Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

A quick and hearty vegetable soup with carrots, potatoes, leeks, and kale. 100% vegan, 100% satisfying.

Recipe Details

Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup Recipe

Active 2 mins
Total 30 mins
Serves 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 recipe hearty vegetable stock, along with re-hydrated mushrooms from the stock

  • 2 leeks, white parts only, split in half lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 1 medium carrot, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, diced

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or any other cooked canned bean)

  • 1 small bunch kale, thick stems removed, leaves roughly torn

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • Extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Chop reserved re-hydrated mushrooms kept from making Hearty Vegetable Stock into half-inch pieces. Add mushrooms, broth, leeks, carrot, celery, potato, chickpeas, kale, and soy sauce to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are completely tender and beginning to fall apart, about 25 minutes. Stir in cornstarch slurry and allow to simmer 2 minutes longer.

  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in lemon juice and parsley, and serve, drizzling extra-virgin olive oil into bowls as you eat.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
205 Calories
4g Fat
38g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 205
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1406mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 39mg 193%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 827mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)