2 Exciting things today! First, The Vegan 8 became 1 year old this week, wow! I can't believe it's already been a year since I started The Vegan 8 blog and how much it's grown. It's been so exciting to connect with all of you and see you making my recipes in your kitchens. Thank you for all your support, emails, comments, feedback and engagement on all my posts. It really does make a difference to hear from you all and know that my blog is helping you, so a big thank you!!
Today, I'm sharing a classic with you. I grew up eating chicken noodle soup...honestly, who didn't? That warm bowl of comforting soup that was overly loaded with salt, was somehow so satisfying. Of course, looking at the can of ingredients now is pretty gross. I do remember how the chicken in the can was always really rubbery and I would end up spitting most of it out.
When I became an adult my mom started making a chicken noodle soup recipe that she picked up from a newspaper. It was creamy and slightly spicy and incredibly delicious. Come to find out, it was made using a cream of mushroom can of soup! What?! I thought it was homemade 100%. Regardless, it was really yummy and I always requested it.
This recipe came about for 2 reasons. One reader emailed me asking me to come up with a vegan "chicken" noodle soup recipe, saying that she would trust my recipe. I sure hope she likes it! Also, my hubby had been begging me to make one for the longest time. It was a gigantic winner with him. He says he could eat it daily. Mr. Picky liked it!
It really is just so simple, nothing extravagant in my opinion, but sometimes you just want some healthy, hot soup. Well, you can have it all for 8 easy ingredients, no weird or fancy ingredients. The only ingredient that will likely need a store trip is the veggie bouillon cube. I got mine at Whole Foods.
I replaced the chicken in traditional soup with red potatoes instead. The soup is very comforting and extremely filling. You can serve it alongside my Caesar salad and have a really satisfying, healthy dinner.
If you make this, I'd love to hear how it turned out for you! It means so much to hear from you guys, so come back here and leave me your feedback. You can also tag me on Instagram @thevegan8 and don’t forget hashtag #thevegan8, so I don’t miss it!
- 4 large long carrots, sliced (you will need 1½ cups sliced, 170 g)
- 4 large long celery stalks (you will need 1½ cups sliced, 200 g)
- half of a large white onion, finely chopped (you'll need 1 heaping cup, 160 g)
- 2-3 large garlic cloves, finely minced (about a tablespoon)
- 3 small red potatoes, cut into ½ inch cubes (you will need 2½ cups, 370 g)
- 6 cups water
- 2 vegan bouillon cubes (SEE NOTE BELOW on alternate version!)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt (depending on your bouillon cube, this may need adjustment)
- Optional: 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 cups gluten-free brown rice spiral noodles (170 g, 6 oz)
- I have recently made this without the bouillon cubes since so many have asked. If you want to skip the bouillon cube version, then make it as written above, but with obviously omitting the bouillon cubes and adding additionally the following to what is already written above: Replace the water with 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, add 1-2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce (I buy a vegan version from Whole Foods, to taste), add 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt (so 2½ teaspoons total), add 2½ teaspoons onion powder, add ½ tablespoon garlic powder, add 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning spice blend (premade blend from store), definitely add the nutritional yeast. Since bouillon cubes add a lot of flavor, this is why you will need to add all of these spices if you omit it. Taste after everything is cooked and add any more seasonings if desired.
- Prepare all of your veggies and set aside.
- Add all of the water to a large pot and bring to a boil, add the bouillon cubes (or all the spices listed under "update" and whisk to dissolve. Immediately add all of the veggies, thyme and salt and nutritional yeast, if using. You are adding all of the ingredients except the pasta. Stir well and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, immediately turn to the lowest heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
- Add the pasta and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, leave the lid off and turn the heat to medium-high and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender, but still firm. Turn off the heat. With the above ingredients, it didn't need any more salt for us, but feel free to taste and add any extra. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and black pepper, if desired. I love freshly ground black pepper on my soup.
*Nutrition per 1 cup serving: 162.3 calories, 1.9 g fat, 3.4 g protein, 33.5 carbs, 3.9 g sugars