A good bowl of warm comforting soup is like a hug on a cold day! Seriously, Canadian winters are hard enough as it is so I will take all the comforting bowls I can get. This easy soup recipe just became a family favourite with 3 / 3 kiddos loving it. An easy soup to make, full of whole organic ingredients it is a nourishing bowl you will love feeding to your family.

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Bowl of easy noodle soup with crispy tofu on the dinner table

How to Make Vegetable Broth

The key to a delicious and flavourful veggie soup recipe is to use a delicious and flavourful broth recipe. It’s like the idea of using bad wine to cook, if the wine is bad then chances are the sauce your making won’t be very good either!

So please stick to a good veggie broth recipe when making a soup recipe, or pick up a good brand at the grocery store. Now for some real talk, I NEVER use to make my own vegetable broth before. I thought it would be hard and time consuming. Then one day I was inspired by one of my favourite cooks, MamaEatsPlants while watching her make her own veggie broth.

All you need to do is save your veggie scraps into a large bag in your freezer. Then when it is full you simply cook it all with lots of water and some spices. It is seriously that easy and best of all it is a FREE veggie broth recipe! So even if the issues around food waste don’t concern you I am sure you can get behind free! You can read more plus get an official recipe for homemade veggie broth here.

What I love about homemade veggie broth is that you can tailor the flavour to your own preference. Add in oregano, sage, lemongrass, ginger… whatever you like!

One-Pot meal, making Grandma’s easy vegan soup recipe

This recipe was initially inspired by my Grandma, my Vovo! My inspiration and motivation in the kitchen all came from her. We lived halfway across the world from one another, but whenever we got together we would always be in the kitchen.

As a child I used to hate this, I found it mundane and boring the way she carefully peeled the garlic or tasted and adjusted each recipe a million times. And she always hide at least 1 ingredient when she shared her recipes so we would ask her to make it for us, thus ensuring she spent more time with us.

But as I grew up these precious moments were something I longed for. And her kitchen became a safe place for me, something I thought of often in my normal life. A place of fragrant smells, wonderful flavours and good company. This very blog is named after her. You see her table was a place of gatherings. A place where you went to eat and try new foods . At HER table we always gathered, the whole family, to eat her food and just be together. So I wanted to recreate that here, at MY table, a place where you can come to find good food and learn new things.

dinner table set with a bowl of soup surrounded by a bowl of crispy tofu and green onions

Ok now back to the recipe, lol

This homemade soup just happens to be a one pot meal, it comes together very quickly and requires minimal prepping. You can add any veggies you like. Some additions that work well are corn, peas, celery and leeks. I keep this a gluten-free recipe by using a rice-based noodle but feel free to use whatever noodle you like.

Make sure to allow the onions and garlic to soften slowly, take the time to sautee them with the spices to allow the flavours to come thru. because this recipe is fairly simple with not much spice you will want to take time in this step.

Then just throw in the veggie broth, veggies and noodles. I like to save any greens (like the kale) to add to the end so it can retain much of it’s nutrients but feel free to adjust that based on your preference. The soup will be done when the noodles are ready! It is that easy.

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Crispy Tofu or Chickpeas?

I like to add in a protein source to make this a complete meal. Traditionally you could add in chicken but since we are plant-based here I opted for a baked crispy spiced tofu. You can also use chickpeas instead if you prefer, or both! Either way this addition will make this a more satisfying and filling meal!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. For more easy nourishing family meals check out these

Alright now on to the recipe and thank you for reading πŸ˜‰ If you make this recipe please like and comment, that would mean a lot to me! And tag me (@at.my.table) with your re-creations so I can share it over on Instagram!

Until then, tchau

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Grandma's Easy Soup Recipe with Crispy Gluten-free Tofu

Recipe by atmytableCourse: Lunch\ DinnerCuisine: vegetarian, vegan, gluten freeDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

A homemade one pot easy soup recipe perfect to nourish your family. Easy to batch make and meal prep this gluten-free and plant-based recipe delivers on flavor. Top it with crispy tofu or chickpeas making it a complete nourishing meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tbs oregano

  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning

  • 1/4 tsp salt (omit if your veggie broth has salt in it)

  • 8 cups veggie broth

  • 1 box of your fav elbow pasta. I used the gluten free elbows from Barilla

  • 6 white button mushrooms, chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, diced

  • 2 cups green beans, quartered

  • 2 cups chopped kale

  • juice form 1 lemon

  • Crispy Tofu
  • 1 block firm tofu

  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour (or sub arrowroot or corn starch, you can also cook without the flour)

  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • dash of salt

  • (Optional )Crispy Chickpea
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas

  • 1 tbs olive oil

  • 1 tbs maple syrup

  • 1 tbs ground cumin

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • dash of salt

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl add in the ingredients for the tofu and mix. Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven until crispy, about 25 minutes.

    *If you are making the chickpeas: In a bowl mix the chickpeas, oil and spices. Then over medium high heat cook them on a pan until crispy. Make sure to stir them often.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat saute the onions in some water or olive oil (depending on if you want this to be an oil-free recipe). Once they soften add in the garlic, salt and spices. Continue to cook for a few more minutes.
  • Add in the mushrooms and broth and bring to a boil. Once the soup is boiling add in the noodles, carrots and green beans. Continue to cook until the noodles are done. Then add in the chopped kale, mix and remove from the heat. Let it sit until the kale wilts. Pour in the lemon juice, stir then serve.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with the crispy tofu, some green onions and parsley.

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