Upon returning from a trip, Jackie and I generally have pasta as our first home-cooked meal. It isn't a question of deprivation (it happens even after we've been to Italy) but of a wish to return to cooking at its most domestic.
This recipe is endlessly versatile. I like it rich with tomatoes, but you may also add cream or milk if you prefer a milder flavor. Fresh herbs such as thyme and basil will work well, both cooked into the soup and as a garnish.