Rice Noodle Soup With Vegetables and Roasted Chickpeas

Rice Noodle Soup With Vegetables and Roasted Chickpeas

I admire anyone who can get through the winter without having soup at least once. I am dismayed by abrupt days, the onset of darkness at 4 o’clock and trying to find a compromise between dressing like a burrito and sacrificing my comfort for the sake of fashion. Some of my family members may like to swim in frozen ponds, but I certainly won’t be joining them any time soon (read: in my entire existence).

Vegan rice noodle soup with roasted chickpeas

Winter, overall, is a time of contrasts. In December, Christmas lights spark an internal fire to shield you against sub zero temperatures. January is a serene month characterised by reflection and adjustment to the rhythm of the new year, while February allows us to embrace the last remnants of winter while knowing that spring is right around the corner. Bleakness and joy interlace everywhere. You may have to brace yourself against the cold each time you step through a door leading to the external world, or if you are like me – accept that your organisational skills need sharpening when you misplace your umbrella four times in a country which is stereotyped by rainy winters. In response, a drive to create more ‘hygge’ in our lives appears throughout society.

Vegan noodle soup

For many of us, however, tight schedules render intricate candle-lighting rituals and bubble baths an occasional luxury. As a consequence, we must search for simplicities that nonetheless paint our winters in warmer hues: reading a book on the sofa, visiting a new coffee shop, going for a run in the early morning and increasing your body temperature to a comfortable equilibrium. Another technique, however, can be summarised in four letters. Soup. With many foods having acquired a borderline cult of personality on social media (think avocado, smoothie bowls, pancakes), soup deserves much broader recognition for its qualities, despite being less photogenic than a colourful bowl of porridge. 

Vegan rice noodle soup recipe

Vegan noodle soup recipe

I recall frequently eating soups when I was younger, losing interest during my early teenage years before rediscovering my love over the last couple of months , since I decided to up the creativity of my cooking. Firstly, soups are easy to make, and do not demand unremitting attention: you can easily do something else as they simmer away. Secondly, they carry an abundance of health benefits, in particular when a medley of spices and vegetables is involved. And last but not least, on certain days nothing can beat a steaming plate of warmth served with a thick slice of bread, especially as fifty percent of the nation seems to be fighting some fort of cold at that given moment.

Vegan soup with noodles and chickpeas

This soup is peppery, comforting and fragrant, with the noodles helping to soak up the flavours and the vegetables releasing a wholesome, earthy aroma. The chickpeas add an irresistible crunch and deliver a serving of protein – in fact, their versatility and general deliciousness makes them one of my favourite plant based protein sources alongside other varieties of beans. So, yeah, chances are I will still be eating this even as winter gives way to warmer seasons while in my usual contradictory fashion, neglecting smoothie bowls until September. Let me know in the comments if you choose to give this recipe a go!

Vegan soup with vegetables

Rice noodle soup with vegetables and roasted chickpeas

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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This protein-packed, vegan and nutritious soup makes for a comforting dinner or an easy lunch on a cold day.

Vegan soup with noodles and chickpeas

Credit: whatismaria.com


  • 1 can (400g) canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 120g baby button mushrooms
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 4-5 medium vine tomatoes
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4.5-5 cups vegetable stock (see note 1)
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 150g white rice noodles
  • 10-12 zucchini ribbons (see note 2)
  • large handful of chopped kale


  1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees C/ 392 F. Distribute chickpeas over a lightly greased baking tray, covering in the agave nectar and the paprika. Roast in the oven for around 20-25 minutes, until golden and crispy.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare your vegetables. Finely dice the bell pepper and the onion, cut the carrot into thin strips and chop the mushrooms in accordance with your preference. Spray the bottom of a large saucepan with some cooking spray and add the mushrooms and the onions. Stir over a high heat for around 2-3 minutes, before adding the carrot, the pepper and the tomato paste. Stir for a further 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables are translucent.
  3. Add the vine tomatoes and press down to release the juices. Keep stirring for a further minute.
  4. Pour in the vegetable stock alongside the soy milk, the ginger powder, the chilli powder, the curry powder, the soy sauce, the tamarind paste and the black pepper. Bring to a boil, before lowering the heat and simmering for around 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add in the rice noodles and keep simmering for a further 5 minutes (or until the noodles are cooked), stirring occasionally. Take off the heat and stir in the zucchini ribbons and kale.
  6. Divide between serving bowls and sprinkle with the roasted chickpeas, fresh red onions and more black pepper/sea salt if desired.

Note 1: add more if it starts to get too thick for your liking, but I personally don’t like my soups to be too watery!

Note 2: to make these, simply use a vegetable peeler to cut off wide, thin strips from the zucchini.

Vegan noodle soup with vegetables and roasted chickpeas

Lots of love, Maria ♡

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  1. The Style of Laura Jane January 26, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I make a soup really similar to this and have all the ingredients in my cupboard. So I already know that this will be delicious but the images themselves are perfect. If the soup was eyebrows, it would be on fleek – terrible joke but thank you for this amazing recipe!xxx

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Ah thank you so much for your lovely comment! This is my favourite type of soup to have, and it’s great that it can be done using simple, staple ingredients. And that’s a fab joke in my opinion – on a bad eyebrow day, the best thing you can do it make on fleek soup :’) xox

  2. Sarah January 27, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Can I hire you as my personal chef?? 😉 Looks amazing

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Haha of course :’) Thank you so much!!

  3. Dippy-Dotty Girl January 27, 2018 / 2:17 am

    Now that was an ode to soup in prose and I was delighted by the way you brought forth the heartiness of soup in your very words. I shall have to give it a try what with the added goodness of nigella seeds! Also, a quick note of appreciation for the ladle. xx

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Haha thank you so much – I had a lot of fun trying to make soup sound interesting in some way :’) and I’m so happy that you like the ladle – my family has had it for decades and it was one of the pieces we ended bringing to England with us when we moved! Hope you have a fantastic weekend xx

      • Dippy-Dotty Girl January 27, 2018 / 4:20 pm

        The ladle might have a backstory? I love such family pieces with sentiment and stories tucked in. The soup must taste that much better. Hope your weekend is going well. Mine has started off just right. xx

        • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 9:10 pm

          I’m not sure of its exact backstory, but having ‘lived’ in the USSR I’m sure it’s seen some monumental historical events! Pieces like that really do make each meal that much more special. And I’m glad to hear that – my Saturday has been pretty good thus far as well 🙂

  4. kittyp0p January 27, 2018 / 3:13 am

    This recipe is calling my name! Yum yum yum (:

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 7:44 am

      You should give it a go for sure! Thank you very much xox

  5. sayeedahsparkles January 27, 2018 / 3:52 am

    That looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I love chick peas so will definitely try this

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 8:25 am

      Thank you very much! Chickpeas are pretty amazing 🙂 Hope you like it if you give it a go xox

  6. Laura @ Feast Wisely January 27, 2018 / 4:08 am

    You’re making me crave winter Maria as we bake through the middle of the Australian Summer!

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Haha I will send you some winter if you send me some of your amazing weather? :’)

  7. Britney January 27, 2018 / 5:40 am

    This looks delicious!

  8. Rosinalee January 27, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Okay this looks and sounds absolutely delicious, I HAVE to try this!!! xxx

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      You should give it a go for sure! Thank you so much for your comment xox

  9. RevolutionaryRoads January 27, 2018 / 9:31 am

    I love all you recipes! ❤️ Your blog has lately been my source for healthy cooking inspiration 😊 It’s so helpful and healthy! Keep the recipes coming, please xxx

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Wow this really means a lot to me! I always want to show how delicious and easy healthy eating can be, so I am glad to hear my recipes have been helpful. Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂 xo

  10. RafstheticallyPleasing January 27, 2018 / 10:42 am

    wow this looks delicious 😉 i need to try this out – i shall let you know how it does
    ~raff xx

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you like it if you end up giving it a go 🙂

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you Courtney! I’m glad you like it 🙂

  11. Gluecksgeist January 27, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Okay this looks insane!! I need to try this asap xx

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Ahh that means a lot to me – thank you very much 🙂

  12. crystalsandcurls January 27, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    UM YUM! I love soup (the chunkier the better) so this is absolutely perfect for me. Also I had a little chuckle at the relatives that jump in ice ponds xD xx

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      Ahh thank you! I can admit that I too am a fan of chunky soup, but definitely cannot imagine myself being a fan of swimming in a frozen lake :’) xx

  13. Absolutely Olivia January 27, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Ugh why does this look so yummy?! Definitely craving some soup right now after seeing this 🙂

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you Olivia! You should go and make yourself some for sure 🙂

  14. fivefeetandoneinch January 27, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Do you take the skin off of the chickpeas before you roast then because I can’t seem to get mine right?

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Nope I usually just leave them as they are! But maybe you could give it a go and see if it works better? 🙂

  15. Audrey January 27, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I’m not in the habit of drinking soup, so when I do, I always feel so amazed by how warm I feel on the inside after drinking it and I wonder why I don’t drink soup more often in the winter 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • whatismaria January 27, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      Haha yeah I definitely think I’ve missed out by not having soup regularly for quite a few years because now my obsession with it is real – definitely the perfect cure for a cold day :’)

  16. SimpleSerenity January 27, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Your food posts always make my mouth water. I legit saved about 10 of your food blog posts, things that I need to try. xx

    • whatismaria January 28, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Omg thank you – this really means so much to me! This one is one of my personal favourites so you should give it a try for sure 🙂 xx

  17. K.M. Sutton January 27, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    SO funny because I am reading this as I eat chicken soup. Yours looks much more delicious then mine! And I agree. Soup is such a staple during the Winter, Especially where it has been freezing here! <3

    • whatismaria January 28, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Aww I’m so glad you like it! Soup really is an ideal cure for feeling chilly this time of year 🙂 xx

  18. victorialise January 28, 2018 / 2:49 am

    Wow, this looks divine and I imagine it tastes to too! I will have to try this perhaps this week as it as been so very cold here. So grateful for your wonderful recipes!

    • whatismaria January 28, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment! I hope it manages to warm you up if you end up making it 🙂 I’m always happy to share xox

  19. ughmango January 28, 2018 / 5:54 am

    I have kind of lost my interest for soups too, I guess I just ate too much same ones when I was a kid. But hey this recipe sounds so good because well I love love love chickpeas, so definitely gonna keep this in mind 💗 xx

    • whatismaria January 28, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Yes I think I did overeat them to an extent! But now it feels great to have regained some of my interest. Hope you like this if you end up trying it out 🙂

  20. silkandspire January 28, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Looks so yum, I must remember to make something like this when the weather finally starts to cool down over here 🙂

    • whatismaria January 28, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you! And you should for sure – even in warmer weather this could be delicious if you leave it in the fridge for a bit!

      • silkandspire January 29, 2018 / 6:44 am

        Oh thats an idea hadn’t thought of that 🙂

  21. abigail January 28, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    This looks so nice! Will definitely try to make it soon 🙂

    • whatismaria January 29, 2018 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you! I hope you like it if you do:)

    • whatismaria January 29, 2018 / 12:50 pm

      Ah this means a lot to me! Thank you very much for reading and for your kind nomination 🙂 <3

  22. Anya Wangsuwan January 31, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    I am literally drooling! I NEED to make this, thanks for sharing the recipe x

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