7 Hearty Soup Recipes for Cool Fall Nights

Healthy food made with the best of the autumn harvest.

Sep 30, 2020

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Fall is here! Time to get out your favorite woolen sweaters and soft, cozy shawls. As the temperature cools down outside, you may start cocooning by spending more time indoors.

With an abundance of colorful and healthy fall produce in the market these days, this is a great opportunity to simmer a hearty soup on the stove. Here are seven fall soup recipe ideas that combine harvest ingredients, warming spices, and comfort all in one steaming pot!

Creamy Fall Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls

This recipe is the epitome of fall. With the thick soup served in roasted acorn squash bowls, this recipe from Minimalist Baker looks and tastes like a harvest table. This comforting soup has 10 simple ingredients including fall favorites like squash, butternut squash, and carrots. Add red lentils for extra fiber and protein and serve it with a salad.

Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup

This recipe from Gimme Some Oven is perfect for a chilly autumn evening. The creamy vegetarian soup can be made in a crock pot, Instant Pot, or a pressure cooker. Seasonal veggies include sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, kale, and cremini mushrooms. For a vegan creamy option, use coconut milk.

West African Inspired Peanut Stew

Lightly spiced and hearty, this soup from Cookie + Kate is a great choice for a cold night.  It is creamy, spicy, vegan, and comforting all at once. Add extra fresh ginger, garlic, sriracha sauce, or cayenne for that special zing. To give it an authentic African flavor, add chopped sweet potato.

Simple Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkins are the star of the fall season. Carve them, decorate the house and garden with them, and yes, enjoy eating them. It is best to use smaller sugar pumpkins for cooking as they are more flavorful than the large Jack o’ Lantern pumpkins. Super healthy and easy, this soup from Minimalist Baker combines pureed pumpkin with coconut milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Serve it with a garlic, kale, and sesame topping.

Vegan Minestrone Soup

This delicious soup from Lazy Cat Kitchen is a healthy alternative to the Italian classic. Use the best of fall produce such as zucchini, carrots, celery, cabbage, potato, and kale. When you are ready to eat, add cannellini beans and pasta for a stew-like soup that is a meal on its own.

Indian Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny means “pepper water” in Tamil and although this soup is prepared in southern India using chicken or lamb, here is a vegan version. Perfect for warming up on a chilly day, this soup from The Cheeky Chickpea combines carrots, celery, red lentils, and coconut milk with fragrant spices. Many mulligatawny fans also like to add chopped apples.

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili with Smoked Chipotle

As October is National Chili Month, how can one not prepare chili? Here is a vegetarian chili recipe that is filling, warming, and delicious. Ambitious Kitchen’s easy recipe is healthy, hearty, and has a bit of a kick. For a vegan option, omit the cream topping. Best served with fresh corn bread!

NICOLE NATHAN BEM, CONTRIBUTOR
Nicole is an editor, blogger and author who has recently left her urban life in order to be more connected with nature. In her spare time, she’s outdoors hiking in the forest, mountain biking or tending to her new permaculture garden.