So, there was a big fat Indian wedding. My brother’s wedding. I did not leave a single tiny miny stone unturned as far as my outfits, the decor, food, dance etc was concerned. And now, that the couple is happily wed, I suffer from the common post-wedding no-stress syndrome.
The following things can save me right now. A cozy bed, late night TV and a hot bowl of hearty chicken soup with pasta and chunky vegetables floating in peace. If you’ve ever been anywhere close to where I am today, you know that this combination is just right.
Cooking time: 45 mins. Prep time: 15 mins. Serves 8
Hearty chicken and pasta soup
In a large pot, heat 4tbsp olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add one finely chopped large onion, one celery stalk and finely chopped 4-5 garlic cloves and saute until the onion is soft and translucent. I used celery salt instead, which is available in convenient packaging these days under the brand ‘urban flavourz’.
Now add the chicken/vegetable stock, 2 diced carrots, and 5-6 blanched and roughly chopped tomatoes. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add 6-7 finely sliced mushrooms, one diced zucchini, a fitful of basil and parsley and 1tbsp oregano and continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
Cook a cup of pasta, drain and add to the soup pot. Cook for another few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each bowl with Parmesan cheese if you wish.