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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Funky Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup is a spinoff of traditional chicken noodle and is great for cleaning out the pantry. This recipe makes a bunch so get ready to share...
If you don't have all the ingredients or have other favorite veggies feel free to use them.

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
2 large cartons chicken broth
1 large onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 slice bacon
1 small bag baby carrots, chopped
1/2 bunch celery, chopped
1 bag dehydrated cheese tortellini (check the dry pasta aisle)
1 bag frozen corn
1/2 bag frozen peas
1 can water chestnuts
1 T black pepper
1 T italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
2 spoonfuls hot horseradish
large pinch of salt

In a large soup pot: Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add 1 carton of chicken broth. Add chicken and bacon. Add 1/3 of carrots and celery. Add more of the chicken broth. Bring to boil add tortellini. Add black pepper, italian seasoning, 1 spoonful of horseradish. Reduce to simmer cover and simmer for several hours stirring occasionally at least until the tortellini break apart. Add remaining carrots and celery, cook until tender. Add water chestnuts and corn simmer for 15 minutes. Add peas don't stir cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining horseradish and salt, remove slice of bacon and bay leaves. Serve.

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