Thursday, December 20, 2007

"No Chicken" Noodle Soup for the Soul.

So much for finding an interesting suitable substitute for Chicken Noodle Soup. None of the recipes I've tried really satisfied that need for chicken noodle soup in the winter.....and surely none of them were winning Mairin over! So, I gave up on trying to find our oh-so-cool veg substitute for the soul warming goodness of chicken noodle soup, and just went back to basics.

Tonight, we had "No Chicken" Noodle Soup......perfect, it was absolutely perfect (Rob dubbed it Noodle Noodle Soup). EVERYONE loved it, and to make a dish that all of us like is quite a feat (making something Mairin likes is the true test!!). At first Mairin threw herself on the floor in a full fledged tantrum, refusing to eat the soup because I said we were having chicken noodle soup, and there was no chicken.........she wanted a chicken bite. The funny thing is, when we at meat, and I made chicken noodle soup, she picked every bit of chicken out of it!!

I just went back to my stand-by, quick and easy, chicken noodle soup recipe, excluding the chicken and substituting the chicken stock with Imagine No Chicken Broth. I'm telling you, you would never ever know this wasn't the real thing (except of course that there is no chicken meat floating around in there).

"No Chicken" Noodle Soup
2 Tbs Olive Oil
3 Large Carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
4 Stalks Celery, diced
1 Medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp dried thyme
2 32 oz boxes of No Chicken Broth
1/2 of a 12oz bag of fussili noodles or
1/4 of a 12 oz pg of linguine noodles (broken in half)

Heat oil in a soup pot over medium high heat. Add vegetables and saute until carrots are beginning to soften. Add salt and pepper and thyme and saute for a minute longer. Add 2 boxes of broth and bring to a boil. Here I turn down the heat and let it simmer for awhile, then add the noodles about 5 minutes before you are ready to serve.

This soup is "MMM MMM Good". I served it with grilled cheeze sandwiches. You can expect to hear about this one being made many, many more times this winter (chicken noodle soup was always something I looked forward to and loved in the winter months, and I can't wait to eat it again....actually, just blogging about it is making me hungry all over again)


  1. That will absolutely, positively be my first meal after all the holiday festivities. It looks delicious.

  2. I made it, I made it! It was so good!

  3. I loved this soup, Carrie. I ate so much at lunch today that my stomach hurt a bit after! Really, really good.

  4. THANK YOU for sharing! Love it! Cruelty free chickn soup--yea! <3