Soup is EASY to make. Truly. Figure out what you are after, keep it simple, and have fun. This weekend I needed to whip up some chicken soup for the kids and Jason, and I thought I’d share the recipe.
First off: when making this soup I don’t allow for much ‘broth’ at the end. Why? My kids spill and/or leave broth. So I put enough pasta in that it soaks it up so they’re getting it… they just don’t realize it. Secondly, recipes for soup like this are more of a guideline. Do whatever you like!!
this time I used:
1 1/2 Chicken Breasts (grilled/seasoned with salt & pepper then chopped)
1 yellow onion (grilled and chopped nice & fine)
32oz (1 large container) low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup carrot (uncooked) diced fine
1 – 1 1/2 cups small uncooked pasta
dash garlic powder
First cook chicken (season it first!) then cook the chopped onion until all nice and caramel-y. I then re-chopped the onion. (note: with both I put a dash of olive oil in to aid cooking/not sticking) The great thing? use a nice pot and you can do the whole soup all in 1 pot! Once you’ve cooked those two things off, put them back in the pot. Then add the rest of the ingredients & let simmer for 20min or so. Salt to taste (SLOWLY! add a little, test, repeat). Also – when I pour in pasta I just make sure there’s plenty of liquid. The pasta soaks up that broth quick!! You should have a good amount of just broth at top (more than an inch) to start. But really it’s personal preference. Just remember it’s going to disappear a bit.
Why do I dice it up so fine? Because!! When my kids are sick they won’t eat much, and by dicing the onion (which adds MONDO flavor!!), chicken, and carrot finely they don’t pick out chunks. Instead, they just eat and enjoy.
You could add in potato, peppers, celery, squash (zucchini is actually REAL good in here), or anything you like. It works with turkey too. Heck – you can make it veggie only! You just need broth + seasoning + chopped up stuff. Enjoy!
Hopefully though, you don’t have 2 kids with strep (oh yes, they both have it) + a one armed man that need a gentle dinner.