Spicy Chicken Soup for a Goodbye Meal

If you were moving, or knew you were not going to be with the people you’ve been with forever, what would your last meal as one be?

I wasn’t sure what ours would be as I tend to prefer vegetarian meals, but I have been craving to make a soup for a while. Especially a chicken tortilla soup. But instead of making a tortilla soup I opted for something a little different.

Chicken Parmesan Soup

Looks a bit like chicken tortilla soup, but this one is Chicken Parmesan soup with wholewheat penne in it! How good does that sound? Or rather how good does that look!?

In my opinion that looks pretty damn good. And it tasted amazing. Perfect amount of kick to open up your airways and keep you wanting more. Yet you can’t handle more as one bowl fills you up completely. Well unless you’re my dad or myself. A half a bowl more was perfect.

I got the recipe from here, but this recipe is made using a slow cooker. If you do not have a slow cooker then following my recipe will work best for you!

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ pound (250g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 ounces gemelli or penne pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Oil a large frying pan and fry chicken breasts covered in chili powder.

  2. While chicken breasts are cooking, place a pot on medium heat and add coconut oil to melt, add chopped onion and garlic and allow to brown and become aromatic. 

  3. Once brown, add chopped bell peppers and allow to become soft. Then add spices to blend through with tomato and onion mixture. 

  4. Add chopped basil and have wilt before adding chicken broth to mixture. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes. 

  5. Meanwhile cook penne as per instructions on package. Once al dente, drain and coat with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Set aside. 

  6. Once breasts of chicken are cooked thoroughly, allow to cool. When cooled, shred to pieces for soup. 

  7. Next add shredded chicken and Parmesan cheese to soup. 

  8. Before serving, spoon penne pasta into bowl and pour soup over pasta. 

  9. Enjoy!

Chicken Parmesan Soup with PenneEveryone loved this soup a lot. It is the perfect dinner for the last meal in the Netherlands.

If you are wondering – no, I am not moving house. At least not anytime soon. The ones moving are my parents. Oh and dog. Austin is moving with mom and dad to South Africa.

Austin has already departed on his flight this morning (and has arrived safely), while mom and dad will head over to South Africa tomorrow morning. It is slightly sad, but I’ve still got my little sister and my aunt and uncle are always in the country. So I’m hardly alone.

But before my parents go on their trip leaving the country, I’ve gotten some great family portraits.

Austin and I, preparing for our walkDaddy and his DaughtersThe Gang Selfie

Hope you’ve enjoyed the photos and recipe.

Enjoy your meal if you make this recipe!

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