This vegan chicken noodle soup recipe is from my cookbook Great Vegan Meals for the Carnivorous Family. With a flavourful and authentic broth and shredded jackfruit this plant-based bowl of comfort is a dead ringer for traditional chicken noodle soup.
I have a Plant-Based Resources page here on the blog – if you haven’t checked it out, please do – and one of the articles offers my 10-Tips for Becoming (and staying) Vegan. Tip No.7 is Be a Cup Half-Full Person. By that I mean focus on the food you can eat rather than all the things you can’t on. Writing a list of all the foods you can eat is useful when you are beginning your vegan journey, particularly if you are feeling frustrated. Making the list is useful for longer-serving vegans too. All those ingredients can only inspire your cooking.
If that fails, get nostalgic! The recipe for this vegan chicken noodle soup came about because I had a weird hankering for chicken noodle soup. Proper, as-I-remember-it-from-my-childhood, chicken noodle soup. So, I set about “plantifying” a traditional recipe. A few tweaks, additions, head scratches and POOF! Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup.
About 80% of the meals my family eats are created because I wanted, needed (hello, vegan chocolate cake) to create a vegan version of foods we enjoyed BIWV (before I went vegan). My family even prefers the vegan version sometimes – my vegan pot pies are better than traditional chicken pies, hand to heart. And no-one was harmed in the making.
CARNIVORE-APPROVED VEGAN CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
To make this soup I first needed to decide on a chicken substitute. Jackfruit was an obvious choice but I’ve also made this soup for a fundraiser at my daughter’s kindy using shredded oyster mushrooms. Both are perfect substitutes for chicken and are cheap as chips.
The stock was a no-brainer – vegetable. However getting the rich, deep flavours of traditional chicken noodle soup required a little playing but where there is a will there is a way. Tamari, nutritional yeast and white pepper came to the party to impart body and oomph. Add traditional herbs, a little lemon zest and soup is served.
While I haven’t included them in the recipe, I sometimes add a cup of cooked chickpeas or a cup of green peas for protein.
Not only does my family love this vegan chicken noodle soup, the kindy kids did too. We got cleaned out! I am not sure anyone even realised it was vegan. How cool is that!
But really, what’s not to love? This soup is:
- Super simple to make
BIRDLESS CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP | VEGAN
This soup is just like a big warm hug. This birdless version uses jackfruit instead of chicken in a crazily authentic broth.
- 400 grams young jackfruit (14-oz can)
- 2 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1/8 tsp white pepper
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 2 celery ribs (diced)
- 1 carrot (peeled and diced)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 tbsp water plus 2 cups for the broth
- zest of half a lemon
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- handful dried spaghetti ((around 3 oz) broken up)
- 1 cup baby spinach (finely sliced)
- a good pinch of salt
Drain and rinse the jackfruit and cut each piece in to thin slices from the longest point of the triangle. Put the sliced jackfruit in a bowl with the tamari, white pepper and nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large soup pot or saucepan and heat over low heat. Add the garlic, onion, celery, carrot, bay leaves and thyme and sauté for 5 minutes. AFter 5 minutes add 2 tablespoons of water. Cook, covered, for around 5 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
Meanwhile add the second tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the jackfruit and sauté for 5 minutes pulling it apart gently with a fork as you cook.
Stir the shredded jackfrui in to the vegetables, add the lemon zest, stock and 2 cups of water and bring the soup up to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the brokent spaghetti, cooking for another 7 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves and thyme, stir in the baby spinach and season with salt to serve.
Oyster mushrooms also work wonderfully in this soup.
For added protein you could add a cup of green peas or cooked chickpeas