Truth: The lackluster chicken broth you’ll find on major grocery-store shelves tends more toward salty water than anything resembling actual poultry, at least until recently. The popular Michigan-based restaurant chain Zoup! now distributes its small-batch Zoup! Good, Really Good Broth via supermarket behemoths like Kroger, Albertsons, and Wegmans – making it possible to enjoy homemade stock flavor in summer, minus the time standing over a hot stove.
Mind you, the golden liquid ain’t cheap – $6.95 for a 31-ounce jar – but the time saved by believable from-scratch flavor should help soften the blow. Packaged in glass jars, the savory broth makes it simple to whip up pastas, risottos, or fast one-pot meals, like the Tuscan Chicken Soup below, which takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish. (A 31-oz. jar is $6.95 at supermarkets; four jars cost $27.80, plus shipping, at zoupbroth.com) – Monica Michael Willis, Contributing Editor
Quick & Easy Tuscan Chicken Soup
2 jars Zoup! Good, Really Good Chicken Broth
3 cups fresh baby spinach
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, skin removed
2 cans great Northern beans
1/3 cup favorite homemade or store-bought pesto
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Roasted red pepper strips, optional
Crumbled feta, optional
- In a large soup pot over medium heat, add broth, spinach, chicken, and beans; cover and cook just until soup simmers.
- Stir in pesto. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for two minutes more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Ladle into bowls and garnish with roasted red peppers and feta, if desired.