Up today is a family recipe that is so simple you may think I left out some ingredients…but rest assured they are all there! This 30 Minute Italian Red Noodle Soup recipe might be the easiest soup you have ever made. Don’t think the lack of ingredients means lack of flavor…it’s quite tasty. My grandmother made this on a regular basis while raising her family of four boys. I imagine she needed cheap and hearty recipes to fill them up. I’m not entirely sure of the origin…whether she came up with it or if it was from her own mother. I recently made it for my Dad so I thought why not share it with all of you? I gave it a fancy name with the hope that Google might find it, but truth be told we always just called it Red Soup.
- 3 boxes (32 oz. each) chicken broth
- One 6 oz. can tomato paste (we use Contadina)
- One (1 lb.) bag Mrs. Weiss' Kluski Noodles
- 2 teaspoons celery salt
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Put chicken broth in a soup kettle and bring to a boil.
- Add tomato paste and stir.
- Add egg noodles and celery salt.
- Gently boil for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes covered.
- Add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and stir well.
- Serve in bowls or mugs generously sprinkled with more parmesan.
- We double this recipe and it makes enough to freeze several individual portions.
Of course you can add just about anything you want. It is a very good base for adding meat or perhaps vegetables. My dad would think I’d lost my mind though if I added anything else. As I noted in the recipe, we usually make a double batch. It makes a ton of soup so there is plenty to put in the freezer. We also use Mrs. Weiss’ kluski noodles but if you can’t find them, any egg noodle will work. When I was growing up, my mom made her own egg noodles from scratch for this soup. I can still see the dough, rolled out thin on her counter, drying a bit before she sliced it into strips. I think those memories for me, and memories of his own mother for my dad, are what makes this recipe so special. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a try.
Now I want to take a minute and re-introduce you to a friend of mine who recently started her own blog. Her name is Carol Bray and she blogs at The Red Painted Cottage, which is also the name of her Etsy shop.
Some of you might remember that a few years ago she painted a watercolor of our front porch. Here it is:
It hangs in my entry and is one of my most treasured possessions. She caught the exact personality of our house and brought it to life in this painting. Her blog is similar to mine…a mixture of home decor, recipes and bits of her life. She also has a darling little pooch named Molly who you really must go and meet. You can visit her blog by clicking HERE.
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Thank you for stopping by and for your friendship…have a perfect week.
p.s. more inspiration if you’re feeling hungry!