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7 Soups for Thanksgiving Dinner (Plus 5 Bonus Thanksgiving Recipes!)

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

There's nothing like a warm, comforting, and cozy soup to kick off the Thanksgiving festivities, bringing family and friends together. Whether you're hosting or bringing a dish, one of these vegan soups is sure to add nourishing comfort to your Thanksgiving meal. Even if your dinner guest list is small (table for one or two), these soups make great leftovers for days to come, especially as the flavors get more intense with each day. Have any favorites of your own or tried any of the soups below? Please share about your recipe or experience below in the comments!

1. Hearty Minestrone Butternut Soup (prep time: 15 minutes, cook time: 30 minutes)

If you’re looking for a satisfying, hearty, and healthy meal that the entire family will love, then this soup will do the trick! Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, folate, fiber, and more, you're not only getting big bursts of flavor with every bite, but also plenty of nutrition.

2. Creamy Thai Butternut Squash Soup (prep time: 20 minutes, cook time: 45 minutes)

Silky, creamy, exploding with flavor, not to mention, bursting with nutrition — that explains this soup that just might become a staple in your fall repertoire of soups.

Pro tip: Add it to your Thanksgiving or fall family dinner menu so you can share it with loved ones. They’ll appreciate that you’re not only sharing a delicious soup with them but also that you’re looking out for their health with nutrient-packed ingredients.

3. Energizing and Healing White Bean and Kale Soup (prep time: 15 minutes, cook time: 20 minutes)

Stay warm and cozy this fall by making this energizing and spicy White Bean and Kale Soup. This super-healing soup is jam-packed with nutrient-dense ingredients such as garlic, kale, onion, celery, tomatoes, and beans. Enjoy it with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and rustic organic whole wheat or sourdough bread (dunking fun!). It's delicious and you will feel incredibly vibrant and healthy after eating it.

4. Spicy Lentil Spinach Soup (prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 70 minutes)

This Spicy Lentil Spinach Soup is a staple for us because it's delicious and extremely healing. It has iron-rich spinach combined with vitamin C-rich tomatoes, which helps to maximize iron absorption. It also includes some of my personal favorite spices—mustard seed, oregano, cumin, and fennel. Spices are nutrient power-houses when it comes to fighting inflammation and common colds, especially with the cooler temperatures. Eat them lots.

5. Turmeric Ginger Cauliflower Chickpea Soup (a.k.a, The Ultimate Immune-Supporting Soup)

(prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 15 minutes)

Fun fact: spices and herbs pack more nutrition per gram than many fruits and vegetables! You may already know about ginger and turmeric, but other spices like clove, sumac and cinnamon, and herbs like rosemary, oregano and thyme pack a big punch when it comes to nutrition. The great news is that you only need a little bit to get a lot of nutrition and you get that in this soup.

6. Warming Creamy Pumpkin Soup (prep time: 25 minutes, cook time: 35 minutes)

You'll want to put this on your Thanksgiving menu! It's easy, delicious, soothing and will make your guests really happy because it's bursting with flavor. It's packed with healing ingredients from ginger to garlic to pumpkin. If you want to add even more goodness to it, top it with cilantro or basil. You could also stir in some spinach after it's blended for a creamy spinach pumpkin soup.

7. Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (prep time: 20 minutes, cook time: 60 minutes)

This is a go-to soup, even when it's not Thanksgiving. It's simple, delicious, and hearty, making it a winter staple. Top it with nutritional yeast, pepitas or pumpkin seeds, or mix in some cashew cream (yum!).

Bonus recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving!

Magical Mushroom Gravy (prep time: 15 minutes, cook time: 20 minutes)

With a base of mushrooms and cauliflower it's packed with immune-supporting compounds, anti-cancer nutrients, and the nutrition your body needs to stay happy and healthy. It's also bursting with flavor and simple to make. There are many ways to enjoy it—pour on top of mashed potatoes or cauliflower, add it on top of a grilled cauliflower "steak," use it as a grain bowl sauce, use it as a "dip" for a sandwich or top it on grilled tofu or tempeh.

Pecan Crumble Pumpkin Bread (prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 45 minutes)

Moist and dense yet fluffy and light, this pumpkin bread is so scrumptious. Since it's packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like oat flour, almond flour, pumpkin, and pecans, it can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, or as a slightly sweet after-dinner treat.

Easy Creamy Apple Slaw (prep time: 15 minutes, cook time: none)

Silken tofu makes the perfect salad dressing base with its plant-based fat and protein content. Pour this slightly tangy and very creamy dressing over top of apples, carrots, and cabbage to create a crunchy yet creamy delicious salad!

Sweet Potato Biscuits (prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 18 minutes)

These little bite-size drop biscuits are oh.em.gee delicious! They’re light, airy, slightly sweet and perfectly satisfying. Spread your favorite plant-based butter and enjoy them warm to get the full "get in my belly" effect! Also, they’re super easy to make!

Slow Cooker Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing (prep time:15 minutes, cook time: 2 hours in the slow cooker) This stuffing couldn't be simpler OR more delicious! The mushrooms give a savory umami flavor and pair so nicely with the wild rice. Stuff a baked sweet potato or acorn squash or enjoy this stuffing solo. (We made this dish as a "try out" before our official Thanksgiving dinner and it made the cut!)

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