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Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

I don’t have much to say here except that I caught a cold. I was around a large group of people, with many kids, and I was drinking (because for me… the two go hand-in-hand) enough to put my immune system to sleep, apparently. So the next day I started sneezing, then my throat started to hurt and my nose started to run.

My first cold in almost 3 years, and it wasn’t even a small one. It was a WHOPPER of a cold! One of the worst I’ve ever had. And the only solution was Chicken Chik’n Noodle Soup.

I water sauteed the veggies and included lots of onions and garlic (nature’s antibiotics!) along with the usual carrots and celery. This veggie powerhouse also included sweet potatoes, my secret ingredient, if you will. And these adorable little noodles from Barilla- they’re called Cut Spaghetti and worked perfectly in this soup.Ā  And, because I’m currently obsessed, I used soy curls for the chik’n.

Seriously. Who would look at that bowl and tell me that’s not chicken noodle soup??

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup (makes 5-6 servings, more depending on how brothy you make it)


  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I used vidalia)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cups soy curls
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 10 ounces small, dry pasta (I used cut spaghetti)
  • S&P


  1. Water saute the onion and garlic in a soup pot for 1-2 minutes, then add the potato, carrots and celery. Add more water if necessary and continue to cook until softened, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the bay and thyme, soy curls, then the broth and water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for about 5-6 minutes- make sure the pasta doesn’t over cook. If you’re not planning to serve the soup immediately you should reduce the cooking time by a minute or so.
  3. When the pasta is done add S&P as needed. If the broth has thickened you can add more water as needed to thin it out- there’s so much flavor in here it wont taste watery!


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  • Leslie Reese September 11, 2012, 7:53 am

    Looks delish!

  • Michele September 11, 2012, 9:28 am

    Did you reconstitute the soy curls first, or just put them in dry? I just got some and I’m dying to try them. This looks yummy!

    • Barb September 11, 2012, 9:38 am

      You don’t need to reconstitute them first because they spend time in the liquid while the noodles are cooking. You can certainly soak them first if you wanted to- just be sure to squeeze out the excess water so you can get the yummy broth in there!

  • Hannah (BitterSweet) September 11, 2012, 10:54 am

    Soup cures all ails! I wasn’t even sick, but I also made a chicken-y noodle soup last night, as it would just so happen. It’s simply comforting after a long day of work.

  • heather September 11, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Seriously this is so strange! I am just getting over a cold too…..eerie! I was at an employee party with about 50ppl and had a couple glasses of wine on Wednesday…i tried to use the power of thought and will myself “unsick” which kind of worked – then before I know it my throat is all scratchy and boom Saturday comes and I have no voice and my throat is on fire…now I have the runny nose- first time being sick in 2 years, say what! Granted I am getting over it pretty quickly, But seriously I could have used a bowl of this amazing looking soup on Saturday šŸ™‚

  • thecrueltyfreereview September 11, 2012, 1:37 pm

    Looks delish! Those soy curls look even better than chicken!

  • smallftprints September 11, 2012, 4:57 pm

    I’m sorry that you had a cold but … so glad you shared this recipe. It looks delicious (for sick & healthy days). I’m bookmarking this page. šŸ™‚

  • Vegan Thyme (Kelly) September 11, 2012, 6:56 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better! The soup looks delish!

  • Somer September 12, 2012, 8:15 am

    It looks EXACTLY like chicken noodle soup! Looks like I need to pick up some soy curls for cold season.

    Sorry for your nasty cold, hope you are doing better. Here’s my regimen when I start to get a cold (from my Naturopath), it works wonders and if it doesn’t stop the cold dead in it’s tracks it reduces it’s duration to just a few days:
    10,000 mg vitamin C daily
    echinacea 6 capsules daily
    liquid silver 2 teaspoons daily

    I also add lemon essential oil to the routine and take it right down the throat. It kills any bacteria that can be lingering and numbs sore throat pain.

    • Barb September 12, 2012, 8:22 am

      Thanks for sharing!! I will be trying that the next time I feel a cold coming on… Which, hopefully, wont be for another 3 years šŸ™‚

      • Somer September 12, 2012, 8:26 am

        Yes! Fingers crossed!!!

  • * Vegan Sparkles * September 13, 2012, 1:58 am

    Nawww, it looks gorgeous and comforting and I hope you feel better! xx

  • conniefletch September 14, 2012, 6:16 am

    Boy, that looks delish!! And, it’s cooling off in these parts…..the only things I might add would be 1 whole tomato…and let it cook down with the rest of the ingredients…just adds a little color and nutrition, and some chopped up fresh dill sprigs towards the end of cooking….yum! Think I know what’s on the menu for this weekend!!!

  • FakeMeats September 14, 2012, 12:17 pm

    We shared your recipe on our Facebook wall. The soup looks delicious, so I’m sure our followers will enjoy it! Keep those Soy Curl recipes coming!

  • Connie Fletcher September 21, 2012, 10:26 am

    Barb, this recipe not only looks delish, it IS delish!!! OMG…wonderful recipe!!!! I forgot the soy curls though….oops….and it was still ROCKIN’!!! (Do they even say rockin’ anymore???)

  • Cheryl June 6, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Im a “new” vegan.. and I have what may seem like a dumb question…. but where do you find soy curls???

    • Barb June 7, 2013, 8:30 am

      That’s not a dumb question! I buy mine locally, but if you don’t have a vegan-friendly grocer in your town you can order them online from amazon or vegan essentials or tons of other places.

      • Cheryl June 10, 2013, 4:14 pm

        thanks Barb! šŸ™‚

  • Joyce F. August 26, 2013, 9:07 am

    So sorry! I accidently posted this before I was able to get a spell check done!

    Cheryl, my friends, the Butler Family, make the Soy Curls and you can order them directly from them at their Butler Foods website.



  • HI November 13, 2013, 6:40 pm

    Can you use meatless chicken instead of soy curls? I am new at this veganism and never had soy curls. Do they taste the same?


    • Barb November 14, 2013, 7:30 am

      Sure, you could use anything you want… mock chicken, seitan, etc.

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