Time Saver: Simple Soup

“Time” is a hot commodity on the home front as life as we know it requires lots of adjusting and plenty of quick fixes – in the kitchen! 

The transition from virtual school to #homeschool sort of fell in my lap recently and I’m always looking for more ways to maximize the hours in the day. One pot meals are my “go-to” especially during lunch time. 

This Simple Soup could easily be served at dinner with fresh bread and a side salad if you desire. We are a family of three, so I have leftovers regardless. Sometimes we take the extra food to my mother-in-law who is a widow, lives alone, and certainly appreciates the kind gesture.  

You can opt to double the recipe for a larger family and serve up what’s left at another time. It certainly freezes well. This home cooked meal takes all but one hour and is super inexpensive to make. 

Happy cooking and eating!

SIMPLE SOUP: Cook two whole chicken breasts along with a chopped onion, tomato paste (6 oz), 1 tbsp. fresh garlic, one tsp. of each dry herb (poultry seasoning, Italian seasoning, sage), and 1/2 tsp. of salt/pepper in a large pot filled with enough water just to cover it, adding about 2 more cups of water after that. Let it come to a boil and then simmer on low for about 35 minutes with lid on. Remove chicken. Taste the broth and season to taste. Add 1  1/3 cup of frozen mixed vegetables and cook on high for 5 minutes. Add 1  1/3 cup of pasta and cook for another 10-12 minutes on medium low with lid on. Turn off heat. Shred the chicken and add to the pot. Stir well. Yields 4 + servings.


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