Saturday, June 11, 2011

Spicy Vegetable Soup

I love this soup!  You can, of course, add some meat to it if you like, but I am happy with no meat (as usual).  This is super simple and only for those who really like fire when they eat!

For approximately one serving (adjust according to desired amount):
2 cups water
1/4 cup small noodle pasta (soup pasta)
1 cup chopped mixed vegetables (you can use frozen or fresh)
2 tsp powdered chicken stalk
2 TBS Valentina hot sauce (or similar...not Tabasco type)
juice from 1 lime :)

     Start by heating the water over medium high heat with the chicken stalk, hot sauce, and lime juice.  As the water begins to boil, add the pasta and vegetables and bring back to a boil.  Cook for about 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked.  That's it!  You can serve it with croutons (flavored or plain), crackers, toast, or baguette bread. 
     I also like taking only half the soup (storing the rest) and eating it with a grilled cheese sandwich or with tostadas that have melted cheese on them!  Also, if you want a less "liquidy" soup, reduce the water amount and tone down the hot sauce a little.  Sometimes I will use only 1 cup of water and 1 1/2 TBS hot sauce (I like spice!) and then I get something that is more like a watery pasta than a traditional soup.
     Any way you like it, this soup is filling and low in sodium and carbs!!!

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