Recipe Post: Simple noodle soup

The weather is changing! Fall has arrived! You know what that means: cold season! Yes, alongside all the falling leaves and decorative gourds comes the awful feeling of a sore throat and a simultaneously runny and stuffy nose. I haven’t caught the sniffles yet but my partner has, and this year I’ve finally managed to perfect what we’re calling ‘vegan sick soup’.

As a kid, Campbell’s Chicken and Stars was my go-to any and every time I was home sick with a cold. When I went vegetarian as an adult and had to give it up, it was weird at first. I eventually got used to vegetable broth but never really got into soup recipes. When my partner and I went vegan in January, I started experimenting more in an attempt to make soup, or even just ramen, that evoked the same comforting, “I won’t be sick forever!” feeling as Campbell’s did when I was a kid.

This week, I finally did it. The big secret is to just keep it simple. All the times I tried to make this soup before, I tried too hard to make it taste delicious. The thing I forgot? Nothing tastes delicious when you’re sick. Simple, nutritious, hot foods are the only goal. This soup definitely fits the bill.

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Simple Noodle Soup
Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes
Makes two servings

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 chickenless bouillon cube (I use Edward & Sons)
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 1 bundle Udon noodles
  • For extra protein, add 1/2 cup finely diced extra firm tofu or chopped strips of Beyond Meat grilled chicken

What you’ll do:

  1. Bring water to a boil, then stir in bouillon cube.
  2. Add carrots and onions to boiling broth. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer for 10 minutes. (This would also be the time to add your tofu or Beyond Meat, if including!)
  3. Add Udon noodles and simmer for 11-13 minutes (or according to package instructions).
  4. Serve with crusty bread and a cup of hot tea. You’ll feel better in no time.

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