On cold and dark evenings, warm up with these hearty, delicious and cozy vegan Winter recipes!
Vegan Winter Recipes
There’s a myth that good soups need to simmer forever. Not this tomato and basil soup! Pureed tomatoes, aromatics, a few spices and some cooked tortellini — a whole comforting meal in under an hour.
There’s nothing more comforting than creamy scalloped potatoes. Layer them with vegan sausages and suddenly you’ve made an easy meal that will satisfy the even the pickiest eaters in the family.
Chickpea noodle soup? Say it really fast and the non-vegans will think they’re getting that other, more famous noodle soup. After only a bite, they’ll be won over to the vegan side of life.
Gnocchi — the most comforting pasta of them all. Add some vegan sausage, white beans and spinach and you’ve got an instant meal. Your only problem will be what to do with all that time you saved.
This isn’t your average broccoli and cheese soup. Nope. It’s also vegan, oil and gluten-free. Besides broccoli, this soup is a showcase for potatoes, squash and spices galore.
Looking for a hearty yet comforting one-pot meal? Potatoes and smoked tofu in a paprika-rich tomato sauce make this goulash a dish that is perfect on a cold winter night.
As far as I’m concerned, barley is an under-utilized ingredient. It has whole grain healthiness and adds extra substance to this winter vegetable soup. So step aside noodles and rice — barley’s come to stay.
This pasta has all of the creamy deliciousness of a macaroni and cheese but without the cheese. Instead, the roasted butternut squash is pureed and becomes the sauce. It’s kind of genius, don’t you think?
Maybe it’s me, but I love the idea of lasagna soup. All of the comforting, familiar flavors of the classic Italian dish delivered to my taste buds in a whole new way. What’s not to like?
10. Spanish Potatoes
This is such a new and interesting way to jazz up your potatoes. Saffron-laced yellow potatoes roasted with a paste of garlic, almonds and fried bread. So flavorful and completely unique.
I did a double take when I saw this recipe. Vegan chicken and dumplings? The ultimate home-style comfort has gone vegan? Oh it sure did and it’s not looking back.
In a short 45 minutes, you can be sitting down with a bowl of hearty white bean, potato and kale soup. This recipe is so easy and uses ingredients you probably already have in your veggie drawer.
How about sourdough bread bowls filled with some of the best vegan meatballs you’ll ever taste, swimming in a zesty tomato sauce. Save this recipe for when you really want to impress someone.
Everyone can use another time-saving weeknight recipe. This orzo risotto with Brussels sprouts fits the bill quite nicely. A yummy white pasta sauce makes it creamy and the smiles on everyone’s faces make it dreamy.
Clam-less clam chowder? Oh yes you can! One sip of this creamy, rich chowder packed with veggies and sea-side flavors and you’ll be a believer, too. Don’t forget the crackers!
Bean stews can take forever to cook. In this recipe, the pressure cooker is the hero, allowing this white bean, winter squash and kale stew to be ready to serve in a little over an hour.
17. Khao Soi Soup
Getting to Thailand can be a hassle, so stay home and make a pot of vegan Khao Soi. Those yummy veggies and noodles in an aromatic curry broth will make you feel like a tourist in your own kitchen.
Tis the season for all things pumpkin — they’re not just for dessert. You’ll give thanks for this Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta as soon as you try it. Decadently creamy and super easy to make.
One taste of this seasonally delicious Chipotle Bourbon Pumpkin Chili and you’ll realize what a symphony of flavors tastes like. Smokey meets earthy sweet meets hearty. This recipe is a keeper for sure.
20. Orzo Chili
The chili goodness that you know — tomatoes, peppers, beans and spices — but with the added feature of orzo pasta? You’ve got my attention. Now I just need to find a spoon!
Pumpkins are more than just seasonal décor, folks. They’re super healthy and packed with potassium, carotene and vitamins. When you try out this creamy pumpkin pasta, you’ll feel good about what you’re eating!
Wondering how you’ll stay warm this wintertime? How about making a big ole pot of potato and corn chowder? It’s dairy-free, vegan and will warm your insides through and through.
What is the best thing to do with homemade tofu ricotta? Make Vegetable Lasagna Soup, of course. Tofu ricotta is creamy and tangy and is the perfect addition to this tomato and pasta meal.
Vegan Sausage and Potato Beer Cheese Soup is a winner right out of the gate. Comforting, substantial, full of flavor and most of all, it is quick and easy to make.
This soup checks all of the boxes — it’s vegan, low-carb and gluten-free. Plus, even the most novice of home cooks can rock this recipe out. Everyone will wonder when you had time to run off to cooking school.
26. Japanese Curry
Sure you love curry, but have you ever had a Japanese curry? Less spicy and a little sweeter than their Indian and Thai counterparts, they are an ideal vehicle for veggies of all types.
Tired of tofu? Give soy-free vegan cannelloni a try. Gorgeous to look at and packed with tomatoes and root vegetables, it’s a healthy and light entrée pasta dish that your family will remember.
In under and hour and with seven ingredients and one pot, you can be enjoying a soul-affirming soup for the ages. Lentil and Swiss chard should have hooked up a long time ago.
Bok choy, red onion, garlic, broccoli and celery all mingling alongside soba noodles in an Asian-inspired broth. That’s what you can be eating in 40 minutes if you start right now!
Something magical happens when you roast butternut squash and then blend it with herbs and spices — it turns into the pasta sauce of your dreams. So long, cheese sauce. Butternut squash sauce will do just fine.
Creamy French lentils, mushrooms and kale stewed together with a little white wine and fresh thyme makes umami magic. Add a crispy piece of toast and you’ve got a ticket to culinary ecstasy.
I don’t know about you, but I fell in love with red curry the first time I tried it. Red curry paste and coconut milk equals a flavor extravaganza. Add some wholesome veggies and you are in business!
Let’s celebrate the Indian-inspired recipes that give the world some of the most flavorful food ever. This version of Aloo Matar — a potato and green pea curry — has just the right amount of spice.
I’m willing to bet that if you set a bowl of this Portobello mushroom stew in front of a non-vegan, they would devour the whole thing before they realized it didn’t have any beef in it.
This tomato basil soup takes 10 minutes to make! So making it is as almost as much effort as not making it, so you might as well end up with some soup.
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