The dreaded fall cold arrived the other day and it is not even fall! I made this quick soup to help us get over the symptoms.

1 900 ml reduced sodium chicken broth

1/2 package thin rice noodles

hot red chilies, chopped and deseeded according to how much heat you want*

handful of green beans, washed and trimmed and cut into pieces

1/2 sweet onion

salt, pepper, dried tarragon leaves, dried cilantro leaves

Put rice noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water until noodles are soft, about 8 minutes. In large pot, place 1 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp veg oil and chopped sweet onion. Cook the onion until translucent. Sprinkle with a heaping tablespoon of dried tarragon leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste and either a good 1-2″ squirt of Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper paste or 1-2 red chilies chopped. (*The more seeds you leave in, the hotter the flavor from the chili. Deseed to reduce the heat. Be careful not to touch your lips or eyes while deseeding and chopping the chilies and wash your hands when you are done. ) Add the green beans with ends trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces. Stir together well. Pour in the carton of chicken broth and simmer 10 minutes or so. When there is about 2 minutes left, drain the rice noodles and add them to the pot. Stir in the dried cilantro leaves and serve with crackers of your choice.

As an added bonus, we had some of this soup left over so I put it in the fridge. The rice noodles soaked up the broth so I put it in a frying pan, added lime juice, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and a bit more chili paste. I let this heat through and served it with grilled chicken and fresh cilantro for supper!

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