Pasta/Noodle Soup Bowl

Have you ever had one of those noodle soup preparations in Thai restaurants? I just love them. For one, they are served in huge portions. The noodle-soup reminds me of what my cousins say while feeding their kids. They wish they had a way to put all the important stuff in one bowl and make the kid eat it in one shot 🙂 Noodle-soup basically is the same idea. Put the veggies, meat, noodles, and spices in one big soup broth pot and voila! you are done. You get everything in one shot. The soupy texture may make you feel that its not much, its just soup, but seriously, they are filling, because of all the veggies and other stuff that goes into it.

Tonight I decided to make a very simple and quick noodle-soup bowl. I haven’t added any chicken, instead I loaded the soup with lots of broccoli and peas. If you have the ingredients on hand, it is very fast to make with minimal chopping.
Also, I replaced the noodles with pasta. I am crazy about pasta 🙂

So here you go …

Ingredients:

1 medium onion – chopped
1 quart Chicken or Vegetable broth or stock
1 tbslp garlic paste (or minced cloves of garlic)
1 tsp ginger paste (or minced small piece)
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or red chilli pepper)
2 cups coconut milk
4-5 tsp soy sauce
Chopped cilantro or parsley (whichever you like)
1 cup of peas (frozen/fresh)
1 medium bowl of broccoli florets
3 fistfuls of pasta or noodles
Lemon Juice
Salt
Oil

Method:
1. Heat water in a large pot with 1 tblsp of salt. Allow it to boil. Once it starts to boil add the pasta/noodles to it and let it cook. Generally it takes 7-10 minutes depending on the type you use.
2. Simultaneously, in another pot, heat a tblsp of oil. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes until transparent. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and cook for a couple of minutes.
3. Add the cayenne pepper and black pepper. Stir.
4. Now add the broth and the coconut milk. Also add the soy sauce, 1 tblsp of lemon juice and salt. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes on medium flame.
5. Add the peas and broccoli (any other veggies you like). If using meat, add it at this time too (like boiled chicken)
6. Turn the heat off. Lightly add the pasta or noodles to the soup and stir gently.
7. Serve hot!

The whole point of the dish is that it is a soup and not a gravy or a curry. Hence use the broth/stock liberally and do not overcook and let it become thicker than soup.

I need to get some of those soup serving style bowls. For now I just filled it into whatever deep-dish I had. Nevertheless, it tasted good no matter how it was served 😀
I have realized, ever since I have started writing on this blog, my list of buying this and that is increasing in length exponentially 🙂

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~ by kharasmithaas on January 12, 2010.

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