This is a really simple and easy soup that you should be able to go from starting to sitting down eating in 40-60 minutes (and that is mostly simmer-time when you can do other things!) depending on your chopping speed.
If you are sick, I recommend doubling the garlic and adding some oregano and cayenne.
To make this recipe as time efficient as possible, get your veggies ready to go, then add them to the pan as you chop.
- add 1 TBSP of olive oil – heat under medium low heat
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ a yellow onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- Small handful of fresh thyme (1 TBSP)
- Add 1 L (4 cups) of water, plus 1- 1 ½ bouillon cube(s)*.
*This really depends on your salt preference, I usually start with one and taste test my way up to 1.5.
Set to medium low and turn on a timer for 20 minutes – go do a thing, clean up, get some work done, have a dog wrestle, whatever people do.
Next, add your celery, cabbage and your chickpeas
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 cup chopped cabbage
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen green peas
Timer for 5 minutes, then add:
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- Cracked black pepper to taste
Let simmer for 5 more minutes.
- 2-4 TBSP Nutrional yeast
Serve with already-cooked noodles, pasta, or crackers/bread.
- If you don’t have fresh thyme 1/2 – 1 Tsp of dried will be fine
- if you don’t have chickpeas, other white beans, lentils or tofu would all be nice here
- if you don’t have cabbage kale or spinach would be nice – broccoli as well!
- If you like things spicy, add 1/2 tsp cayenne, or if like me, you have family members that aren’t into spicy food, but others that want to kick it up a notch, you can also add some of whatever spice-giver you have in the fridge. I’m fond of adding some of that asian chili and garlic red sauce sauce to this soup.
A note on nooch
Nutritional yeast, or nooch as the hippies call it, may be a new taste to new vegans. I love nutritional yeast’s flavour myself, but folks that new new to it may prefer 2 TBSP to the 4.
I highly recommend that you google around and inform yourself about Nutritional Yeast, it’s a main source of B12 for vegans and important to know about!
Like all cooking, taste test it and adjust to your personal preferences!