While some researchers say comfort foods are a myth, there's just something so soothing about cozying up to a bowl of soup. Here are five warm and cold vegetarian soups that would make an excellent addition to your Meatless Monday or anytime of the week. These vegetarian soups are simple to make, big on flavor and are just the think to make when you could use a little pick me up. Be sure to have a freshly baked baguette handy so you can rip off a chunk and dip it into your tasty vegetarian soup.
Cold Cucumber Soup
You'll be as cool as a cucumber when you indulge in this creamy cucumber soup made with plain yogurt, toasted pine nuts and pumpkin seeds for crunch. It's a satisfying cold soup you can enjoy anything the weather gets too hot to bear.
The Spanish were definitely on to something when they developed gazpacho. This heat-combating soup is rich in antioxidants thanks to juicy red tomatoes, garlic and veggies like red and green bell peppers. Serve it on chilled plate top with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Banana Chili Soup
Spice lovers will love sipping this banana chili soup. Made with vegetable stock and coconut milk, this vegetarian soup has a tropical vibe and would make the perfect first course for a summer soiree. It can be served warm or cold.
Creamed Pea and Leek Soup
Peas and leeks are bountiful during this time of the year, so why not make the best of them by whipping up this creamy pea soup? A touch of mint lightens up the flavor and gives it a little extra oomph. Top with crispy croutons for an elegant first course or lunch.
Pappa al Pomodoro
This Tuscan tomato soup has an Old World charm that just begs to be accompanied with a thick slice of bread and thinly-sliced cheese. It's a satisfying vegetarian recipe you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.
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