Thank you to Dreamfields for sponsoring this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe for Easy Chicken Parm Soup.
Something I’ve realized about myself is that I just about always defer to making food from scratch.
Which is definitely a good thing a lot of the time (think homemade mac and cheese vs. the blue box, homemade chicken noodle soup vs. canned, and a homemade flavorful nutty rice pilaf vs. whatever comes out of the prepackaged variety).
But on the flip side, I sometimes forget that there are shortcuts available that don’t necessarily compromise on flavor or nutrition…like rotisserie chicken (which is also great if you want to make homemade stock out of the carcass, but here I go with the homemade again, lol). Another item that can be pretty delicious depending on the brand you go for is jarred marinara sauce (I heart Newman’s Own), and it’s a great timesaver instead of making it from scratch. Making use of items like this is what helps get a nourishing meal on the dinner table fast. (Faster than the family can even have takeout delivered!)
And of course there’s pasta, which couldn’t be easier for a weeknight meal. For this recipe I used Dreamfields pasta, and if you’re not familiar with this kind of pasta, I have to say, it has great taste and texture (like traditional pasta), and the added bonus of 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per 2 oz serving!
This meal is a crowd-pleaser and perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Have your hubby or the kiddos put together a quick green salad while you whip up this soup, and dinner doesn’t get any easier!
- 1 (13.25 oz/375 g) box Dreamfields Penne Rigate pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 4 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary (see Note)
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme (see Note)
- 1 (24 oz/680 g) jar marinara sauce
- 6 cups (1.4 L) low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 oz (57 g) fresh-grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- ¾ to 1 lb (340 to 450 g) cooked, chopped chicken pulled off a rotisserie chicken (about 4 cups chopped)
- Salt and black pepper
- Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions; drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat; add the onion and bell pepper and cook until softened but not browned, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, rosemary, and thyme, and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
- Stir in the marinara sauce and chicken stock; turn the heat up and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, stir in the cheese and chicken and heat until warm, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn off the heat and stir in the pasta. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
- Serve with more grated Parmesan for topping.
:: GIVEAWAY ::
Dreamfields is providing a family pack (one box of each of their 7 cuts of pasta: spaghetti, angel hair, linguine, elbows, penne rigate, rotini, and lasagna) and a $25 gift card to one lucky reader! (The giveaway winner will get both the pasta and the gift card.)
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You do not need to have a blog to enter this giveaway. For shipping purposes, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. This giveaway ends on October 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Once the giveaway ends, the winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. The winner will have three days to respond with his or her mailing information, otherwise a new winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck to all!
Disclosure: Dreamfields compensated me for developing this recipe and posting it, and they are providing the prize for this giveaway. As always, opinions stated are my own.