Sabtu, 12 Maret 2011

The Best Soups To Make If You Are In A Hurry

Just because you do not have a lot of time to spend preparing dinner you can still easily enjoy a delicious tasting soup. Although it is certainly true that many soups take quite some time to prepare and cook there are still countless varieties that can be made if you are in a hurry.

Take a look through your pantry, cupboards, and refrigerator and do a quick inventory to see what you have to work with. Cans of chicken or beef broth are ideal substitutes for the homemade varieties when you are pressed for time. Fresh, frozen, or leftover vegetables are also great for making soups quickly. In addition, if you have flour, you can make thicker soups, stews, and gravies and of course, you will also need a few basic seasonings.

To make a really quick but tasty mushroom soup, chop mushrooms and saute on butter until just soft then add milk, flour, cream, and salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish the soup with a few slices of mushrooms and you have a really fast meal.

Use water or vegetable stock to make a quick and simple homemade vegetable soup. Use cabbage, carrots, green beans, leeks, onions, potatoes, and turnips with hot water or vegetable stock and season with garlic, salt, black pepper, and parsley. All of the ingredients for this hearty vegetable soup should be cooked and ready to eat in about 30 minutes.

Do not forget to use leftover meats from previous dinners for quickly making soups and stews. Shred cooked chicken or turkey or browned ground beef to use in hearty soup, stews, or chili and use pieces of cooked bacon for flavor and as a garnish.

In addition, remember, if you have a crock pot you can always add everything to it in the morning so it will be ready around dinner time. Chop or prepare the ingredients the night before so you can quickly fill and set the crock pot and then go.

Speedy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

What You Need
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 32 ounce carton or can chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 package egg noodles
  • 3 cups skinless, boneless chicken breast, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
How to Make It

In a large microwave safe bowl, heat the water and chicken broth on the high setting in the microwave for 5 minutes.

While the broth is heating, heat a large saucepan and the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the chopped onions, celery, and carrots along with the salt and pepper and stir to mix well. Saute the vegetables for about 3 minutes or until not quite tender.

Add the hot broth and water along with the egg noodles to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook the mixture for about 7 minutes or until the pasta is not quite al dente.

Add in the shredded chicken and cook for 2 minutes.

Sprinkle the chopped parsley on the speedy chicken noodle soup and serve while hot.

Serves 4

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