Vegan Unstuffed Pepper Soup Recipe

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Vegan Unstuffed Pepper Soup recipe (+ Video) with mushrooms and whole grain farro in a lightened up, healthy and hearty tomato based soup broth. Easy to make, meatless, plant based vegan!
Green, yellow and red bell peppers simmered together with leeks, spices and San Marzano tomatoes give this cozy unstuffed pepper soup a really lovely, hearty and comforting flavor profile.
 

A short cut to your classic stuffed peppers but quicker and easier without sacrificing any of the amazing flavor at all. 1-Pot awesomeness! 

 

Traditionally made with ground up animal parts (Yikes) and white rice, we are making this soup beefless, cruelty-free without any meat whatsoever and actually healthy, nutritious and good for you. You can literally eat this every day with a chunk of crusty bread If you wanted to.

There’s meaty texture from mushrooms and instead of empty white rice we are using nutty farro grains that are packed with nutrients, tasty and filling.

 

the bell peppers

I like to use a colorful mix of bell peppers. If you seem to be fond of just green, orange or red varieties or even banana peppers, by all means use those. I like the marriage of flavors between the bitterness of the greens and the sweetness of the others.

How to Make Unstuffed Pepper Soup

  1. Start by sautéing flavorful leeks, carrot and celery to create your first flavor base.
  2. Add the mushrooms and your spices and toss everything to coat well.
  3. Load up with diced bell peppers in your favorite colors. Add tomatoes and veggie stock and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the farro grains and cook until al dente.
  5. Adjust seasonings and serve with vegan sour cream, Italian parsley and crusty bread to soak up all that delicious broth.
Vegan Stuffed Peppe Soup with Tomato Broth
 

Recipe Tips + Substitutions

  • Technically you could cook the farro separately here and add it to the soup as you serve it. However, please don’t do that! By cooking the farro together with the bell peppers and leeks it will absorb all that fabulous flavor from the tomato broth and naturally thicken the soup. Not to worry, If you like your soup thinner just add some extra veggie stock before serving.
  • Don’t have any farro? No problem, use barley, wild rice mix, lentils or protein packed quinoa instead.
  • Instead of mushrooms you could go for chopped up meaty rehydrated soy curls or any plant-based meat of your choosing. The soy curls are a whole food while any meat substitute crosses into processed territory.
  • To make the recipe gluten-free make sure to replace the farro with brown rice, quinoa, lentils or even a mix of wild rice and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Storage: The soup keeps well in the fridge up to 5 days and makes a perfect freezer meal. It can be frozen in freezer proof glass containers for up to 4 months or so. Just make sure you allow it to cool off completely and leave about 1 inch of space at the top of the containers before freezing.
Best Vegan Unstuffed Bell Pepper Soup with Tomato Broth
 

You’ll love this soup, it’s:

 
Healthy, Nutritious & Filling
Oil & Dairy Free
Easy Peasy Freezer Friendly
WFPB Vegan / Vegetarian
Insanely Delicious & Comforting
Perfect for a Crowd.

What to serve with unstuffed pepper soup

Drizzle with dairy-free sour cream or aioli
Vegan bread
Vegan potato flatbread
Quinoa flatbread
Italian dinner rolls.

As always please report back if you give this recipe a go, snap a photo and tag me with #VeggieSociety on Instagram, it always brightens my day ~ Florentina Xo’s

 
Vegan Unstuffed Bell Pepper Soup
4.75 from 4 votes

Vegan Unstuffed Pepper Soup

Easy vegan unstuffed pepper soup recipe with mushrooms and whole grain farro in a lightened up, healthy and hearty tomato based broth. Oil free, plant based vegan!
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 bell peppers -diced
  • 1 medium leek
  • 1 carrot -diced
  • 1 celery rib -diced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms -chopped
  • 1.25 cups farro
  • 15 oz San Marzano Tomatoes (lightly crushed)
  • 6-8 cups veggie stock (salt free)
  • 4 cloves garlic -minced
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf Italian parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • 1 pinch sea salt -to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper (for serving)

Instructions

  • Slice the leek lengthwise, chop and rinse it well.
  • Preheat a heavy stock pot over medium flame. Add a drizzle of olive oil (or a splash of water for WFPB + Plantricious diets) and sautee the leeks with a pinch of sea salt and saute until wilted.
  • Add the carrot and celery and saute a few more minutes until they begin to soften. Add the mushrooms and cook until wilted. Stir in the garlic, bay leaves and spices and toss to coat well. 
  • Add the bell peppers, tomatoes and 6 cups of the veggies tock and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the farro, cover with a lid and cook 15 to 20 minutes until the farro is al dente. 
  • Taste and adjust seasonings with the sea salt. Add more veggie stock at this time to thin out the soup if desired. 

Toppings Suggestions:

  • Serve with fresh Italian parsley, extra red pepper flakes, freshly cracked black pepper, slices of red chili pepper and a classic dollop of vegan sour cream.

WFPB + Plantricious

  • To make the recipe WFPB + Plantricious compliant make sure to omit all oil and saute all your veggie in a splash of water or veggie broth.
    Certified Plantricious Recipe

Video

Notes

  • Instead of mushrooms you could also use chopped up rehydrated soy curls for extra protein and meaty texture.
  • To make it gluten-free replace the farro with quick cook brown rice or quinoa.
  • Storage: The soup keeps well in the fridge up to 5 days and makes a perfect freezer meal. It can be frozen in freezer proof glass containers for up to 4 months or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1062mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5100IU | Vitamin C: 90.3mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: plant based, Stuffed Pepper Soup, vegan recipes, wfpb
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Florentina

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11 Comments

  1. QUESTION::
    Why is the Sodium level so high?
    Thanks.
    George

    Made this today. It tastes fantastic. Just wondering about the sodium level and where the sodium comes from.

    1. Great question George! Sodium is a naturally occurring mineral found in fruits and vegetables. I suspect in this recipe it could be mostly from the canned tomatoes or even a little error in the nutrition calculator. In any case you are in control of the ingredients and the amount of salt you decide to add to the soup. So happy you loved it 🙂

  2. Just made this. It was INCREDIBLE. I sautéd in olive oil bad habit. Used regular brown rice. And threw in A few caraway seeds. Everything else I followed exactly. beautiful beautiful soup.

    1. I’m so happy you loved it Rebecca! It really reminds me of my childhood and always comforts the soul. Looking at the photos right now makes me crave it so I better go make some, I think I have just enough peppers for this. And yes, brown rice also works, even the quick cook variety when pressed for time ~ Florentina Xo’s

  3. I was so impressed with this soup! It is delicious. I used fresh peppers from my garden, not all bell peppers, and I put the mushrooms in the food processor to make them as small as possible. I will definitely make this again and have already shared the recipe.

  4. The soup was fantastic, added some dried basil, extra pinch of red pepper flakes and 1.5 tsp of Frank’s Red hot to give it a nice kick.

  5. We made this for dinner last night and I can’t stop thinking about how good it was. The texture was just so satisfying and a generous dollop of soy yogurt made it so rich. I can’t wait to make it again!

    1. Hi Ann, the first ingredient is bell peppers, use 3 to 4 bell peppers depending on their size, i used a mix of colors but you can just do red or green whatever you like. Enjoy! ~ Florentina

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