You will not miss the meat in this hearty, simple, delicious meal of a soup. The smoky flavor from cumin and blend of fresh vegetables and dried herbs will be more than enough to have you coming back for more!
In a stockpot, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
Add salt and pepper, adding more or less to your taste. Simmer an additional 10 minutes.
Puree right in the pot if you have an immersion blender. Otherwise, let cool slightly, and puree in batches in a blender or processor. You can eat the soup without pureeing, of course, if you prefer the textures! It's yummy either way!
Serve with a small dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of sharp cheddar, or do both, or neither! Serve with croutons or crusty bread and enjoy!
NOTE - You can alternatively make this in a slow cooker and set on low for 2-3 hours. Sometimes, there is no need to puree it when using the crockpot, as the cooking process renders everything so soft already. Bonus!