Stars are pretty much the most adorable pasta on the market today. I mean, come on. Maybe… MAYBE alphabet pasta could give them a run for their money. Other than the alphabet contender, stars are in a league of their own. I’m pretty convinced that even creeps like the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang would turn into normal, happy people if they just ate more stars. They’re like Prozac in pasta form.
SO since it’s freezing out all of a sudden (what is with the wind chill… seriously), I decided that star soup was a perfect lunch. This is a basic vegetable soup in a chicken broth with my heavy-handed addition of stars. I also added some jalapenos for some heat to clear my perma-clogged sinuses (too much information? probably), but that’s obviously optional.
Start by heating the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium to high heat and adding your onion, celery, carrots and Kosher salt. Put on the lid and let them sweat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, add your garlic and stars, stir for 30 seconds, and add the chicken stock and the water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn down then heat to medium-low. Simmer for 5 minutes before adding your lemon juice, jalapeno(s), and cilantro. You’re ready to eat!
For those of you who hate cilantro, another fresh herb like parsley or chives would be delicious! As for me, I could snort cilantro recreationally and not think twice, so I added a whole ½ cup.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 celery ribs, finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup stars
- 4 cups of low sodium chicken stock
- 2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
Serves 4 sumo wrestlers or 6 girls for lunch