Soupy warmth…

by Sunita on August 19, 2007

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…
What’s needed-

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)

How to-

  1. Boil the chicken in 6-7 cups of slightly salty water. Drain the chicken, tear them into chunks, and reserve the stock.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, peppers and carrot and stir for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add the tomato and stir for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken and herbs and stir for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add 4 cups of the stock and add the cooked spaghetti.
  7. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  8. Add the lemon juice and simmer over medium heat for 6-7 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and ladle into bowls.
  10. Garnish with the chopped spring onions and serve immediately.

That’s it! A nice, hot, filling bowl of soup is ready to be enjoyed!!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 trupti August 19, 2007 at 8:21 pm

gosh, what a lovely looking bowl of soup there….I hear you on the weather bit, there was that special chill and smell in the air today….that makes me think that winter is coming sooner than hoped…..ah well. That soup is enough to warm me up..I’ll leave the chicken out….and add some chickpeas.



2 Saju August 19, 2007 at 8:39 pm

That’s looks heart warming. We certainly needed something like that today. It is raining again! and it is cold. I love noodle soups, I guess this is something similar. I will probably make some this week, if the weather continues.


3 Anh August 19, 2007 at 10:19 pm

This looks so comfortable… I wish I could have a bowl right now!


4 Namratha August 20, 2007 at 1:45 am

The soup looks so tempting and comforting. I would love to sit with one such bowlful on rainy days…it’s hot as hell in my part of the world right now…so gotta wait before I try this:)


5 Roopa August 20, 2007 at 2:43 am

comforting soup! its raining here its would just nice for a piping hot soup


6 Sirisha Kilambi August 20, 2007 at 2:47 am

I don’t take non-veg Suni…but will pass on this recipe to my husband…he loves it :-)
Looks great dear :-)


7 musical August 20, 2007 at 2:59 am

This gets made for dinner tonight, i’ll use mushrooms in place of chicken-but totally what i need right now! This totally made my day!


8 Peabody August 20, 2007 at 3:49 am

I like the use of the spagetti, I always forget about that noodle when I am making soup.


9 Vcuisine August 20, 2007 at 4:31 am

A comfort soup for a meal for me. Enjoy reading your post Sunita. Viji


10 sunita August 20, 2007 at 7:01 am

trupti, nice to have you back…a busy summer?…winter does seem to be coming sooner as usual…chickpeas would go very well with this soup as well…


11 sunita August 20, 2007 at 7:05 am

saju,it is indeed bleary on the weather front…do try it…


12 sunita August 20, 2007 at 7:06 am

anh,thanks…wish I could hand some over to you :)


13 sunita August 20, 2007 at 7:08 am

Namrata,we’ve hardly had a decent spell of summery days…glad to have
you over.


14 sunita August 20, 2007 at 7:09 am

roopa, it’s raining here as well…nice to have you over…


15 sunita August 20, 2007 at 7:11 am

musical, glad you like it…you can use some vegetable stock instead…and mushrooms would be fine…


16 sunita August 20, 2007 at 7:13 am

peabody, I know, even I tend to use the other noodles whenever I make soup…but, this time,I was glad I used spaghetti :)


17 Cynthia August 20, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Ahhh, good ole soup. You’ve inspired me to make some.

Hey, I made the cumin-roasted potatoes yesterday – love it!


18 sunita August 20, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Good ole soup indeed…glad you loved the potatoes…


19 Sandeepa August 20, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Thats a lovely bowl of soup Sunita


20 sunita August 20, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Sandeepa, thanks…glad you came…have a share of the warmth


21 Patricia Scarpin August 20, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Sunita, those photos are wonderful – I feel like grabbing a spoon right now!


22 sunita August 20, 2007 at 6:52 pm

Patricia, thanks…enjoy the virtual treat :)


23 Prema Sundar August 20, 2007 at 9:00 pm

its raining , its pouring here and would to take that bowl to my table..nice presentation and looks great.


24 sunita August 21, 2007 at 11:02 am

prema,wish I could send some over:)…glad you dropped by…


25 Asha August 21, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Looks so yum!!:)))
Wish I was home!


26 sunita August 22, 2007 at 7:18 am

asha!! I was just wondering about you…how are you?…hope everything is fine on the eye front.


27 Tejaswini December 17, 2007 at 11:50 am

I had some Mexican chicken slices from Sainsbury’s with which I tried this soup and for stock I used Oxo veg cube. The end result was spicier and tasted so good and comforting in this freezing weather. Thank you very much indeed!


28 Jaya November 19, 2008 at 1:36 am

Sunita, I made this soup tonight, only switching the spaghetti for soba (buckwheat) noodles, and it was absolutely delectable! I’ve had nothing but rave reviews and happy tummies after any recipes on your blog!


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