Monday, February 14, 2011

Feeling Souper - Pasta e Piselli

We like food, my wife and I. I know most people do, but I think that had we had the opportunity to go back in time and tell ourselves that it's okay to work toward doing something you love rather than something you just think you're supposed to, we might have actually done something in the culinary field. I suppose we still might someday, it is a dream of ours to one day open a bed and breakfast. ...We might have to move somewhere that people would want to visit though. There's nothing particularly special about this area, except for perhaps the paranormal activity.

My mother in law bought me a "Good Housekeeping" soups and stews cookbook for Christmas. Soups and stews are one of my favorite things to cook. Mostly because they require being left alone for long periods of time, and I can definitely relate to that... God knows I enjoy stewing in my own juices from time to time.

The wife and I decided that we'd make a soup a week, and freeze it in baggies to nuke for each meal as sort of a filler.

Last week's soup was Pasta e Piselli. I just realized that all these recipes are available online, so I won't have to copy them myself. That just made this post very much easier.
The actual recipe can be found here.

It's a very fast and easy soup to make, and it's done in only 15 minutes. It's basically a chicken broth with pasta, peas and a can of diced tomatoes.

It had never occurred to me before to mix tomatoes with chicken broth, but it really sort of opens my eyes to a lot of other kinds of possibilities. I make a mean chicken soup with rice that I may add some tomatoes to now. Used to be that tomatoes would give me killer heart burn, but as it turns out, that was due to a hiatal hernia, which my chiropractor fixed. I no longer get heart burn at all.

This particular recipe is very good, but I think the next time I try it, I will add another can of tomatoes, as the one can only gives just a hint, whereas I think I'd like it just a little more so.
For the pasta, I used elbows and bow-ties. I also cheated on the chicken broth, I used a couple cubes of bullion.

If you're into soups, this one comes highly recommended for ease of prep and excellent flavor. Let me know what you think if you try it!