Caldo de Tofu (Tofu Soup)

BY : PUBLISHED : September 19th, 2019 UPDATED: August 5th, 2022

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When I was a little girl, my whole family would visit my grandma’s house on Sundays for her good home cooking. Her love language, like mine, was food-sharing, and a recipe that she shared with us over and over again was her Caldo de Pollo -- a delicious chicken, vegetable soup. Since it is Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought it’d be nice to share my plant-based take on my favorite childhood recipe.

Caldo de tofu in a clean white bowl.

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What I especially love about this meal is that I can use her exact recipe, including her favorite Knorr bouillon, simply by swapping the chicken version for the new Knorr® Selects Vegetable Granulated Bouillon. It provides the flavor that I crave and includes recognizable plant-based ingredients.

I love that this recipe is both easy to make (all you need is Knorr® Selects Vegetable Granulated Bouillon and your favorite veggies) and affordable (recipe can be made for just ~$2.50 per serving).

Please see full details on ingredients and recipe instructions below.


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Caldo de Tofu (Tofu Soup)

Toni Okamoto
Do you miss 'caldo de pollo'? During Hispanic heritage month we bring you a whole new plant-based take on this childhood favorite! You have to try it!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 205 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 2 ears of corn, cut into thirds
  • 16 ounces of extra firm tofu, diced
  • 1 cup of uncooked medium grain white rice
  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 Tablespoons of Knorr® Selects Vegetable Granulated Bouillon
  • Minced cilantro for garnish


  • In a large pot (with a lid) over medium heat, add the oil, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and zucchini, and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add the corn, tofu, rice, water and Knorr® Selects Vegetable Granulated Bouillon.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, and lower heat to a simmer.
  • Allow to simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Garnish with minced cilantro.


Make sure and use extra firm tofu here so it doesn't fall apart in the soup.
Use any format of broth - granules, paste, ready-made.


Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 9gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 124mgPotassium: 447mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3596IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 2mg
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