CHICAGO — Upton’s Naturals is introducing a line of soups made with the brand’s seasoned seitan.

The soups provide 6 to 8 grams of plant-based protein and 120 to 160 calories per serving. The vegan products are non-GMO and plant-based certified, contain no cholesterol and trans-fat, and are made without added colors, flavors or preservatives.

Featuring a mirepoix base and ready to heat-and-eat via stovetop or microwave, the soups come in three varieties:

  • Chick & Noodle Soup, featuring thyme, rosemary, carrots, celery, onion, rotini and hearty pieces of Chick Seitan.
  • Chick Tortilla Soup, featuring black beans, white corn and Chick Seitan, plus lime juice, chili pepper and paprika for a zesty kick.
  • Italian Wedding Soup, featuring Italian Seitan, pasta, spinach, garlic, fennel, thyme and rosemary.

“When creating new products for Upton’s Naturals, we draw inspiration from a variety of places — our travels, nostalgia, best-sellers in our Chicago cafe, and in the case of our new soups, from our employees,” said Dan Staackmann, founder of Upton’s Naturals. “During cold Midwestern winters, our team often adds our Seitan to their homemade soups, so we took that as a cue to try making some of our own favorite recipes. Unlike most options on the market today, our soups don’t just happen to be vegan, they’re designed with real, simple ingredients to provide wholesome nutrition and excellent taste to consumers following a plant-based or vegan diet.”

Upton’s Naturals are available for retailers to carry and will launch in Whole Foods Markets in October. They are available for a suggested retail price of $3.99 for a 14.5-oz can.