Easy Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Kale

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

 

Cheese tortellini, chicken, kale, tomatoes, garlic, onion – this soup is full of good stuff!

And it couldn’t be easier to make.  Especially if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer ready to go.

I almost always have chicken frozen, that I’ve either cooked myself or used Costco rotisserie chicken.  It’s such a time saver to have the meat ready to use.  A quick minute or two in the microwave is all it takes to thaw it enough so it can be added to a soup or casserole.

Next week, I’ll have another post on using meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken (or your leftover turkey).  There are so many ways to use chicken and turkey like this.

But for today, let’s talk about this soup.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

15 Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

 

I do a lot of recipe creation.  Sometimes the recipes don’t turn out well and I never share them with you.  But sometimes, I come up with a winner.

This chicken noodle soup is a winner!

First of all, it takes just 15 minutes to fix.

It’s also homemade.  Okay, I’m using that term a little loose.  The broth isn’t homemade.  And my mom asked if the noodles were homemade (she’s hard to impress!).

But there’s no cream soups or mixes in here.  And that’s what I mean by homemade.

And if you’re smart enough to make your own broth and freeze it and use chicken you’ve cooked and frozen, then it really can be homemade.  (I’m not even going to talk about making the noodles though.)

I used boxed chicken broth and frozen rotisserie chicken for mine.  Everyone loved it!  It’s creamy, nourishing and hearty.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Chicken, Avocado, Lime, and Cilantro Soup

CHicken, Avocado, Lime & Cilantro Soup

Chicken, Avocado, Lime and Cilantro Soup

I was sick with a terrible sinus infection. And I just wanted homemade chicken noodle soup.

The problem was that I didn’t have any of the ingredients I needed. And there was no chance I could make it to the store.

So I looked and my fridge at what I had and this is what I came up with. It was so delicious! And my whole family ate it and they said it was delicious as well. Home run!

Here’s to using what you’ve got in the pantry!  This ingredient list is simple:   [Read more…]

Mexican White Queso Soup

White Queso Soup

 

A while back, I was brainstorming ideas for new recipes.  I decided to ask on Facebook, to see if anyone had ideas for recipes they’d like to see.  There were a number of great responses, but Kerri S. mentioned White Queso Dip.

That was all it took, and my mind skipped onto this idea for White Queso Soup.  I adapted the recipe for Cheese Soup to make it like the White Queso Dip we all love.     [Read more…]

Southwestern Chicken Chowder in the Slow Cooker

Southwestern Chicken Chowder in the Slow Cooker

I’m all about assembly-only cooking.  And this recipe fits that description perfectly.  There’s not even a need to chop anything to make this soup.  You’ve got to love that!

The main ingredient is a bag of frozen O’brien potatoes.  Using this means you don’t need to chop potatoes, onions or peppers, but you get the flavor of all of them.

This soup is hearty and filling.  In addition to the O’brien potatoes, you’ll add chicken, corn and tomato sauce.  Garlic and chili powder season it all.  And the slow cooker does the work!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup couldn't be easier!

 

It’s Slow Cooker Soup Friday again!  And I’ve got another new recipe for you.

This one is so easy, I really wondered if it would work.  The hands-on time for this soup has got to be under 5 minutes.  Your slow cooker really does do all the work.

I started with frozen chicken tenders.  Then added tomato juice, chicken broth, Italian seasonings and Parmesan cheese.  And at the end I decided to add some pasta too.

I served the soup with toasted cheesy bread.  Just butter the bread, add shredded Italian blend cheese to the top and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup:   [Read more…]

Veggie Chowder – Dinner into Lunch (plus a Slow Cooker Giveaway!)

Veggie Chowder Dinner into Lunch

 

I’m going to be talking about 3 of my favorite things in this post.  Soup.  Sweet potatoes.  And slow cookers.

Make that 4 of my favorite things – how could I forget easy dinners!  When Libby’s asked me to create an easy dinner recipe that cold be repurposed into lunch, I was in.  Our lunches almost always consist of leftovers.  Why cook twice, when you can do it once and have a second meal out of the deal?

This Veggie Chowder comes together really quick.  The other thing I like about it, is that it’s a pantry meal.  You can keep all of these things on hand, so you have the fixings for a fast dinner any time.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Easy Chicken Barley Soup

This Chicken Barley Soup is pure comfort soup in a bowl. Made with ingredients you most likely have on hand, it comes together quickly on a cold winter’s night.

Since this quick and healthy recipe makes about 8 servings, I love to make it at the beginning of the week so I can have leftovers to put in thermoses for lunches.

Why barley instead of noodles? Barley is much higher in fiber, which means your family will stay fuller longer. I’m pretty sure there is nothing worse than preparing a meal for my family, only to have them hit me up for a snack an hour later. If I’ve gone through the effort of preparing a meal – I want it to satisfy!

Chicken Barley Soup
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts chopped into bite-size pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 16 oz package frozen vegetables
  • ¾ cup barley
Instructions
  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir in barley. Cover, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook an additional 45 minutes, or until barley is cooked. Serve immediately.

Andrea has been married to Peter for 20 years, and together they have two teenage daughters. You can also find her at The Greenbacks Gal where she finds organic deals, green steals and cooks real food meals.

Cheesy Hamburger Soup

We love soup in our house.  This is a hearty soup, perfect for winter.

The recipe comes from an Amish Cookbook I have called Amish Friends Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter.  The original name for the soup was Cheeseburger Soup, but there’s something a little unappealing about that to me.  So, I changed the name.

If you’ve got someone in your family who likes meat with a meal, this is a good soup to make for them.  It’s full of ground beef and potatoes.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Quick and Easy – Tomato Basil Chicken Soup

This is the soup that made me wish I owned an immersion blender.

Alas, I don’t have one.  But even without smoothing out the soup base, this dish is a winner.  It’s creamy and full of the summery flavor of tomatoes and basil.  The chicken adds heartiness and keeps the boys from whining for meat.

And if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer, this soup only takes a few minutes to make.  I love a quick meal!

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

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