Sunday, 25 October 2015

Mums Tasty Chicken and Rice Soup

Welcome to the first of my blogs. I hope you like my quick, simple recipes that all your family will enjoy.  I aim to concentrate on recipes that you can make in advance or that don't take hours to prepare and make.

The first 2 recipes are quick, nutritious soups.

Mums Tasty Chicken and Rice Soup

Preparation Time - 25 mins
Cooking Time - A further 15 mins
Serves - 6 - 8 bowls


Chicken Breast
1400 ml Chicken Stock
Packet of Super Chicken Noodle Soup
1 cup of cooked white rice
1 Leek
2 Carrots
Handful of fresh Parsley
2 cloves of Garlic
Dash of oil


  1. Prepare stock, chop up leek and garlic
  2. Heat a little oil in a large pot, add the leek and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes
  3. Add the stock, chicken and packet of super noodle chicken soup, bring to the boil
  4. Meanwhile, chop 1 carrot and grate the other and add to pot, bring to boil and then cover and simmer for 15 mins or until carrots are soft
  5. Add parsley and rice
  6. Remove chicken, shred and return to pot and season to taste

Finished result

This recipe can also be easily amended to make chicken and lentil soup simply by adding a cup of lentils when you add the stock and omitting the rice. (A favourite of my eldest son)

I enjoy this most served with hot part baked rolls straight from the oven.

If you have kids that are big soup fans like mine, check out the link below for quick, healthy soups that are great for the winter months.


Quick Easy Minestrone Soup

Quick Minestrone Soup

Preparation Time - 20 mins
Cooking Time - A further 20 mins
Serves - 6 - 8 bowls


Tin of Tomatoes
2 Onion
2 cloves of Garlic
2 Carrots
2 Peppers
1/4 of a white cabbage
Pinch Chilli flakes
2 Pints Stock
Dash of oil


  1. Chop up onion, garlic, carrots, peppers and white cabbage
  2. Heat a little in a large pot, add the onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, add the carrot, peppers and white cabbage and cook for another couple of minutes
  3. Add the tomatoes and a pinch of chilli flakes to add some heat, stir through and add stock
  4. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft or to taste of you prefer yours al dente
  5. If you wish you can add some pasta at this point, really small pieces work best or bits of spaghetti broken up
  6. Season to taste
Finished Result

This recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to your family tastes - 

You can puree this soup and add croutons for kids who don't like lumps or cut your veg up nice and big for those who enjoy a thick chunky soup.

This soup is also good to make to use up vegetables left over, you can add anything really.

I enjoy it best served with a sprinkle of parmesan and garlic bread.

If you fancy a minestrone with a bit of a difference, click on the link  jamieoliver-minestrone to see another recipe for minestrone soup, this one is a meal in itself with bacon and beans.  It has a lot more ingredients and takes longer to cook but worth a try.