One thing about living in California is that soup weather slides in almost unnoticed. We still have warm temperatures during the day but at night, it cools quickly. Sweaters come on, blankets come out, and dinners become a bit richer.
Below is a solid start for my favorite soups, stews, and chilis. I didn’t mean to include this many but I have a lot of favorites. I never make a soup the same way because it’s really fun to riff.
One thing: invest in something that can puree. My high-speed blender is the only appliance I leave on the counter and it creates the best pureed soups. However, they are expensive. My other go-to is an immersion blender. It’s great because it’s smaller, a bit cheaper, and you don’t have to transfer the soup.
The classic and easily made from most vegetables. It was hard to choose just a couple to share. However, one major note: watch consistency. I know it might not seem like a big deal but I’m a stickler. The soup should have body but not be overly thick. Save the thickness for the stews.
- Coconut Curry Carrot Soup
- Coriander Sweet Potato Soup
- Fennel Sunchoke Soup
- Miso Butternut Squash Soup
- Five-Spice Roasted Pumpkin Soup
- Celeriac Soup
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
I only make these when I have good bread, it’s a necessity for me. I just love being able to sop up the good broth along with eating all the good vegetables and beans. There’s a wide range here but one things for sure: make sure you have good broth!
- Spicy White Bean Stew
- Pinto Squash Stew
- Kuri Squash Curry
- Kale Chickpea Stew
- Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes
- Quinoa White Bean Stew
- Wild Rice Soup
- Dried Apricot Soup
I love a good bowl of chili. The combination of a spicy tomato base and beans is a winning combination. Add a slab of cornbread, I’ll be as happy as can be. The bulgur chili is my favorite but there’s a couple alternatives here as well. Also, don’t be afraid to mix up serving. I just love a chili-loaded potato or sweet potato.
- Chili Chickpeas Smothered Toast
- Three Bean Vegan Chili
- Chipotle Black Bean Chili
- Bulgur Vegetarian Chili
I pulled these out because sometimes people are looking specifically for lentil recipes. I’ll use any variety of lentil. Because red lentils are hulled and split, they are good for creamier soups while the black, green, and French lentils work well for stews with texture.