Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sometimes You Just Have to Look Outside of the Can...

I think I am probably more excited about this post than any other post to date!  As I said yesterday, I have set a challenge for myself to utilize my pantry to make amazing meals with canned goods as my main ingredient! 
Today's canned weapon of choice...

Chicken Noodle Soup!
As I looked at the can, I thought about the components.  Chicken, noodles, carrots, celery, and broth.  How can I turn this into something wonderful and filling for my family?  Then, it hit me,
*Prep Time:  2 min.  *Cook Time:  10 minutes  *Difficulty:  Easy   *Serves: 6-8
Here is what you will need:

  • 4 cans of chicken noodle soup
  • 1 can of peas (or peas and carrots if you don't have carrots in your soup)
  • 1/2 a stick of butter
  • 1/4 c. of flour
  • Can of biscuits or toast

Tools you will need:
  • Pot
  • Whisk
  • Toaster
First things first, melt your butter.
Add your flour...
And whisk, allowing the flour to cook for 1-2 minutes.  This cooks all of the flour taste out of your roux.
Add your can of soup...
Bring to a simmer and allow it to thicken.
After about 3-4 minutes you will have a thick, creamy, and luscious gravy. 
Add your peas.  I am using frozen here, but canned will work fine.
Mix and...
Serve!  I used toast here, but biscuits would be very nice!
You see, sometimes putting a great meal on the table is not about a lot of fancy and expensive ingredients.  Often times it is just about looking outside of the can.  This was delicious and to feed two people (with seconds) it was about $2 per person!  Try it out and let me know what you think!!!  And as always...
Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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