“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”   Ludwig van Beethoven

The above quote is so apt because I use a form of this quote almost every day.  When my husband asks why I generally find a good parking space or have some other such luck I always reply, “Because my heart is pure.”  Of course, that brings gales of laughter.

But it’s a good comeback whenever trying to explain the good life.  Yes, you may use it.

But on to the delicious soup and a word about soup bowls.  Use your imagination.  That’s three words.


1 14.5 ounce can Mexican stewed tomatoes, undrained

4 cups chicken broth

1/2 t ground cumin

8 ounces chicken breasts, cut into pieces

corn tortilla chips, broken

1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese

lime wedges and avocado slices, optional, but why would’t you garnish


Puree tomatoes in a blender or a reasonable facsimile.  Pour into a saucepan with chicken broth, cumin, and chicken.  Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Remove the chicken meat and shred or mince it.  Divide the chicken into four bowls or lovely bowl substitutes, top with broken chips and cheese, and pour the hot soup over, trying not to end the sentence with a preposition.

I recommend shredding the cheese your own self rather than purchasing the already shredded, unless shredding cheese would put you over the edge for the day and you might do something you’d regret.  Then, for goodness sakes, buy the shredded.

Garnish with lime and avocado.


Yes, this is the same picture I used yesterday because it has the soup pictured with the quesadilla.  But here are some bonus pictures to reinforce the idea that you don’t have to serve soup in bowls.


These are three lovely options to use for serving soup.  The first is a glass coffee cup suitable for hot soup, the second is a brandy snifter available at garage sales and thrift stores, and the third is a wine goblet.  Any one of these will make your soup presentation seem stylish and your soup taste better than it actually is.

OK.  I’m sure that every pot of soup you make is amazing.  Please be a good friend and share your secret.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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