Since the last week I have been busy with migrating this blog from wordpress.com. I was completely engrossed in trying to find a suitable theme, figuring out customization options, trying to edit css with little success :). I think I like the way the blog looks right now. I still need to explore plugins and then all the webmaster tools (There’s just so much one can do!).
Ironically all this tech-giri for a food blog, has taken me away from actually cooking! Dinner has been simple and lunch was usually leftovers from the previous night’s dinner! In trying to come up with the simplest of dishes, I remembered this pasta soup that I used to make during my bachelorhood days – simple and wholesome and a meal in itself. Pair it with some bread, if you may, but it fills me up on it’s own 🙂
Clear pasta soup
2 cups macaroni pasta (you can use any pasta of your choice, but I prefer a smaller pasta in soup)
2 green bell pepper, julienned
1 red onion, julienned
1 carrot, cut width-wise into thin circle
3 cups (for soup) + 8 cups (for pasta) of boiling water
2 cubes of Maggi Vegetable Magic cubes! (you can instead use 3 cups of vegetable stock)
1 tsp salt (Maggi cubes as well broth usually have enough salt, 1 tsp additional is used while boiling pasta)
- Add pasta, salt and 2 tsp olive oil in 8 cups of boiling water and cook until al dente
- In a separate pan, add 2 tbsp olive oil and sauté all the vegetables. Add carrots, bell pepper and onion in that order; giving each about a minute before adding another.
- Sauté all vegetables for about 4-5 minutes. We want them to just about soft but not very soft. The crunch adds a nice texture to the soup. Reduce the heat to low.
- In a bowl mix maggi vegetable cubes with 3 cups of boiling water.
- Add this mixture to the vegetables.
- Drain the pasta and add to the pan along with ½ cup of water in which the pasta was boiled (I always do this now. Actually don’t remember which TV series did I see it in where the chef said always add some of the water in which the pasta is boiled to it’s sauce!)
- Give the entre combination a nice stir and your clear pasta soup is ready!
- Ladle it into soup bowls and serve hot :).
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