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Super Soup: The Best Vegan Quinoa Soup Recipe!

There’s not much better than eating warm comfort food during the winter! Which is why I want to share my vegan quinoa soup recipe with you!!

This soup is a winner in my home for everyone! (Picky eater included!)

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Quinoa soup with beans, elbow pasta and vegetables in a light blue bowl.

And, to be honest, this isn’t just my recipe, my husband played a part in making this soup what it is, as well. Which is quite rare, but he took paternity leave this past summer, so we had a chance to cook together more in our tiny kitchen.

So, read on about quinoa soup and find our recipe below!

If you’re looking for other soup recipes, be sure to check out my vegan minestrone soup recipe, too!

Some questions you may have about Vegan Quinoa Soup…

Can you freeze soup with quinoa?

Yes, you can freeze it just as you would any other soup!

Personally, for my family and I, we like to make this recipe on the weekend and then eat it all week long! Or, at least for the next couple of days until it’s gone. It doesn’t last long enough for us to freeze it!

Bowl of quinoa soup with a spoonful lifted out of the bowl.

How can I use quinoa?

There are so many different ways you can use quinoa!

First of all, quinoa should be in everyone’s diets, except for infants because their digestive systems may not be able to handle it.

But, to name a few different ways you can use quinoa:

  • add to soup (like in the recipe below)
  • add to a Buddha bowl
  • eat with veggies (and maybe some spices, like cumin)
  • add to a wrap, burrito, or grilled sandwich
  • use in a breakfast parfait or in place of oatmeal
  • use in baked goods
  • add to a smoothie
  • and more!

You can even bake quinoa in the oven! Find out how to bake quinoa with this crispy quinoa recipe.

As you can see, there are plenty of uses for quinoa, even if you just have a little left over, you can easily find a use for it!

What is vegetable broth made of?

Vegetable broth is made of veggies!

But, seriously, it’s comprised of mostly water that veggies were cooked in. There are many recipes that will walk you right through making your own broth. One says to saute the veggies, add spices, and tomato sauce, before boiling. Then to strain the veggies out.

You can find more recipes for veggie broth here. But, to be honest, I just buy veggie broth at the store.

How long does homemade soup last in the fridge?

Generally, homemade soup lasts 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Which, is perfect for the recipe below, for either a family of 3 or 4, or more!

If it’s just you, or you and one other person eating it, then you’ll want to either cut the recipe in half, or freeze part of it.

Is it OK to eat quinoa everyday?

The ‘correct’ answer to this question is one that no one likes; it depends.

If you’re eating one serving of quinoa a day, plenty of water, and a variety of other foods; then yes, it’s perfectly fine to eat quinoa everyday. Quinoa is known for being a great source of fiber and protein. Seeing as how most people in this country do not get enough fiber in their diet, then for most people, it would be an excellent decision to try to have a serving of quinoa daily.

However, if you’re already super healthy, getting more than enough fiber, but lack in fluids daily, then it may not be the best choice. Sure, fiber is great and all, but too much (just like too little) isn’t good for your digestive tract. Plus, it’s best to have a variety of different foods in your diet everyday.

My family usually goes through phases where we’ll eat meals with similar ingredients for a week or two, then switch to foods with different (similar) ingredients. Making sure the food we buy doesn’t go to waste, and saving money!

Now, onto our quinoa soup recipe.

Overhead view of quinoa soup with homemade bread.

The Best Vegan Quinoa Soup Recipe!

This soup doesn’t take too long to make, as long as you have all of the ingredients ready to go! Plus, this soup will make your home smell super good while you make it and while it’s on the stove!

Cooking with Dried Beans?

If you like being super frugal and don’t mind taking longer making meals; then consider buying dried beans and cooking them yourself.

This is what I tend to do. I’m home all day any ways, whether I’m homeschooling, working, or simply being a stay at home mom. So, it’s not like it’s an inconvenience to have the stove on to make the beans. Beans also stay good for longer when dried and when cooked, they tend to double or triple in size.

So, if cooking dried beans for this recipe, start with 1 and 1/3 cup beans.

Rinse the beans with fresh water.

Place them in a pot with plenty of water and bring to a boil with the cover on.

Let sit off of the heat for 1 hour.

Rinse again.

Then place the beans back on the stove with plenty of water and lid on, and bring to a boil again.

This time, simmer 1-3 hours, taste check them every half hour to hour to see when they are fully cooked.

Then set aside til needed in this recipe.

Ingredients for Quinoa Soup

Quinoa Soup ingredients laid out on the counter before making the soup.

Making the Soup

Now, let’s get onto the actual quinoa soup recipe!

First, saute the onion, garlic, and carrots in the olive oil in a large pot on the stove.

While the veggies are sauteing in the olive oil, grab a medium sized pot and start boiling about 2 cups of water. Once boiling, add 1 cup of dried quinoa, cover, and simmer til done. The quinoa will soak up all of the water. Set aside when done.

Next, add the beans, tomato sauce, spices, veggie broth, and water to the large pot when the veggies are done sauteing. When you add the spices, be sure to add the correct amount listed; it will seem like too much, but it is not.

4 image collage for the first steps in making a healthy quinoa soup.

Bring the pot to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes with the lid on.

Finally, Add the dried pasta and cooked quinoa to the large pot and cook without the lid until the pasta is done. Enjoy!

4 image collage for the last steps in making a healthy quinoa soup.
Quinoa soup in a blue bowl with a slice of homemade bread dipped in and pulled back out.
Quinoa Soup Recipe in a blue bowl, close up photo.

The Best Vegan Quinoa Soup Recipe!

Shawna Clapper
This vegan soup recipe is so good, even my picky eaters love it! Super simple; super satisfying!
5 from 3 votes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Servings 12 servings

Equipment

  • Stove
  • Large pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 30 oz white beans (2 cans)
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp basil
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 5-6 cups veggie broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup pasta dry
  • 1 cup quinoa dry

Instructions
 

  • If cooking dried beans: rinse 1 and 1/3 cup beans, bring to boil in plenty of water with cover on, let sit for 1 hour. Rinse again, then place back on stove with plenty of water and lid on and bring to boil, then simmer 1-3 hours, taste check them every half hour to hour to see when they are fully cooked. Then set aside.
  • Saute the onion, garlic, and carrots in the olive oil in a large pot.
  • Make the quinoa in a medium pot while sauteing the veggies: boil 2 cups of water to a boil, then add the quinoa, cover and reduce heat. Set aside when done.
  • Add the beans, tomato sauce, spices, veggie broth, and water to the large pot.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes with lid on.
  • Add the dried pasta and cooked quinoa to the large pot and cook, without lid, til pasta is done. Enjoy!
Keyword beans, pasta, quinoa, soup
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Shawna,
    This is a lovely recipe, I’m going to try with my fussy 4 year old who loves anything tomato and basil. We’re not vegan, but do love to eat more veggies and try and have more vegan days that meat ones in the week. I make a delish 7 veg vegan lasagne that has even passed the cheese lovers test! Keep the lovely recipes coming. I’ll let you know how the soup goes. Thanks, Caroline x

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