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Asian Spring Vegetable Soup with Tofu

Course Gluten free, Soup, Vegan
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Makes 4
Author Vanessa @VeganFamilyRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1 thumbsized piece of Fresh Ginger sliced
  • 1 large Garlic Clove sliced
  • 1 fresh Cayenne Pepper chopped
  • 1 Lemongrass stalk
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth I prefer organic, low sodium
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper sliced
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper sliced
  • 2 Carrots peeled and julienned
  • 10 Sugar Snap Peas
  • 3.5 ounces or 100g Cellophane Noodles/Bean Thread Noodles/Chinese Vermicelli/Glass noodles- all the same thing just different name
  • 2 Scallions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 7 ounces organic Firm Tofu diced
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut ginger and garlic into thin slices. Chop cayenne peppers and beat the lemongrass stalk with a wooden spoon until it frays a bit. Place ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper and lemongrass stalk in a medium sized stock pot filled 4 cups vegetable broth.
  2. Bring broth to a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile julienne carrots, slice bell peppers and scallions.
  4. Prepare cellophane noodles according to package directions. This is usually done by placing noodles in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then drain and rinse noodles.
  5. After allowing broth to sit for 15 minutes, remove lemongrass and add sugar snap peas. Bring broth to a boil again and then simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Dice tofu and fry in olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Season tofu with salt and pepper.
  7. Add bell peppers, carrots, scallions, tofu, and noodles to broth. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

1) If you love heat, try using a different chili pepper to season your broth with. The cayenne isn't to spicy and just gives this broth a subtle kick. You can up the heat of the cayenne pepper used in the broth by letting it soak in the broth longer. Hubbs and I noticed this when we went back for seconds. The broth had been sitting for an additional 15 -20 minutes and was far spicier.2)Feel free to use different colored bell peppers or to use those on hand. I don't recommend green bell pepper for this soup.3)You can also use rice noodles in place of the cellophane noodles.4)This is gluten free if you make sure to use gluten-free broth.