The crazy soup lady

They’re going to start calling me the crazy soup lady soon, I swear. When all other inspiration fails and I need to pack something for class and have a few hours to kill, the stock pot comes out and a soup is created!

The key players, celery and onions…sautéing and and getting spiced

Chickpea Noodle Soup

The vegan and gluten free version of your old favorite, chicken noodle!

Ingredients:

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup onions, diced

1/4 cup water

Seasonings to taste–I used some salt, pepper, paprika, celery salt, onion powder, and garlic powder

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 cups water

1/2 package frozen spinach

1 carton Imagine No Chicken Broth

1/2 package brown rice spaghetti (cooked separately)

2 bay leaves

Directions: Set up and cook the rice spaghetti following package instructions; set aside when done. Add celery, onions, 1/4 cup water, and seasonings to stock pot and let cook down for 5-10 minutes. Add carrots, mushrooms, chickpeas, broth, water, spinach, and bay leaves to pot. Bring to a rolling boil uncovered, once boiling for a few minutes, reduce to a simmer and cover. After about 30-60 minutes of simmering, add cooked pasta and allow to simmer for 5-10 more minutes.

I really loved this soup! There was a lot going on to actually chew on, not one of those wimpy vegetarian soups that you could basically drink with a straw. You could definitely mix up the seasonings to your taste and you could most definitely use a bouillon and water if you don’t have broth (but try to use a chicken-type broth to get that tradition flavor). Perfect soup to pack for grad school and elementary school (more substitute teaching this week)!

Today was one of those picturesque fall days that just makes you smile:

We’re just starting to get foliage here, this weekend I am definitely going to be doing some leaf “peeping.” (Who came up with that term…really?)

I wasn’t the only one smiling at this fall day, look close,  the leaf is grinning 🙂

There were also holy leaves:

But what made it truly beautiful was the sun shinning down:

And of course, my Mom and her decorations:

That’s all for today…it’s 11 p.m. and that is past my bedtime! Have a great night everyone and a great Thursday 🙂

Question: What’s your favorite soup recipe; post links if you can!!

lots of love,

Em

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5 Responses to The crazy soup lady

  1. I love soup! When I had eye surgery, my Grandma came to take care of me for a week and she made a HUGE batch of chicken and rice soup…I was addicted after that! I ate it for an entire week for lunch and dinner and wanted nothing else 🙂

    Enjoy your soup!

  2. Jenny says:

    I love your pictures! The chickpea was a great idea. My favorite soup is anything with tomatoes in it. : )

  3. Sharon says:

    that soup looks soooo good and perfect for a chilly day 🙂 i love the colors of autumn!

  4. Mama Pea says:

    Just wanted to say hello and thank you always for your sweet comments.

    This is my favorite soup:
    http://peasandthankyou.com/2009/12/08/the-why-and-the-how/

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