I was in a hurry to make something for an unexpected visitor and came up with this on the fly. I had the ingredients and knew it would take hardly any time to prepare. My friend LOVED IT, and I did too. What a nice soup to fill the tummy and make you feel comfortable. The first time I made it with a can of diced tomatoes because that is what I had in the pantry. I tried it again today but only had Herdez mild salsa for the tomatoes so I threw them in. It turned out great with the salsa, too. It is easy and simple. I like it because it follows the no-oil McDougall Program, too.
1Place the water, salt, kombu, and spices in a large sauce pot and bring to a boil
2Add the pasta, and cook till nearly tender,
3then add the salsa, ketchup, canned beans and frozen vegetables to the pot -- no need to pre-thaw -- they will thaw very quickly in the slow boiling water
4reduce heat to simmer and finish cooking the pasta till tender. (abt 8 more minutes)
5Serve soup immediately.
6It will be like "soup" but as it sits the pasta will absorb more of the water and it will become "casserole-like" but is still very tasty. Enjoy!
7Note: I use Kroger Simple Truth brand of organic ketchup because it does not contain high fructose corn syrup and there is no oil which makes it OK to use on The McDougall Program (The Starch Solution) that I am following.
8TO PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME: Put everything but the pasta in the pot, bring to a boil then simmer. Later when you are ready to serve, cook the pasta in some boiling salted and spiced water, when tender, drain, and add to the pot just before serving. Cooking the pasta in spiced water makes it taste a whole lot better than if cooked in only salted water.
9About the KOMBU: I started using this (which I buy online at Swanson Products swansonvitamins.com/eden-foods-kombu...) when trying to reduce the gas from beans. It really adds a mild but excellent flavor to the soup, too. You will have to try it to see for yourself. My friend liked it, and I do too.