Can you hear that? It’s the sound of my family collectively groaning and lamenting that this recipe would be so much better if I would just add the chicken back into it. Sorry everyone, but I don’t eat chicken anymore, and my life has continued on just fine.
That being said, I have been on a quest for this soup since meats have disappeared from my diet. Chicken noodle soup used to be one of my favorite comfort foods, and it’s one of the only things that I really missed. Sure, there are vegetable noodle soups, but most of the ones you see in restaurants are catch-alls for cooks that are trying to use up vegetables that are about to go bad. Nothing I’ve ever seen has been the kind of soup that I want to curl up with on a cold day in winter.
The key to creating a great noodle soup, and the element that has caused me the most frustration, is in the broth. Most vegetable soups incorporate tomato which tends to dominate the taste and is nothing like the simple taste of a basic chicken broth. However, once I discovered Jennifer Perillo’s corn broth, I had finally found a simple base for a delicious veggie noodle soup. I made a big pot early one afternoon and ended up eating it all day long – I absolutely couldn’t get enough. It completely embodies the comfort food I’ve long been missing in the winter months, and is the perfect companion for a chilly day.
Bring it on winter. Bring. It. On.
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Let’s play a game. I’m going to tell you five things, and you have to guess which one is false. Ready? Let’s go:
1) I finally broke down and bought the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
2) I blushed a little typing the sentence above.
3) Last week I was chopping a jalapeno, and then I picked my nose (totally gross, I know) and suddenly my nostrils were on fire. Then, jalapeno infused snot started dripping out my nose onto my upper lip and then my ENTIRE FACE was on fire. And I couldn’t figure out what to do, so I tried to use a neti pot to clean everything out, but I must have used it wrong because the water just gave me an immediate headache that caused me to sit down on my kitchen floor and pray that my head would just go ahead and explode since that seemed less painful.
4) Eventually I picked myself up off the floor, and vowed never to pick my nose ever again. At least, not when dealing with spicy foods.
5)I made a soup with banana in it, which seemed totally ridiculous to me at the time, but was actually incredibly delicious.
Okay, ready for the answer?
They’re all true. I know, I’m a total cheater. Don’t hate.
I go through a completely frivolous shame spiral whenever holidays roll around and I have to figure out what to blog about. I feel like if I was a good blogger I would make all my favorite holiday recipes a week or two in advance, so I could then blog about them BEFOREHAND and enable other people to make these dishes for their own holiday meals. And then my recipe would be featured on other websites as a “Must-Try” for whatever holiday is coming up, and people would leave me comments like “This looks amazing and is going to be a family tradition from now on! My great-grandchildren will forever be thankful that you posted your broccoli casserole recipe!”
And then…I would totally make them again for the actual event and not complain that I JUST MADE THIS and don’t want leftovers ANYMORE. But the truth is I just want to make those recipes once a year, and eat them on the real day, and honestly I sort of don’t want to be fooling with my camera while it’s happening.
This has led me to 2 conclusions:
1) I will probably never make a living off of this blog since the effort of cooking a recipe TWICE is more than I’m willing to put in.
2) Having a blog causes you to be very self absorbed. I mean, who gives a f@ck what I’m making for the holidays? Is anyone’s life really going to be upset because I didn’t post a casserole recipe the Monday before Thanksgiving?
If anyone answers “Yes” to question 2, I advise that you step away from the computer. Then throw rocks at it.
So hey, here’s what I actually made this past weekend. Tortellini soup! It is super easy to make and really great on a cold winter today. Or when you’re tired of eating turkey and sweet potatoes.