2 Vegetarian Soup Ideas
By Christine Szalay Kudra
Vegetarian soup can be just as flavorful as a meat or fish soup but many people are unaware of this and assume that vegetable soup is supposed to taste plain and boring. There also seems to be a popular consensus that all vegetarian soups are for dieters and this is also untrue. Actually, there are plenty of vegetarian soup ideas that you can use to make the most delicious soup recipes.
You can make creamy vegetable soups or add homemade croutons or plenty of cheese. It is a myth that meatless and fishless soups have to be healthy and you can use cream, cheese, nuts or croutons to add flavor, crunch, or creaminess.
If you want to follow a meat or fish recipe but omit the meat or fish, you can substitute eggs, tofu, or a grain like barley or rice, depending on the soup recipe. It is probably easier to follow a few vegetarian soup recipes to begin with and then you can start to create your own. Use plenty of delicious herbs and spices to give maximum taste to the soup.
Vegetarian French Onion Soup
If you are looking for a rich, satisfying vegetarian soup, what about making a vegetarian version of French onion soup? Classic French onion soup is made with beef broth but you can use vegetable broth instead, for a tasty soup.
The flavor of the soup will not be exactly the same as in the classic French onion soup recipe but if you love onions and you want to make a vegetarian onion soup, this is a good way of doing it. You can also substitute vegetarian cheese for the Gruyere cheese, as a tasty topping for this warming dish.
Chinese Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and sour soup is great as an appetizer or even as a meal. In Taiwan and China, this would be enjoyed for breakfast but you will probably prefer it for lunch or dinner. This is a wonderful way to make a full-flavored vegetarian soup. This is a vegan recipe as well as a vegetarian one. If you like, you can add some seitan or fried tofu.
What you will need:
- 1 small can water chestnuts
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms (try shiitake or wood ear mushrooms)
- 2 tablespoons chili oil
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 3 minced cloves garlic
- 1 small can bamboo shoots
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
How to make it:
Bring the vegetable broth to a simmer and add the water chestnuts, mushrooms, vinegar, garlic, bamboo shoots, black pepper, soy sauce, and hot sauce. Simmer the soup for half an hour, then add the green onions and simmer it for five more minutes. Stir in the chili oil and add extra vinegar, soy sauce, or hot sauce to taste.
Did you know that there are many different versions of the classic French onion soup recipe? If you fancy making this tasty dish, you just need a few key ingredients and you can make a mouthwatering and perfectly flavored French onion soup recipe just like the professional chefs do.
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