One of the best things about cooler weather is being able to cook up a hot and hearty soup and enjoy it without breaking a sweat. The comforting dish is part of virtually every cuisine and nowadays, there are so many different kinds of soup to choose from. We have recipes for Nutritious Soups and Stews to Make in Your Slow Cooker, Quick Soups You Can Make to Get Warm Fast, and Hearty Soups to Keep You Satisfied. And flavor-wise, there’s tomato, pumpkin, miso, split pea, lentil… the list goes on. Here, at One Green Planet, soups with noodles and grains are some of our favorites! After all, they’re essentially two meals in one. Noodle-wise, there’s udon and ramen, rice-based or bean-based noodles, and they are available in supermarkets and specialty stores all over. You’ll also find soups with white and brown rice, as well as ancient grains like quinoa and millet. And the best part is, many of these soups have ditched the chicken and bone broths for vegetable ones, so people with any dietary preference can still enjoy them! Here are 15 noodle and grain-based veggie soups available online that we think you should check out.
Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl
Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle popular in Japanese cuisine. Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl takes udon noodles and submerges them in a savory broth. Specifically, this fat-free meal is made with naturally brewed soy sauce, Shiitake mushrooms, sea vegetables, evaporated cane juice, rice wine, green onion, bok choy, deep-fried tofu, red pepper, and carrots. You can either cook this soup in a microwave or by adding boiling water. Reviewers are saying that this soup is convenient, flavorful, and larger than the typical microwaveable soup cup. Some reviewers have also added extra vegetables and tofu to make it more into a complete dinner as opposed to a lunch. To try it out, you can get a pack of six 5.9-ounce cups for a little less than $12.
Bob's Red Mill Whole Grains and Beans Soup Mix
For an easy way to get a diverse range of whole grains in your diet, consider checking out Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grains and Beans Soup Mix. This dry soup mix is made with small red beans, pinto beans, lentils, red lentils, whole oat groats, brown rice, wheat berries, rye berries, hard red wheat, pearl barley, kamut, buckwheat groats, and sesame seeds. A 1/4 cup of this mix provides 10 grams of protein and to make it, you simply have to add boiling water, or broth for a more robust flavor. Reviewers are saying that this mix is unique, vitamin-rich, makes a very filling soup, and is being sold at a very good price. You can get a pack of four 26-ounce bags for about $29.50.
Dr. McDougall's Pad Thai Noodle Soup
Why have Pad Thai on its own when you can have it in a savory broth? Dr. McDougall’s Pad Thai Noodle Soup has all of the ingredients of the popular Thai dish – rice noodles, green onion, tofu, cilantro, and lime – plus broth! It is gluten-free and saturated fat-free. Reviewers are saying that this soup has a nice balance of flavors, is pretty healthy, and is very easy to prepare and enjoy without the mess. Some reviewers felt that this soup did not have “authentic Pad Thai” flavor, but noted that it can be achieved with a little bit of peanut sauce and fish sauce (there are vegan options out there if you search). You can get a pack of six, two-ounce cups for about $12.
Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup
Nongshim Soon Veggie Noodle Soup is one of many soups in the Nongshim line, but one of the only vegan varieties. This MSG-free soup is made primarily with enriched wheat flour noodles, vegetable oil, potato starch, and salt. Nongshim describes this soup as mildly spicy. Reviewers are saying that this soup is a large portion of “comfort food in a packet,” flavorful, economical, and can easily be made into an even heartier meal with the addition of tofu and vegetables. Some reviewers do feel, however, that because of the inclusion of high fructose corn syrup and high level of sodium, it is on the unhealthy side. If you’d still like to try it, you can get 10, 3.95-ounce packets for about $10.
Amy's Tuscan Bean and Rice Soup
Rice and beans is a tried and true combination that works as a side dish at virtually any dinner. Amy’s Tuscan Bean and Rice Soup proves that this hearty combo also works in soup! It is made from filtered water and the following organic ingredients: brown rice, onions, Borlotti beans, celery, spinach, carrots, tomato puree, extra virgin olive oil, and various spices. Reviewers are saying that this soup is good quality, “tastes homemade,” is very filling because of the inclusion of rice, and is super easy to make. You can get one 14-ounce can for a little over $3.
Star Anise Foods Happy Pho
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat, typically either beef or chicken. Star Anise Foods Happy Pho is a vegan version of this popular noodle soup. The particular posting is for the Shiitake mushroom flavor. The low sodium and MSG-free soup kit includes gluten-free brown rice noodles and a spice packet which includes organic star anise, organic Saigon cinnamon, Shiitake mushroom, spring onion, black cardamom, and ginger. Star Anise explains that all you have to do is add the fresh ingredients of your choice for a convenient dinner. The reviews are somewhat mixed for this product. Some feel that the pho broth is authentic-tasting or relatively close to authentic considering that it’s an “instant mix” as opposed to the slow simmering process of creating pho broth from scratch. Others feel that it is bland and overpriced. To see how you feel, you can get a pack of six boxes (two servings per box) for $28.50.
Dr. McDougall’s Black Bean and Rice Soup
Dr. McDougall’s Black Bean and Rice Soup is an easy-to-make meal that utilizes Latin spices. Specifically, this low-sodium soup is made with black beans, long grain white rice, vegetables (onion, red bell peppers, tomato, chili peppers, garlic, and cilantro), long grain brown rice, sea salt, and spices. Reviewers are saying that this soup is healthy, low in fat, good on its own (but easy to bulk up with more ingredients), and very tasty. You can get a pack of six 1.6-ounce cups for about $10.75.
Trader Joe's Spring Onion Rice Noodle Soup Bowl
Trader Joe’s Spring Onion Rice Noodle Soup Bowl is an MSG-free and microwaveable meal made with rice noodles, seasoning mix (sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, autolyzed yeast extract, spring onion powder, dried garlic flakes, pepper, citric acid [tapioca], onion oil), dried vegetable packet (spring onion flake), oil sachet (rice bran oil, shallot, paprika extract [for color]). Reviewers are saying that this soup is tasty and quick and easy to make. One reviewer points out that this soup’s sodium level is a bit high, but can be amended by straining the seasoning to isolate the large salt chunks and then only adding a few to the actual meal. To try it out, you can get a pack of six 2.57-ounce packages for $22.50.
Lotus Foods Rice Ramen
Miso soup is a very light soup, but can easily be transformed with the inclusion of noodles. Take Lotus Foods Rice Ramen, for example. This gluten-free soup uses a miso base but is much heartier since it contains brown and rice flour ramen, bamboo, and sea weed. Each serving (half the package) provides three grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this noodle soup is an easy meal, can easily be bulked up even more with veggies and soy protein, and is flavorful (as long as you’re not expecting it to be as salty as Cup of Ramen). You can get a pack of 10 2.8-ounce packages (20 servings) for about $17.
Boulder Organic! Golden Quinoa and Kale Soup
Rice isn’t the only grain getting added to soup nowadays. Ancient grains are making their way into these savory dishes, as well. Boulder Organic! Golden Quinoa and Kale Soup, for instance, is made with filtered water and the following organic ingredients: navy beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, quinoa, kale, celery, sea salt, and spices. It is non-GMO and gluten-free. Reviewers are saying that this soup is tasty and good quality. To try it out, you can get a 24-ounce tub for $5.50.
Dr. McDougall's Vegan Hot and Sour Noodle Soup
Hot and sour soup is a variety of soups from several Asian culinary traditions. The common thread between all of them is that the ingredients used in the broth aims to make the flavor spicy in addition to sour. While many of these hot and sour soups use beef or chicken, Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Hot and Sour Noodle Soup uses tofu, along with wheat noodles, and dehydrated vegetables like white and green onion, black fungus and Shiitake mushrooms, and mild chilies. Reviewers are saying that this soup has the same consistency as hot and sour soup from a Chinese restaurant, is easy to make, and is very flavorful. You can get a pack of six 1.9-ounce cups for about $11.50.
Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup
Everyone knows how comforting a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup can be, especially when feeling under the weather. Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup may not have the meat component of the traditional dish but according to reviewers, it’s just as comforting. This soup is made with filtered water and the following organic ingredients: onions, carrots, noodles, tofu, celery, leeks, and soy protein (for the “chicken” chunks). Reviewers are saying that this soup is healthy with no “yucky processed stuff”, “restaurant quality,” and flavorful. To see if you feel the same, you can get one 14-ounce can for about $2.50.
Frontier Soups Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup Mix
Instead of spending an hour chopping up vegetables and preparing your rice, consider investing in a pre-made soup mix like Frontier Soups Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup Mix. This convenient product contains wild rice, Shiitake mushrooms, carrots, petite peas, onions, celery, green onions, and herbs. It is gluten-free, MSG-free and does not contain any added salt. To enjoy, simply add vegetable broth. The reviews are mixed on this one. The majority of reviewers feel that it’s a convenient mix that renders a flavorful soup, while a few others didn’t think it added a bold enough flavor to broth. To see how you feel about it, you can get one four-ounce package for about $5.
Thai Kitchen Garlic and Vegetable Rice Noodle Soup
While many different Asian cuisines utilize rice noodles, this particular product is inspired by Thai flavors. Thai Kitchen Garlic and Vegetable Rice Noodle Soup is a gluten-free soup seasoned with sugar, salt, garlic, hydrolyzed soy and mungbean protein, yeast extract, and red chili pepper spice. Reviewers are saying that this soup is flavorful, easy to make, and is great for people with various allergies (dairy, wheat, egg). To try it out, you can get a pack of 12 1.6-ounce packages for about $16.50.
Crystal Noodle Spicy Tofu Soup
Inspired by traditional Szechuan cuisine, Crystal Noodle Spicy Tofu Soup is made primarily with non-fried bean starch noodles, tofu, vegetable oil, fava bean paste, ginger, and garlic. It is gluten-free and MSG-free. Reviewers are saying that this soup has just the right amount of spicy heat, has authentic flavor, and is easy to pack for travel. Some feel that the sodium content is a bit high to eat, while others recognize this as more of a once-in-a-while treat. To see if you like it, you can get a pack of six 2.4-ounce cups for $17.