserve 2 Tbsp for garnish, reserve 1/4 cup, and dice if you prefer a textured soup)
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and roughly chopped
- 1 cucumber, roughly chopped (reserve 2 Tbsp for garnish, reserve 1/4 c, and dice if you prefer a textured soup)
- 2 jalapenos, seeds removed, chopped (reserve 2 Tbsp for garnish)
- 4 Roma tomatoes cored, roughly chopped (reserve 2 Tbsp for garnish, reserve 1/4 c and dice if you prefer a textured soup)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar + 2 Tbsps
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves roughly chopped (can sub 2 Tbsp dry basil)
- 1 Tbsp fresh dill weed (garnish)
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
In a blender add 1/2 watermelon first and then layer with tomatoes, jalapenos, and bell pepper. Add cider vinegar, olive oil, and pulse. Add the onion, cucumber, remaining watermelon, and basil, puree until smooth. Salt and Pepper to taste! Chill for 1 hour and serve.
Garnish with reserved onion, bell pepper, cucumber, jalapenos, and fresh dill.
*Add Watermelon to Blender first. This will make it really easy to blend.
Keywords: Vegan Soup, Watermelon, Gazpacho, Summer Soups
The other day my oldest daughter was craving tomato soup. I had to admit it sounded really good to me too. Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the best! Of course, her version was a can you throw in the microwave, and mine was, well…this.
Fire Roasted Vegan Tomato Bisque
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1medium onion, diced
- Two 14 1/2-ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes, with juices
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular sweet paprika works, too)
- kosher salt to taste
- 1/2 cup(80ml) light coconut milk, or cashew cream
- Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot, over medium-low heat. When the pot is hot, add onions and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onions are soft. Stir often and add 1 TBSP stock or water if needed, to keep the onions from burning.
- Add tomatoes, including the liquid, and stock. Add tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, paprika, and a pinch of kosher salt. Raise the heat to medium and bring everything to boil. Let the soup simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Let the soup cool off for 5 minutes before transferring to a blender to blend. (I blend a little more than half of the mixture and leave the rest for a bit for texture).
- Return soup to pot and stir in coconut milk or cream.
- Serve in bowls with black pepper, minced basil leaves, nutritional yeast, and a swirl of cashew cream, if you’d like.
- Top with croutons. I used Minimalist Baker’s “Actually Crispy Chickpeas” She nailed it!
For years when I thought of pumpkins, of course, I thought of Halloween and my absolute favorite pie in the whole world. But when I had Pumpkin Soup for Thanksgiving in New Orleans one year, I realized my view had been very short-sided, and maybe there was more to this magical fruit than I knew! Pumpkins are a cultivar of a squash plant and are technically a fruit. And in this soup, they lend a creamy texture and a rich depth of flavor amplified by spices and slow-cooked onions. Yes. The Onions. To me, they are what make this soup shine. A no-oil onion sauté deglazed with hearty vegetable stock. To me, this is one of the most amazing ways to build flavor. Let me show you how.
1 large onion, diced; or two medium-size shallots diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 ½ tsp ginger, minced, or ¾ tsp of ginger powder
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried coriander
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
1 14 oz can coconut cream (can use canned coconut milk in a pinch)
3 cans organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
Hot sauce (optional, I use a mild Green Tabasco)
Heat pan on low medium heat until warm. Add onions, stir until onions become translucent and begin to stick. Add ½ cup stock and stir to deglaze the pan. Once the water begins to evaporate add spiced and stir. Cook for 1-2 minutes and add garlic and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds and add remaining vegetable stock and stir to deglaze pan again. Add coconut cream and pumpkin puree. Stir well and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste for spices, and adjust according to your preference. I added a bit more salt and a little more thyme. Serve with roasted Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and roasted spiced chickpeas. Enjoy!
One of my favorite things in the whole world used to be Qdoba’s Tortilla Soup. I loved it. Couldn’t get enough of it. However, when I looked up the ingredients, I was astonished! It tasted so simple and delicious. There were a ton of preservatives and an ungodly amount of salt. I never would have imagined that it was so processed! So when it came time to develop my menu for a Mexican cooking class at the Conservatory…I knew what I was going to do. This version is delicious, clean, and a perfect “Welcome to Fall” soup!
- 5 Corn Tortillas
- Chopped Green Onions
- Lime Wedges
- Vegan Sour Cream
Lay the jackfruit on a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Using your fingers, press the jackfruit chunks and pull apart into large shreds. Set aside.
On medium heat:
- Add leeks and garlic to large soup pot. Sauté in veggie broth, until softened
- Add Bell Peppers and Chipotle Peppers, and simmer until softened
- Add Jackfruit
- Add all spices and stir well. Sauté for 2-3 minutes
- Add Salsa
- Add Tomatoes (with juice)
- Add Veggie Broth, and deglaze pan
- Bring to a simmer and stir well*
- Drain beans and add to pot
- Cover, and simmer on low, or until heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375° degrees
- Cut Corn Tortillas into 1/2″ wide strips
- Add strips to a plastic bag or paper sack and toss with 1/2 tsp each: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic salt etc. (You can use oil or a little broth to help them stick)
- Lay strips onto cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes
- Toss occasionally to ensure even crisping.
*If you want to blend the soup and return to pot for a more authentic Qdoba soup, now is the time. Once pureed you can add the black beans and jackfruit, and simmer through until warmed. About 15-20 minutes.
**If you wish to add more heat: Use 1 tsp of adobo sauce from chipotle pepper can until you reach desired heat.
When soup is finished, garnish with 1 small dollop of vegan sour cream, minced cilantro, small avocado slice, a few tortilla strips, and serve.
There are some options for the Kelp Powder since it’s not likely in your pantry. You can use pulse Nori Seaweed Sheets in food processor or blender (you can find them everywhere, even Wal-Mart), Dulse flakes (at most high end groceries, or amazon) or you can also just buy kelp powder. Kelp can add a powerful nutrient boost to smoothies, and it also goes well mixed in salad dressings, or sprinkled on top of vegetables.
Cosmopolitan magazine even loves Sea Kelp! “Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium. In fact, it contains the highest natural concentration of calcium of any food – 10 times more than milk.”
If you try it, leave me a comment below!
VEGAN LOBSTER BISQUE
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight, or boiled for 10 minutes)
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon kelp powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups of onion, minced
- 2 medium carrots, diced
- 4 large celery ribs, diced
- 4 medium garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 2 cups dried Lobster mushrooms (soaked and diced)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- Pinch of cayenne
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, plus minced leaves and tender stems for garnish
- Soak cashews overnight, or boil for 10 minutes. Add to blender with 1 cup of vegetable broth, kelp powder, and cornstarch. Blend until smooth, this will take a few minutes. Set aside. Soak the Lobster mushrooms, according to package directions. (Reserve ¼ cup of the rehydrated mushrooms for garnish).
- Add olive oil to a large stockpot, and heat on medium. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots to the pot and cook for about 3 or 4 minutes, until softened.
- Stir tomato paste into vegetables and cook for 2 minutes. Add white wine and deglaze the pan. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add broth, cashew cream mixture, and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, reduce to low heat and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Remove bay leaf. Purée the soup with an immersion blender, or purée in batches in a blender until smooth, returning soup to the pot. Add diced mushrooms and simmer for 3-5 minutes until mushrooms are thoroughly heated through.
- Add salt & pepper to taste. Garnish and serve immediately.