Monday, February 23, 2015

Easy Noodle Soup

Do you ever find yourself thinking, I can make that better myself? Happens to me all the time, but sometimes we just like the "convenience" of grabbing something already "packaged" for us because it's easier. 

Well, I'm all about easy, but I'm also all about knowing what's in the food I eat, so I stay away from pre-packaged, processed foods for that very reason.

When I thought about "packaged soups" I also knew they had to be pretty simple to make. Let's face it, there's not much in them except dried noodles and spices, so I set out to find out how easy.

This soup takes minutes to put together and tastes delicious. I think it's one of the easiest recipes I've ever made, and only takes about 5 minutes to cook, then eat and enjoy. 

I didn't add any meat, but you could easily add diced, cooked chicken, pork, beef or shrimp.

2 cups water PLUS 2 tsp. chicken or beef bouillon
- OR - 2 cups chicken or beef bone broth (preferred)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. parsley leaves
1 pinch dried red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable of your choice (I use frozen) 
1 small bunch Angel Hair spaghetti or other thin pasta

In a small saucepan over high heat, bring water, bouillon or bone broth to a boil. Add vegetables and spices and cook just a few minutes, or until vegetables are getting soft. Add noodles and continue to cook until pasta is al dente'.

Serve immediately.