Thursday, December 12, 2013

There's Nothing Like Soup on a Snowy Day

One of my goals for the last few months has been to do more cooking. I've done okay with it, but I knew I had a long way to go, and was open to any assistance I could find. When the folks at Swanson offered me the chance to sample their new Flavor Infused Broths I was delighted, and when the weather report predicted snow I stopped at the grocery and bought my supplies to make Mexican tortilla soup, one of my favorites.

The recipe was simple enough for a novice chicken soup cook, as I am. I only had to cook some chicken pieces and saute onions. I added two tomatoes that I had that had passed their prime, but were perfect for soup, as well as a can of black beans and a can of corn. Then I just let it all simmer. I did omit the canned tomatoes and the pepper because I forgot to get them ahead of time. But I remembered the tortilla chips to add to the finished soup.

There's something magical about soup. Ten or twelve ingredients go into the pot and at first there's not much going on, but as it cooks and the flavors combine, it's soup. The flavors in the broth include lime, cayenne pepper, cumin, jalapeno and paprika. I was concerned the soup would be too salty or too spicy, but it tasted delicious and even better on the second day.

There are two other flavors of broth that I am looking forward to trying, Thai Ginger and Chinese Hot and Sour. I am a fan of Asian food and I think either of these would be great on a cold winter day. There is a Chinese take-out restaurant around the corner from my apartment and I've stopped there for hot and sour soup a number of times. But I think I can make an equally good soup for less than half the price using the flavor infused broth. I would also add more vegetables to my home cooked variety. Again, many thanks to my friends at Swanson for the opportunity to try the Flavor Infused broths.

I hope you're all keeping warm and cozy. Thanks so much for visiting. Your visits warm my day!


Please note: I received samples of the soup for review, but the opinions are all mine.

12 comments:

Susie said...

Buttercup, I love soups and stews on cold days...this was a soup day here brrr. Your soup sounds very good. I remember when Captain Kangaroo would read the story of "Stone Soup". Do you remember? oxox, Susie

Karen said...

I'm a huge fan of soup, too, and these sound interesting.

The only other flavor-infused broth I've ever tried was a Thai coconut-curry chicken broth. It made the most fantastic flavored lentils!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Most any kind of soup is good when it gets cold out. It does take the chill off. My favorite is chicken noodle. I cook at home most all the time. Rarely do I get already prepared or fast food. Cooking for one is a challenge, but you can freeze most things if you make too much. I'm one who loves having leftovers and having something to heat up for a few days.

Nellie said...

This is definitely hot soup weather! Your soup sounds very flavorful! Stay warm!

Melinda said...

Sounds yummy!

M :)

TARYTERRE said...

My husband loves soups. These sound easy to make and delicious too.

Theresa said...

YUM! I love soup on a chilly day:) HUGS coming your way!

Lynn said...

I love Mexican Torilla soup, the first time I ever tasted it was when a Texan friend made for us, LOVED it and still make up her Nanny's recipe from time to time! Lucky you to get to try these things out!

Kerin said...

Soup is a perfect dish, for cold and wintry days.
Seems to warm one, heart and soul.

Warm wishes...
K.

Simply Linda said...

Soup is good for the soul..sure does. Warm wishes to you..still snowing here in western NY, LOL.

Mary said...

Mexican tortilla is one of my favorite soups too. I'll have to try some of these broths.. i never have. :)

Pam said...

That's just what I need to make more of in this cold weather --- soup! Mexican Tortilla soup is great and I will be trying it soon. It never occurred to me to make it, so thanks for this post!