Tofu Noodle Soup

Well guys, verdict is in:  I have strep throat.  I am such a baby when I'm sick and for the past week all I've wanted is chicken noodle soup.  Unfortunately for me (but totally fortunate for the chickens), I am a vegetarian.  Those cheap cans of Campbell's are soo hard to resist in times like these, so I decided to just go for it and make a veggie friendly soup of my own.  I have no idea how to make soup so I just went for it and it turned out kind of... awesome.

What You Need:

  • vegetarian vegetable broth - I used the Organic Vegetable Broth by Pacific Natural Foods
  • egg noodles - I used Amish Kitchen's extra wide noodles
  • butter or margarine - I prefer Smart Balance
  • extra firm (preferably cubed) tofu
  • salt, pepper

How You Do It:

  • Put a bit of oil in a pan.  Add vegetable broth and heat.  I put about 3/4 of the carton in at first, and added the rest later.
  • Once broth is boiling, stir in noodles and tofu (you'll have to cut it into small cubes if yours isn't already).
  • Once noodles have softened and broth has returned to a boil, stir, add salt & pepper, and about a tablespoon of margarine.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes.  You may want to check it about halfway through - my noodles had absorbed a lot of the broth and were sticking to the pan.  I stirred and added the rest of the broth and that worked.

Tips

  • Cooking the noodles and broth together kind of make this more of a stew than a soup, which I love.  If you want a lot of broth, cook noodles separately and don't combine them with the broth until they're done.
  • Had I not have done this spur of the moment, I definitely would have added celery and maybe some fresh peas.  Yumm...
  • Adding some organic poultry seasoning will make your tofu taste a little more "chicken-like".  Don't let the name fool you - most poultry seasonings are meat free.  Rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoran, and peppercorn typically go into them.