I was craving chicken noodle soup the other day, minus the chicken part, and thought to myself that chick pea’s would serve as a favorable, yummy alternative to the bird. So I gave the bird, the bird, and opted for the peas. The soup turned out to be one of my new favorites! Also, got the seal of approval from my non-vegan homies. They said they would prefer the chick peas to chicken when they are sick. Winner winner, not a chicken dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans chick peas / garbanzo beans, not drained- keep brine
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled, sliced in discs
  • 2 stalks celery, washed, cut in half, sliced
  • 3.5 boxes vegetable broth
  • 8 stalks fresh thyme, removed from stalks
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp salt, himalayan pink or sea salt preferred
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil, or whatever oil you prefer
  • 1 box mezza rigatoni pasta, or whichever other pasta you prefer

Soup directions: Heat oil in soup pot on medium high, when hot- add onions. Sautee onions until soft, add garlic, sautee until golden brown. Add carrots and celery, along with the fresh thyme, dried rosemary, salt, garlic and onion powders. Reduce temp to medium and stir with wooden spoon. Let mixture sautee for about 15 minutes. Add vegetable broth and chick peas (with brine). Let soup simmer on medium low for at least 30 minutes (the longer, the better). In separate pot, heat water and some more salt on high heat. When water reaches a boil, add pasta. Follow “al dente” time/cooking directions on pasta box. Drain pasta after cooking time completes, add pasta to soup mixture. Serve promptly.

RECIPE UPDATE:

Made this the exact same way again, but instead of pasta, I used leftover cilantro and lime infused rice. I reheated the rice with some veggie stock on the side and added scoops to individual bowls served. I do this separately otherwise the rice absorbs too much of the soup broth. I also added 1 tsp of turmeric for it’s medicinal benefits… flu season and exam week! I have be on the top of my game.

 

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