Chicken noodle soup is a staple from almost everyone’s childhood, but it’s about time this nourishing classic got a bit of an update. Enter Asian Dumpling and Squash Soup, a fun, flavourful and easy-to-prepare meal that any child will love.

“Throw in sweet potato, frozen edamame or any vegetables on hand to make sure your kids get in their greens. It’s also a great way to clear out the fridge,” says Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice cooking school. “Heat it up and put it in a thermos so they can enjoy a warm and hearty lunch at school.”

Asian Dumpling and Squash Soup

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp 15 mL vegetable oil
  • 1 pkg 100 g shiitake whole mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Thai bird’s-eye pepper halved lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp 15 mL fresh ginger, minced and peeled
  • 1 pkg 900 mL PC ramen broth
  • 8 frozen chicken and vegetable potstickers
  • 1 cup 250 mL frozen diced butternut squash
  • 2 cups 500 mL lightly packed baby spinach
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp 5 mL sesame seeds, toasted

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, shallots, garlic, pepper and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened; 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add frozen dumplings and frozen squash. Cook, stirring occasionally until dumplings and squash are tender; about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted; about 1 minute. Discard pepper.
  3. Divide among serving bowls. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds, dividing evenly.

Recipe Notes

Chef’s tip: Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until light golden and fragrant; 2 to 3 minutes. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 170, fat 7 g (1 g of which is saturated), sodium 900 mg, carbohydrates 23 g, fibre 1 g, sugars 5 g, protein 6 g.

Source: (NC) www.newscanada.com

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