You will love how delicious this vegan golden soup is with every spoonful you take! Not to mention how the nutrition benefits will uplift you!
Move over golden milk, there’s a new winter fav in the house! All jokes aside, you will love not only the taste of this vegan golden soup but the health benefits as well.
Golden milk, also know as turmeric milk, but in Indian culture known as Haldi Doodh, is a wildly known recipe for it’s health benefits that gained popularity around 2015.
While lesser known, some golden soups started popping up around the same time. A quick Google search pops up a golden soup from Pinch of Yum, although the exact origin or tracing this one back to Indian culture isn’t as easy to uncover.
We’ve been making some variations as long as we’ve been making golden milk during it’s prime popularity and we wanted to share today our take on the soup as well.
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Why You’ll Love This Golden Soup
When you look at the ingredients themselves, they don’t necessarily scream out at you. Most are just simple vegetables and spices. However, where the real magic happens is when you combine them all together. You get this insanely flavorful dish that is full of comfort and goodness.
We all know that soups are comforting. Those warm bowls and then each bite feels like you’re on cloud nine as you soak up all the amazingness in each spoonful. There’s nothing like a bowl of soup on a cold winter day.
We are all prone to needing more nutritional benefits in the winter and loading up a warm bowl or soup with healthy ingredients is just the trick to keeping you out and about.
Soups helps by:
- keeping fluids up
- great source of fiber
- aids in digestion
- helps retain vitamins and minerals
- easily allows you to get daily vegetable intake
Vegan Golden Soup Recipe Ingredients:
Gather your ingredients!
Below are notes about the ingredients before we get into the full recipe located lower in this post on how to make vegan soup:
- chickpeas – a great source of protein and a nice crunchy element added to the top of the dish. You want your chickpeas to be cooked prior to using, so you can make from dried chickpeas or drain and rinse from a can
- carrots – you can use large carrots or baby carrots, or even use some other color variety of carrots
- sweet potato – helped to add a roasted component to the top of the soup, but also a creaminess to the actual soup as well. We are using orange sweet potatoes.
- cauliflower -roasted cauliflower helps add another flavor to the dish and bulking it up. You can use both the florets and the stems
- raw cashews – you definitely want to use raw cashews because roasted will change the flavor of the dish too much and give it an almost burnt taste.
- vegetable broth – you could sub this for water as well, but we do like the additional flavor you get from the broth
- garlic and onions – adds an aromatic component to the dish and helps with the flavor
- spices and flavorings – there’s a variety of spices and sauces like ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, and red curry paste that work to really pull this dish together and make the flavors pop
Substitutions and Variations:
There aren’t many swaps to this recipe that we would really recommended.
- raw cashews – macadamia nuts may work but we have not tested it ourselves
- red curry paste – combine 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 teaspoon curry powder, ½ teaspoon chili powder and optional ¼ to ½ red pepper flakes to sub.
- lemon juice – replace with lime juice or apple cider vinegar
Step by Step Instructions:
To start you’re going to preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C).
Into a large bowl add in all your chickpeas, and then ½ your sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Drizzle with oil and all purpose seasoning. Stir together well.
Then spread onto a large baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes.
While that’s cooking, into a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, you’re going to add ore oil and then cooking your onions, garlic, cashews and remaining sweet potato and cauliflower.
You’ll want to allow this mixture to cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring often. Your onion should have started to softened and the ingredients are becoming fragrant.
Then stir in your spices and add the vegetable stock.
Bring this to a boil, then lower heat and cover so the ingredients can simmer. You will continue cooking this until a fork easily pierces through your ingredients which will be about 10-15 minutes.
Finally, working in batches if needed, add your ingredients from your pot to a blender and blend until creamy.
The consistency will be creamy, almost bisque like. If you’re prefer a thinner texture, you can pour the blender ingredients back into your pot and add additional stock.
Finally, you’re going to pour into bowls and top with your vegetables from roasting earlier.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The only top allergen in this dish is cashews. While we haven’t tried a neutral ingredient like white beans (butter beans, great northern, cannellini) would seemingly work well here.
Yes. Once cooled completely, you can store in an air tight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Yes. Do not overcrowd your blender and work in batches (or an emersion blender if you have one).
Yes. Let cool completely and store in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months. We do recommend storing it in 1 cup portions.
What other vegan soup recipes could I make?
If you are looking for more vegan soup recipes you should try our:
- Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup
- Vegan Apple Chili
- Vegan French Onion Soup
- Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
- Vegan Lentil Soup
- Vegan Tomato Soup
- Vegan Lasagna Soup
- Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Soup
- Slow Cook Vegan “Chicken” Tortilla Soup
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Vegan Golden Soup
- 4 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (439g)
- 1 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed, divided
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces, divided
- 1 tablespoon all purpose seasoning, more or less to taste
- 3-4 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup raw cashews (113g)
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 tbsp red curry paste *see sub in notes
- 2 teaspoon salt, more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 cups vegetable stock (945mL), more as desired
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 425°F(218°C). In a large bowl add all chickpeas, ½ of the cubed sweet potatoes and ½ of the cauliflower. Drizzle with 2 tablespoon olive oil and all purpose seasoning. Stir to get everything coated well. Spread out evenly onto a large baking tray. Place into the oven for 20 – 25 min or until preferred texture is reached. When done, set aside.
- Add a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoon oil and allow to heat up. Add the remaining sweet potatoes and cauliflower, along with carrots, onions, cashews, and garlic. Cook for 6 – 8 minutes stirring every few minutes until onions are softened and ingredients are fragrant.
- Stir in the ginger, turmeric, curry paste, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes to toast, careful not to burn the spices. Add vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to simmer cover and cook until ingredients are easily pierced with a fork (~10-15 mins).
- In batches, transfer the soup into a high speed blender and blend until ingredients are creamy in consistency. If needed, put the soup back into the same pot and additional water/stock to thin out the soup (an additional 1-2cups). Add lemon juice. Stir until well combined.
- Pour soup into bowls and top with your roasted chickpeas and vegetables. Serve with toasted bread if desired.
- Substitute red curry paste with 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 teaspoon curry powder, ½ teaspoon chili powder and optional ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes)
- Nutritional information is just an estimate.
- If you don’t have a high speed blender, you may have to strain any chucks out.
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