This tofu noodle soup is a great alternative to chicken noodle soup without the meat!
Last year as a housewarming gift, our friends gave us a huge meat smoker. It’s great for entertaining when we have a lot of people over for a gathering or party. Its super easy to throw a bunch of prepped and marinated things in the morning and have them ready by dinner time.
One thing we love to smoke is tofu! There are usually a few vegetarians at every party, and the smoked tofu is a great way to get some plant-based protein on the menu. We had a ton of leftover smoked tofu from a party last weekend, so this soup was born! I love how it tastes a traditional homemade chicken soup yet its completely vegan.
The smokey flavor from the tofu is perfect in the soup and really infuses in the broth. I used little star-shaped pasta in this recipe (because they are CUTE and I was keeping them around for this perfect soup occasion) but it would also work with any other short pasta – orzo, macaroni, ditalini, etc.
The trick with the pasta is not to add it too early to the soup to prevent it from overcooking. I cooked the soup and the pasta separately on the stovetop. When we were ready to dish up, I ladled some pasta in the bowl first, then ladled a few scoops of the veggies/broth to combine. Once the soup was cooled (2 hours later), then I added the remainder of the pasta to the soup pot. Nothing worse than soft mushy pasta which absorbs all the stock!
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Smoked Tofu Noodle Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free, Comfort Food)
- 1.5 (14 ounce) Packages smoked tofu
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1.5 cups celery chopped
- 6 medium carrots peeled and chopped
- 10 cups vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 (16 ounce) package Pasta I used stars, but any small shape will do
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Salt if needed
- Dice the smoked tofu into small bite-sized pieces
- In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onions and garlic, sauté for 5 minutes on low until soft. Add the carrots and celery, and sauté for another 5 minutes on low.
- Add the vegetable stock and thyme and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Add the smoked tofu and parsley, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
- When ready to serve, add desired amount of pasta in bowl and ladle the soup over it.
- Once the large soup pot has cooled, add the remainder of the pasta so it doesn’t absorb too much hot liquid.