We try to go to the public library at least twice a month to check out books, DVDs and books on tape. I love watching my kids scour the aisles for books that interest them, and later I’m always praying we don’t lose the books they check out (we’re still working on that part). We’re big readers in our family and while I tend to buy the books I know we’ll keep forever, I often use the library as a place to borrow the books we don’t necessarily want to own long term.
My husband and I try to limit the kids’ exposure to TV characters and super heroes in our house but, without fail, whenever I take Chloe to the library, within minutes of being there, her focus locks in on any Disney princess book in sight. A few months ago she came across The Disney Princess Cookbook and insisted on checking it out. I thought she would lose interest in it after a week or two, but the exact opposite happened. She wanted to cook as many recipes from the book as possible.
The very first one she chose was this 7 Dwarf Chicken Pasta Soup and we’ve made it at least ten times since then. The best part is that it’s so easy to prepare, Chloe was able to make most of it on her own (although I cut up the chicken).
She loves slurping up the broth first and then eating all the morsels of cooked carrots, celery and chicken afterwards. Once, when she only drank the broth, I added the remaining goodies from the bowl to her school lunch the next day as a kind of deconstructed chicken soup. When she handed me her lunchbox after school, every last bite had been devoured.
Another reason the library is one of the best places in the world!
7 Dwarf Chicken Pasta Soup
- 1 pound pasta (mini wheels or any small shaped pasta)
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized pieces
- 2 stalks celery, sliced lengthwise in half and diced
- 2 Carrots, cut into coins
- 2 32-ounce boxes chicken broth
salt, if needed
- Place chicken broth into a medium stock pot over high heat and cover with a lid. Bring up to a boil and reduce heat to medium high heat.
- Stir in pasta, carrots and celery, cook for 2 minutes.
- Add in chicken, stir once and let simmer for an additional 5-6 minutes.
- Season with salt if needed.
My kids found this book at the library also, and this was one of the recipes they chose to make. We have made it many times since then. I’m so glad you posted the recipe because we lost our’s somehow. Thanks for sharing!
We have this cookbook and the Christmas version…thanks to our preschools book fair. My daughter loves the books and wants to make everything. Merida’s fish cakes were a hit too!
Just made this and it was so ridiculously easy and tasty. I’m waiting for my daughter to wake up from her nap so I snuck having my own bowl in first! I had precooked chicken on hand that I wanted to use up so I threw that in at the very end and stirred to heat.
The chicken cooks in the broth, like a bouillon fondue. 🙂
My question is why is it called 7 Dwarfs Soup? We have the Disney Christmas one and there are lots of good ones for my girls to make in there, too.
As a librarian and a parent of a small child, here’s my advice. Set up a place in your home where the library materials life. Ours is a basket of appropriate size that lives in my daughter’s room (we have another basket by the front door for outgoing books). Anytime a library item is taken from that box, it is returned immediately after use, so that the next time we are headed to the library, all the books are together in one place with no hunting, searching, or yelling. This can be where you do your reading (by the bed), or beside your backpack spot (since you may already have a backpack routine). But definitely make a spot, and stick to it. Each member of our family has their own book spot, and it works for us. I use my library’s online system to check due dates, make renewals, put items on hold (so you can just dash in and pick them up, if you want to), and to keep track of library events that we’ve registered for or are planning to attend. Our library loans out the usual stuff but also seeds, tools, downloadable or streaming media, toys, language learning tools, passes to local museums and so. much. more. Thanks for supporting your local public library!
Use raw chicken! It cooks in the broth!
Same question…do you use cooked chicken?
Use raw chicken! It cooks in the broth!
Thank you – so easy. Do you cook the chicken first?