E.J.'s Vegetable Noodle Soup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 small onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 carrots, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon chopped thyme
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup alphabet pasta
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons snipped chives
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions, celery and carrots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, for 8 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth, water and bay leaf and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir in the pasta and simmer until tender, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the peas and chives. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
NOTES One serving 248 cal, 9 gm fat, 1.7 gm sat fat, 34 gm carb, 4.8 gm fiber.