A vegan & gluten-free version of the ultimate comfort food: chicken noodle soup! It's hearty, savoury, super comforting, and tastes just like the real deal. Try this plant-based alternative the next time you're craving a warming bowl of chicken noodle soup, but aren't feeling the whole ~chicken~ thing!
Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to press out any excess moisture from the block of tofu. Then, cut the tofu into small cubes.
Add the tofu pieces to a bowl with tamari / soy sauce, thyme and oregano, and toss until tofu is evenly coated. Spread onto the lined baking sheet in one layer and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, toss, and bake for another 15 minutes. (While the tofu is in the oven for the first 15 minutes, I recommend prepping the vegetables and measuring spices. After placing the tofu back in the oven halfway through baking, it's time to get started on the soup!)
To a large pot, add olive oil, carrots, celery and onion, and sauté over medium heat for approximately 8 minutes, or until soft but not brown. Add the minced garlic for the last minute of cooking. Stir frequently, and reduce heat if at any point the mixture starts to brown.
Add vegetable broth, water, thyme, pepper and salt to the pot, and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Uncover and add nutritional yeast, rotini pasta, and baked tofu. Bring back to a gentle boil and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
Remove from heat and stir in the finely chopped fresh parsley. Adjust salt and pepper, and add chilli flakes, if desired.