On cold winter afternoons, I often dream of a big bowl of soup to warm me up from the inside out. Just one problem- most of those cream-based soups tend to be super high in fat and calories (and dreadfully low in nutrients and fiber).
Do we really have to forgo stick-to-your-ribs goodness for the sake of healthy eating? Not today!
I found the perfect blend of hearty and healthy with this non-dairy, creamy (and dreamy!) noodle soup. I've subbed out the cream base for a silky smooth cauliflower puree. In my photo you can see I opted for more of a "stew" consistency but if that's not your preference, it's easy enough to add more plant milk to thin it out.
This recipe is completely plant-based and packed with fiber, nutrients, and phytochemicals that will give you a healthy, hearty start to the new year!
Creamy, Dreamy Noodle Soup
- 3 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 cups plain plant-milk (I used Silk Almondmilk Original)
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 cup brown mushrooms, chopped
- 1-1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (divided)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cooked pasta (penne suggested)
- 1 cup garbanzo beans
- small bag fingerling potatoes, roasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Lay cauliflower florets on baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20-25 minutes.Allow to cool and place in a blender. Add plant milk and blend until smooth.
In a large saute pan over medium high heat, saute carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, and 1/2 tsp of poultry seasoning until onions are translucent (5-8 minutes). Add cauliflower puree, then season with remaining poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add water and cook on medium heat, uncovered for 10 minutes, allowing veggies to continue to soften.
If you prefer a thinner consistency, at this point you can also add more plant milk. Be careful- add 1/2 cup at a time. You may need to also adjust the seasoning.
To serve, add pasta, garbanzo beans, and potatoes (as desired).