Easy Weeknight Dinner with #BertolliMealSoup

Sunday, January 29, 2012 Posted by Dina N

I like to prepare some of our weeknight meals in advance, so my family can enjoy a homemade dinner even on busy days. Sometimes, life happens - school, work, dance classes, sports, appointments... It's great to have something on hand that helps put a meal on the table in minutes.

This week, Bertolli challenged me to make weeknight dinner special with their new Meal Soups - and I only had an hour to put everything together. The Bertolli Meal Soups are available in four varieties: Chicken Minestrone, Roasted Chicken and Rotini Pasta, Tomato Florentine and Tortellini with Chicken, and Tuscan-Style Beef and Vegetables. I found them in the freezer aisle of our neighborhood Kroger and grabbed the Roasted Chicken and Rotini Pasta.

Normally, I would pair a pasta or soup meal with a green salad and homemade bread. This time, my kids had put in a request for roasted Brussels sprouts: an easy side dish that needs less than 40 minutes to prepare. I started dinner by cleaning and slicing the Brussels sprouts, then tossing them with olive oil and bacon salt. I placed them on a baking sheet and roasted in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

While the Brussels sprouts were roasting, I placed the Bertolli meal soup in a sauce pan and added 2 cups of water. The instructions call for just 1 cup but we like our soups with extra liquid, so I doubled up. The Roasted Chicken and Rotini Pasta looked great: large chunks of vegetables, chicken, and frozen sauce, sprinkled with deliciously smelling green spices. The meal soup can be prepared in the microwave in less than 20 minutes. Cooking it on the stove top took even less time: all I had to do is wait until it starts boiling, then cover, turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. How easy is that?!

Next, I set the table. I took out a nice tablecloth, some cute reusable napkins, pretty glasses and silverware. A nice looking table helps make any meal feel festive. For me, what makes a meal special is sharing good food in good company - and my favorite people in the world are my family. We turn off the TV, ignore the phone, sit down together and talk about our day.

For dessert, I decided to serve some cheesecake left over from my daughter's birthday a couple of days ago. Everything was ready in much less than an hour. The soup smelled and tasted delicious. All these zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and celery, chicken and pasta were something I would have used to prepare a homemade dish. My kids and husband gave thumbs up to the Bertolli meal soup. It was as good as something you get at a nice restaurant. My daughter even asked if we could have it tomorrow, too!

I am looking forward to trying the other three varieties of Bertolli Meal Soup. I found them at Kroger and Publix at about $6 each. Connect with Bertolli and learn more about their products on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I was compensated by Bertolli to participate in the Weeknight Meal Special Challenge.

14 comments:

  1. Pricilla said...

    Looks yummy. I LOVE brussels sprouts. One of my favorite vegetables!

  2. Ms. Kathleen said...

    Nice a new brussel sprout recipe -- so simple!

    Great soup. We had the Tuscan Beef with veggies... Delicious!

  3. Aleksandra Nearing said...

    Yum! I bet that made for a nice, easy and quick meal!

  4. Brenda said...

    YUM! I had the Tuscan Beef. The soup was great and so quick and easy!

  5. Beeb said...

    Great idea to serve Brussels sprouts with the soup!

  6. Close to Home said...

    my kids will not eat brussel sprouts, how did you get them to do that. we had the chicken minestrone and loved loved it.

  7. holdenj said...

    The chicken minestrone looks really good! And my hubby would love the brussel sprouts!

  8. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

    I can't believe your kids requested brussel sprouts! Your soup looks delicious. I need to try that one too!

  9. Kristi said...

    This soup looks great. I love all the big chunks of veggies in there! Yum!

  10. slehan said...

    The soup looks good but the sprouts look even better.

  11. trishden said...

    Oh this soup looks pretty healthy for a prepackaged item. I had never heard of bacon salt. I'll have to look for it the next time I'm in the store. Thanks!

    trishden948(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. ossmcalc said...

    I had heard from a friend that these soups were easy to prepare and tasted wonderful. I also appreciate learning how to fix roasted Brussels sprouts. Now I have the makings for a wonderful meal.

    Thank you,

    Christine W
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  13. Patricia said...

    I bet the roasted Brussel sprouts make it delicious.

  14. Robin O said...

    I will look for these at Publix!
    All the varieties sound great--especially the Tomato Florentine!

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