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Dairy-Free Soups & Stews

Want to curl up with a bowl of soup or a filling stew? Any one of these great recipes will do the trick.
Nutty Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Spinach

Nutty Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Spinach

Harissa is a smoky North African chili paste made from smoked chiles, olive oil, spices, and sometimes tomatoes. Heat and flavor vary from brand to brand. This recipe was made with a French-produced harissa with a mild heat and extra sweetness from tomatoes.

Braised Cavolo Nero Kale

Braised Cavolo Nero Kale

Cavolo nero, dinosaur, Tuscan, and lacinato are all names given to a long, leafy, crinkly kale variety. Serve this light vegetable stew over grilled bread or tossed with pasta.

Sweet & Spicy Carrot Bisque

Sweet & Spicy Carrot Bisque

This recipe, created by Aylene Lambert, won Best Soup in VT's 2011 Chef Challenge. Lambert got the idea for this soup while trekking across England with her husband. "We were at this lodge in the middle of nowhere, expecting pretty basic English food," she says. "Instead, they had the most incredible vegetarian banana curry. The next day we had so much energy for hiking." On a cold winter night back in New York, Aylene used the same banana flavor to make a velvety carrot bisque.

Hearty Irish Lager Stew

Hearty Irish Lager Stew

Pale lager beer adds the mellow flavors of barley, hops, and malt to a rich vegetable stew. The secret ingredient is quick-cooking tapioca, which thickens the stew and gives it a glistening sheen.

Miso Noodle Soup with Edamame

Miso Noodle Soup with Edamame

Start with the smaller amount of the miso, and add more as needed, dissolving extra spoonfuls in hot soup liquid. If you have both dark and light misos on hand, use half of each for a more complex flavor. Bean thread noodles are readily available in many supermarkets. If fresh edamame are already cooked, add them to the soup at the last minute. This serves 3 as a main course, but 6 as an appetizer.

Essence of Peach Soup

Essence of Peach Soup

Best when peaches are at their prime, this refreshingly chilled soup is both light and delicate, depending on the peach’s succulent flavor for its success.

Root Vegetable Soup

Root Vegetable Soup

This soup will benefit from overnight refrigeration, which allows the flavors to meld. Serve it with pumpernickel or rye bread.

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