Perfect Vegan Caesar Salad

This vegan Caesar salad tastes even better than the original! It features an irresistibly creamy dressing, capers, and crunchy croutons. There’s nothing quite like a great Caesar salad. So there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be an irresistibly tasty vegan version of it in your life. Meet: our perfect Vegan Caesar Salad! Of course, we love ourselves a great classic Caesar salad. But this one comes extraordinarily close: in fact, Alex even said he liked it better than the original! It’s got an irresistibly creamy, savory vegan Caesar dressing, crunchy croutons, and salty pops of flavor from the capers. In fact, the capers are the secret to making it taste so savory and delicious, you barely notice it’s totally plant-based. Ingredients for the best vegan Caesar salad This vegan Caesar salad is a big favorite in our house: especially the salad dressing. In fact, we like making this one more than the original. Here are the elements that make it perfectly delicious: Vegan Caesar dressing: This dressing is so incredibly savory, you’ll forget there’s no mayo, Parmesan or anchovies like the real thing. Capers: Yes, capers are the key! They give a pop of savory flavor to each bite that mimics the […]

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This vegan Caesar salad tastes even better than the original! It features an irresistibly creamy dressing, capers, and crunchy croutons.

Vegan caesar salad

There’s nothing quite like a great Caesar salad. So there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be an irresistibly tasty vegan version of it in your life. Meet: our perfect Vegan Caesar Salad! Of course, we love ourselves a great classic Caesar salad. But this one comes extraordinarily close: in fact, Alex even said he liked it better than the original! It’s got an irresistibly creamy, savory vegan Caesar dressing, crunchy croutons, and salty pops of flavor from the capers. In fact, the capers are the secret to making it taste so savory and delicious, you barely notice it’s totally plant-based.

Ingredients for the best vegan Caesar salad

This vegan Caesar salad is a big favorite in our house: especially the salad dressing. In fact, we like making this one more than the original. Here are the elements that make it perfectly delicious:

  • Vegan Caesar dressing: This dressing is so incredibly savory, you’ll forget there’s no mayo, Parmesan or anchovies like the real thing.
  • Capers: Yes, capers are the key! They give a pop of savory flavor to each bite that mimics the salty punch of Parmesan shavings.
  • Homemade croutons: If you have time, homemade croutons are crazy good. Tear the bread into uneven pieces to make fluffy, crunchy orbs.
  • Avocado & lemon zest (optional): Use avocado to add even more richness, and lemon for a zing.
  • Tuscan kale & romaine: Use a mix of greens to add variety and contrast in flavor.
Vegan caesar dressing

Secrets to homemade vegan Caesar dressing

The hardest part about making a vegan Caesar salad is…the dressing! A classic Caesar dressing relies on mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and anchovies to make an umami-packed flavor sensation. A plant-based Caesar dressing gets none of these easy shortcuts to flavor. What does it use?

  • Chickpeas AND aquafaba make it creamy! Aquafaba is the liquid inside a can of chickpeas, and it’s an amazing way to add silky texture to sauces (like avocado mayo). You can even use it for things like vegan meringues! It adds just the right silky richness to the dressing here.
  • Miso paste adds massive savory flavor. Miso is a fermented Japanese soybean paste that adds great flavor to vegan dishes. Look for yellow or white miso paste; red or brown is not recommended.
  • Dijon mustard also brings in tangy, savory flavor. Dijon is key here!
  • Garlic, lemon and oil round it out. Speaking of the oil…

Why to use a mix of olive oil and neutral oil

This vegan Caesar dressing uses a mix of olive oil and neutral oil. Why is this necessary?

  • All olive oil makes a bright yellow dressing. You can certainly use 100% olive oil in this dressing, especially if you like cooking with olive oil for health reasons. Olive oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils in the world. But it does make the color quite bright!
  • Neutral oil keeps the color closer to a Caesar dressing. It also adds a nuance to the flavor. Use grapeseed oil or organic canola or vegetable oil: anything that has a lighter color and a neutral flavor.
Vegan Caesar salad

Capers are the key!

Capers are part of the magic behind this vegan Caesar salad: because they really mimic the burst of flavor that comes from Parmesan shavings. Here’s a bit more info about this beautiful ingredient if you’ve never worked with it:

  • Capers are a berry of the caper bush that’s native to the Mediterranean. They’re round and dark green gray, about the size of a peppercorn. You’ll find them in Italian and Mediterranean recipes.
  • What do capers taste like? They have a bright, briny and salty flavor.
  • Where to find capers? Capers are served pickled, so you’ll find them in small, thin jars near the olives at the grocery store.
  • What recipes use capers? Make Roasted Eggplant Pasta, Salmon with Capers or Remoulade Sauce.
Vegan caesar salad

Variations: make it a main dish!

If you take all this time to make Caesar salad…why not turn it into a main dish meal? At least, that’s the way we think around here! We love it as a side, but it’s fun as a main dish too. Here’s how to add plant-based protein and turn it into a meal:

How would you serve it? Let us know in the comments below!

Vegan Caesar salad recipe

This vegan Caesar salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free. For gluten free, omit the croutons or use gluten free bread.

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Vegan caesar salad

Perfect Vegan Caesar Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan Caesar salad tastes even better than the original! It features an irresistibly creamy dressing, capers, and crunchy croutons. 


Ingredients

For the Vegan Caesar Dressing (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained + 1/4 cup aquafaba (liquid from the can)
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow miso paste (or any miso marked light or white*)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons neutral oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • Fresh ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1 cup croutons, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 head romaine or 2 romaine hearts
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 1 ripe avocado (optional)
  • Lemon zest (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the croutons (optional): If using, make the Homemade Croutons, tearing the bread into pieces before baking instead of slicing it into cubes. Or, use purchased croutons. 
  2. Make the dressing: Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Drain the chickpeas into a liquid measuring cup: save 1/4 cup of the liquid (aquafaba) for the dressing. In a large blender, place the garlic, chickpeas, aquafaba, lemon juice, light miso paste, Dijon mustard, olive oil, neutral oil, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Blend until a creamy dressing forms. Makes 1 cup; serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 month; bring to room temperature before serving. 
  3. Prep the fresh ingredients: Chop the romaine and Tuscan kale. Chop the avocado, if using.
  4. Serve: To serve, place the greens in serving bowls and top with drained capers, avocado, croutons, lemon zest (optional), and a few tablespoons of the dressing. 

Notes

*Do not substitute brown or red miso, as the flavor is too strong and it makes the dressing too dark in color. Yellow, light or white miso is best here. 

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Vegan caesar salad

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Caesar Salad with Pizza Croutons.

Oh yes. We are making a caesar salad with pizza croutons!  This may look just the teensiest boring but I promise it is NOT. If you’re anything like me and craving some “regular” dinner flavors right now, make this salad. You will not regret it!  Do you ever just CRAVE a caesar salad? It’s one […]

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Oh yes. We are making a caesar salad with pizza croutons! 

caesar salad with pizza croutons

This may look just the teensiest boring but I promise it is NOT. If you’re anything like me and craving some “regular” dinner flavors right now, make this salad. You will not regret it! 

toasted sourdough bread cubes

Do you ever just CRAVE a caesar salad? It’s one of the few salads that I actually crave, and that’s saying something because it’s rather simple. It’s no secret that I love a seriously trashed up salad. But I often just crave the crisp refreshing simplicity of a plain caesar.

No chicken. No salmon. Nothing! 

Just romaine tossed in a delicious caesar dressing with parmesan shavings and croutons.

That’s where this baby comes in.

chopped romaine lettuce

Hello pizza croutons! I mean, I cannot get enough.

The pizza croutons start with sourdough cubes that are seasoned with basil and garlic and toasted until golden. Then, they are drizzled with tomato sauce and asiago cheese, plus maybe a sprinkling of parmesan. They go back into the oven until warm and melty. 

And then they find their way to the top of your caesar!

toasty pizza croutons

Unless they find their way into your mouth first.

It’s possible.

In fact, it’s very IMpossible to not eat these right off the baking sheet. They are freaking good.

romaine lettuce with caesar dressing

I’ve done plenty of kale caesars here on the blog. And many times, I prefer a kale caesar. It depends on my mood. Eddie LOVES a kale caesar. I rotate between caesars at home and my house salad. And even though we haven’t eaten in a restaurant for nine months now (what!), we almost always start with a caesar salad or split one. We’re just a little obsessed. 

caesar salad with pizza croutons

So for this one, I stay classic with romaine hearts. They are great for a salad like this because the leaves are hearty enough to hold up to the dressing, but crisp and refreshing enough to give you exactly the kind of bite you crave.

caesar salad with pizza croutons

And speaking of the dressing! This is my longtime caesar dressing that I’ve shared on the blog many times before. I like to make it with greek yogurt and the key ingredient is anchovy paste. I highly suggest not leaving it out, because it really adds a ton of flavor and especially delivers on that classic caesar taste. Plus, you don’t have to chop up the actual anchovies. It’s just the paste. 

This salad is perfect for nights when you aren’t that hungry or just want a light meal. The pizza croutons add an incredible element to the salad. They make it more flavorful and more satisfying – and honestly, just more fun!

caesar salad with pizza croutons

Caesar Salad with Pizza Croutons

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Caesar Salad with Pizza Croutons

This caesar salad with pizza croutons is the perfect weeknight meal! Light and simple and loaded with flavor. It's delicious!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

pizza croutons

  • 3 cups sourdough bread cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup freshly grated asiago cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese

caesar salad

  • 3 hearts of romaine, washed and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • shaved parmesan, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, the garlic powder and basil. Bake the cubes for 10 to 12 minutes, until slightly golden.
  • Remove the baking sheet and top each cube with a dollop of marinara sauce. Sprinkle the asiago cheese on top (don’t worry if it gets on the baking sheet too - it gets crispy and amazing!) along with the parmesan. Return the sheet to the oven and bake for 4 to 5 minutes more, until warmed through and the cheese is melted.
  • I make the caesar dressing while the bread cubes are toasting. To make the dressing, add the garlic, yogurt, parmesan, mustard, vinegar, anchovy paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until pureed. With the processor still on, stream in the olive oil until a creamy dressing forms. (This may make more dressing than needed, but you can store it sealed in the fridge for about 3-4 days and stir well before using.)
  • Chop the romaine hearts and place them in a bowl. Toss with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in a few tablespoons of the dressing and toss the romaine with kitchen tongs, until the dressing is evenly dispersed. Top with a few shavings of parmesan cheese. Top with the pizza croutons. Serve immediately with extra dressing for serving.

caesar salad with pizza croutons

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Perfect Caesar Salad

The very best Caesar salad recipe! This stunner has the perfect balance of creamy homemade dressing, crunchy croutons, and crisp lettuce. Some foods are classic for a reason. Like frosty vanilla bean ice cream or hot crispy French fries, this classic salad is basic but truly irresistible. Meet the perfect Caesar salad! Yes, you can buy a packaged storebought version with sub-par dressing and soggy croutons. But make all the components at home and it’s a knock out stunner. We’ve perfected all the elements so that you can make them at home. The savory, creamy dressing will instantly become a household favorite. And the crunchy garlicky croutons…well, you’ll be eating them off the baking sheet. How to make the best Caesar salad This homemade Caesar salad is absolutely magnificent. From the first bite, you’ll be singing its praises. (Promise.) Here are the ingredients to make an absolutely perfect version of this classic: Homemade croutons: Don’t even think about purchasing a box! Tear the bread into uneven pieces to make fluffy, crunchy orbs. Best Caesar dressing: Our recipe is so good, you won’t want to buy it again. Romaine hearts: We like the romaine hearts, the sweet and crunchy portion of […]

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The very best Caesar salad recipe! This stunner has the perfect balance of creamy homemade dressing, crunchy croutons, and crisp lettuce.

Caesar salad

Some foods are classic for a reason. Like frosty vanilla bean ice cream or hot crispy French fries, this classic salad is basic but truly irresistible. Meet the perfect Caesar salad! Yes, you can buy a packaged storebought version with sub-par dressing and soggy croutons. But make all the components at home and it’s a knock out stunner. We’ve perfected all the elements so that you can make them at home. The savory, creamy dressing will instantly become a household favorite. And the crunchy garlicky croutons…well, you’ll be eating them off the baking sheet.

How to make the best Caesar salad

This homemade Caesar salad is absolutely magnificent. From the first bite, you’ll be singing its praises. (Promise.) Here are the ingredients to make an absolutely perfect version of this classic:

  • Homemade croutons: Don’t even think about purchasing a box! Tear the bread into uneven pieces to make fluffy, crunchy orbs.
  • Best Caesar dressing: Our recipe is so good, you won’t want to buy it again.
  • Romaine hearts: We like the romaine hearts, the sweet and crunchy portion of a head of romaine. These are sold usually in packs of 3 in the grocery. You can also use a large head of romaine lettuce.
  • Parmesan cheese shavings: You need grated for the dressing, so grab yourself a block of the stuff.
Best Caesar salad

Tips for Caesar salad croutons

You’ll start with the croutons for this Caesar salad. All they need is 15 minutes in a hot oven! You can prep the rest of the salad while they bake. Here are our tips for the best homemade croutons:

  • Use great bread: The better the bread, the better the crouton! Use artisan bread, French bread or sourdough bread from the store, or leftover homemade bread.
  • Tear the bread into pieces: Tearing the bread into small pieces makes for crispier croutons with crevices that catch the dressing!
  • Add garlic powder. Our croutons recipe is for garlic croutons, which have the perfect savory flavor.
  • Bake until crispy (about 15 minutes). You’ll use a low temperature, 300 degrees, and bake until just crispy. The croutons crisp up after baking .
Best Caesar salad

The secrets to homemade Caesar dressing

This Caesar dressing recipe is our favorite that we’ve been making for years! It’s a healthy spin on the standard but it tastes just as good. It’s also easily made vegetarian. Here are a few notes on this Caesar dressing:

  • Greek yogurt gives it a healthy spin. Instead of going all mayo and oil, we’ve added a little Greek yogurt too. This keeps it creamy but cuts a few of the calories. We use this philosophy in our Ranch Dressing recipe too.
  • Use anchovy paste, or don’t: it’s optional! Traditional Caesar dressing gets its savory flavor from anchovies, so we’ve used it here. It adds a huge amount of flavor! But this dressing tastes just as good without it. Feel free to make a vegetarian Caesar dressing and it’s just as good.
  • There’s no raw egg. Standard Caesar dressing uses raw egg yolks (like a homemade mayo). But this recipe is so full of flavor, it doesn’t need it.
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Make ahead instructions for Caesar salad

Once you’ve got your creamy dressing and crunchy croutons, all you need is romaine hearts and Parmesan cheese shavings to bring together that perfect Caesar salad. Want a few time savers for putting it together? Here’s how to make it ahead:

  • Make the dressing up to 1 week in advance. Make it and refrigerate up to 1 week: the flavor tastes just as good!
  • Make the croutons 2 days in advance. Make the croutons and let them cool completely. Then store in a sealed container for up to 2 days. The flavor gets gradually staler over time, so the closer to fresh they are, the better.

Variations: make it a main dish!

If you take all this time to make Caesar salad…why not turn it into a main dish meal? If you serve it topped with protein, it makes about 4 servings. Here are a few ideas:

Caesar salad

More variations: grilled, kale, and more

Here are a few more variations on Caesar salad that put a fun spin on this classic salad:

This Caesar salad recipe is…

Vegetarian without anchovy paste. For gluten free, use gluten-free bread for the croutons.

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Caesar salad

Perfect Caesar Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

The very best Caesar salad recipe! This stunner has the perfect balance of creamy homemade dressing, crunchy croutons, and crisp lettuce.


Ingredients

For the Caesar dressing (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Caesar salad

  • 1 recipe Homemade Croutons
  • 3 romaine hearts* (or 1 large head romaine)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shavings

Instructions

  1. For the croutons: Make the Homemade Croutons, but tear the bread into pieces instead of slicing it into cubes.
  2. For the dressing: While the croutons bake, make the dressing. Grate the garlic, or finely mince it. Grate the Parmesan cheese as finely as possible (it’s helpful to use a microplane or the fine holes on a grater). Juice the lemon. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Store refrigerated (keeps at least 1 week).
  3. For the salad: Tear the romaine leaves into pieces (or chop them). Top each salad with Parmesan cheese shavings, croutons, and dressing.

Notes

*Romaine hearts are easy to find packaged separately in the produce aisle.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Caesar salad

More great salad recipes

We love salads! If you do too, here are a few more great salad recipes to try:

  • Broccoli Salad Crunchy and savory sweet, it stars broccoli, raisins, and a flavor-popping dressing.
  • Perfect Italian Salad Crisp veggies, crunchy croutons, tangy pepperoncini, and a punchy homemade dressing.
  • Antipasto Salad Hearty and full of zingy flavor, with lots of crunchy veggies, olives, artichokes, cheese, and Italian herbs.
  • Classic Corn Salad Fresh and full of tangy flavor, with bursts of bright tomato and basil!
  • Caprese Salad Pair perfectly ripe, juicy tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and peppery basil.

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Hello lover! I’m here with the best french onion soup for you.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

It’s caramely and decadent and cheesy and satisfying. Perfect for a winter’s day or Valentine’s night. Personally, this is what I would love to eat on Valentine’s Day the most! 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Now I know, I know. I have a (verrrry old) french onion soup recipe here on the blog that’s (gasp!) made in the slow cooker. People get really passionate about not making it in the slow cooker, and it’s not like that’s my omgfavoriteversionever, but my oh my I do love french onion soup.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

So here, I’m showing you how to make it the good old fashioned way! It takes a while to truly caramelize the onions. Like, at least an hour. I like to caramelize them with bourbon for some extra oomph since it IS valentine’s week after all. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

You also need to use quite a few onions for little result. Think of it like when you cook spinach: the mixture is going to cook down majorly, but the flavor that develops will be incredible. It absolutely MAKES the soup. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

The broth is rich and delicious, made with beef stock and thyme. One of my favorite french onion soups ever is from cafe sante in boyne city where they make it with duck fat. Now, THAT is good.

But this may be even better.

Tons of gruyere cheese. Lots of it to give you that melty pull. 

And a heart shaped crouton? I mean, could these BE any cuter?! 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

The crouton is important. You might be wondering why, considering that by the time you get to the bottom of french onion soup, the bread tends to be disintegrating. But this is the reason! Making a crouton allows it to last longer and absorb more without falling apart. It also adds some wonderful texture along with depth of flavor. 

P.S. after years of telling you I like my toast on edge of being burnt to a crisp, do you believe me now? HAHAHA.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

And how about the cute crocks?

I think my mom is probably losing it right now that I actually bought these crocks on amazon because she has similar ones somewhere in her house, like legit from the 70s. These are quite 70s looking, aren’t they?! I love it. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Of course, you don’t need a crock to serve these in, but you do need something that is oven-safe. Like a ramekin. Broiling that gruyere on top of the soup is the key to making it seem restaurant-ish and gourmet. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

I mean, LOOK AT THAT.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

This is a soup of pure love. You have to love cooking to make this soup, or at least love the person that you’re going to make this soup for. Even if it’s just yourself. It’s a little labor of love, though it’s not hard at all. It just takes awhile, but it’s one of those beautifully decadent recipes. Where you spend the evening making it and just.can’t.wait. to take a bite.

Isn’t that the best?

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Lover’s French Onion Soup

Lover’s French Onion Soup

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of guyere take it over the top.

  • 4 to 5 large sweet onions, ((about 2lbs worth), sliced)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • ⅓ cup dry sherry
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, (plus extra for garnish)
  • 8 ounces gruyere cheese, (freshly grated)
  • bread slices, (cut into heart shapes)
  1. Heat a large pot over low heat and add the butter. Once melted, stir in the onions, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are softened and are starting to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Stir in the bourbon. Cook, stirring often again, for another 20 to 30 minutes until the onions are deeply caramelized and golden in color. Stir in the garlic.
  2. Stir in the dry sherry and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the beef stock and fresh thyme sprigs. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, until the broth has reduced and thickened a bit.
  3. While the soup is simmering, make your heart croutons! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use a heart-shaped cutter to cut out hearts in the bread, then place them on the baking sheet. Brush the bread with olive oil. Place in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden and crunch.
  4. To serve the soup, ladle spoonfuls of the soup into oven-safe ramekins or crocks. Add a sprinkle of gruyere cheese on top, then a heart crouton. Add another sprinkle of gruyere on top. Repeat with remaining crocks.
  5. Turn the broiler on your oven to high with a rack in the center of the oven.
  6. Place the crocks on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Garnish with extra thyme if you wish. And serve!

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Probably gonna nap on that little cheese raft.

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This chicken parmesan soup is sponsored by Swanson! I’m so excited to be working with them to create some delicious recipes for you in the coming months. Their broth is the best and the only one that has a place in my kitchen.

Everyone’s favorite chicken parm is about to turn into SOUP!

This chicken parmesan soup is ridiculously flavorful and so easy to make! Juicy chicken with pasta, fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella croutons. Yum!

Oh yes. Yes yes yes. You better believe that this is one recipe I have been working on forever and so excited to share. Chicken parmesan is one of Eddie’s all-time favorite meals, and anytime I can put a little (or, uh, huge?) twist on it, I’m so there.

This chicken parmesan soup is ridiculously flavorful and so easy to make! Juicy chicken with pasta, fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella croutons. Yum!

I’m super excited to partnering with Swanson again today, this time showcasing their incredibly flavorful Chicken Broth. It’s such a game changer for me to have their Chicken Broth on hand at all times. It’s so versatile and easily one of the most used ingredients in my kitchen, from soups to pan sauces to pot pies and more.

Which makes it a key component to this soup – so we can have this on the table in no time at all. Yes please – that’s always the goal.

This chicken parmesan soup is ridiculously flavorful and so easy to make! Juicy chicken with pasta, fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella croutons. Yum!

What I love so much about this soup is that it can happen fairly quickly on a weeknight. Quick and easy everyday meals are my favorite, but I never want to sacrifice flavor, or texture, if I’m being honest. You know this! It’s the focus of my next book, so to say right now that I’m the dinner queen?

It might be accurate.

mozzarella croutons

While I mention in the recipe how to make the chicken that goes into your soup, ideally this recipe is perfect for midweek because you can use leftover shredded (even grilled!) chicken or grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store in a pinch. Isn’t that just the best?

The real flavor is in the soup base, using the Swanson Chicken Broth.

And maaaaybe the cheesy bubbly crostini on top?

And the cheese. OBVS.

This chicken parmesan soup is ridiculously flavorful and so easy to make! Juicy chicken with pasta, fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella croutons. Yum!

The brothy base is made with Swanson Chicken Broth, fire roasted tomatoes, parmesan and basil. Lots of flavor right there. The chicken and pasta lend the dish satiety and even more flavor. Then comes the fun part – a bubbly mozzarella blanketed crouton for topping.

A bowl of this tastes ridiculously comforting and hearty regardless of when you make it. And that’s what makes a recipe such a keeper.

mozzarella crouton

Oh my gosh. I mean, can you even take it?

This chicken parmesan soup is ridiculously flavorful and so easy to make! Juicy chicken with pasta, fire roasted tomatoes and mozzarella croutons. Yum!

I love a soup recipe that can be made all year long. While we’re still in soup season right now, there are some recipes I only make in winter. And I’m happy to say that this isn’t one of those. This is a year round soup! It’s a recipe you can even make in the warmer months, because it’s filling and quick and simple. Leftovers for lunch are fantastic too.

The flavors please everyone and well, that’s just the greatest! Continue reading "Chicken Parmesan Soup."

Easy Pumpkin Soup

This easy pumpkin soup uses canned pumpkin as a shortcut, and is thickened with lentils to make it more filling. Top with sour cream and crunchy croutons! Want to make pumpkin soup, but don’t want to roast an entire pumpkin? This is the recipe for you! Alex and I aren’t against the idea of whole roasting a pumpkin, of course. But we made this recipe to be an easy weeknight soup recipe where you don’t have to worry about slow roasting for an hour. Nope, all you need is a can of pumpkin puree! It’s got another secret ingredient too, that makes it more filling than a standard creamy soup (see below). Top sour cream swirls and crunchy homemade croutons, and well: it’s a cozy masterpiece. Keep reading for one of our favorite pumpkin recipes to date. The tricks to this pumpkin soup When I was growing up, I was actually a little freaked out by the thought of eating squash and pumpkins. One year, my mom made a Halloween dinner recipe called “Dinner in a Pumpkin.” Imagine a hollowed-out pumpkin with some kind of casserole inside (yep, it was the 1980’s!). Looking back I can see she was being […]

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This easy pumpkin soup uses canned pumpkin as a shortcut, and is thickened with lentils to make it more filling. Top with sour cream and crunchy croutons!

Easy Pumpkin Soup

Want to make pumpkin soup, but don’t want to roast an entire pumpkin? This is the recipe for you! Alex and I aren’t against the idea of whole roasting a pumpkin, of course. But we made this recipe to be an easy weeknight soup recipe where you don’t have to worry about slow roasting for an hour. Nope, all you need is a can of pumpkin puree! It’s got another secret ingredient too, that makes it more filling than a standard creamy soup (see below). Top sour cream swirls and crunchy homemade croutons, and well: it’s a cozy masterpiece. Keep reading for one of our favorite pumpkin recipes to date.

Easy Pumpkin Soup

The tricks to this pumpkin soup

When I was growing up, I was actually a little freaked out by the thought of eating squash and pumpkins. One year, my mom made a Halloween dinner recipe called “Dinner in a Pumpkin.” Imagine a hollowed-out pumpkin with some kind of casserole inside (yep, it was the 1980’s!). Looking back I can see she was being creative and festive, but as a kid I couldn’t even IMAGINE eating something out of an actual pumpkin!

Now, this pumpkin soup is the absolute opposite of the effort required to serve dinner in a pumpkin. Because Alex and I wanted to create a pumpkin soup for weeknights, this one uses a can of pumpkin puree! No need to hollow out or roast any pumpkins, friends! This one is quick and easy. Here are a few tricks to this hearty and healthy pumpkin soup:

  • Canned pumpkin puree makes things easy. No need to spend hours roasting with this one.
  • Red lentils add creaminess and protein! Instead of using lots of dairy to make this soup creamy, it’s got a secret: lentils! Red lentils thicken the soup and add plant based protein, so it’s more filling than a typical creamy pumpkin soup.
  • Garnish is key: sour cream or coconut milk required. If you do a little dairy, adding a swirl of sour cream is clutch in this pumpkin soup! It adds just the right amount of tang (and reminds you of a baked potato!). Then add the crunch factor: croutons and pepitas are clutch!
Healthy Pumpkin Soup

Making homemade croutons

One more thing about those croutons! Alex and I love making homemade croutons to go in salads and soups. It’s seriously easy, making there really no need to every buy croutons at the store again! For this soup, we made an Everything Bagel version of our croutons by sprinkling on our Everything Bagel seasoning before baking. So that’s another option! Here are the main steps for making homemade croutons (or go to our homemade croutons recipe):

  • Chop the bread into cubes.
  • In a bowl, mix it with a bit of olive oil and kosher salt (about 1/2 tablespoon olive oil for every 1 cup of cubes).
  • Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit until browned and crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Pumpkin Soup with Lentils

How to serve pumpkin soup

Because this healthy pumpkin soup is more filling than most, you can just add a few sides to make it a meal! (We used a similar concept with our curried butternut squash soup.) It would be a great first course or side for a fall meal like Thanksgiving. Or, serve it as a main dish with some protein-packed sides to make it a main dish.

Here are some great sides to serve with pumpkin soup:

  1. Toast spread with goat cheese.
  2. As a lunch, homemade crackers and slices of smoked gouda.
  3. Grilled cheese! Try a fall-ish version like apple sage grilled cheese.
  4. A fancy quesadilla, like brie & mushroom quesadilla.
  5. With a fall salad, like beet salad with balsamic dressing.
  6. With a hearty grain salad, like farro with mushrooms or farro salad with tart cherries.
  7. With flaky homemade biscuits and hot honey.
  8. With pita pizzas: try our cheese pita pizza.

This easy pumpkin soup recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

Easy Pumpkin Soup


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This easy pumpkin soup uses canned pumpkin as a shortcut, and is thickened with lentils to make it more filling. Top with sour cream and crunchy croutons!


Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, plus more to serve (substitute coconut milk for vegan)
  • Homemade Croutons, to serve
  • Roasted salted pepitas, to serve

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic.
  2. Heat a dry soup pot (no oil!) to medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 10 minutes until lightly browned and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  3. Add pumpkin, broth, lentils, cumin, oregano, ginger, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then simmer for 15 minutes, until lentils are softened.
  4. Transfer the soup to a blender and blend with the sour cream until smooth. Taste and add additional salt as necessary (we added about 1/8 teaspoon additional) — remember to cool it off since being very hot can dull flavors.
  5. Pour the soup into bowls and garnish with homemade croutons, pepitas, and more sour cream.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Fall

Keywords: Pumpkin Soup, Easy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

More pumpkin recipes? 

Gotta make all the pumpkin while you can! Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes we’d recommend:

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