My house. Smells divine. And it's ALDI's fault. Thank you, ALDI!
We do the bulk of our grocery shopping at ALDI. I love the simplicity of the store (a minimalist's dream) and their whole and organic foods options are great. We save time and money there, and I don't feel a bit guilty when I pick up one of their tasty seasonal offerings as an off-the-shopping-list splurge.
Last week I treated myself to a fall indulgence - a jar of their Pumpkin Chipotle Pasta Sauce. I dreamt of how I was going to enjoy it until a clear vision of soup floated through my mind.
Oh, what a vision it turned out to be. Behold...
ALDI Pumpkin Chipotle Chicken Chowder.
The possibilities are endless with this recipe - you could add frozen sweet corn, Casa Mamita diced tomatoes and green chiles, canned beans, shredded pork, grilled chicken strips, you name it.
For the less adventurous, here's what what happened in my kitchen:
1 Sweet Onion
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Red Fresno Pepper
1 Large Zucchini
3 Large Cloves of Garlic
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2-3 Cups of Chef's Cupboard Chicken Broth
1 24 oz Jar Aldi Specially Selected Pumpkin Chipotle Pasta Sauce
1 15 oz Can Dakota's Pride Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed Well
3 Cups Shredded Chicken
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Mince garlic and dice onion, carrot, peppers and zucchini. (I diced the zucchini a little larger than the other vegetables.) Saute the garlic, onion, carrot, and peppers in olive oil over medium heat until the vegetables begin to soften. Add two cups of chicken broth, and gently stir to deglaze pan. Add the full jar of Pumpkin Chipotle Pasta Sauce, stir to combine. Return to a simmer over low heat. Add zucchini and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Add shredded chicken, stir to combine, and add additional chicken broth to desired consistency. Add drained and rinsed black beans and simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve!
We had seconds. And I'm headed to warm up another bowl for my late night snack.
Please let there be more sauce on the shelf on my next shopping trip.
Tonight is proof that budgets aren't bland. Enjoy, friends! Happy fall, y'all!