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Vegetarian Chicken Noodle

Busy mothers will be grateful for this easy, kid-friendly soup. It provides mellow, universally appealing flavors that inspire the fussiest eaters to finish their bowl and even ask for seconds.

Yield: 
10 cups
Cooking Time:  20 Minutes
Prep Time:  15 Minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 2 Tbsp butter or oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1½ cups chopped celery plus leaves (3 stalks)
  • 9¼ cups water
  • 8 ounces linguine pasta, broken into 2-inch segments
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced carrot (1-2 carrots)
  • 3 vegetarian chicken bouillon cubes or 3 Tbsp Spike
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green beans, fresh or frozen
  • One 12-ounce package veggie chicken burgers or nuggets, diced*
  • ¼ cup unbleached white flour
  • 3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup minced Italian parsley (optional)
  • Salt to taste

*You can substitute 1½ cups finely cubed firm tofu and use 1 tsp Spike when pan-frying.

Instructions: 
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter or oil in a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to brown.
  2. Add 9 cups of the water, raise the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the pasta, carrot, bouillon cubes or Spike, thyme, and pepper and boil uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the beans, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon butter or oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the veggie chicken and pan-fry for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most sides are golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Combine the flour and remaining ¼ cup water until a smooth paste is formed. Add this to the soup slowly, stirring constantly. Add the nutritional yeast and parsley (optional). If the soup seems a little thick, add a bit more water. Add salt to taste if needed and simmer for a few more minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat, add the veggie chicken to the whole soup or to individual portions, and serve.

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