Everywhere I look are magazines, books, and products for home organization. Whether it's new year's resolutions or the end to the holiday chaos, everyone seems to be organizing.

One thing I want to do is "organize" my freezer and pantry. Using the foods that I bought, rotating stock, replacing what I've used. I want to do more meal planning and cooking. I also want to do more enjoying of foods that I want to eat. And in wintertime, nothing beats a great hot and hearty soup. Pair it with a sandwich, and that is my perfect meal, especially on a cold, snowy day.

This is a favorite soup that, to me,
goes very nicely with a grilled cheese
sandwich. And most of the ingredients
are ones you probably already have
stored in your pantry and freezer.

Tomato & Chicken Florentine Soup

1 carton of chicken broth (28 oz)

2 baked chicken breasts, cubed

6-8 ounces small shell pasta (I use a half box of whole wheat)

1/2 of a 10 ounce box of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1 carton of chopped tomatoes (23 oz)

1 T of olive or canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

spices of your choice (I have a jar of "italian" seasoning that is just perfect)


Heat oil in a large pot, cook onion until translucent. Add in chicken chunks, reduce heat.

Add chicken broth, tomatoes, and spinach.

Boil and drain the pasta until it's al dente (it will do more cooking in the soup).

Add pasta to chicken broth mixture. Add water to achieve desired soup consistency.

Add spices and salt to taste.

Simmer until flavors are well mixed.

Have a cup or two with a shake of parmesan on top, if desired. Serve with a tasty sandwich.


  1. sounds yummy Jen!!! I need to try this one. I love a soup and sancwich meal!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks! I found my notes from last time I made it and updated the recipe. I remembered that I needed to reduce the pasta and spinach used, and add water if necessary.

  3. I am making this right now! Mmmmmmm.......