This vegetable sour soup packs many different flavors and aromas but for me, the fact that it’s spicy, sweet and sour, all in the same time, makes it a winner all year round.

This simple vegetable soup is my take on the classical Romanian sour soup that I grew up with as a child. My mother used to cook this type of soup for me, in different variations, all of them being sweet and sour. What can I tell you? We have a big sour soup tradition in Romania.

There’s a lot to like about this delicious sour soup. It’s:

Loaded with different vegetables
Packed with plenty of healthy fiber
And plenty of “good-for-you” nutrients too
Spicy and a bit Sweet
& Has that special Sour taste that I grew up with
Very easy to make, basically a one-pot recipe
Literally a soup to die for!

Four bowls of Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup on a wooden table

Ingredients needed

Here’s a basic list of all the ingredients that you’ll need for cooking this Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup. It may look like a lot (especially if you haven’t cooked a soup like this before) but rest assured, this soup comes together quite easily.

As always, you can find the full recipe with instructions and print options below!

Ingredients for this soup:

  • sweet potato
  • frozen vegetables mix (green peas, carrots, cauliflower)
  • frozen broccoli
  • frozen green beans
  • celery stick
  • red onion
  • garlic
  • leeks
  • bell pepper
  • bay leaves
  • white and black pepper
  • fresh basil
  • lemon (only fresh juice)
  • lime (only fresh juice)
  • Himalayan salt
  • water
Four bowls of Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup on a wooden table

How to cook Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup

This soup comes together quite easily and doesn’t require any kind of special prep work. In fact, for the most part of the ingredients list, you’ll be using frozen vegetables and this simply means less time spent in the kitchen.

Here’s how you cook this delicious sour soup:

  1. Start by preparing the vegetables: peel, chop or slice them as needed.
  2. Add all the veggies into your cooking pot, including white and black pepper, bay leaves and fresh basil.
  3. Cover everything with water (1-2 cm on top of the veggies) and bring to a boil.
  4. Cook on medium heat for about 20 min, or until the hard vegetables become tender.
  5. Add lemon and lime juice, together with Himalayan salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix it into the soup.
  6. Let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes until it develops that characteristic sour taste
  7. That’s it! Remove from heat, and serve as is or with 1-2 tbsp of full fat sour cream added into each soup bowl. Enjoy!
Close-up with a bow of Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup

Cooking Tips

  • The ingredients list may look a bit long but don’t worry because this recipe is basically a one-pot recipe with a small twist at the end.
  • Most of the veggies I used were frozen and I simply added them into the soup pot without defrosting. That works very well for this recipe, plus it saves precious time.
  • Using bay leaves and basil is a must because they bring a lot of flavor to this soup. Their flavors will leave your kitchen smelling very nice during cooking and even after you’ve finished cooking.
  • This soup is all about combining flavors. For instance, all the vegetables that we used are complimented by the spicy taste that you get from using garlic, leeks and onions together.
  • This recipe makes for 10-12 medium portions so it’s perfect if you have guests or if you’re like me and you love your soup.
  • In order to enrich the flavor and texture of this sour soup, you can serve it with 1-2 tbsp of full fat sour cream added to your soup bowl. This is a must try, believe me!
Four bowls of Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup on a wooden table

How to serve this delicious sour soup

I like serving it on its own or with at a source of healthy fats. You can successfully pair this soup with things like:

  • avocado
  • walnuts
  • coconut cream
  • full-fat sour cream (vegetarian)
  • brie or camembert (vegetarian)
  • cheddar cheese (vegetarian)

All of these sources of protein and healthy fats will enrich the flavor of what is a very special sour soup. As always, keep in mind that a sour soup can be paired with many things and you can definitely add your favorites here (how about using a slice of freshly baked bread?).

Be creative and serve this soup with ingredients that make you happy!

If you cook this recipe, please let me know how it turned out. And if you share a picture on Instagram, don’t forget @refreshmyhealth so I can see what you’ve made. Cheers soup lover!

Close-up with a bow of Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup with sour cream added to it

Have you tried sour soup before? Would you give this recipe a try? Let me know in the comments section.

5 from 3 votes

Spicy Vegetable Sour Soup (Vegan)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 10 portions
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This vegetable sour soup packs many different flavors and aromas but for me, the fact that it’s spicy, sweet and sour, all in the same time, makes it a winner all year round.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato (skin removed, cubed)
  • 500 g frozen vegetables mix (green peas, carrots, cauliflower)
  • 250-300 g frozen broccoli
  • 150 g frozen green beans
  • 1.5 stick celery (sliced)
  • 2 red onions (peeled, sliced big)
  • 1 small garlic head (peeled, sliced big)
  • 10 slices leeks
  • 1/3 red bell pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • white pepper whole (to taste)
  • black pepper grounded (to taste)
  • 3-4 leaves fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 lemon (juice only)
  • 1 lime (juice only)
  • 1.5 tsp Himalayan salt
  • water

Instructions

  • Start by prepping the vegetables as needed: peel, chop or slice them as indicated in the ingredients list.
  • Add all the veggies into a soup pot (I used a 5L cast iron), including white and black pepper, bay leaves and fresh basil.
  • Cover everything with water (1-2 cm on top of the ingredients) and bring to a boil.
  • Cook on medium heat for about 20 min, or until the hard vegetables become tender (just taste one or two with a fork).
  • Now it’s time to take care of the sour taste … Add freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, as well as the salt. Using a wooden spoon, mix gently to incorporate everything into the soup.
  • Almost ready! Let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes until it develops that sour taste that we’re after.
  • That’s it! Remove from heat, and serve as is or with 1-2 tbsp of full fat sour cream added into each soup bowl. Enjoy!

Notes

I don’t defrost the vegetables prior to using them in my soup and that works very well, plus it saves me precious time.
In order to enrich the flavor and texture of this sour soup, you can add 1-2 tbsp of full fat sour cream into your soup bowl. This is a must try!
Using bay leaves and basil leaves with certainly add a lot of flavor to your soup, but will also leave your kitchen smelling very nicely hours after you’ve finished cooking.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Low-carb, Vegan, Whole30
Keywords: greens, simple soup, sour soup, spicy vegetable soup, vegan soup, vegetable soup, vegetables
Author: Marcel Corbeanu

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Marcel Corbeanu

Marcel Corbeanu

Hi, I'm Marcel! I'm a health coach, I write about health and wellness and I love cooking healthy food with fresh and simple ingredients.

2 Comments

  • Monica says:

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious! I am always looking for new recipes that are “casually vegan,” as I think of it – basically just a lot of veggies and seasonings, without a lot of specialty ingredients. This totally fits the bill! Half of my family is vegetarian so we will definitely be trying this soon.

  • David says:

    5 stars
    Looks so tasty and healthy! Haven’t heard the term “sour soup” before, so this was interesting to read about. Maybe I’ll give it a try soon … 🙂

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