Okay, let's be honest. If you want a lot of flavor in a recipe, it's going to take time and it might take a lot of ingredients, the preparation of which may lead to even more time.
So, if you're going to go simple with your food, you're probably going to need a magic ingredient. For the Italian Chicken Rice Soup, the magic ingredient was a fabulous Classico spaghetti sauce, that gave the soup the flavor of having been simmered all day.
For this yummy soup (just right for the wintry weather that they say is headed our way today!!), the magic ingredient is:
In this case, I am paying someone else to take the time to round up the tomatillos, chiles, cilantro, and onion and roast, chop, and combine them. In return I get a delicious Salsa Verde to flavor my soup and to make it taste like, in fact, I roasted, chopped, and combined those very ingredients.
I would actually love to make my own Salsa Verde for this soup. But that's the trade-off for simple. There are times I let someone else do a time-consuming part of my cooking. Sometimes.
Now, once I've let these nice people provide my soup with this awesome flavor, I add in chicken, cannellini beans, broth, corn, and spices.
Top with some tortilla chips, sour cream and green onion, and you've got a soup that will make everyone in the family smile tonight (as the snow softly drifts and swirls outside . . . positive thinking!) You can tell that snow is not a daily occurrence down here in the South. It's still an occasional idealistic treat for us.
And that, friends, is the secret of magic ingredients, that makes simple taste like amazing. Occasionally you CAN get the best of both worlds!!
Southwestern Chicken Soup (serves 4--I double!!)
1-12 oz. jar salsa verde
3 cups cooked chicken
1-15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained
3 cups chicken broth
8 oz. frozen corn
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili (Are you kidding?? I definitely double this!)
sour cream, tortilla chips, sliced green onion for toppings
Empty salsa verde into large sauce pan. (If you double, use a Dutch oven.) Simmer 2 minutes over medium-high heat. Add chicken, beans, broth, corn, and spices. Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer, and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top each bowl with chips, sour cream, and sliced green onions.
Yummmy! Bring on the snow.