Chickpea Noodle Soup with Spiralized Celeriac
Chickpea Noodle Soup with Spiralized Celeriac Will Hit the Spot!
My Chickpea Noodle Soup actually has no real noodles in it at all. Instead, its overflowing with noodle-thin strands of celery root and carrot. I think that alone makes this an over-achievingveggie soup.
If you have a spiralizer, this recipe is a great excuse to get it out. If you cant find affordable celeriac, you could do carrot or zucchini noodles instead.
What is celeriac?
Its sometimes called celery root, but its not the actual root of the plant we call celery. However, it does have a very mild flavor similar to celery and comes with the extra added bonus of being string-less.
It also makes a tasty substitute for mashed potatoes too if you want to give that a try.
If you just see it on your grocers shelf you might pass it by. Its extremely weird looking. Gnarled up, furry with course hair-like roots and so bumpy it can be hard to peel. Dont judge this veggie by looks alone the flavor and texture are wonderful.
Is Celery Root Hard to Peel?
Believe it or not the celery root pictured above is actually more uniform and easier to peel than most. I even got it at a chain grocery so it was pretty cheap too.
Is Celeriac Expensive?
Make sure to weigh your root first if you are paying by the pound. I got an $8 one at Whole Foods before ack! This one was about $3.
How Do You Spiralize Celery Root?
Once youve cut the end off the celeriac or carrots, peel, then create the noodle shapes with aspiralizerorjulienne peeler. Ive linked to the Paderno spiralizer that I have pictured above. It gets the best reviews and Ive been very happy with it so far.
I had to work much harder to get the celery root noodles, so make sure that youre pushing in as you turn. Close to the end I had worn little grooves in the root on the side that was attached to the handle.
I took it off and turned it around so the spikes could get a grip again. This worked and I was able to make noodles out of almost the whole root.
While the strands above are long even though I broke them apart a little stirring the soup broke them up into a more soup sized noodle. Even though that happened, the veggie itself does not get mushy.
I love the texture of this soup and ate 2 bowls of it for dinner. I didnt let Cheryl take the leftovers to work either. Theyre all mine!
Chickpea Celeriac Spiralized "Noodle" Soup
Heres a gluten-free, soy-free noodle-less vegetable noodle soup. The noodles are actually spiralized veggies!
- 1 medium celeriac (celery root, peeled)
- 2 medium or 1 large carrots
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or broth
- 1 small onion (minced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 5 cups water
- 1 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (drained and rinsed if canned)
- 1 vegetable bouillon cube
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground rosemary or 3/4 teaspoon dried non-ground
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- a few handfuls of chopped kale or greens (optional)
- Use the spaghetti sized blade on a spiralizer or use a julienne peeler tool to make the noodles from the celeriac and carrots.
- Celeriac takes some concentration to spiral, but just keep pressing as you turn and youll make it through just fine. You will use about 3 cups of the celeriac and all of the carrots later, save the rest for another soup or use in another dish.
- Heat the olive oil or broth in a soup pot over medium heat, once hot saute the onion until translucent. Add the garlic and saute another 2 or 3 minutes.
- Add the water, chickpeas, bouillon, thyme, marjoram, smoked paprika, turmeric and rosemary. Turn the heat up and almost bring to a boil. Add the celeriac and carrot noodles, hen cover and simmer over medium-low until the veggie noodles are tender about 15 minutes.
- Before serving stir in the nutritional yeast and add salt and pepper to suit your taste. The amount of salt will vary depending on the bouillon you use.
- I like to throw in some chopped kale right before serving. The warm broth will soften it, but it wont get mushy. If you have a picky eater its the mushy that seems to bother them the most about greens.
More Recipes to Try
- Italian Slow Cooker Cranberry Bean Soup with Greens
- Vegan Slow Cooker Lentil Vegetable Soup
- Slow Cooker Mole Mushroom Vegan Tacos or Huaraches
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