Natalie Richard: In Good Taste


Shooting Stars Soup Recipe

A Fun Meal in a Bowl

Running out of ideas for dinner? Try this simple and healthy soup. It is a meal in itself, with chicken, vegetables and pasta. Children just love it because it triggers their imagination.  My best friend’s 5-year-old daughter asked me once: “Shooting stars? Does it mean we can make a wish?” So cute!

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery branch, diced
6 cups of chicken broth
½ cup of star-shaped pasta
1 branch of thyme (1 teaspoon if using dried thyme)
½ cup of mini corn on the cob, sliced
½ pound of cooked chicken, diced
Kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

     Heat the oil and sauté the onion, garlic, carrot and celery for about 2 minutes.

     Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then add the pasta and the branch of thyme and let simmer for 7 minutes.

     Add the mini corn on the cob and chicken at the end.

     Let simmer another 2 minutes and serve with a star shaped crouton.

Tip: While the soup is simmering, get your children involved by letting them make the star-shaped crouton by using a star shaped cookie cutter and a piece of toast.

Health note: Thyme is the number one of all allies of the immune system and kids respond very well to it. Use it a lot, especially during this season when we are more vulnerable to catching what goes around.