We’ve had a really late summer in our neck of the woods, and looking at the current state of things, it is destined to be a short one as well. There is already the chill in the air…the feel is more autumnal. It seemed only a few days ago that the trees in our backyard were once again renewed with life after the bare winter months. Now it seems as if they are going to be bereft of any very soon.
At such times, with the weather not brightening things up, a bowl of nice hot soup goes a long way in recreating some of the warmth, that one craves for. Sitting round the table with your loved ones, ladling hot soup into bowls and enjoying them, does seem to spread that warm glow around. Personally, I’ve always found a bowl of soup very nourishing and invigorating.
We had this chicken-spaghetti soup on one such chilly night, a couple of days ago…it was very simple to assemble with a lot of vegetables thrown in…in fact one can add as many as one wants…apart from the health factor, it also adds to the attraction with all their natural colour (especially for the kids). The soup had very subtle flavours which allowed those of the other ingredients to retain their own. All in all, we loved it…such dishes makes one reflect on how the simple, subtle flavours of life can spread so much joy around. This is how I went about it…
100 gms of spaghetti, cooked according to packet instructions
400gms of chicken breast
2 C of finely diced mixed peppers (green, red and yellow)
1 onion sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
2-3 pods of garlic
1 tomato chopped
2 tblsp olive oil
2 tblsp of oregano
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tblsp of lemon juice
2-3 spring onions, chopped (to garnish)
- Boil the chicken in 6-7 cups of slightly salty water. Drain the chicken, tear them into chunks, and reserve the stock.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Add the onion, garlic, peppers and carrot and stir for 2 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the tomato and stir for another 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken and herbs and stir for 3-4 minutes.
- Add 4 cups of the stock and add the cooked spaghetti.
- Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Add the lemon juice and simmer over medium heat for 6-7 minutes.
- Remove from heat and ladle into bowls.
- Garnish with the chopped spring onions and serve immediately.