A classic feel good simple soup made vegetarian! Chickpea Noodle Soup (vegetarian noodle soup) recipe comes together quick and in one pot. Like my Tuscan Tomato Chickpea Soup and Moroccan Chickpea Stew, this veggie noodle soup recipe is full of flavor and easy to make. This recipe is vegetarian and vegan.
A Classic Vegetarian Noodle Soup
We all know and love it. A comforting and healing soup many of us grew up on. I’d never considered homemade chickpea noodle soup until I adopted a vegetarian lifestyle. Up until that point I’d only known canned chicken noodle soup, and so I started exploring ways to make a vegetarian chicken noodle soup that was reminiscent of the traditional recipe.
This Recipe Is:
- Easy to Make
- Hearty and Satisfying
- Vegetarian and Vegan
The game changer in this vegetable noodle soup recipe was in the broth. All the prepared vegetable broths/base/bouillon I’d tried before didn’t offer the flavor or color I was after for this particular recipe. I really wanted that golden hue and rich flavor I loved from chicken noodle soup, without the chicken. Homemade vegetable broth was closer, but I rarely make homemade broth, let alone have it on hand.
Make Chicken Noodle Soup Vegetarian
Omitting chicken and adding chickpeas is an easy swap. It was the broth that had me wanting. But then I tried prepared no-chicken broth. Have you tried it? I find it to be the key ingredient to this rich and comforting chickpea noodle soup.
Ingredients For Chickpea Noodle Soup
Like some of my other Vegetarian Dinner Recipes, this recipe is pantry friendly since the ingredients are pantry staples and include long storage veggies. Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this easy vegan noodle soup recipe (see recipe card for full details):
- Fresh Veggies – yellow onion, celery, carrots
- Fresh Garlic – for best flavor
- Dried Herbs – bay leaf, thyme, and oregano.
- Ground black pepper – is a must! It adds depth and a bit of spice.
- No-Chicken Veggie Broth – I like Imagine brand because it’s organic. Find it at your well stocked grocery or Amazon.
- Ditalini Pasta – the smaller noodle size here doesn’t slip off the spoon. It’s neat and tidy and perfect in this vegetable noodle soup!
- Chickpeas – aka garbanzo beans, use canned or home-cooked here.
- Baby Spinach – optional, but tossing in a few handfuls at the end of cooking helps us eat more greens.
- Lemon – a squeeze at the end of cooking brightens this vegetarian noodle soup.
- Fresh Herbs – an optional fresh sprinkle of chopped parsley is a delicious way to finish the soup.
What is Ditalini Pasta?
Ditalini pasta is small pasta shaped like little short tubes. They’re a perfect addition in soups and stews where a smaller pasta is appropriate. Find it in other recipes such as minestrone and pasta e fagioli. It’s also fantastic in pasta salads! I appreciate ditalini’s small size in this soup because long noodles tend to fall off the spoon or slap us in the face!
Find more pantry friendly recipes like this Vegetarian Noodle Soup on my Easy Vegetarian Recipes page.
Quick Guide: How to Make this Vegetarian Noodle Soup
This vegetable noodle soup recipe comes together quickish making it a weeknight easy dinner. In summary, here’s how to pull this simple soup together (see recipe card for details):
- First, in a soup pot saute the onion, carrot and celery, just until the veggies begin to soften.
- Second, add the garlic and bay leaves, then pour in the broth and stir in the herbs. Cook on medium-high heat.
- Third, bring to a boil, then stir in the pasta and simmer.
- Next, once the pasta is cooked, stir in the chickpeas.
- Last, warm through, then if using, stir in the spinach and give it a squeeze of lemon. Taste for salt.
I love sharing this veggie noodle soup with a big salad, like this Apple Cranberry Salad, or grilled cheese. It’s hearty enough on it’s own too, especially with optional baby spinach stirred in.
A Few Recipe Notes
- Freezer Friendly? Yes Please! Chickpea noodle soup freezes with ease. Allow soup to cool completely, then transfer to a lidded freezer container for longer storage. Thaw in the fridge overnight and gently reheat stovetop.
- Gluten Free? While I’ve not tried it, I’d suggest cooking gluten free pasta separately from the soup and adding it to the soup pot after it’s done cooking. Check to make sure the broth is gluten free as well. Imagine vegetarian no-chicken broth indicates on their product page, their broth is gluten free.
- The Ditalini pasta soaks up a lot of broth in this chickpea noodle soup recipe, so if you feel the soup could use more broth, add up to an additional cup.
More Hearty Vegetarian Soup Recipes to Love
- Smoky White Bean and Wheat Berry Stew
- Tuscan Chickpea Tomato Soup
- African Peanut Stew
- Slow Cooker Taco Soup
- Mushroom Wild Rice Soup
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Chickpea Noodle Soup Recipe
- 1 Tbs Olive Oil
- 1 C (145g) Celery sliced thin, about 4 ribs
- 1 C (145g) Carrots sliced in coins, about 3 carrots
- 1/2 C (60g) Yellow Onion diced small, about 1/2 an onion
- 3 tsp Minced Garlic about 3 medium cloves
- 7 C (1 3/4 Qt / 1.6 Kg) No-Chicken Veggie Broth plus another cup (233g) if needed, *see note
- 2 Bay Leaf
- 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt
- 1/2 C (70g) Ditalini Pasta
- 1 (425g) Can Cooked Chickpeas drained and rinsed, about 2 cups
- 1/2 Lemon
- 3-4 Handfuls of Baby Spinach optional
- Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley chopped fine
- In a 4 Qt Dutch oven or heavy bottom soup pot, add the oil and heat until it shimmers. Add the celery, carrots and onion. Turn the heat to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally for 6-7 minutes, or until the veggies just begin to soften.
- Add the garlic, stir and cook for about one minute. Pour in the veggie broth. Add the bay leaves and sprinkle in the oregano, thyme, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil.
- Once the soup is boiling, stir in the pasta and cook, uncovered until al dente, or about 10-15 minutes. Stir occassionally to make sure the pasta is not sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Once the pasta is tender, turn the heat to medium low. Stir in the chickpeas and warm through, about 4-5 minutes. If desired, add another cup (233g) of broth. [optional] If using, stir in the spinach, adding one handful at a time. It will wilt quickly. Remove from heat. Squeeze in a bit of lemon juice. Stir. Taste for more lemon and seasoning adjustment. Add more salt if needed.
- Ladle into soup bowls, add a few grinds of fresh black pepper and garnish with parsley if desired.
- To Freeze: Allow soup to cool completely, then freeze in a lidded container for up to a month. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then gently reheat on stove top.
This was the perfect recipe for a rainy southern California day. My husband and I have both come down with the flu but luckily, we had all the ingredients on hand for this delicious and warming soup. And fortunately it was so easy to make! I substitued in small penne pasta and served it with warm crusty bread. It was a perfect dinner for us plus, we have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.
i forgot to give my 5 stars to my comments left earlier today. Apologies but again, this is one of my favorite soups! so delicious and so easy to make. Great to share with friends who also enjoy the soup.
Thank youuuu Joy!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Hello Traci, While SoCal is finally starting to dry out, my 1970 apartment remains really damp. With night time temps in the low 40’s I make a lot of soups and stews. With food prices so insulting, I try to stretch every penny. Twice a month I make..ButtEnd, small leftover pieces of fresh veggies, pasta sauce. As I cook for one I also have leftover beans in the freezer. This time I made your lovely soup. A few different veggie about 4 bites each and, chick peas and dark red kidney beans went in. All else was this recipe. This dish is so warming, feels like a hug in a mug. FYI..when the veggies came home I gave them a quick scrub and peeled. The peels then went into a pot with seasoning and just enough water to cover. Once cooked down, very wimpy, I cooled then added just enough oat beverage to make a nice thick mug of, “Cream of Veggie Peel” soup. Great memories of Granny Olli, she grew all things veggie! Take VERY GOOD CARE of YOU!!raf
Ooops! after the veggies cooled I creamed them, mini food processer with the oat beverage, usually makes 1 mug. If you have not made this try it, the flavor is amazing!raf
Hii BertaAnne! SO good to read your note! Thank you for sharing your take on this soup. I’m excited about the “Cream of Veggie Peel” soup! I love oat milk, so I know I’d love a creamy version of this soup! Stay warm (and dry) out there BertaAnne! Thank you for sharing!
Hands down this is one of my favorite soups! I made this soup consistently since i discovered the recipe on this site, several years ago. In fact, , i have made it already 3 times in the past 2 months and i double the recipe to ensure there’s enough to share and freeze. Those whom i share the soup with, agree that it’s so tasty and best of all, easy to make. Ingredients are pantry staples, except trying to find the small pasta can be challenging; but use small elbow’s in a pinch. Perfect soup for this cold wet weather. Thanks.
Hi Joy! Thank you for note of success, sharing your tip about doubling the recipe and small elbows! I love it! Super happy to hear you and everyone’s enjoying the soup!
a very nice alternative, thank you, I already like chickpeas anyway, so an welcome change for the chicken that I’m used to with these soup ingredients
Hi Sabrina! Hooray! SO happy to hear you enjoyed the soup. Thank you for your note!
My family loved this, and it was so easy! Thank you very much.
Hooray Jocelyn! Thank you for your note and giving the soup a go. SO happy to hear!
Such a great soup! Yummy, easy, and quick! Thank you!
Hooray, Teresa! Thank you for your note and giving the soup a go. SO happy to hear you’re enjoying it!
This was so good!! I got this in my email this morning and had everything on hand. It came together quickly and hit the spot on a rainy night…thanks for the delicious vegan recipe!
Hi Delin! Thank you for your note and giving the recipe a go! So happy to hear you enjoyed it. Hooray to having everything on hand!
i made the soup this week and first, it was easy to make and delicious. Shared a portion with a friend who immediately asked for the recipe. I had tiny elbow macaroni pasta and used that in a pinch No worries as it was filling and perfect for the cold days in SF Bay Area. I’m always on the search for soup recipes, that are easy to make and this fits the bill with great flavor.
Hi JC Louie! Thank you for coming back, leaving a note and sharing the recipe with your friend. Sounds like the tiny elbow mac was a hit!
Katherine | Love In My Oven
Perfect, simple, cozy soup! My whole family would love this one with a sourdough on the side :) Looks great!!
Yes to sourdough on the side…. how about a grilled cheese sourdough?! Thank you Katherine!
dr deborah bernstein
I’m making this tonight. Love ya, Traci!
Hiii Deb! SO happy to hear! xo
MaryAnn | The Beach House Kitchen
What a great idea to add the chickpeas Traci! Makes this soup even more of a meal. Can’t wait to give it a try!
Thank you Mare! Such an easy swap and they’re so hearty!