This recipe was born as many recipes are born in my little home. It was created through a combination of growing up in the kitchen with Mom (which instilled many basics of Italian and make-up-as-you-go cooking) , using the internet as a launch pad for basic formats of recipes, and my own desire to constantly learn more about cooking inexpensively from scratch. Oh, also, I have quickly found that my husband automatically like anything better if I add red pepper flakes, so that was inspired by him. This is "Newlywed" soup because it is one of the first recipes of my young marriage where I deviated from what I read enough that I could claim it as totally my own. The result was so excitingly successful that I quickly wrote it down and filed it away. It will be fun to look back on decades from now to see how I've grown as a cook through the years, beginning on my own with this simple, delicious soup.
Serve with a simple greens salad and half a grilled cheese, or even just a slice of good toast. —Kacia