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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Pampering Pasta Soup for the Home Home comfort

Gomiti Rigati Pasta  Soup with carrots, Green Beans, Tomatoes,Fresh Coriander n Parmesan cheese

I'm back from a fantastic journey! It took me to a new city, MUMBAI, it made me stand among-st the crowd of enthusiast food lovers from all across India, I met n made fantastic foody friends, there were food gossip in the air, a lot of laughter n the happiness of sharing, the feeling of togetherness n finding comfort among-st total strangers…all of that. This will explain my delay in the blog. To my readers :Dear Reader , my sincere apologies to you , in the last couple of weeks I could barely use the internet , so to make you smile I have this really good pasta soup, I wish you good health and may you read on.

Christmas is 2 days away, in fact it’s not away at all, I feel it looking around me n in the small cake bites I plunge in. Today I decided rather to tell you about this simple Pasta soup with green beans, onions, tomatoes, carrots, fresh coriander leaves , the pasta I used was gomiti rigati. When I tasted it a on certain morning about a month ago it stuck in my heart for some reason, it was simple, heart-warming, full of flavors and now that its winter I feel it is such a comfort on cold winter mornings or evenings, it can literally bring a smile to everyone you serve.

You know how it came into being! It was around 9.30 in the morning, I entered the kitchen wondering what to make for breakfast, I wanted to have something rather than oats that day, so I found green beans n parmesan cheese, I spotted the pasta in the table. and this dish came into being. The wonderful thing about this soup is the pasta gets done inside the soup, so no draining the pasta, the flavors in the pot gets mixed with each other, getting the flavors to new heights, it is nutritious n filling.

Today is the Birthday of my Blog J  A big hug to all of you n BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BLOG !

So now I will tell you about what all we need for re-creating this pasta soup.

For The Recipe:  We will need

Gomiti Rigati or any pasta you like- 150 gm
Carrot- 1 medium, peeled and  chopped into 1 inch slices
Onion – 1 medium, chopped
Green Beans-100 gms, chopped into  1 inch pieces
Garlic – 5 medium cloves, slightly smashed
Tomatoes- 1 medium, chopped
Fresh coriander leaves n stalks- 3 tbsp, chopped
Black Pepper- freshly grounded
Red chili powder- ¼ tsp
Nutmeg- 2  pinches, freshly grated
Sugar- a pinch
Parmesan cheese- 2 -3 tbsp
Butter- 1 ½   tbsp
Vegetable oil- 1 tbsp
Water/vegetable stock/chicken stock- 3-4 cups
Pink rock salt- a pinch

1. In a shallow frying pan add ½ tsp of butter n 4 tbsp of water n add the green bean slices, put the pan on low heat, cover it , give it about 5-7 minutes when the beans will be tender but still crunchy, stir the beans in between and if the water dries up add little more water, when the beans are a bit tender, take them off the pan with any juices with them.

2.  In a deep pan, heat the remaining butter with the vegetable oil, when it is moderately hot add the smashed garlic cloves, give them 30 secs then add the chopped carrots, onion, toss them in the pan. In a low heat give them 5 minutes, don’t let them  brown much, only slightly, we are sweating them, after 5 minutes add the chopped tomato and the chopped coriander stalks n 2 tbsp of leaves. Mix well n give them 2 minutes, add a pinch of sugar, mix, then add salt n a pinch of pink rock salt, mix well. Then add the red chili powder, sprinkle a little water , give it 30 secs, after that add the water or stock. Cover the pan  and keep the heat to low. When the water comes to simmer add the pasta and cover again, give it around 10 minutes, the pasta will be done in 10 minutes. For this recipe we are not looking for AL-Dante pasta i.e pasta with a bite, we want pasta to be soft.

3.  After 10-12 minutes when the pasta is soft,  grate fresh pepper into the soup,  add the green beans, add a little blob of butter or skip it, then grate the parmesan cheese into the soup, check for seasoning. Lastly grate a tiny amount of nutmeg and sprinkle the rest of the fresh coriander leaves. Put the flame off, give the pan 3 minutes of standing time. After that remove the pan  and serve in bowls with a little more grated parmesan n fresh coriander. And now you will see the magic of this soup. Lets smile n say Yummmm… together.  Bon Appetit.