Posted by Angela @ farragio on Thursday, May 31, 2012 Under: food drink
I keep a large container in the freezer and anytime there are leftover vegetables, macaroni & cheese, or other pastas from dinner I throw them into the container. Over time when I've saved up enough leftovers I make soup.
I love soup. It's a great meal in both winter and summer. It makes a cold wintery day just a little bit nicer, and in the summer it's a good way to make a meal without having to turn on the oven.
Best of all it's a great way to make a delicious meal without putting in a lot of effort.
When I'm ready to make soup I bring two frozen chicken breasts to a boil in a large pot of water and boil for 15 to 20 minutes. After they're done boiling I remove them from the pot and let them rest on a plate for a few minutes. While they're sitting I pour the water I boiled the chicken in through a strainer into a large bowl and then return the water to the pot. I put the frozen vegetables and pasta into the water and using a pair of scissors I cut up the chicken into bite size pieces and put it in with the vegetables. If there isn't enough liquid after adding everything I add a little bit more water (or white wine).
Then I add whatever spices I'm in the mood for. My family likes spicy food so I usually use Cajun seasoning, garlic (always garlic and lots of it), and if there weren't enough onions in my frozen leftovers I'll chop up some onion and add it. Sometimes I'll add Worcestershire sauce, white wine . . . really, there is no wrong way to season soup. It's fun to play around with different flavors.
I think the longer soup cooks, the better it tastes so bring it to a low simmer and let cook for at least a half hour. While it's simmering make a tossed salad (or Cucumber Chip Salad), slice a baguette and drizzle with olive oil and cracked black pepper and sea salt, and you have a hearty meal that was easy to make.
If you have trouble getting the frozen vegetables to come out of the container, run lukewarm water from the sink over the sides of the container for a few seconds. The vegetables & pasta may come out as a block but don't worry, they will thaw and break apart while cooking.
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