If you are looking for down home comfort food at its finest, then this Vegan Stuffed Shells Soup totally fits the ticket. Deconstructed jumbo shells, zesty garlic, earthy mushrooms and onions bathing in a delicious Italian flavored tomatoey broth that is sure to please. It’s so easy, utterly delicious, and full of amazing flavor and texture. It’s makes for a great meal presentation as little kids and big kids alike love those jumbo shells.
Whole Food Plant Based, vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free, no highly processed ingredients.
Hi there, Ameera here!
Ohhh boy!!! We all fell in complete and total love with this deconstructed Vegan Stuffed Shells Soup. This soup is brimming with deliciousness that had us grinning from ear to ear with the first bite. And those jumbo shells, don’t even get me started, so yummy!
It’s incredibly easy to make. The broth has amazing flavor, and it’s got that down home cooked all day feeling, but it can be made within 30 minutes. It’s low fat, but still gives that the impression that it’s indulgent.
Why do we call it a “Stuffed Shells” soup when the shells aren’t stuffed?
Good question, it is more of a deconstructed stuffed shells soup, but the shells swim and fill with amazing broth, mushrooms and other deliciousness that makes up the broth, so in essence the shells are still kinda “stuffed.”
Now, if you really want to take things to the next level, you could put Vegan Cheese Dollops on the soup. We used these dollops in our Veggie Skillet Lasagna. We aren’t showing them in our photos, but they could totally work here.
You can also add some nourishing baby spinach if you like, but just keep in mind that spinach is a natural flavor neutralizer so you may have to ramp up some spices/herbs after you add it.
You can also swap out the lentils for your favorite white beans. We think cannellini beans would be a great substitute.
Dad & Michael
When I served this soup to Dad, he totally flipped out. He was back in flash looking for more. He absolutely loved it. He thought it had amazing flavor.
Annnnnd guess who else totally devoured this soup?! Michael, that’s right. Michael is a very picky eater, we all know that by now about Michael. We have a select group of WFPB recipes that are on rotation just for him. This soup is now added to the list – YAY!!! He loved every bit of it, except for the mushrooms that I picked out just for his bowl lol 😉
We ALL love this soup, and I’ll let Mom tell you more.
Hi! Robin here!
Sooooo delicious! I never thought to just put those jumbo shells without being filled into a soup, but let me tell you, it adds a heartiness to the soup. Monkey had her spices and herbs down on this one! I literally could have eaten the whole pot by myself. LOL
- Ceramic/enamel lined Dutch oven, or similar large stock pot
- Stock pot to boil the pasta
Healthy, low-fat, and flavorful, this Vegan Stuffed Shells Soup is brimming with hearty pasta, protein-packed beans, and wholesome ingredients.
- 1 cup yellow onions, fine dice
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 4 oz. to 8 oz. mushrooms (of choice), sliced *
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari *
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 – [ 14 oz. can ] petite diced tomatoes
- 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth *
- 2 ½ cups water (or broth)
- 2 teaspoons white miso *
- 1 teaspoon organic maple syrup
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 – [ 14 oz. can ] brown lentils, drained and rinsed *
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons dried minced onions
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
- Pinch dried crushed fennel seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt *
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 oz. GF jumbo shells pasta *
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Fill a large stock pot full of water. Add some sea salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil then add the jumbo shell pasta. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Boil the pasta until almost el dente, drain, rinse with cold water to remove any excess starch, shake well, set aside, then transfer the cooked jumbo shells into the soup in Step 6.
- Place the Spice/Herb Ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, set aside.
- In a large ceramic/enamel lined skillet, Dutch oven, or non-stick skillet, add the diced onions, sauté over medium-high heat for 7 to 9 minutes to soften, then add the finely minced garlic and sauté over medium heat for several minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and tamari (see notes for amounts) and sauté for a few minutes, then add the tomato paste and sauté for a minute.
- Next add all the remaining Base Ingredients, stir well, then increase the heat to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer, add the Spice/Herb Mix, stir well to combine. Simmer on low for 5 minutes.
- Next add cooked pasta, stir well to combine. Simmer on low for 2 minutes. Then remove from the stove, stir in the red pepper flakes, and allow to sit undisturbed for 6 minutes to allow the flavors to marry and the pasta to absorb the flavors.
- Serve topped with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, nutritional yeast or Vegan Parmesan Cheese.
- Optional decadence: Serve with Vegan Cheese Dollops (see notes).
*Tips for Success:
- Pasta Amount: While it is very tempting to use more pasta then 6 oz.; it is important to understand that the more pasta you use, the less broth will be available for this dish. We found that 6 oz. of jumbo shells is the perfect pasta to sauce ratio for this dish.
- Cooking the Pasta: We suggest cooking the pasta separately to avoid losing too much of the broth (as the pasta will soak it right up) and to avoid a cloudy soup as the pasta releases it starches.
- Mushrooms and Tamari Amounts: We loved using 8 oz. of mushrooms. If you use 8 oz. of mushrooms, then use 2 Tablespoons of tamari. If you use 4 oz. of mushrooms, then use 1 Tablespoon of tamari.
- Baby Spinach: Although we did not use baby spinach, you can totally add a couple of handfuls of baby spinach in Step 6. Just note that spinach is a natural neutralizer and is known to mellow out flavors so you may find you need to ramp up spices if you use spinach. (Not shown in photos).
- Recipe for Vegan “Cheese” Dollops (Not shown in photos): To make the optional “Cheese” Dollops by placing all the “Cheese” Dollops ingredients into a small bowl and mix well to combine. Set aside until ready to use. When ready to use simple place a dollop of the mixture on top of the hot soup and serve.
- Vegan Cheese Dollop Ingredients: ½ cup vegan cream cheese *, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 to 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
*Vegetable Stock: We use Pacific Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Stock. We love this brand because it is Whole Food Plant Based compliant, as it does not contain MSG, has no oil, and does not contain any highly-processed ingredients.
*Mushrooms: You can use your favorite mushrooms. We used both cremini and white button in multiple kitchen tests.
*Tamari: We used San J Tamari Soy Sauce, Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium. You can substitute the tamari with reduced sodium soy sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Braggs Coconut Liquid Aminos.
*Miso: We used Miso Master Organic Mellow White Premium Lite Miso, Certified Gluten Free. Miso really lends itself to balancing flavors when you don’t use oil. You can also use chickpea miso for a soy free version.
*Lentils: We used Delallo Imported Italian Lentils. They come in a 14 oz. can. Most grocery stores carry them in the specialty aisles. If using dry lentils, select lentils that hold their shape after cooking. Cook dry lentils separately, adjust time accordingly. If cooking dry lentils, use 1 ¾ cups of cooked lentils. Or you can use your favorite white bean.
*Jumbo Shells Pasta: Use your favorite Jumbo Shells pasta. We used Tinkyada Jumbo Shells. Or you can use your favorite pasta of choice like ziti, rigatoni, ditalini, small shells, etc.
*Vegan Cream Cheese for the Optional Indulgence Vegan “Cheese” Dollips: You can use our Vegan Cream Cheese recipe, or you can use your favorite vegan cream cheese. We used Kite Hill Cream Cheese because it is Whole Food Plant Based compliant and for simplicity – Optional Indulgence Vegan “Cheese” Dollops. Not shown in photos.
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Serving: 4 – 5 Servings (makes 8 ½ cups)
*Storage: Refrigerate and use within 5 days.
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