Creamy Vegan Corn and Red Pepper Blender Soup

I had a craving for cream of corn soup the other day.

I hadn’t had any in probably 15 years, and have no idea why it popped into my head but after it did, I had to have it.

Creamy Vegan Corn & Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, no added salt) - Ready in 5 Minutes and Packed with Flavor

I wasn’t going to buy it because I’m extremely sensitive to sodium, and most canned soups are water retention in a can. No thanks.

And unlike most everyone else on the planet, I hate garlic and strongly dislike onions – unless they’re incredibly caramelized. Premade soup tends to start out with an abundance of both.

Creamy Vegan Corn & Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, no added salt) - Ready in 5 Minutes and Packed with Flavor

I refrained from using either garlic or onions, while preserving full-on flavor in this fast, easy, 5-minute, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free blender soup that’s healthy and hearty.

Rather than simmering, sautéing, and making a big ordeal out of soup-making, I made it like I make most of my favorites: in my blender.

Creamy Vegan Corn & Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, no added salt) - Ready in 5 Minutes and Packed with Flavor

I used one 16-ounce bag of frozen sweet corn, thawed to room temp, and blended three-quarters of it with a red pepper, nutritional yeast, drizzle of coconut oil, and various spices. Then I stirred in the remaining corn to give the soup some texture.

I tossed in one teaspoon each of cumin and smoked paprika, with a pinch of cayenne. Adjust the cayenne pepper to taste if you like it spicier. I do, but I was sharing with my 6 year old, so kept the heat dialed down.

The soup is extremely adaptable to what you have and enjoy, from oregano and sage to garlic and onions. Or use the remnants of that half-used can of pumpkin puree you weren’t sure what you were going to do with, last night’s leftover steamed squash or sweet potatoes, toss them in.

Like making smoothies in the blender, I use the same strategy with blender soup. Unless it’s really far-fetched, toss it in, blend, taste it, season if necessary, and start slurping.

Creamy Vegan Corn & Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, no added salt) - Ready in 5 Minutes and Packed with Flavor

It’s hard to believe that a plant-based soup turned out so creamy, despite no cream or milk being used. When corn is blended, it gets milky and creamy.

I blended with water, but you could use coconut water, almond milk, or cream.

Creamy Vegan Corn & Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, no added salt) - Ready in 5 Minutes and Packed with Flavor

I used nutritional yeast because it adds a cheezy, nutty undertone. I love it and sprinkle it on popcorn, salads, and make dips with it. Just omit it if you can’t find it in your area because you can’t really ‘substitute’ for the flavor. Parmesan cheese or cashews could work, kind of.

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Creamy Vegan Corn & Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, no added salt) - Ready in 5 Minutes and Packed with Flavor

I used a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil to give the soup some sticking power and oomph. The flavor plays off the sweet corn and the sweet red bell pepper, and it’s definitely noticeable. If you’re on the fence about coconut oil, and aren’t that into it, use another oil like olive or omit.

If you are into coconut oil, you are going to adore it here. It’s smooth, rich, penetrating, and lends an unexpected sweet smoothness to the slightly spicy soup.

Despite being free-from so many things, it’s filling, hearty, healthy, and so satisfying.

Creamy Vegan Corn & Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, no added salt) - Ready in 5 Minutes and Packed with Flavor

Creamy Vegan Corn and Red Pepper Blender Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, grain-free, salt-free)

This vegan, gluten-free soup with no added sodium is creamy, filling, hearty, and satisfying. The red pepper, coconut oil, and spices used really elevate traditional cream of corn soup. This soup is made in a blender and ready in 5 minutes. In the summer or warmer months, consider serving it chilled, like gazpacho. The recipe is highly adaptable based on what you have on hand and enjoy. Read the blog post for suggestions on other vegetables to include such as squash or pumpkin, as well as alternate spices and oils.

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16-ounce bag frozen sweet corn, thawed to room temp (or fresh corn if you have it), divided
half of 1 large red bell pepper, deseeded
1/4 cup nutritional yeast  (or 1/4 cup raw cashews or Parmesan cheese – not vegan)
1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil (use another oil like olive or canola if you’re sensitive to coconut flavor)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
half of 1 small red onion, peeled; optional
1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled; optional
about 1 cup water (or use coconut water, milk, almond/soy/nut milk, cream)
salt and pepper, optional to taste


  1. To the canister of a high speed blender, add three-quarters of the bag of corn (about 3 cups, just eyeball it), all the remaining ingredients, about 1/2 cup water, and blend. Based on how thick soup is, and personal taste preference, add more water until desired consistency is reached.
  2. After desired consistency is reached, stir in remaining corn by hand to preserve texture.
  3. Optionally, add salt and pepper to taste. I didn’t.
  4. Soup may have gotten warm in your blender canister. If not, and you prefer it warmer, transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and heat until warm, about 1 minute. Alternatively, soup can be heated gently on the stovetop. In warmer months, soup can be served chilled, like gazpacho. Soup will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

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What’s your favorite soup to make or eat?

85 comments on “Creamy Vegan Corn and Red Pepper Blender Soup”

  1. Wow, this looks great, Averie! I love corn (plus I would probably have a heavy hand with the garlic and onion :)), and it drives me crazy when restaurants load corn soup up with salt and beef broth or something. It’s like, way to take a potentially vegetarian dish and make it include meat needlessly! I love your version for its simplicity and freshness.

  2. Oh man! This soup sounds super easy!! Yum!

  3. I am so glad to see this!! I haven’t given corn much thought this year but suddenly it sounds perfect for soup and I love the seasonings. I’ll be making it this weekend. I totally agree about the nooch–it has such a unique flavor and I’ve never tasted anything similar. 3 of my favorite soups are listed right after the recipe….I made your creamy tomato soup last night to take for lunch today ( my little cherry tomato and bell pepper plants are now at their most productive point). Earlier this week was a beet, carrot, apple, coconut milk, and cinnamon soup (I must say it was a gorgeous color)!

    • beet, carrot, apple, coconut milk, and cinnamon soup = THAT sounds beautiful and I bet tastes amazing! I bought a new juicer a couple weeks ago and have been juicing tons lately and carrot, apples, and beets are my fave things to juice (with a little ginger). The general public has a real aversion to beets I have found out; I would love to do a beet soup but it would be a big time-waster :)

      That’s so cool you made the creamy tomato last nite and that your faves are all listed in this post. LMK what you think after you try this one. The coconut oil is pronounced, that’s all I will say :)

  4. Yummy! The color of this is incredible. To me colorful and bright food is automatically so much tastier :)

  5. I totally have some nutritional yeast I need to use and hopefully the temperatures will drop for us soon and I can make this and cozy up to it for lunch soon.

  6. Homemade soups are SO much better than store bought. I can’t even remember the last time I bought pre-made soup. Your version of this looks excellent! Love how healthy and easy – and colorful :) – it is.

  7. Yay for frozen veggies! I love frozen corn and it does make the best soup (sorry fresh stuff but frozen corn is better for soup).
    The ease of this recipe is great for lazy people like me. Even though I will go to lengths to make desserts; savoury need to be simple and one pot max…
    Great Photos too, red is so hard to take pictures of!

    • Omg I HATE these photos. Hate.them. Between my savory posts getting no views anyway (I do it b/c I truly wanted to make something) and my hatred of the pics, it’s a miracle I posted this. So thank you for saying you like them. Yes red and orange are so hard to photograph and this was like a shade of…pale red. Like peach? Nothing I did really made me love the images :)

  8. A 5 minute blender soup? That’s exactly what this busy mama needs. This looks like a fantastic lunch option for me. Thanks, Averie. :)

  9. This looks and sounds amazing… with all the healthy modifications you have thought of, how can I not make it? :)

  10. Wow Averie! You always impress me! Not only are your dessert top of the line awesome, but jeez even your soup is amazing and healthy and so easy! Incredible! I love this idea and even though I am not vegan or gluten free I would totally love this soup! The flavors sound delicious!

    • I throw up the token savory post every now and then. I have realized no one reads my site for these types of posts, per se, and they always tank. But if I am making something b/c I truly wanted to eat it, you better believe it’s getting blogged about if at all possible :) The color on this in person was just so pretty. Meh on camera, but in person, so pretty!

  11. This sounds perfect for a cool fall or winter evening! Love the addition of the nutritional yeast too. And thanks for the heads up on the coconut oil.

  12. Midwest represent!!

    This is so my style of soup making – I hate the multiple steps most recipes say are necessary. Why complicate what should be a really SIMPLE process? And corn and red peppers….great conmbo.

    I made corn butter and corn ICE CREAM because, like you said, it gets super creamy when blended. It’s all that starch being broken down. Basically does the work of any other thickeners.

    • I made this right before I started going gung ho on juicing. I needed…something like this :) It was so creamy and satisfying. Could also do double duty as a dip!

      Your corn ice cream…I think I vaguely remember that! like 2-3 yrs ago!

  13. Wow this vegan soup looks amazing. You never think vegan soups can be creamy but you definitely prove them wrong! Wonderful!

  14. I want to cozy up with a bowl of this soup on a fall day, and I cannot believe how quick it is to make! Nutritional yeast has caught my interest in the past, so this looks like a good reason to check it out!

  15. YUM. The color of this is beautiful and the flavor combo sounds to die for! Love it. Definitely need to test it out! :)

  16. You had me at no water retention in a can. Seriously, you know I love it when you go savory, and we have so much corn here lately that I love to work it into any meal. Blender soup is a must, especially when it involves cumin and cayenne! Fantastic autumn recipe!

  17. Averie, I can’t wait to try this! I love corn chowder, but I don’t make it often since most recipes involve so much cream. I’m so excited to try your version. And I’ve already got most of the ingredients in my fridge, which makes it extra handy (including a few bell peppers that are just begging to be eaten up before they go bad!)

  18. This looks wonderful, great soup for fall. I have a raw broccoli corn soup recipe I’ve been loving lately and just simple tempeh miso soup.

  19. Looks good Averie! I’ve only used my Vitamix once to make a soup and it was so quick and easy. I need to do it more often ;)

  20. You at me at: ready in five minutes.

    You da bomb.

  21. I need to make this ASAP. I’m with you on the onions and garlic. When I want corn or tomato soup, I want corn or tomato soup not onion and garlic soup.

  22. This looks so good! I have been looking for a great corn soup recipe too!

  23. This soup looks fantastic! Your photos are beautiful – such bright festive colors! I love that you used corn to make it creamy and nutritional yeast is my go-to secret, tasty ingredient- yum! :)

  24. That definitely looks like an awesome soup. Always wanted to try a blender soup, thanks for sharing Averie :)

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