Mar 11, 2010

Vegetable and pasta soup

Before we go to the recipe , I wanted to tell you all about the lovely weekend we had. We had been to the Singapore's Peranakan museum where they were exhibiting a special section on Ramayan. We got to see some traditional dance performances and then there was some art and craft workshop for the kids too. Both parents and kids could spend a quality time there. I have updated my art blog with the pictures of the weekend event. So please do have a look at the pictures and other details here.
Now coming back to the recipe for today, its a healthy combination of vegetables, beans and pasta mixed with suitable spices. Soups have become essential part of our diet nowadays especially when I am trying to lose some weight. I try to avoid carbohydrates and fats for dinner thats when soups seems to be a good option. I have been trying to experiment with new ingredients and combinations to make the soup more healthy and filling. Addition of pasta made the soup really filling and I did not feel the need to have anything else for dinner.
This soup is my entry for "cooking with pasta "event going on in this blog. Please do send your paste entries soon. For details, click here.

veg pasta soup
Broccoli- 3-4 florets
Carrots- a small piece- chopped into rings
Spinach- 1/2 cup finely chopped
Onion- 1 small- finely chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves crushed
Ginger- a small piece crushed
Pasta- Any variety- 1/2 cup
Black eyed beans- 1/4 cup soaked overnight
Tomato puree- 2tbsp
Dark soya sauce- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Cumin pepper powder- 1tsp
Cornflour- 1/2tsp
Oil- 1tsp

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions followed by crushed garlic and ginger. Saute for sometime. Then add the other chopped vegetables along with pasta and beans. Add the pepper cumin and pepper powder and a little salt. Add 2 glasses of water and cook till the vegetables are soft and pasta is cooked. Now add the tomato puree and soya sauce. Mix well.
Dissolve the corn flour in a small amount of water and add this to the soup. Stir for a few minutes till the soup thickens a little.
Serve hot with some toasted bread.
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