Comforting and easy vegan soup the whole family will love. This Creamy Vegetable Noodle Soup includes dried herbs, bite-size pasta, and tender vegetables and gets its creaminess from non-dairy milk and a bit of flour. It's so creamy and delicious (almost like a chowder!) you won't believe there's no cream in this soup. Vegan with options for WFPB, gluten-free and nut-free.
As someone who doesn't have children, I find it interesting and inspiring to peruse Jenn's recipes. She does an amazing job of developing dishes that not only appeal to kids' taste buds, but also offer opportunities for kids of all ages to join in on meal prep.
There are A LOT of things to love about this cookbook, but the "Kids in the Kitchen" note that appears at the bottom of many of the recipes is probably my favorite. We've all heard by now that getting kids involved in the kitchen is one of the best ways to get them to eat their veggies. Establishing an understanding of cooking and nutrition will help them the rest of their lives. Plus it's a great way to spend quality time together!
The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook begins with helpful tips for incorporating more meatless meals into your family's diet. Jenn also covers essentials like how to stock your pantry so that you're prepared for plant-based cooking, plus useful kitchen tools you'll need to make the recipes.
The cookbook includes over 100 nutritious plant-based recipes, all of them approachable and organized into these categories:
One Pot Wonders
Center Stage Vegetables
Breakfast for Dinner
Sauces and Staples
The recipe I'm sharing with you today is on page 33, sandwiched between (no pun intended!) two other glorious soup recipes - Tuscan White Bean Soup and Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Ramen Noodles. <---- Mmmm, shiitakes AND miso? That one has my name all over it.
How to Make this One-Pot Creamy Vegetable Noodle Soup
I selected this recipe to share with you because a) it's December and cold outside! and b) who doesn't love a creamy soup? I also love the versatility of this recipe. Anyone would love it as written, and if you're not cooking for kids, you can always add some heat from crushed red pepper, black pepper, or hot sauce.
To make this soup you'll need a cutting board, a knife, and a large soup pot. The process is very easy and only takes about 35 minutes. Here's a basic summary of the work flow....
- Prep and dice the vegetables.
- Preheat the soup pot and add the oil.
- Sauté the onion until translucent. Add the celery and bell pepper, and sauté for another 5 minutes or so.
- Add the dried herbs, salt, and flour, whisking to incorporate. Whisk in 1/2 cup of milk, scraping up all the bits of flour.
- Next add the remaining milk, broth, and nutritional yeast, and bring to a boil.
- Add the pasta, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.
See how simple that is? I just love easy soup recipes like this one. The herbs and veggies provide so much flavor, and the flour/milk combo makes it irresistibly creamy.
You can probably tell from the photos how thick this soup is, right? It's like a chowder, but with a fraction of the fat. Now, that's my kind of soup!
You can easily make this soup gluten-free by using your favorite gluten-free pasta and replacing the all-purpose flour with brown rice flour.
Jenn's recipe lists "almond milk or milk of choice," which means you can also make this recipe nut-free. I used unsweetened soy milk in mine, and it turned out great!
The recipe includes two tablespoons of oil for sautéing the vegetables and herbs, but if you follow an oil-free diet, you can certainly replace the oil with a bit of broth.
I hope you enjoy this Creamy Vegetable Noodle Soup! If you try it please do come back and leave a comment below with your feedback and a star rating.
And be sure to grab a copy of The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook. It truly is full of great recipes for every day of the week, whether you're cooking for a family or just for yourself!
More easy vegan soup recipes:
Creamy Vegetable Noodle Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil See Notes for oil-free option.
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used white whole-wheat for a whole-grain option) For a gluten-free option, use brown rice flour.
- 2 cups unsweetened and unflavored almond milk or milk of choice, divided
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, optional
- 1 cup dry ditalini pasta or similar small pasta shape (gluten-free or whole-wheat, if desired)
- Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the carrots, celery, and bell pepper and sauté 4 to 5 minutes until starting to soften.
- Add the parsley, basil, thyme, dill, salt, and flour and stir to combine, scraping up any bits of flour on the bottom of the pot. Slowly pour in ½ cup (120 ml) of milk while whisking continuously, again scraping up any bits of flour on the bottom; a flat whisk is convenient here, but a balloon whisk will work as well. Whisk until the flour is completely incorporated.
- Add the remainder of the milk, vegetable broth, and nutritional yeast, if using. Whisk to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta, and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the pasta is cooked through, stirring often to prevent the pasta from sticking.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.