It’s 90 degrees in Michigan and I’m making soup. That’s insane, but it’s what the grand kids requested for dinner this week. They wanted tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, but there was no tomato soup in Blimpy Girl’s pantry. OK, now what?
For those following my blog, you know, a pantry scavenger hunt is in order. In this case, I needed soup stuff. After searching for ingredients, I opted for a Sicilian Style Chicken Noodle Soup.
It took less than 35 minutes to prepare the soup. I added grilled cheese sandwiches cut into fun cookie cutter shapes. The grand kids loved dunking the sandwich shapes into the soup bowls. Pineapple chunks add a subtle sweetness to the soup (a healthy sweet!).
- 1 package Alessi Sicilian Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, dry mix
- 1 package Roasted Chicken Ramen Noodles w/flavoring
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 cup Ditalini Pasta (very Short Macaroni-type Pasta Noodles)
- 3/4 cup DaVinci Ravioletti pasta noodles
- 1/2 cup medium size egg noodles
- Add all the water listed on the soup mix packages, PLUS 2 cups additional water or broth.
Prepare the Alessia Soup Mix as directed on the package. Add any additional pasta. Cook uncovered over medium heat for 12 minutes.
Add pineapple, ramen noodle packet (including any flavoring sauce) and additional water/broth. One-half cup of pineapple juice can be substitued in place of 1/2 cup water.
Simmer soup (uncovered) until pasta/noodles are softened. Salt and pepper to taste and serve while hot.
OPTIONS: Add 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken breast to soup. Shred cooked chicken with fork prongs. This will add 28 calories per serving.
We’re looking at 240 calories for a one cup serving (without the options). The grilled cheese sandwich (using spreadable Land O Lakes butter) is 330 calories. You can dump 79 calories if using a low-fat maragrine on the grilled cheese sandwich.
This recipe easily makes eight one-cup servings. Forego the grilled cheese for a green salad and you are well under 325 calories for a hearty lunch/dinner.
Low-fat cream cheese or non-fat mayo for buttering the inside of the sandwich is another way to reduce calories and fat intake.