Friday, July 20, 2007

Presto Pasta Night #21

With a chill in the air and winter well and truly in force, for this week's Presto Pasta night I've decided to make a comforting soup using Quadratini


which are these tiny squares of egg noodle pasta.

If they aren't cute enough I'm doubling up by using micro herbs


On the left is Watercress and on the right is Chervil - they are sold in small pots and you basically just trim off the quantity you wish to use. If you grow your own herbs then consider using them when they are still young rather than waiting for them to fully mature.

The idea of this soup is quite simple but I think, quite soothing. Just cook the pasta in good chicken stock, home made for the best result and when it's tender pour it over a bed of cut micro herbs.

See, I said it was simple.

Quadratini and Micro herb Soup

Quadratini and Micro Herb Soup

chicken stock
Watercress and Chervil Micro Herbs, or a mix of your favourite herb leaves

Place the stock onto a medium heat and allow to come to near boiling point, add the pasta and stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes and then turn off the heat and cover the pot - the pasta will continue to cook in the residual heat.

Meanwhile, cut the desired amount of watercress and chervil - rinse and dry well before placing in the bottom of your serving bowl.


As you can see the herbs take up about a third of the dish.

Taste the soup and season with salt and freshly ground white pepper - if needed, re-heat it to come to serving temperature and then just pour it over the herbs.

Serve at once.

Quadratini with Micro Herb Soup

It's best if the soup is not boiling hot, just pleasantly warm as you don't want to shock the herbs with boiling soup, you just their flavours to seep into the stock.

You could take this premise and use Asian herbs like Vietnamese mint and coriander, lemongrass and ginger, add fresh chilli for a little heat.

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  1. We finally have been having some warm summer weather here, so this soup will have to wait for one of the usual rainy, misty days I've been noticing in Nova Scotia.

    Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. It looks lovely.

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  3. Thanks Ruth, good to see you are finally enjoying some better weather.

    Hi Snoskred and thank you for the welcome - I look forward to catching up with my fellow oz bloggers!

  4. I can't get over your beautiful photography. Everything looks delectable!

  5. Its not often that I think a soup is cute - but yours certainly is! Looks delicious, too!

  6. AnonymousJuly 21, 2007

    Awesome! I love these tiny squared egg noodles! I love the herbs you've added to it. Love your recipe!


  7. Haalo, you know I like cute stuff. I've not seen micro herbs but now I won't rest till I find some! Plus, it's too cold to go out to the garden to pick herbs, so it would be good to have some herbs indoors.

  8. AnonymousJuly 21, 2007

    :O looks great..
    But am a veggieee..

  9. Thanks Alisha!

    Thanks Katie - the chicken bowl helps in the cute factor ;)

    Thanks Paz!

    Thanks Nora - your best bet might be a specialist veg retailer, I also recall seeing micro coriander and cress I'm guessing I see what the restaurants haven't bought that week.

    Thanks Vish - you could just use vegetable stock.

  10. AnonymousJuly 22, 2007

    As usual, lovely recipe...and I love the fact we share seasons! with all those berries in the blogsphere Iwas feeling a little depressed =)

  11. Thanks Sil - I felt all misty when all I saw all those cherry recipes appearing and there's still months to go before are in season here.

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