As Winter approaches, cooler temperatures bring culinary opportunities to warm the kitchen, and comfort our appetites.
This is truly one of the easiest soups to throw together. Easily altered, you don't have to stick to the exact recipe. In fact, this soup was the end result of picking five recipes from various cookbooks, then combining them to make a soup my family loves.
Don't feel bad about changing the recipe. It is a great one to use when you're cleaning out the refrigerator and raiding the pantry. If you are lucky enough to have fresh Hatch green chiles, corn on the cob, tomatoes from your garden, then by all means, use fresh. Heck, toss a bit of squash in there while you're at it, maybe a carrot.
This soup is so simple! Other than baking a chicken breast in an oven for a bit, and a small amount of prepping, the entire soup is created by means of dumping, adding and stirring. It is easily remembered as followed:
6 cans / cartons of vegetables and broth
6 fresh vegetables
Tortilla chips or strips
Full and hearty, the recipe can be amended with lower sodium ingredients for a more healthy soup.Yes, it is pretty much Chicken Tortilla soup, but maybe you don't want tortilla strips in your soup, so we'll call them a garnish in the end.
To make this particular recipe, you will need the ingredients listed, as well as a large pot in which to cook it all.
CANNED, bottled or cartoned GOODS
* You may also use 2 cups of cooked, shredded rotisserie chicken and omit this prep step *
Our local meat market always mentions the fact that a 'breast' is technically two halves, so if you ask for 3-4 of them, you may be given enough chicken to feed a crew!
Another great idea, instead of chicken, make tiny meatballs for the soup.
Additional items needed include the following equipment:
A soup ladle
Wooden spoon or other item for stirring
A cutting board
A baking sheet
Colander (Ha! I could have sworn 'colander' was spelled with two Ls.