Creamy Pasta Soup Recipe (vegan) - Elavegan (2024)

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4.88 from 41 votes

Creamy, dreamy, comforting, and soooo delicious! If you love creamy meals, you definitely have to give this pasta soup a try. The recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and very easy to make.

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White creamy pasta soup

I love all kind of soups, I really do, however, I really adore the creamy ones like this vegan potato soup or this white bean soup. They are just so comforting, satisfying, and delicious! Most non-vegan white cream soups contain lots of heavy cream and/or cream cheese, which makes them pretty unhealthy in my opinion.

You won’t find these ingredients in my creamy pasta soup. I used a combination of white cannellini beans and cashews to make this ‘chowder’ extraordinary creamy, healthy, protein-rich, and yummy!

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Which other veggies can I use?

This creamy pasta soup contains different veggies such as broccoli, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic. Veggies are important for our health, and we shouldn’t forget to eat them. Furthermore, they add a nice flavor to this white cream soup.

Many kids don’t like eating veggies (which I understand because I didn’t like most veggies either as a kid) but paired with this creamy soup they won’t really taste them! You can also choose your favorite veggies, for example, zucchini or cauliflower. Sweet potato could be a great addition as well!

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Which kind of pasta should I use for this soup?

I used gluten-free pasta for this recipe, however, you can use regular pasta instead. Any shape is fine, I really loved this curly pasta though which reminds me of lasagna sheets! So cute, isn’t it?! You can, of course, use lasagna sheets if you like.

I think tortellini would be also amazing and very tasty! If you aren’t the biggest fan of pasta, why not try making this creamy soup with gnocchi? Definitely check out my easy homemade gnocchi recipe, which is vegan AND gluten-free.

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Creamy soup with beans and cashews

As mentioned before, I used cashews and cannellini beans to make this vegan vegetable soup super creamy and smooth. Not only will the beans add a great creaminess, but they also contain healthy plant-based protein.

If you want to make this white vegan soup nut-free then use hemp seeds! I made this noodle soup in different versions while I was recipe testing and actually used hemp seeds the first time.

Hemp seeds are lower in fat than cashews, they contain important omega-3 fatty acids and are furthermore nut-free. So they are a really great alternative to cashews. Both are delicious though!

Also, if you don’t have a powerful blender (and the cashews never really turn out smooth and creamy), don’t worry because I have the solution for you: Simply use cashew butter instead of cashews. Problem solved!

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Easy and quick vegan recipe

This healthy vegan noodle soup is super easy to make in just a few steps. It actually takes less than 30 minutes to make this delicious recipe from start to finish. I cooked the soup on the stove, but it might be also a great recipe for the Instant Pot (I have yet to try it).

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How to store pasta soup?

You can store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. You will need to add more vegetable broth or dairy-free milk when reheating the soup on the stove. Freezing should work fine too, I’d recommend portioning the soup in zip lock bags. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating and serving.

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Should you try out this creamy pasta soup, please leave a comment below, and don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @elavegan and #elavegan because I love to see your recreations.

If you love hearty vegan soups, definitely also check out the following recipes:

  • Vegan Lentil Soup
  • Mexican Pinto Bean Soup
  • Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • Creamy Vegan Ramen Recipe
  • Easy Veggie Stew Recipe
  • Thai Coconut Curry Soup
  • Creamy Vegan Lasagna Soup
  • Vegan Corn Chowder
  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup

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Creamy Pasta Soup

Author: Michaela Vais

This creamy pasta soup contains only wholesome plant-based ingredients, is easy to make, and delicious! It's made with cannellini beans and cashews. The recipe is vegan, gluten-free and can be made nut-free.

4.88 from 41 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins

Course Main Course, Side, Soup

Cuisine German

Servings 4

Calories 463 kcal

Ingredients

For the soup:

  • 1 large (225 g) carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 stalks (75 g) celery chopped
  • 7 oz (200 g) broccoli florets
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 5-6 cups (1200-1400 ml) vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp ground lovage (Maggi herb) (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 7 oz dry (200 g) pasta (I used gluten-free)
  • Fresh herbs to garnish

Cashew-Cannellini Cream:

  • 1 (15 oz) can white cannellini beans or any other white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) cashews soaked (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • You can watch the video in the post for visual instructions.

    Soak cashews for a couple of hours OR boil them for 20 minutes in water until they are soft. Once the cashews are soft, transfer them to a blender, add the cannellini beans, the plant-based milk, lemon juice & salt and blend on high speed for about 2 minutes or until super smooth and creamy. Set aside.

  • For the soup: Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the onion, all veggies and fry for about 4 minutes. Then add the garlic, the spices and cook for a further minute.

  • Add in the veggie broth (I first used 5 cups but had to add another cup later). Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat.

  • Now add the cashew-cannellini cream and stir. Let the soup simmer for about 6-8 minutes.

  • Finally, add dry pasta of choice and let the soup simmer for about 8-10 minutes, or until the pasta is al-dente (check the package instructions). Stir frequently!

    If the soup is too thick, either add more veggie broth or plant-based milk!

  • Taste and adjust seasoning. You will most likely need to add more salt! Garnish with fresh herbs, Vegan Parmesan Cheese, and enjoy!

Notes

  • For a nut-free version, simply use 75 grams of hemp seeds!
  • If you love pasta and soup, you might also like my Vegan Lasagna Soup.
  • Recipe serves (at least) 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving.

Nutrition Facts

Creamy Pasta Soup

Amount per Serving

Calories

463

% Daily Value*

Fat

13.8

g

21

%

Carbohydrates

60

g

20

%

Fiber

13

g

52

%

Sugar

10

g

11

%

Protein

18.9

g

38

%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically

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FAQs

What makes thick creamy soups? ›

Traditional cream soups derive their smooth texture from liberal amounts of milk or cream, thickened with flour or cornstarch. Now when we make soups that are creamy, chances are they contain no cream at all: They're likely thickened with purees made from starchy vegetables.

How do you thicken soup without milk or cream? ›

Simply filling your soup with rice or potatoes for an extended time is enough to release starch and help thicken it, giving you a creamy consistency, dairy-free.

How to add cooked pasta to soup? ›

To ensure you get it just right, make sure the soup is nearly cooked before adding the pasta. Smaller pasta shapes soak up broth readily so ensure you serve the soup as soon as it's cooked. Alternatively, you could cook the pasta separately and add to the soup at the last moment.

Does flour make soup creamy? ›

7. Add Flour, Cornstarch, or Other Thickener: Starches thicken soup and give it body. Whisk a few tablespoons of starch into a little of the broth in a separate bowl before whisking it into the main pot. This prevents the starch from clumping and helps it dissolve into the soup evenly.

How can I make my soup more creamy? ›

You can add a creamy substance, either ordinary cream, milk, or coconut milk, but which works best will depend on the flavors already on the soup. If you've made your souo with beans, potatoes, or rice, blending part of it and returning it to the pot will make everything creamier.

Can you put milk in soup instead of cream? ›

Originally Answered: Can I use milk instead of cream in soup? Of course you can, it may be a bit thinner in consistency. It will also be less in calories and fat, but also flavor.

What is a vegan substitute for heavy cream in soup? ›

Coconut cream is a versatile ingredient that makes an excellent vegan substitute for heavy cream. While it can be purchased pre-made, it's also simple to make at home using coconut milk. Simply chill a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight, open it and pour the liquid contents into another container.

What is a vegan substitute for cream in soup? ›

A nondairy milk (such as soy or almond) and a neutral oil (like vegetable or canola) can replicate heavy cream in certain recipes—namely, sauces and soups, but also some baked goods.

How do you make vegan soup thicker? ›

If you need to thicken a soup or stew, you can turn to starchy vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Cook the veggies well and then blend. Once you have a smooth mixture, incorporate it into your soups, stews, and sauces to achieve a thicker result.

Should I rinse pasta before adding to soup? ›

The answer is simple: No, you should not rinse pasta. You should never rinse pasta, noodles, or macaroni if it is going to be added to a sauce and served.

Why not cook pasta in broth? ›

There are two good reasons not to do it. First it will make your stock or broth very starchy in taste. Second, inevitably the pasta will get overcooked.

When should I add cream to soup? ›

Cream is used to add richness to soup, as the extra fat makes it delicious. Be sure not to bring it to a boil, but rather, add it in at the last minute before serving. The best item to thicken a soup is some sort of starch, whether from flour, cornstarch, arrowroot, or even a lot of potatoes.

Is flour or cornstarch better for soup? ›

It's important to note that cornstarch has twice the thickening power of flour. If you need to substitute cornstarch to thicken liquid in a recipe that calls for ¼ cup (four tablespoons) flour, you only need two tablespoons cornstarch.

How do you make soup creamier and thicker? ›

6 ways to thicken soup:
  1. Blend all or part of it. If you've made a broth with chunks of vegetable in it, such as minestrone soup, then pour the soup through a sieve. ...
  2. Add cream or yogurt. ...
  3. Add flour or cornflour. ...
  4. Use a butter and flour paste. ...
  5. Blend in bread. ...
  6. Add lentils or rice.

What are the 3 types of thick soups? ›

Thick Soups. There are generally two different types of thick soups: Cream veloute-based soups and puree soups. Cream veloute-based soups are thickened with a roux, while puree soups rely on a puree of the main ingredient for thickening. But in certain ways, the two soups are very similar.

What is the most common thickener for soups? ›

Roux (pronounced roo) is a mixture of equal weights (parts) of flour and fat (usually clarified butter; chicken fat, bacon fat, and margarine are also used) cooked over medium heat and stirred constantly. Roux is the most common thickener for sauces and soups.

What do restaurants use to thicken soup? ›

List of Thickening Agents
  • Corn Starch. The most common of all the starches, corn starch is derived from corn, making it vegan and gluten-free, as well as transparent and relatively flavorless. ...
  • Xanthan Gum. ...
  • Gelatin. ...
  • Pectin. ...
  • Potato Starch. ...
  • Tapioca Starch. ...
  • Arrowroot. ...
  • Agar-Agar.

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