Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Busy Day Soup - Gluten Free

Admit it. You've all had those days when your head is spinning in three directions like Linda Blair from being over committed. All of a sudden you look at the clock and can't believe that it is dinner time and you haven't even begun to consider the notion of cooking. It isn't likely that you are going to break out your culinary guns at this point; dinner is a tie between sad left-overs and cold cereal. Fear not my friends. I have just the pantry-friendly meal to save you. No, my Busy Day Soup recipe will not win you a ribbon at the county fair, but it will definitely taste as heck of a lot better than your alternatives. Many gluten free households have a box of Annie's Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Mac & Cheese on hand, but few know that it can be transformed into a hearty comforting soup in mere minutes. Keep this recipe on hand for those ultra-busy nights and be proud to serve something that you still put your heart into.

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Busy Day Soup - Gluten Free

1 (14 oz.) can ready to serve vegetable broth (at this writing Swanson's is gluten free)

1 cup water

1 box Annie's Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Mac & Cheese (tip: buy your Annie's Mac & Cheese in bulk from; it will really help your budget!)

1 (14.5 oz.) creamed corn

1 cup chopped vegetables (I used frozen peas; do not chop the peas!)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice)

1/2 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon mustard powder

sour cream for serving (optional)

In a large saucepan bring broth and water to a boil. Add Annie's Gluten Free Rice Pasta and Cheese Dinner mix and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer covered for 11 minutes or until al dente. Stir in creamed corn, vegetables, milk, salt, paprika, mustard powder and the cheese packet from the Annie's Mac & Cheese mix - heat through, stirring frequently until vegetables are tender. Reduce heat to low. Add shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Serve each bowl with a dollop of sour cream if desired. Yield: 4-6 servings



  1. That looks really, really good! I love soup. I love to make split pea soup on rainy days.

  2. Thanks for the Amazon tip. I might order some to have on hand. This sounds quick and easy. Peas are so easy to add, but most of us don't like them. I think I could handle chopping some veggies. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I never would have thought to make soup out of my mac 'n cheese. Thanks for the great idea, I'm sure it would be a hit in my house.

  4. Thanks you guys! I hope you enjoy it. :) Here's an idea if you don't care for peas and would rather not chop fresh vegetables: try using an alternative frozen pre-chopped or naturally small vegetable such as broccoli or corn. :)

  5. I never thought of noodle soup that way! I did a chicken noodle with homemade noodles but this is great! Thanks. Did you notice I tagged you a while back? I haven't gotten around to letting everyone know, things have been crazy!
    Jessie at Blog Schmog

  6. You're welcome Jessie. Actually, I didn't know that you tagged me. Thanks for thinking of me though! :)

  7. oh I think this would be great with chopped broccoli like a broccoli and cheese soup, yum-o!
    I will have to try that! And my local store has frozen organic chopped broccoli in just a plain brown bag for cheap. You can get Annie's Gluten Free Mac and Cheese at Walmart now! And it was cheap. Probably not as cheap as bulk at Amazon but I really should compare. I like the fact that I don't have the extra box that they ship it in and all the extra shipping stuff they pack things with. They just opened a new Walmart about a mile from my house and it has a GF section! I'm not a big Walmart fan but with the economy the way it is now, I'm doing what I have to do.
    Thanks again for the soup recipe. I will be sure to try it soon.

  8. I think it would be great with broccoli too Wendy... let me know how it turns out. :)

  9. I've never thought to use mac and cheese in a soup. It looks quick and delicious. I'll have to try it out.

  10. It really is quick Brian... such a life saver on busy nights! Enjoy it!


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