Whether you’re sick with a fever or a broken heart, this soup is the answer. I've replaced the chicken in this classic comfort food with chickpeas to give you the protein you need to help recover, and the broth filled with fresh thyme and garlic will smell so good your sinuses will want to clear up all on their own! If you’re still heartbroken, a little ice cream probably wouldn’t hurt either. (From Homestyle Vegan, copyright 2016 by Amber St. Peter. Used by permission Page Street Publishing Co.)
In a cast-iron Dutch oven or large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, fresh thyme and bay leaf and sauté until the veggies are softened, but not browned.
Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
Once the soup is boiling, add the noodles and chickpeas and cook for about 8 minutes, until the noodles are almost completely cooked (don’t worry, they’ll continue cooking in the water). Add salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from the heat and serve with freshly chopped parsley and salty crackers or bread.
Leftover soup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen indefinitely and reheated as needed.