This recipe was originally for a quick cook chicken soup, but last night, I added some onion, garlic, and meatballs, and transformed it into a wedding soup.
When I want to make soup quickly, I buy a rotisserie chicken from Costco. It's huge, it's juicy, it's cheap, and it's labeled gluten free, no MSG, no preservatives, and no added hormones or steroids.
I used two of my favorite products from The Fresh Market to make this soup - chicken stock and gluten free bread crumbs.
I had to leave my meatballs out of the soup pot last night because my aunt does not eat cheese. We made her a small batch with extra breadcrumbs and no Romano.
The color of The Fresh Market Chicken Stock is a little more intense than the chicken broth I used to buy from Whole Foods, and it's a little more flavorful.
1/2 large sweet onion - diced
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves (1 tsp) garlic - minced
Three 32 ounce containers of gluten free chicken stock
Chicken from one large rotisserie chicken - cut into small pieces
A couple of handfuls of baby cut carrots
2 C rice (I use Lundberg Short Grain Brown Rice) - uncooked
1 recipe of gluten free mini meatballs (cooked)
10 ounces of fresh baby spinach - coarsely chopped
Kosher salt - to taste
Coarse ground black pepper - to taste (optional)
Romano or Parmesan cheese for garnish
In a large soup pot over medium heat, cook your onion in the olive oil until it starts to brown. Add the garlic, stirring for a minute or two until it is lightly browned. Add the chicken stock, chicken, carrots, and rice. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 1 hour. When the rice is cooked, add the meatballs, spinach, and kosher salt. Continue to cook the soup for about 5 more minutes until the spinach is wilted. Garnish each bowl with Romano/Parmesan cheese.
Last night, we ate our soup with Grandma's House Gluten Free Home Style Biscuits. They arrived frozen in a pack of 6, and I baked them for 15 minutes in the oven.
We were all really impressed by Grandma's House Biscuits. The gluten eaters in my house, and my visiting relatives all loved them. They are currently not available for purchase in Orlando, but you can check out their website here, and order them online.