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Reader Recipe: Light 'n' Tasty Soup

Reader Recipe: Light 'n' Tasty Soup

When I think of soup, I usually think of heavy, time-consuming recipes. You know, the sort of thing that sits on your stove all day building layers of flavor upon itself.

So when I saw TeamSugar member celebrity_soup's recipe in the Kitchen Goddess group, I was immediately intrigued. The soup is Nigella Lawson's "Light 'n' Tasty" soup, and it comes together in a few minutes. It's perfect for a quick lunch or a fast dinner. The best part is that it's also rather adaptable. Don't like bok choy? Replace it with broccoli. Don't have sprouts on hand? Just omit! To see the simple yet versatile recipe,


Submitted by TeamSugar member celebrity_soup

Dinner For Two: Nigella's Noodle Soup

Dinner For Two: Nigella's Noodle Soup

Dinner For Two: Nigella's Noodle Soup


  1. 6 ounces udon noodles (dried, from a packet)
  2. 3 cups chicken broth
  3. 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  4. 1 star anise
  5. 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  6. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  7. 3/4 cup bean sprouts
  8. 1 cup chopped patty pans/zucchini
  9. 3/4 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms (I used button mushrooms)
  10. 2 heads baby bok choy, finely sliced (I used broccoli instead)
  1. 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves (optional)


Cook the noodles according to packet instructions and while the water is boiling fill a nearby saucepan with stock, brown sugar, star anise, ginger and soy sauce. (When the noodles are done, just drain them and put half in each bowl.)

When the flavored stock comes to a boil, add the vegetables. They should be cooked before 2 minutes are up.

Pour half into each bowl, over the cooked and drained noodles and sprinkle with cilantro.

Serves 2

...and here's the video of the goddess cooking up this fab dish:

Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My mom would love this.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Dear, oh dear... Nigella was never a twiggy Giada or anything, and I always really liked that about her. But everything seems to have gone, shall we say, a bit pear-shaped of late. I haven't seen a video of Ms. Lawson in years, and time has not been kind. It's a shame - she always made being curvy look good, and now she's really not there anymore.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that recipe looks kind of good actually. i might have to try it out :)
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I'm making this tomorrow. :feedme:
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
i love her...
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 9 years
I have such a girl-crush on Nigella. Nigella, you can cook for me anytime! Hahaha!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
That sounds great, but I think I would opt to add a bit of garlic. :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
That looks good but I'd have to use veggie broth and would prefer to have the bok choy and the broccoli and leave out the zucchini.
dukegirl dukegirl 9 years
Does anyone know where I can buy the soup bowl? Thanks.
emalove emalove 9 years
Yum! But I'd make mine without the mushrooms.
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