Source: Better Homes and Gardens:Quick and Easy: Soups and Stews
Creamy Vegetable Soup
"Longing for a simpler way to cook? Quick-cooking rice and purchased Alfredo sauce save time and effort in a soup that tastes like it took hours to prepare."
3 cups chicken broth
2 medium carrost, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1 small zucchini, thily sliced
1/2 cup of quick cooking rice
1 10oz container of refrigerated light alfredo sauce
1/4 cup of chopped roasted, red bell pepper or 1 4oz jar of pimentos, drained
1 TBSP of fresh snipped thyme
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Serves: 4(6 cups)
In a Dutch oven, combine chicken broth, carrots and celery. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
Stir in chicken, zucchini and rice. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in alfredo sauce, roasted red bell peppers and thyme. Return to heat and heat through.
Nutrition per serving: 349 cal, 14g total fat(7g saturated), 1286mg sodium, 34g carbs, 2g fiber, 22g protein.
Daily values: 99 percent vit A, 49 percent of vit C, 16 percent of calcium, 12 percent of iron.
Cooked chicken choices: you can use a package of frozen chopped cooked chicken. Or you can purchase a cooked whole chicken from the supermarket. A cooked whole chicken will yield 2 cups of bonless chopped meat. If you have more time, you can poach chicken breasts. For 2 cups of cubed cooked chicken, In a large skillet, place 12 oz of skinless boneless breasts(about 2) and 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 12-14 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Drain chicken well and cut up.
My notes: What I don't like about this series of cookbook, is that it does not include prep time. They start the recipe time after all the prep is done. So adjust accordingly. On the good side these are very good recipes that I have not seen elsewhere and the number of servings are (happily) much smaller; always 4 instead of the usual 6-8. If you don't have a large family, like me, these recipes are a real go to. There are alot of vegetarian recipes as well. I will post a vegetarian recipe next.