25 Minute Dinner: Ravioli Soup

Having a recipe for lightning a fast dinner is a prerequisite for this cookin-workin-mama. Thankfully, I'm close to Trader Joes and am able to keep these essentials on hand for those time-suck/train is late evenings that just won't cooperate with my desires.

Ingredients: - 2 quarts of chicken stock (didn't have time to thaw my homemade stock!) - 1 bag of dried ravioli - 1 package of mirepoix - 1 red pepper, diced - 2 cloves of garlic, diced - olive oil - season with: red pepper flakes, oregano, thyme, salt & pepper - secret ingredient: a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Method: - get a pot of water boiling for the pasta, cook noodles according to package instructions - in a large pan, heat the olive oil & sauté the veg unil just translucent - add pepper flakes & herbs - stir in stock & simmer - taste before you season with salt & pepper - add noodle portion to bowl, drizzle with olive oil, then laddle soup over top & squeeze in the lemon

A squeeze of lemon really brings this dish together. This is a light dinner that easily adjusts to a vegetarian diet. Rice might be a nice substitution for the noodles just remember to cook it separately. If you have leftover soup, you don't want the rice sucking up all of the broth!