Quick & Healthy Pizza Soup + Kids Cooking Academy
I’ve got something special for you today. Not only do I have a quick, easy, and healthy soup you can make with your kids, I’ll show you an easy way to help others in need.
Frigidaire has created a website called Kids’ Cooking Academy that features recipes, daily tips, and (soon-to-be) videos all designed to get kids involved in the kitchen. Joining the Academy is free, and when you do, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children and you’ll be entered to win some cool prizes. Plus they’ll donate an additional $1 for every visit you make to the Kids’ Cooking Academy through April 2011.
That’s it. Really, there’s no catch.
Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a great thing. Not only does it teach them important life skills, but they learn about food in its raw form. (Even better if you’re eating from a garden in your backyard!) When my kids help out in the kitchen, they’re also more excited to eat what we’ve made.
This little soup was my 3-year-old’s idea. I asked her what she wanted for lunch and she said, “Pizza Soup!” Funny, because I don’t think I’ve ever made pizza soup. I’m still wondering where that came from. Luckily I had some turkey pepperoni and some pizza sauce on hand, and we threw in some veggies to round it out. (Which, if you ask my daughter, will make your hair grow pretty. Hey — some nights we get desperate!) I usually throw in a handful of whole wheat pasta when I make lunchtime soups, but this time I reached for the quinoa. Loved it!
So did my kids. And they had fun with mom. (Goals accomplished!)
You could add any of your kids’ favorite pizza toppings to this, like olives, pineapple, chopped bell pepper and your kids would love you.
Quick & Healthy Pizza Soup
10-15 ounces of pizza sauce (1 1/2 cup to 2 cups -- a small jar will suffice)
1 quart (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 cups of chopped fresh greens, tough stems removed (kale, chard, spinach, etc.)
1 cup diced carrot (about 1 large) or frozen carrot-pea mixture
2 ounces sliced & quartered pepperoni, cooked sausage, or diced ham
1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed or small pasta such as whole wheat orzo or elbow macaroni
shredded fresh Parmesan or Pecorino-Romano cheese, for garnish
Combine all ingredients (except for cheese) into a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and the carrots are tender.
Ladle into bowls and top with a few pinches of shredded cheese.
Serves about 4 adults or 6-8 small children.
1. Try to use uncured meat, if possible.
2. If you don't have pizza sauce, substitute a large can of tomato sauce (15 oz or so) and a tsp of Italian seasoning.
from Perry's Plate