It’s soup season and, no surprise, January is National Soup Month. And so, that means soup for you. Everyone appears to be making, talking and cozying up to a bowl of warm broth.
What I like most about soup is that it is filling and can be a meal in itself.
Today’s soup is far from homemade and that’s what makes it a beauty. This soup recipe is super quick and easy, thanks to canned broth and frozen chicken wontons.
We all have favorite convenience foods and these frozen wontons are one of mine. And while I typically have homemade chicken or vegetable stock squirreled away in the freezer, I also keep canned broth at hand.
Several years ago, these Chicken Cilantro Mini Wonton’s sold at Trader Joe’s came into my life. And since then, they’ve been a staple not only for this soup but as an easy appetizer.
In today’s soup, the wontons work two-fold — providing the chicken as well as the starch or noodle or pasta all wrapped in one tiny nice package. Add them to the soup straight from the freezer, and they need just a few minutes in the boiling broth.
The shiitake mushrooms are also another one of my favorites. As mushrooms go, shiitakes lend that meaty flavor to most dishes. They are best just slightly cooked or sauteed first as they are in this soup. To clean shiitakes, wipe with a damp paper towel and remove the stems. You can chop and use the stems to flavor stocks.
Carrots, snow peas and sliced baby bok choy is a good addition to this soup.
A few splashes of soy sauce give the soup additional depth of flavor and you can add a drizzle or two of srirachi or chili paste for a spicy kick.
When using soy sauce, I always use ones that are labeled less sodium. How much less varies with the product. The amounts are usually listed in percentages and in comparison to their regular product. Be sure to check the label.
With a measly 226 calories for a generous 1½ cups serving this soup is impressively filling.
Quick and Easy Chicken Wonton Soup
Serves: 4 (generously) / Preparation time: 10 minutes / Total time: 20 minutes
2 pkg. (4 oz. each) shiitake mushrooms
2 tsp. canola oil
6½ c. fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
About ½ bag (more if desired) chicken cilantro mini wontons (such as Trader Joe’s)
2 Tbsp. less-sodium soy sauce
½ tsp. toasted sesame oil or hot chili oil, or to taste, optional
2 cups coarsely chopped Napa cabbage
3 green onions, washed, thinly sliced
Remove and discard the stems of the shiitakes. Wipe the shiitakes clean with a damp paper towel. Cut the shiitake caps into thin slices.
In a medium saucepot, heat the canola oil. Add the shiitakes and sauté until soft. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Add the wontons and cook about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat and stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil, if using; Napa cabbage and green onions. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and ladle into bowls.
Nutritional information based on 1 serving, about 1½ cups: 226 calories (28 percent from fat), 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 28 g carbohydrates, 15 g protein, 634 mg sodium, 8 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber.