Truth is, there are very few foods out there that are as comforting and soothing as a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup. There’s something so magical about the combination of broth, noodles and soft, cooked veggies that feel like a hug in a bowl.
And yet, when it’s made to fit your vegan lifestyle, somehow it’s even better. Do we have your attention yet?
Chicken noodle soup: people eat it when they’re sick, kids crave it even when they’re not – universally, this soup is adored for its almost supernatural powers.
This soup is so popular and well-loved, it’s no wonder many people (when they switch to a vegan lifestyle) mourn the loss of their beloved comfort food. But just because you’ve converted to a different way of eating, it doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favorite comfort foods.
You might be thinking, “Can chicken noodle soup be vegan?” The answer – thank goodness – is: actually, yes it can! We’re diving in below.
Can Chicken Noodle Soup Be… Vegan?
If you like the taste of chicken (but not the idea of eating it) then you’re in luck!
The good news is, chicken noodle soup can be made without using chicken, or any animal products – and still taste absolutely incredible. There are plenty of alternatives to meat, (more on that in a minute) and you can even opt for our pre-made, vegan chicken noodle soup cups to make your life easier.
You won’t miss the high salt of other products. Our chicken noodle soup has only 370mg of sodium per serving, and has wonderful flavor with corn, carrots, green onions and noodles.
We crafted a vegan chicken noodle soup cup that will rival your mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup- but without the meat! This yummy, satisfying soup can be eaten as-is or, you can add a few simple ingredients to make it your own.
If you’re looking for some inspo next time you’re craving a bowl of soup, here are some of our favorite (easy!) vegan chicken noodle soup recipes:
How to Make Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup
This simple “chicken” noodle soup is made with a cup of Right Foods vegan chicken ramen, topped with a little red cabbage, cilantro and chili flakes for some added crunch.
If you like your soup more brothy, simply add a little more water- or add less if you like a thicker soup. Either way, this vegan alternative will satisfy your craving for a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup like no other.
As easy as it is delicious, this comforting bowl of noodle soup is sure to delight any soup-lover’s palette.
For this recipe, our team used a cup of vegan noodle soup and added tofu + bean sprouts instead of using chicken. With vegan soup options this tasty, who even misses the meat?
Coming at you live from the kitchen of Dana from @therootsofnutrition: “This bowl is just hot water added to @rightfoods vegan ‘chicken’ ramen, and I added in fresh arugula, garbanzo beans, avocado, cilantro and red chili flakes.”
We love how the tofu and avocado adds a little extra texture, without using any animal products. Next time you’re making a cup of instant chicken noodle soup, we suggest that you try adding different vegetables to play around with alternative textures. Every cup can taste different by adding new ingredients, or just stick to what you love by following the instructions on the cup!
The Best Substitutes for Chicken(less) Noodle Soup
Vegan noodle soup is wonderful on its own, but if you are hankering for that “meaty” texture, here are a few meatless options to scratch that itch:
Tofu is one of the best substitutes for meat available, and not only that, but tofu is tasty even if your expectation isn’t to replace meat.
Like many animal products, tofu tends to take on the flavor of the dishes that it’s added to, so it’s a natural fit for a bowl of noodle soup or… anything really. This soy-based substitute can be fried, baked, microwaved or even eat raw, and experimenting with different prep styles is a fun project for many foodies.
Next time you’re making a bowl of chickenless noodle soup, try adding cubed tofu and see if anyone notices a difference. (We bet they won’t.)
We know this is unexpected, but hear us out! The distinct texture and subtle, nutty taste of bean sprouts makes them an excellent candidate for a bowl of vegan soup. They’re inexpensive and filling, and have been used in vegan dishes for centuries. Treat yourself to a handful of these powerful little sprouts next time you’re making a cup of vegan noodles.
Cubed eggplant offers an earthy, “meaty” texture, without using any animal-products. An incredibly versatile ingredient, this vegetable can be prepared in so many different ways. Consider adding eggplant cubes as a meat replacement for your next batch of noodle soup.
Whether or not you are vegan, we think that you will love the taste of chickpeas in your bowl of soup. Foodies have always loved chickpeas alone, and they make fantastic additions to almost any vegan meal. Plus, doesn’t “chickpea chickenless noodle soup” have a fun, plant-based ring to it?
This gluten-based substance is hailed as potentially the closest meat-substitute available. It mimics the look and even the feel of meat surprisingly well, and can even imitate the flavor of chicken when it’s added to certain foods, like soups and chilis.
Vegan “Chicken” Noodle Soup Tastes Absolutely Amazing
Removing chicken from a recipe doesn’t even remotely mean that you have to compromise on the taste or texture. There’s a whole new world of possibilities when you veer off the traditional chicken noodle soup path, and start exploring the endless vegan options.
We put a lot of thought into our soup cups, and take pride in providing our customers with tasty, vegan alternatives to their old favorite comfort foods.
From vegan chicken noodle soup, to vegan black bean and lime soup, there’s something here for everyone! You can prepare and enjoy them according to the instructions on the packaging, or you can give them your own spin by adding in your favorite ingredients; it’s totally up to you how you want to enjoy your vegan soup.
Are you craving a few more hearty soup recipes to add into rotation this winter? Here are some of our favorites:
Do you have a favorite way of making our vegan chicken noodle soup? Tell us below, or tag us on Instagram so we can see your creation!