Well hello there, it’s been a while. Another year has come and gone. How’s the new year treating you so far? Well I hope. It always amazes me how fast time goes by. If you have little ones, this is especially true. Seems like they were fresh and new only yesterday, but as my oldest pointed out she will be 6 in just a couple of months. Oh yes, the birthday countdown has already begun. Funny how when you start getting older, birthdays go from “wahoo, my birthday” to “really another one, do I have to!?!”
This time of year in Florida isn’t all that cold, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying warm, comforting foods like soup. I whipped up a delicious vegan version of a childhood favorite for many kids, chicken and stars. This Vegan Chickpea and Stars Soup is every bit as comforting and tasty(I think more) as it’s non-vegan counterpart. Chickpeas are awesome for replacing meat in dishes. High in protein, fiber, and they can stand up to cooking without getting mushy. They are my go to bean for many recipes.
Stay warm and satisfied with a bowl of Vegan Chickpea and Stars soup.
If you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out! Leave a comment below or snap a pic and tag it @weelittlevegans on Instagram so I’ll be sure to see it!
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 2 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
- 6oz pasta. I used star pastina.
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon basil
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Heat in oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic for 5 minutes and add carrots and celery. Continue to cook, stirring often until vegetables have softened a bit, about 10 minutes.
Add stock and remaining ingredients, except pasta. Bring to a very gentle simmer and cover with lid. Cook until vegetables have reached desired tenderness about 25-30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Taste and adjust salt and other spices to your liking.
While vegetables cook, prepare pasta in a separate pot according to package directions. When soup is done add drained pasta and serve.
I added pasta to each bowl rather than the whole pot of soup so that leftovers could be stored without the pasta becoming too soft.