Just in time for a holiday weekend, I’ve caught a nasty case of (what I am fairly certain is) bronchitis. We didn’t have any plans for this Memorial Day, but I was hoping to do a few things around the house other than cough my way nonstop through the weekend. Instead, I sound and feel miserable (“Mom, you sound like you’re coughing up a hairball,” The Boy told me last night. “Or maybe two cats.”) He has a way with words, that kid. And he’s right.
Last night, I wanted a bowl of chicken noodle soup in the worst way possible. This is easier said than done when you’re gluten-free and vegetarian. Fortunately, after finding some recipes on Pinterest and taking scraps from here and there, I was able to throw together a steamy, soothing bowl of what I’m calling my Homemade Gluten-Free, Tofu-Free Mock “Chicken” Noodle Soup. I made this up as I went along, so forgive the imprecise measurements. I also have no affiliation with the products mentioned; I’m just a happy customer.
Homemade Gluten-Free, Tofu-Free Mock “Chicken” Noodle Soup
2 tbsps. olive oil
onion and garlic (I used about 2 or 3 cups of Birds Eye Recipe Ready Chopped Onions and Garlic, as I wanted a lot of both)
a few dashes of dried thyme
a few dashes of dried parsley
8 cups hot water
about 2 cups small-shaped gluten-free pasta (I had a choice between elbow macaroni and medium shells; I went with the macaroni)
I had about 1/3 of a package of Beyond Meat Lightly Seasoned chicken strips remaining in the freezer, so I decided to add them
Heat 2 tbsps olive oil in pot.
Add onion and garlic blend along with the dried thyme.
Saute for a few minutes till it is nice and sizzling.
Add 8 cups hot water, then the Not Chick’n boullion cubes.
Stir and bring to a boil. Sprinkle in the parsley.
Add pasta and continue to boil for the package directions (mine was 7 minutes)
Microwave the Beyond Meat chicken strips and toss in the pot.
Add salt and pepper to taste. I didn’t add salt, as it didn’t seem to need it.
This seems flexible enough to add carrots, celery, or peas if you choose. I hate celery and didn’t have carrots or peas, otherwise I would have probably added those.
The result was exactly what I’d hoped for – a very soothing, comforting bowl of a classic favorite.
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