Italian Wedding Soup, or Chicken Soup with Escarole, is a staple for all holidays celebrated in an Italian household. Whether it is Christmas dinner or any day that ended in the letter “y”, chicken soup with escarole was practically always on the menu.
I have not had this traditional soup for 15+ years and I am happy to share with you, my vegan recipe. I decided to call it Chicken-less Soup for the Souls because of the chickens saved in making this variety.
There are numerous options to use in place of the chicken, including Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n Bouillon Cubes or Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base. I also recommend the new Vegan Chicken-Less Seasoning Salt from Trader Joe’s. It is a delicious blend of sea salt, onion powder, Spices, Turmeric and Garlic Powder. I use it to season the tofu after frying it and before adding to the soup.
Brussels sprouts are a part of the cabbage family and date back to 1000 B.C. They were cultivated and gained popularity in Brussels and Belgium during the 13th Century.
Brussels sprouts are low in calories and an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, and Magnesium.
They generally absorb the taste of the first seasoning used in cooking them. If you are looking for a savory taste, I recommend starting the process by parboiling them in salted water. And, if you prefer a sweeter taste, start with water seasoned with sugar, maple syrup, agave, or another sweetener.
Caution should be used to not overcook Brussels Sprouts. When they become gray-looking it tends to give them a super-strong pungent smell and taste.
The frying for this recipe can be done in a pan, deep fryer, or for a healthier option, an air-fryer.
I have only a few regrets in my culinary career and one of them is that I did not discover spaghetti squash until later in life! You can do so much with it and the rich, buttery taste makes it a fantastic gluten-free substitute for traditional pasta.
One cup only contains 42 calories and just 0.5 grams of fat! It is also a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6!
This recipe, once the spaghetti squash has baked in the over, comes together in less than a minute!