What’s Not to Love?

I’ve said it before…this isn’t a cooking blog by any stretch of the imagination. 

But, there are a handful of recipes that I make that bring me such joy that I feel as though I just have to share them with you. 

I love this soup, not only because it’s healthy and delicious, but also because it’s so easy that I can put it together in moments, which means I can play with my kids instead of being stuck in the kitchen.  I’d much rather play trains or babies than stand around over a hot stove.  Wouldn’t you? 

With five core ingredients and a handful of optional toppings, this is a no-brainer meal for these cooler nights.

Southwestern Chicken Soup


3 cups cooked chicken pieces (we use 1 rotisserie chicken from the grocery store)
1 12-oz jar of salsa verde
1 15-oz can of cannellini (white kidney beans), drained
3 cups of chicken broth
1 1/2 t. cumin
Optional Toppings:
2 green onions, chopped
sour cream
Monterey Jack cheese
tortilla strips


  1. Empty salsa into a large saucepan and cook for 2 minutes over med-high heat.
  2. Add chicken, broth, beans, and cumin.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add optional ingredients to taste.
I add green onions, tortilla strips, and a dollop of sour cream and Craig sprinkles his soup with Monterey Jack cheese and tortilla strips.
I typically double this recipe, as it freezes beautifully.
Trust me, this couldn’t be any easier.  Throw everything in the pot and go enjoy those small moments with your family while it’s cooking!
*I shared this recipe with my friend, Ashley, from Just Another Mom of 2, who worked it into her menu plan for this week.  Stop by and see what other great meals she’s making!


  1. Alli_n_Son

    Mmmmmmmmm, I love soup. This is so simple but sounds delish.

  2. Oooh….

    Love that recipe.

    I have a tortilla soup that's WAY more complicated than that.

    Likin' that one WAY more.

  3. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    So delightfully simple. You'll have to let me know if you try it. :)

  4. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Two bowls is the minimum. ;)

  5. kris

    You know I do not cook much, and that I am never looking for new recipes.

    But this soup looks yummy. And easy. And warm.

    It's chilly here today.

    So maybe.

  6. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    It really isn't cooking if you just put the stuff in the pot and let it bubble for 10 minutes, right?
    You can totally do it.
    It will make you all happy and warm inside.

  7. I am making this soup tonight, so excited! My husband is finally back home after a month away, so he's doubly looking forward to it :) Thanks again so much for sharing!

  8. Kate andthenkate.com

    Hey, it appears that even _I_ can make this. And the "freezes beautifully" part? As good as dessert. Well, not really. But super close.

    Thanks for this!

  9. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I can't wait to hear what you guys thought of it. I recommend lots of sour cream. Yum.

  10. Wow…love this. I might even have to try it!

  11. @2bKate twitter.com/2bKate

    Yum! Thanks for solving the ever present question "whats for dinner?" I think I'm going to try this out tonight.

  12. Sherri oldtweener.blogspot.com/

    I love this type of soup! Will try this for sure….now that our weather is finally getting cooler!

  13. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I'm all about easy and delicious. Check and check.
    Hope you try it. :)

  14. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Double it and freeze half. You'e welcome. ;)

  15. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I know! I'm not sure I'm ready for it to cool off too much.
    How about some kind of happy medium, like in the 70s for a few weeks?
    You'll love the soup.

  16. mayangelstar

    I usually don't make soups, but this does sound yummy and easy!

  17. @The_BMG twitter.com/The_BMG

    This sounds uber-yummy! I'm totally going to have to add this to my meal plan for next week! I'm always hunting for easy meals for busy weeknights!

  18. amyblam

    I can't read freezes beautifully without thinking of Steel Magnolias and her freezes beautifully cookbook section.

  19. KLZ taminginsanity.com

    Well that solves it, I'm having this this weekend. Do you think I could pull this off in a crockpot if we love it? Now, I must email this recipe to myself for posterity. And stumble this for just in case.

  20. Tonya lettersforlucas.blogspot.com/

    As the weather cools, this will be a perfect dish. Thank you for sharing. And you're right, it does sounds easy enough for me (I don't cook!). :)

  21. Lyndsey

    I am making this tomorrow for dinner!!!!!!!

  22. YUM! I can't wait to make this! We are a huge fan of soup in this house. Add crusty fresh bread and a small salad and we are set!

  23. i'm always looking for simple soup recipes for those days when I don't plan ahead! thanks :)

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