We had a rare day at home today and after spending some time cleaning and relaxing, dinner time was here. I didn’t have anything planned and I really didn’t want to spend a long time in the kitchen. Alas! We still had to eat.
I’m trying to feed us from my kitchen and table and NOT from fast food, restaurants, and so on. I wanted to try the Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup again that I shared with you in the post before this one. I got all the ingredients out and realized I didn’t have a few main ingredients. I improvised and it turned out very good anyway!
Creamy No-Chicken Noodle Soup of sorts
2 diced onions
4 minced garlic cloves
3 carrots, cut in small slices or to be close in size (I cut the bigger parts of the carrots in half and then cut again)
2 sliced stalks of celery
butter – 3 Tablespoons
2 cups cauliflower, cut or broken into bite sized pieces
4 Tablespoons of seasoned vegetable base (Better Than Bouillon, meat free)
6 cups of water
angel hair pasta
2 cups of spinach, I chopped some I found in the freezer
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons of flour
1 cup of heavy cream
I set the instant pot to saute mode and sautéed 3 Tablespoons of butter, and the first five ingredients. Next, I added the Better than Bouillon, water, salt, pepper, seasonings and pasta. I stirred it all together (not the last four ingredients) and put the lid on. I cleared the saute setting and did a manual pressure cook on high for 6 minutes. While that cooked, I made the slurry (just blending the flour and butter together – so glad my amazing MIL showed me how to do this years ago!)
As soon as the six minutes of pressure cooking ended, I did a quick release on the steam (just letting the steam out instead of waiting for it to eventually do down) and opened the pot. In went the chopped spinach, slurry, and heavy cream. I let it cook long enough to mix the last ingredients.
For mine, I ate as it was and loved it. For my husband and son, I cut one chicken breast (previously cooked) into bite sized pieces and divided it between their bowls. The soup was so steaming hot, I ladled it over the chicken and mixed it up. They loved it and thought it was just right with it being cold outside.