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Even though Old Man Winter has been very kind to us this year, there is one thing that my family thoroughly enjoys as the weather turns colder, and that is comfort food. Hearty soups, stews and casseroles are where it’s at! This hearty Tuscan Chicken Soup, made with Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes, is the perfect way to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Soup is the perfect one-pot meal. Let’s face it, we are all busy. Family commitments, work, shuffling kids here and there, often interfere with dinner preparation and family meals together. The recipe proves that you can have a hearty weeknight meal in 45 minutes.
I love the bold Italian flavors of this soup. sauteing the vegetables first, before adding chicken broth and can Hunt’s Tomatoes, enhances the flavor of the soup. It’s also loaded with lots of fresh herbs and vegetables too. To cut down on the preparation time, I added cooked chicken and pre-cooked tortellini. To save time, you can easily chop up a rotisserie chicken or cook your own. How’s that for a quick weeknight meal?
Easy Kitchen Hack To Preserve Fresh Herbs
Living on a large farm, cooking with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs is important to me. I’m pretty lucky too that I have access to all the healthy goodness. I am a firm believer that fresh herbs make the dish. I look forward to planting my herb garden each spring so I can relish in its bounty.
But what happens in the fall when the cold air moves in and freezes your herb garden? Well, I have an easy hack you can use to save your herbs all winter long. Freeze them.
Yes, I freeze my herbs in ice cube trays filled with olive oil. While I hate to say goodbye to my herb garden at the end of the season, I am so happy that I can preserve their flavor all season long. It is so simple, just chop up the herbs, place about one tablespoon in each ice cube tray and then fill each individual cube with olive oil. Freeze and then transfer to a freezer storage bag.
When I need to add some fresh flavor to a dish or soup (like this Tuscan Chicken Soup), I pop a few frozen herb cubes out of the freezer. So simple. What a great way to preserve them.
I’m a bread gal. Give me a nice slice of bread with this hearty soup and I am one happy girl. I also serve a salad with this as well. This soup makes me happy knowing that I am feeding my family some good old-fashioned comfort food. You can purchase Hunt’s tomatoes and all the other ingredients you need for this recipe at Wal Mart. The Hunt’s tomatoes are located in the canned goods aisle. Be sure to grab some of the fresh produce and a nice loaf of bread from the bakery too.
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- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- ¾ cup onion, diced
- ¾ cup celery, diced
- 1 small zucchini, sliced
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups fresh spinach
- 1 14.5 ounce can Hunt's Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic & Oregano variety
- 1 46 ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 10 ounces cooked tortellini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
- Drizzle olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Sautee for 4-5 minutes to develop flavor.
- Add Hunt's tomatoes and chicken broth to the vegetables. Stir and bring to a low simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.
- Add fresh basil and oregano. Season with salt and peper
- Fifteen minutes before serving, spinach, zucchini, chicken and tortellini. Continue to cook on a low simmer until ready to serve.
- Ladle into a serving bowl and garnish with grated parmesan cheese.