Vegetable Pasta Soup


In winters, a hot bowl of soup and a warm blanket is all I need only when I am down with cold, else you will find me with a big mug of hot chocolate. I love this vegetable pasta soup because it is a complete meal in itself and it has my favorite pasta. This is a one pot meal where you put all the ingredients in a pot and let it cook, that’s it !! Easy right? And it is a healthy meal with all the veggies in it. You can add/eliminate vegetables of your choice. So when are you making this healthy bowl for yourself and your family?? Vegetable Pasta Soup Author: The Cooking Soul Yield- Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 bell pepper, diced 8-10 cauliflower florets, 8-10 baby corn, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 3 tbsp, green garlic leaves, chopped 6-7, tomatoes, chopped 1 cup boiled pasta 1 litre water 2 -3 tsp dried basil / fresh basil leaves 1 tsp oregano 2 tsp black pepper powder salt according to taste INSTRUCTIONS Heat oil in a large pan, add onion and garlic, cook stirring continuously till the onion […]

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Penne pasta with creamy mushroom sauce


I love pasta with all kinds of sauces- red sauce, pink sauce, white sauce or pesto sauce !! When I am bored of daal chawal, the only thing that comes to my mind is pasta. Why? It is easy,simple,  quick to make, easily available ingredients, tastes amazing and is filling. Make a bowl of pasta and have it while it is still hot !! Mushrooms in white sauce taste delish and you can add more veggies like zucchini, broccoli, bell peppers if you want. The best part is that it is not high on calories as we have used minute amount of cheese, so enjoy it without any guilt. it Penne pasta with creamy mushroom sauce Author: The Cooking Soul Yield – serves 2 INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp all purpose flour 3/4th cup milk pinch of nutmeg 2-3 tbsp cheese 1 cup mushrooms 3-4 cloves garlic 1 small onion 1 -2 tsp oregano 1 tsp thyme 1.5 cup penne pasta salt as required black pepper as required 2 tsp chopped coriander INSTRUCTIONS Heat water in a large pan, add a drop of oil and salt to the water. Add the pasta when the water comes to boil. Cook the […]

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Okra Curry/Ladyfinger Curry/Bende koddel


Okra, also known as bhindi, ladyfinger and Bende in kannada, is used in preparing curry as well. It is a popular curry made in Udupi which is my native place. The summer vacation visits to Udupi were always awaited because it introduced me to a different world of food and I started developed a liking for it. Grandma’s kitchen was where all the magic happened. Different types of curries, chutneys, rice and payasams were relished by us kids and more importantly it was the love that enhanced the taste of every dish. South Indian cuisine is one of my favorites, not because I belong to that place but the warmth, love and satisfaction experienced upon eating each morsel of hot steaming rice and sambhar with your hands cannot be expressed, only experienced. Food does wonders and having this hot steaming rice with bende koddel/ Okra curry will definitely make you happy. Meals like these are my favorite any day of the year.  I use sambhar powder, specially made in Udupi, which makes this curry all the more delicious. If you do not have this udupi sambhar masala then you can use whichever is available. Also without sambhar masala this curry still tastes good. […]

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