Veggie & Spicy Red Pepper Noodle Soup

Last week fond me warming the seat of my car for long, long periods of time!
When I am in my car for extended periods, other than making smores
And dreaming of spoonfuls of soup like this

I also listen to a lot of talk radio…
While I am in my car I find listening to another voice talking, no matter their tone, always soothing (you think I have “issues”! Innocent)

One day last week, while flipping around listening to different channels, one announcer caught my attention…
I don’t remember who he was or what Chanel…
He was referring to an accident – a plane crash – that happened in January 1982 in Washington DC; in which a plane that took off in the middle of a snowstorm, failed to clear a bridge and ended up crashing into the frigid waters of the Potomac River.

Seventy four passengers were said to have perished in that accident, and five people survived due to the bravery and courage of certain extraordinary individuals! The announcer went on to speak about a “Lenny Skutnik” who had risked his own life to save another passenger who just could not seem to get a hold of the lifesaver thrown down to her, from the rescue chopper.
As the announcer gave due accolades to Mr. Skutnik and other brave individuals that day, he turned the conversation around to the listeners and what he said made me wanna share his message with yall…cause his message…it was simply marvelous!

He said we are all fallible individuals who are given the chance for greatness; that chance for greatness can be on a small scale or a large scale, but we are all capable of great and good deeds!
Very often, I try to share inspiring stories of people’s goodness on my blog – I do so because I truly believe there is good in us all! Now, sometimes, for whatever circumstances or reasons that good might be toned down or snubbed out, but we are all capable of it – of uplifting each other in large acts of generosity or bravery or simple small acts that put a smile on someone’s face.

In case you are curious (like I was) you can read more about Mr. Skutnik and the other reluctant heroes of that day in January, in this artcle.

Speaking of smiles and faces…
My November Foodie Pen Pal put a marvelously hoooge one on my face!
Using the spicy red pepper pasta she sent,
I made this soup chock full of veggies – as I was out of chicken – I decided to go vegetarian!


I am truly in awe of Lenny Skutnik who jumped into water that hovered around the 1 degree mark, as I limit my grocery store runs when temps here hover around the 40 degree Fahrenheit mark!

Here’s hoping your Monday is MARVELOUS, and full of goodness! Thank you so very much Katie for hosting!

Veggie & Spicy Red Pepper Noodle Soup
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  1. 6 cloves garlic chopped
  2. 1 inch piece of ginger chopped
  3. 1 large red onion chopped
  4. 3 carrots chopped
  5. 2 green peppers chopped
  6. 1 stalk celery chopped
  7. 1/4 cup yellow split peas
  8. 1/4 cup lentils
  9. 1 can 100% pumpkin puree
  10. 4 cups veggie stock
  11. 1/2 cup water
  12. 1 package Spicy Red Pepper Past or pasta of your choice
  13. 2 teaspoons parsley
  14. 1 teaspoon cumin
  15. salt and pepper
  16. Olive Oil
  1. Saute the onion in some olive oil for about 10 minutes till it becomes translucent
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and saute
  3. Add the green pepper, carrots and celery and stir well
  4. Then add the stock and water and lentils and split peas and let cook 5 minutes
  5. Throw in the can of pumpkin and cumin and parsley
  6. Drop in the pasta and bring to a boil
  7. Then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes or till the pasta is cooked through
  8. Top with cheese and face plant into!
  1. Some crusty bread would go well with this soup,so would some avocados as a topping!
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46 Responses to Veggie & Spicy Red Pepper Noodle Soup

  1. It is 34 degrees outside and I’m sweating…but damn that soup looks amazing…you know what would be better? Dousing in it hot sauce, tabasco AND sriracha ;)

    What a heart breaking yet at the same time beautiful story- It really shows there are people out there still with humanity. I love these additions to your posts :)

    • Arman – hot sauce, tabasco and sriracha sound like a great addition – take this soup to the so-spicy-am-sweating level! :)
      And thank you so much – hope your day is Marvelous

  2. That’s so true, I believe people are good and sometimes they show us exactly how good or great they are! I love reading about good deeds and heroism. It puts a smile on my face – as would this soup!

  3. This looks so good. I wonder if I can find some red pepper noodles. I think I’m gonna have to go on a hunt :)

  4. Seriously, best noodle soup I ever seen. Must try this week soon!

  5. This soup looks amazing Shashi! I love spicy soups and a bowl of this sounds perfect for the chilly weather we are getting here too. What a beautiful heroic story – it puts a smile on my face when I hear how good people can still be :) Thank you for sharing and hope you have a Marvelous Monday Shashi :)

  6. I’m having a definite soup craving now thanks to you! This looks fabulous!

  7. Shashi, this looks so good! Even though I am in Florida and it’s uber hot, I am wanting to face plant into the bowl ‘o veggies! Plus, I love me a recipe that looks simple and deeeeelish!

    • Thanks so much Taylor!
      So – it’s hot in Florida now?..well, I have the perfect idea for you to enjoy this soup without feeling like you are in a sauna – switch places with me for the next 4 months? ;)

  8. Wow did this bring back memories. I lived in DC at the time and witnessed the plane crash while driving home from work. It was horrific. Inspiring words from the radio host. Your soup looks warm and comforting and spicy!!

  9. This soup looks so hearty and delicious. I love how the liquid is literally coating the pasta. YUM! Bookmarking this recipe! Thanks!

  10. A bowl of hot piping soup? I’m in.
    And what a beautiful story…it warms my heart to know that there are so many “ordinary” heroes out there!

  11. What an amazing story. And I’m jealous of your noodles!

  12. What a lovely story! It shows again that anybody can take actions in this world, and it’s an inspiring message. Thanks for sharing this story and video with us, oh and I would need your pepper noodle soup now. :)

  13. consuelohoneyandfigs

    Lovely history, they make my days better! And what a wonderful dish of pasta, it looks so delicious :)

  14. Shashi,
    I love the idea of this soup – perfect for this cold weather around the holidays. Very nicely done, I wish I had a bowl of it here for lunch! Thanks for sharing this one.

  15. I love this soup…It looks hearty, delicious, and a complete meal.

  16. Kim

    I love all of the inspiring stories you share!! I rarely watch, listen to or read the news because it seems like the majority of it is negative.

  17. Sounds like a fantastic soup.

  18. This soup looks so comforting and warming – it’s been so cold here lately that I am craving soup like mad! I love hearing stories like that – they are just so inspiration (and heartwarming!).

    • Thank you Ashley!
      I crave soup and warm veggies when temps hit the 60′s – but I have a feeling it might be a “tad” colder in your neck of the woods…

  19. Now that’s a bowl of soup! I LOVE all the flavors in this soup, Shashi! So perfect and comforting in the cold weather. Thanks for a great post!

  20. This soup looks perfect for the Arctic freeze we are about to have tomorrow! I love the lentils and the vegetables in it and of course those lovely noodles!
    You know, there are some really good people who go out of their way to help you, but unfortunately, they are always overshadowed by the jackasses of this world.

  21. What a comforting soup! Perfect for this cold weather!

  22. I have got to find some Spicy Red Pepper Pasta here, it sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing, now I have to find it!

  23. This soup looks perfect for the 20 degrees F we are having here!! Love the spices very much!

  24. That looks totally delicious! I want a big bowl of this right now! :)

  25. What a beautiful story. It really inspires me and gives me chills hearing stories of such kindness and bravery like this.

    • Thanks so much Jan – This was a beautiful story – I had a ump in my throat that wouldn’t go away as I read about the sacrifices made, and the way people put others-strangers- ahead of themselves!

  26. Hi Shashi,
    The soup looks perfect especially for this weather! Love!

    • Thanks so much Asmita!
      How cold is it where you are? It’s not as cold in GA as in other places…but I am such a coldwimp I start drinking soup when its 60degrees outside :)

  27. I’m going to miss a radio station I used to listen to in France. It wasn’t really talk radio, but the presenters had the most incredible, smooth voices. I think they chose women who all sounded identical, because it always seemed like it was the same presenter, no matter what time of day I tuned in! :D

    Fab looking soup – now I know what you were alluding to in another comment I read from you to Helene @ MasalaHerb! :D

  28. It’s cold and rainy here today… this soup would warm me from the inside out all the way to my toes. :)

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