There's really only one thing I want to eat when I have a cold. Seitan Noodle Soup.
Well, okay, I also wanted popcorn and Purely Decadent ice cream. And a gazillion glasses of lemon ginger Prometheus Springs drink and lemon ginger Yogi Tea. But I really love noodle soup the best when I'm sick.
And it's pretty awesome that this soup is easy to make, since I usually want it when I have zero energy. But my cold that was steadily getting worse yesterday is steadily getting better today. So here's the recipe.
Seitan Noodle Soup
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 package seitan (Upton's original is good)
6 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2-3 inch hunk of ginger, finely grated
2 quarts water
2 Rapunzel bouillon cubes- herbed variety
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Handful fresh parsley, minced
Couple handfuls of pasta (I like fusilli)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add onion, carrot and celery and saute a couple minutes, until onions are beginning to get translucent. Add seitan and continue cooking until it begins to brown. Add garlic, ginger, water, bouillon, yeast and parsley. Bring to a simmer and cook until carrots are tender.
Add pasta and continue to cook until it's tender (don't overcook- the pasta will cook more when you go back for leftovers all day). Add salt, pepper and lemon juice.
Enjoy while watching a gazillion episodes of 30 Rock on Netflix.