One of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld was when the Soup Nazi was introduced. This episode took place long before the cooking shows on tv became popular and all us regular people found out what diva chefs really are. In Seinfeld, the Soup Nazi made the best soup in NY and had lines of people around the corner waiting to buy his soup. If, however, you didn’t live up to the Soup Nazi’s standards, he would say “No soup for you” and be thrown out of the store. And of course George Costanza in Costanza like fashion had to piss off the Soup Nazi and get thrown out. And of course he tried to get back in. Click on the above picture to a portion of this episode.
Well to save you all from Soup Nazis and Diva Chefs, I have found a delicious recipe from DeCecco Pasta. Hope you love it as much as the Seinfeld episode!
Angel Hair soup with asparagus tops
Peel the asparagus with a potato peeler, rinse and chop in rounds, cut the tips in half lengthwise and set aside. Peel the carrot and the onion, remove roots and leaves from the leek and rinse with the celery and the Swiss chards. Chop all the vegetables and put them in a saucepan with the peeled garlic; pour 17 fl oz of water, add parsley, basil, keeping a few leaves for later, and the bay leaf and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30-40 minutes over medium heat covered with a lid; add salt half way through. In the meantime, wash and chop the remaining basil. When ready filter the vegetable broth and bring to boil again, then add the asparagus rounds and simmer for another 5 minutes. Combine the pasta with the soup and cook until al dente. Sprinkle with basil and with extra virgin oil. Serve the soup warm.
Cooking time: 1h
For 4 people:
4 oz De Cecco – Angel Hair – 209
3.5 oz Swiss chards (spinach)
½ stalk celery
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove
1 parsley bunch
De Cecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil Only Italian Olives
1 basil bunch
Bianco di Custoza (Veneto)