Fall Harvest Recipes Soups

Fall Soup Recipes – Vegan Friendly!

Hi, Vegetarian Carnivores! Merry Christmas! I mean, Halloween is done so it is basically the holiday season. Right? Right?? Either way, I’ve got a super article lined up for you to kick off the official holiday season. It is daylight savings today here in California, and for those of you who also are in states that observe it you know the love/hate relationship we all have with “falling back.” On the one hand you get an extra hour of Zzz, but on the other it gets dark at 5 pm. It literally looks like midnight by 7 pm. Today I have got a super special treat for all of you – a double threat, if you will. I have been experimenting with a few different kinds of soups over the last few weeks and decided to release TWO of the best fall soup recipes to you guys in one master post.

These are all made in the Instant Pot, which makes cooking and cleanup a breeze. You’re welcome 😉

French Onion Soup

Let’s start with a traditional, popular soup. French onion soup is such a delicious soup, which combines savory, from the herbs, spices, and butter, with sweet, from the caramelized onions. I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I go to a restaurant like Souplantation, I always see that this soup is made with beef broth, and I get kind of sad. It seems that not many places are familiar with the idea that vegetable broths can be just as rich and flavorful. The optional vegan cheese really takes this over the top, so buckle up and let’s go!

Ingredients (for 6 servings)

  1. 1 stick vegan butter (8 tbs) (Earth Balance and Miyokos are great for this)
  2. 2 tbs olive oil
  3. 3-4 large white onions, julienned
  4. 32 oz vegetable broth (I recommend Better than Boullion)
  5. 2 tbs Italian seasoning
  6. Fresh cracked pepper
  7. Vegan cheese- Mozzarella works well here


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to saute mode and melt together the butter and oil.
  2. Add in your onions and saute for around 30 minutes until onions have shrunk, turned brown and caramelized. This is not a passive process so make sure you are constantly stirring, or else your onions will burn at the bottom and remain uncooked on top.
  3. Add in your Italian seasoning and stir well.
  4. Add in your broth and stir well.
  5. Turn the Instant Pot to sealing, and select a 15-minute pressure-cook under either Soup/Stew or Manual.
  6. Do a quick release when the cooker is done.
  7. Add in your fresh cracked pepper.
  8. When you are ready to eat, melt/ stir in your cheeses and enjoy!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Bring on the fall! Butternut squash is widely available at all grocery stores, so you’ll have no trouble at all finding this delicious fall gourd. You guys are really going to love this one because it is inherently VEGAN! That’s right – no substitutes and no “leaving stuff out.” Just an inherently vegan soup that is hearty and healthy.

This recipe is from first principles, so none of that canned stuff, and I promise it tastes way better this way! And don’t worry – I am going to walk you through the roasting process and show you what I find to be the easiest method. Ok, let’s get started.


  1. 1 butternut squash
  2. 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  3. 2 tbs olive oil, separated
  4. 3 tsp Better than Bouillon No Chicken paste
  5. 4 cups water
  6. 2 tbs Italian seasoning
  7. Fresh cracked pepper
  8. Pumpkin pie spice, to garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Your butternut squash is going to be really tough, so I recommend you don’t just try to cut into it. Instead, use a fork to poke holes (does not need to be very deep) all over the gourd, wrap it in a damp paper towel, and microwave it in intervals of 4-5 minutes.
  3. After the first round in the microwave, you will find that it is easy to cut the butternut squash width-wise. Do that and then microwave the two pieces again for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Now cut the two pieces lengthwise and discard the seeds from the middle.
  5. Your butternut squash is now ready for the oven! Place the 4 pieces face up in a baking tray and drizzle some olive oil on them and bake them off for 50 minutes.
  6. Take them out to cool.
  7. Prepare your soup base by sauteing your garlic in some olive oil.
  8. Pour in your water and add the broth paste. Mix well.
  9. Scoop out the flesh of the butternut squash and discard the tough skin.
  10. Add the chunks of roasted butternut squash and your Italian seasoning to your Instant Pot, close the lid, set to sealing, and pressure-cook for 10 minutes.
  11. You can quick or slow release when it is done – whatever you prefer.
  12. Using an immersion blender, cream your soup together until no lumps remain.
  13. Add fresh cracked pepper to your preference.
  14. Garnish with some pumpkin pie spice.
  15. Serve hot and enjoy! 

These soups are super nostalgic and every time fall rolls around I get giddy with excitement for them. I am so excited for you all to try out my master recipe for both! They make delicious and hearty side dishes or even main courses if you choose to have crusty bread alongside. Here is proof that you don’t need beef broth to make a killer French onion soup or cream to make a creamy butternut squash soup. Simple and delicious!

Try these out for yourself and let me know your thoughts! I know you will love it!

See you soon,

Janani <3 <3


  1. I had been looking for a good recipe for butternut squash when I came across your website.  Love it!  I am going to also try out your French onion soup. I noticed the recipe for it calls for a pressure cooker or instant pot.  Am I able to cook this on the stove as well?  

    The Butternut Squash soup looks and sound delicious.  Can’t wait to make that one as well.

    1. Thank you so much! You can definitely make this in a large pot on the stove as well. You will need to cover the pot with a lid and let the broth with the butternut squash chunks simmer for around 30 minutes, instead of pressure cooking. Then it is all the same – go in with the hand blender!

      For the French Onion Soup, the whole thing can be done on the stove as well, keeping in mind letting it simmer for half an hour in lieu of pressure cooking!

      So glad you found my site when you needed ideas!

  2. When I landed in San Diego in 1998 it was in the twilight of the ‘go vegan’ trend.  The only (usually temporary) vegetarians I knew where i grew up on the East coast, lived on french fries, salads and grilled cheese!

    I was a decent cook when I moved back to where I was born in California but, while I lived and traveled from there I became not just really, really good cook but, a really diverse one as well.  I had to cater to every food allergy, vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians and yep…even Kosher diets!  Combine that with learning how to cook in 5 to 10 different languages as well (what my friends and I say when we share our cultures cuisine with each other <3) and don’t forget my favorite skill…making something tasty and edible from whatever is in your dwindling food supply when you are fighting to get by!

    You are the Vegetarian Carnivore & I am the reasonable-atarian as I dubbed myself years ago.  The soups on your menu today are two of my favorites!  I have been using Julia Childs French Onion sou recipe for years (but, also use port wine instead of white sometimes to switch it up)  The awesome thing about soups is that you can so easily convert them to vegetarian as well.  Even my slip pea soup can have some temphe bacon-flavored crumbles instead of meat!  

    I’m glad you suggested a richer broth choice.  I use the ‘better than bouillon’ products as well!  Great for kickig the flavor up a notch but, whenever possible whether it’s meat, fish, poultry or plant based, I try to use my homemade stocks as well.  It really adds a base to soups you can never go wrong with.  Happy learning and cooking everyone! 

    1. Wow! I am so impressed with your love for cooking and your clear passion for learning how to make dishes vegetarian! I’m glad I covered two of your favorite soup recipes. I too love to raid my own pantry to use up whatever is going to go bad in a few days to see how creative i can be 😀

      I completely agree… the better than bouillon products are such a wonderful find and a lifesaver! And today, there is so much support and so many more options for vegetarians than even 15 years ago.

      I am so glad you found my site and it is great to have you here! Hope to see you again soon!

      Happy cooking!!

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