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5 Plant-Based Soups to Celebrate National Soup Month


January is National Soup Month, so let’s indulge in our love for this particular subset of food, one that is associated with cozy comfort, winter cold cures, and legacies of recipes that get passed down through our family lines.

To celebrate National Soup Month, we’re featuring five soups from Hispanic Kitchen take their inspiration from the rich flavors of pan-Hispanic cuisine that you crave in the dead of winter and are all suitable for plant-based tastes, whether you’re a veg fanatic or are simply looking to follow through with your resolution to eat less meat. These soups are hearty enough as standalone meals and can be made in big batches, which will streamline your kitchen life, no matter if you’re cooking for yourself or for a full family table.

5 Spicy Lentil and Spinach Soup

This chipotle-spiced lentil and spinach soup comes together in half an hour, making it a go-to recipe when you’re short on time. (Unlike a bean-based soup, using dried lentils doesn’t require you to do any presoaking before cooking them up.) 

By the way, lentils pack a punch of fiber, with a cup of cooked lentils containing about 15 grams of it — approximately half of your recommended daily intake of the nutrient — which can help put you on track to shedding any excess weight this year, as fiber-rich foods help your body moderate its insulin levels, support a healthy microbiome, and also increase feelings of satiety.

4 Ancho-Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Use up your stash of winter veg with this butternut squash soup, tinged with the warm smokiness of ancho chiles. You might want to keep this recipe pinned to your fridge, as it’s highly adaptable to whatever you have in your kitchen: You can use any type of winter squash that you have on hand. Plus, you can make it vegan by subbing out butter and milk for oil and a plant-based substitution like coconut or almond milk. 

3 Cabbage and Lime Soup

To make this cabbage and lime soup a meat-free recipe, substitute the chicken for more mushrooms.

Forget all that stuff about the cabbage soup diet — there’s no proof that it’ll help you shed pounds. However, it can be a key ingredient to your best health! Cabbage is cheap, plentiful, and an overlooked superfood that is especially beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes and elevated risk for heart disease. 

2 Smoky Garbanzo and Greens Soup

This hearty garbanzo bean soup packs a leafy green punch, spiced with a bit of smoky chipotles in adobo, making it a perfectly crave-worthy and satisfying winter dish that can stand alone as a full, balanced meal. 

1 Sopa Tarasca

This luxuriously smooth sopa tarasca is a simple pinto bean-based soup, enhanced with the depth of roasted tomatoes and chipotles in adobo. To make this one vegan, use your favorite veggie broth for the base, and add cashew cream (rather than cream fresca) for a touch of richness.

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