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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”! )

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

Veggie & Spicy Red Pepper Noodle Soup


  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 2 green peppers chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow split peas
  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1 can 100% pumpkin puree
  • 4 cups veggie stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package Spicy Red Pepper Past or pasta of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 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!


Some crusty bread would go well with this soup,so would some avocados as a topping!

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Friday 6th of December 2013

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


Thursday 5th of December 2013

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

Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

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


Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

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 :)

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

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


Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

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!

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

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


Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Haha - thanks Jan - don't think UPS could get it to you before it cools :)