Chicken Tortilla Soup

Is there anything better than a warm bowl of chicken tortilla soup on a rainy day? I have to admit, my California hometown doesn’t get very many of those rainy days. But when it does, this soup is on the stove!

This simple recipe was actually the first meal I learned to make. As an 11-year-old girl, I became obsessed with Rachel Ray. I mean what 11-year-old girl didn’t dream of having her own cooking show? I remember coming across this Food Network magazine in the grocery store check-out line. I convinced my mom to get it, specifically for the chicken tortilla soup recipe. With mom’s approval, we grabbed the magazine, got out of line, and looked for the ingredients we would need to make this recipe for dinner. That one recipe triggered my love for food and likely played a role in me becoming a registered dietitian. This recipe may not look exactly like the magazine recipe I made that day, but it has been a staple in my life, in more ways than one.

I have to admit, I don’t follow recipes anymore. After learning from a handful of recipes, I quickly figured out how to make my own recipes on the fly. This recipe will always have a special place in my heart and I hope you LOVE it!

Also Rachel, may I call you Rachel? If you’re reading this, thank you for being an inspiration. This one’s for you!

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