>Freezer Soup

>Today’s Thursday Dinner Feature is a little different than usual. Since the next three weeks are absolute mayhem for us, and about half of those three weeks we will be traveling, I’m working on cleaning out the freezer and pantry so I’m ready for a clean start when we are finally home again for more than a three day period.

Tonight I was in the mood for something quick, easy, and warm since we got a good inch of snow today. (In Southernese, that means we had ourselves a right pretty blizzard y’all.) So thus, I started rummaging through the freezer. And here’s what I came up with. I call it…

Freezer Soup
2 cups frozen peas
2 cups frozen edamame
1 cup frozen corn
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 packages chicken flavored ramen noodles, (we’ll be using only one of the flavor packets)
4 cubes chicken bouillon

Boil 4 cups of water, dissolve chicken bouillon cubes in water, resulting in hot chicken broth. Place peas, edamame, corn, and onion into a large pot or wok. Slowly pour hot broth over veggies in pan. Turn heat to medium, bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the chicken, one packet of seasoning and ramen noodles. Simmer until ramen noodles are cooked through (about 3 minutes). Serve and enjoy!

Cheapest way to do chicken broth!
Mmm…freezer-burned veggies. Not that you could tell at all!
Mmm…getting to a simmer. 

It’s oodles….of noodles…
Adding in the ramen.
Final product!

Tricks of the Trade

  • We like our soups to be thicker and less brothy. You can always control how much broth you want.
  • It might be a little salty for some of you. Use reduced-sodium chicken broth, and use less of the ramen seasoning packet.
  • It’s soup – so add whatever you want. I have a personal vendetta against celery, especially in soups, so to me this was something amazingly delicious and celery-free.
  • Ramen noodles cook really quickly, so be sure to put them in just a few minutes before serving otherwise they’ll get mushy!
Turned out pretty tasty! Makes about 5 healthy portions, probably 6 even healthier portions. Now…go see what you can pull out of your freezer and put into soup and let me know how it turns out!
Oh, and here are a few snow pictures from today. 🙂

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