RECIPE: Quick & Easy Creamy Chicken Ranch Soup
I work for romance author Susan Mallery, and she asked me to post this article with a recipe she created on recipe websites. Since I'm a longtime user and lover of GardenWeb, I thought this would be a good place! She posts recipes in her Dear Reader letters from time to time on her website, www.susanmallery.com.
We lead busy lives, whether weÂre rushing to get kids to soccer practice on time, juggling volunteer commitments, or, like me, rushing to meet deadlines at work. I write four to six romance and womenÂs fiction novels per year. Four to six full-length books, plus research, editing, promotionÂ the list never ends. I donÂt often have time to spend hours cooking. Most days, I need to get in, get out, and get the family fed, all in less than an hour.
Supermarket rotisserie chickens are perhaps the best innovation of the past twenty years. Yes, even better than the iPhone. What did we do before we had this fabulous, ready-made poultry at our disposal? When youÂre really in a hurry, you can grab a chicken and a bag of salad, and youÂre done. If you have a few minutes more, you might want to try this delicious Creamy Chicken Ranch Soup, a recipe I came up with in a fit of creativity. From start to finish, this soup takes about half an hour.
1 Rotisserie chicken, fully cooked
6 Cups chicken broth
1 Small onion, chopped
1 Head of cauliflower, chopped
1 Head of broccoli, chopped
2 Cups of whipping cream
1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix
Discard the skin of the chicken and tear the meat from the bone. Put the chicken, broth, and all the vegetables in a pot. If you donÂt like cauliflower or broccoli, feel free to substitute about six cups of your favorite vegetables. Potatoes, carrots, corn, celery, peas, red peppersÂ this is a very versatile soup. Heat to boiling over high heat, then lower the heat, cover the pot, and allow to simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Mix the ranch mix with the cream and add to the soup, stirring gently to blend. Allow to sit a couple of minutes to blend the flavors and to allow the cream to heat through.
Pair with a nice Chardonnay. If you want, you can even substitute a cup of wine for one cup of the broth in step 1 above, then serve the same wine with dinner. Add a hunk of fresh, crusty bread from the bakery at the grocery store, and youÂve got a hearty meal thatÂs sure to satisfy even the finicky eaters in your family.
Here is a link that might be useful: Susan Mallery