Whoever said that Chicken soup is good for the soul is spot on. These three Chicken soup recipes with vegetarian options are like a warm hug on a cold day. These 3 recipes are made very easily and can be stored in mason jars for a wonderful light meal all week long. I grab whatever soup I fancy and bring it to work and at lunchtime, all I have to do is reheat in the microwave and enjoy!
The first soup is a Sweet Corn soup also known as the Chicken sweet corn for a non vegetarian version. This soup is a favourite in every Chinese restaurant and it’s so easy to make, my mom would make this for us all the time. If you like seafood, this is also super delicious with crab meat.
The next recipe is a Thai Coconut Rice & Mushroom soup, again, with or without Chicken. Lemongrass and Thai Red Curry paste is the star in the soup and is made hearty with Mushrooms and Rice.
And finally who doesn’t love a good old fashioned Chicken Noodle soup. The stock is enhanced with Garlic and diced Carrots & Celery make this super colourful. Cooked Pasta is added to the broth together with some fresh Parsley. This soup is not cooked for long to prevent the veggies from losing their vibrancy and crunch. Again, Chicken is optional.
Raise your hand if you’re a big fan of Manchow soup – I certainly am. Rumour is that this soup originated in Meghalaya(watch till the end of the video to see how we struggled to pronounce it). This recipe spread all over India and around the world. I spent a lot of time in Indo Chinese restaurants in India while I was in college and this was definitely one of my favourites.
This soup is not just served in the finest of restaurants but also on street stalls all over India. In this recipe all the ingredients are finely chopped and are simmered in a spicy, salty and sour soup base and topped with deep fried noodles – what’s not to love? This recipe is vegetarian, but you can easily make this non veg by using Chicken stock and adding in diced Chicken. Or, you can just add cooked chicken to the veg soup, the choice is up to you. I have plenty of Vegetarian friends with Non Vegetarian family members, so this is a great option.
When I bought ingredients for this soup, I realized that I had a lot more produce than I needed. The simplest thing was to meal prep the ingredients so the next batch of soup can make it’s way to my dining table a lot faster. It’s a great ace to pull out of your freezer when you’re sick or you need a quick weeknight meal. And if you have a kid away at University like I do, he or she can whip up a healthy bowl of soup with little pre planning.
Even though the weather is warming up, it’s still pretty chilly and I’m always in the mood for a nice bowl of comfort in a bowl soup. Cauliflower is a perfect ingredient for a soup, once cooked it blends into a velvety creaminess. This version is so much better. The Cauliflower is roasted, spiced and then cooked in Coconut milk before turning into a luscious soup studded with Peas and fresh Coriander.
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This hearty soup is a kid pleaser. Meatballs are simmered in a blend of roasted Red peppers & Tomatoes with hints of Basil & Oregano. It’s studded with corn and mixed beans for additional protein and finished off with fresh cilantro and cheese.
When it comes to meals my kids just LOVE anything Mexican. From Tacos to Burritos, they can’t get enough. We’ve been to Mexico several times and the flavours bring back so many fond memories! When it comes to Easy Weeknight Meals, I’m always looking for shortcuts to inject great flavor in a short time. Campbell’s® condensed soups are a great way to prepare many recipes.
For this recipe I chose a combination of Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato and Tomato with Basil & Oregano soups. Together, these create the perfect base to simmer my meatballs in. Making meatballs for this recipe is super easy as well, just combine a few ingredients as listed in the recipe below and drop them into your soup. I also like to add beans and corn and finish off with cheese.
When I was developing this recipe and was playing with garnishes, I was surprised that my son who is also my taste tester, dunked the chip in the soup and asked for more. I also love that this soup is so filling that it’s literally dinner in a bowl. With the meatballs and cheese, kids adore it but it’s sophisticated and filling for the adults as well.
You can also make and simmer meatballs ahead and freeze them to make a quicker version of this soup. Or just freeze the soup after it’s prepared. Leftovers make a tasty office lunch as well!
It’s been almost 20 years since I’ve been living in Canada and it wasn’t until a subscriber reminded me, that I remembered how much I love Tom Yum soup. Now although I have been to Thailand, my memories of Tom Yum actually come from Dubai in the Middle East. This may seem strange, but Dubai is very similar to Toronto in it’s culinary diversity. While developing this recipe I ate bowl after bowl of Tom Yum from different restaurants to make sure I captured all of flavors that make this perfect in one bowl. While this soup may seem like it has a lot of ingredients, it’s really simple to put together and its combination of sweet, salty, spicy and salty is second to none. Like with many other recipes, there are different versions of this soup Shrimp, Chicken & Vegetarian and the ingredients for the different proteins differ slightly. I LOVE Shrimp, so my first preference would be to make Tom Yum Goong – Tom means to boil, Yum refers to ingredients used in a Thai Salad and Goon means Shrimp or Prawn.
Toronto is a melting pot of cultures and it’s easy to find ingredients like Lemongrass, Galangal, Thai Chillies, Lime leaves and many others. I always freeze leftover ingredients so I have those on hand if fresh is not available. Since I’m making a Shrimp Tom Yum, I use with 4 .5 cups of my homemade Shrimp stock. This is made my sautéing Shrimp shells and then letting them boil in water to extract the flavor. You can also use store-bought stock. The Shrimp stock INMHO is one of the most important ingredients to get this soup rocking. This is then infused with Lemongrass, Galangal, Lime leaves and Thai Chilies. I also add Shrimp paste, Coriander stem, Mushrooms, Button and Enoki, fish sauce, Palm sugar and Coconut milk and once the broth is perfect, Shrimp is poached in this liquid and cooked till perfect. The sour comes from a squeeze of fresh Lime and I also use whole head on Shrimp together with Coriander & Lime leaves and Thai Chilies as garnish.
Watch how I clean the Shrimp while leaving the head and shell on below.
I love Chinese food and this Indo Chinese recipe for Hot & Sour soup is my favourite! Indo Chinese food is the cuisine made by Chinese immigrants that have lived in India for generations and have adapted their cuisine to the Indian palate. A ledge population of India are Vegetarians, so the Veggie version of this soup is almost as popular as it’s non veg counterpart. You can so easily make this a Vegetarian version of this by just omitting the Chicken and using a veggie stock. The most important thing is to get all your ingredients organized. Chinese cooking is done quite quickly, so it’s really important to have everything ready and prepared. I have all my ingredients prepped and ready from the sliced shallots, minced garlic & ginger to all the julienne cuts of carrots & bamboo shoots and Tofu to the sliced mushrooms and finely chopped coriander stem. Together with some condiments like chilli paste and soya and fresh Chicken stock, this is going to warm your soul.
If it’s not homemade, my favourite restaurant to eat this at is Golden China in Markham on Markham Road & 14th Avenue. Their soup is delicious as are their Shrimp pakoras. This restaurant is run by a wonderful Indian Chinese family from Bombay, India. Over the years we have gotten to know them since our children attended the same school.
This soup because of all it’s delicate ingredients does not freeze well, so it’s good to enjoy it fresh.
Right by my office at my local Loblaws they make and serve a mean Thai Chicken soup. I love Thai flavors and this soup does not dissapoint. The main ingredient is Thai red curry paste that is mellowed down but not dorwned out by a delicious and creamy coconut milk. After paying about 7 dollars each time I had a Thai soup craving, I decided to experiment with different variations of the recipe till I finally got it just right. I added rice and veggies to this to make it very hearty.
You can use store bought Red Thai Curry paste, but there’s magic if you make your own and I have a recipe right here for you if you want an authentic taste. This soup will leave you KRAVING for more.
Arrrrrriba Arrrriba, I’m in the mood for a little Mexican party and we’re going to prepare a Fiesta Chicken Soup. In this recipe, I’m going to use fresh ingredients combined with the smokiness of Mexican chilli and cumin. I’m using large red mexican chillies, these can be purchased dried and I’m simply going powder this in my food processor. If you can’t find regular Mexican dried chillies, you can substitute guajillo, ancho or even chipotle dried peppers. You can even just use Mexican chilli or chipotle powder.
This soup is great as is but even better garnished with a dollop of sour cream, some cheese and some fresh Pico de gallo. If I have any leftovers I heat it up in a pan and poach my eggs in them as a great kick start to the day.
Whenever I’m at a Chinese restaurant, it’s always a toss up between ordering a Hot & Sour or a Sweet Corn Crab or Chicken soup. If we can’t decide, we always order both and share it. If I’m making this at home, this soup will win hands down since it’s much easier to make and uses mostly pantry staples so I can whip it together for the family in no time.
My mom has been making this for years and I followed suit, in fact I didn’t even realize that I needed to write down the recipe till I needed to add this recipe to my channel.My personal fave is Crab, but you can easily make this with chicken or even leave it as is for a veggie option.