Wonton Soup

This soup is one of my mom’s classic “too busy to cook a complicated dinner” recipes, and now that I live on my own, it’s become one of my staples. It’s super easy and comforting on a cold day, and it literally (I’m not joking) takes less than 10 minutes to make.


For this recipe, which makes one bowl of soup, you will need:

1/2 white onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 carrot, sliced into thin strips with a peeler

two handfuls of spinach

2 T minced fresh cilantro

1 T grated fresh ginger

15 mini Trader Joe’s cilantro chicken won tons

2.5 c chicken broth (or more, depending on how much soup you want)

optional: 1 chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces

Sometimes my mom makes this with chicken. If you’re going to do that, start by sautéing the bite sized chicken pieces in a saucepan. Once they are cooked through, remove the pieces from the pan and set them aside. Then saute the onions, carrots and garlic until browned.


Next, add the chicken broth and cover the saucepan until the soup reaches a rolling boil. When it starts boiling, add grated ginger, salt and pepper. Turn it down to a simmer, then drop in the frozen wontons. You can use any brand of wontons, but these mini cilantro chicken ones from Trader Joe’s are absolutely delicious.


The wontons will cook in about 3 minutes, so as the soup simmers and the wontons cook, add the chopped cilantro and fresh spinach to the pot – it will wilt quickly.


If you decided to add chicken, dump it back into the pot for the last minute of cooking (the wontons will float to the top when they are cooked) and you’re done! Seriously, this is the easiest recipe ever. I like to make baking soda biscuits to eat with it, or pop some frozen naan in the oven to dip in the soup. MAJOR YUM.


Lots of love from 159 Coolidge,




About Jenni

I'm a writer and editor from the Boston area. You can find my work on Upworthy, Narratively, 538, Cook's Country, and more.

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