Ree Drummond makes the simplest soup recipe that’s little more complicated than opening a can of soup and reheating it. The pioneer woman star relies on a lot of shortcuts, so it’s a low-effort recipe, but it doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Ree Drummond’s ravioli and meatball soup recipe is ‘full of shortcuts’
The introduction to Drummond’s Ravioli and Meatball Soup Recipe on the Food Network website succinctly explains why this meal is so easy to make. “This recipe is full of shortcuts: pesto in a jar, tomato paste in a tube and meatballs, ravioli and frozen vegetables,” explains the intro. “What could be easier or more convenient?”
Drummond showed how to make the soup during an episode of The pioneer woman dedicated to easy recipes for her daughter Paige, a recent college graduate.
“I remember when I graduated from college, I wasn’t the best cook, but I wanted to cook,” she explained. “It is expensive to go out to eat. It’s fun to make your own food. And I think soup is just the ultimate food.
Drummond continued, “You can go in so many different directions with it and I wanted to come up with a recipe that Paige could make that wasn’t just about opening a can of soup.”
How to make Ree Drummond’s Meatball and Ravioli Soup
Drummond wasn’t kidding about the simplicity of the recipe. “It’s one of those soups that’s high on shortcuts. So it has a great homemade flavor and it’s pretty easy to put together,” she noted.
“When I say easy, I mean store-bought diced onions,” she said as she added onions and garlic paste from a tube to a jar.
Drummond cooked the onions and garlic, then added salt, pepper and pesto, which she called “another really good shortcut.” The Food Network host noted, “You can buy pesto and use a little at a time and then store it in your fridge.”
She then added tomato paste. “I always like to mix the tomato paste into the other ingredients and let it hit the bottom of that hot pan before adding the liquid,” Drummond explained.
The Food Network host added chicken broth to the pan and stirred, then added other store-bought ready meals in the freezer section: frozen meatballs and frozen summer vegetables. “Making your own meatballs is perfectly wonderful and allowed and they taste amazing, but it’s very time consuming,” she said.
‘The Pioneer Woman’ star added the finishing touch to her simple soup
Drummond boiled the soup then added cream “to make it a little richer”.
Finally, she added frozen ravioli to the pot. “I mean, how good can this soup be?” she asked.
To serve the dish, Drummond poured the soup into a bowl, sprinkled parmesan cheese on top and added a piece of crusty bread on the side. “It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s full of shortcuts,” the Food Network host said. “It’s the perfect soup for college graduates.”
The full recipe is available at Food Network website.
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