Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Progresso Recipe Starters Review

I don't know about you, but I love to fix my family a homemade meal most every night.  It can get hard on weeknights after I've worked and driven back home, but it's something that I feel is important and good for my family.  I don't like pre-packaged meals, freezer entrees, or things like that, but I do love a little help here and there in sauces and gravies that can make a boring meal exciting.  Enter, Progresso Recipe Starters!  It's not a pre-packaged meal, it's a helpful tool to get your dinner that extra pizazz it needs to make it tasty and different.

Recipe Starters come in five delicious flavors:
  • Creamy Parmesan Basil Sauce
  • Creamy Three Cheese Sauce
  • Creamy Portabella Mushroom Sauce
  • Creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce
  • Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
Not sure how to use these?  No problem......Progresso set up their very own website that gives you tons of ideas and recipes.  You can either scan the QR code found on the back of each can, use the recipe printed on the can, or go to their website to look up recipes.  Either way you choose, you're going to get some fun and tasty recipes that you can easily cook on any weeknight.

I chose the Fire Roasted Tomato sauce and made the Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe that I found on their website.  I made a couple of substitutions to their recipe....I used black beans that I made in the crock pot instead of canned, and I used 3 cups of chicken because that's how much I pulled off of the rotisserie I bought.  I'll probably use chicken that I've precooked, shredded and frozen next time because it's cheaper than buying one already cooked.  I think this soup would also be good with about a cup of corn added as well.

Here's my ingredients gathered together to start and my recipe ready to roll from my Kindle.

Everything is ready to come together in the pot.  They said to use a 3qt pot, but you may want to go a little bigger if you plan on putting any extras in there.

I used a pizza cutter to make the tortilla strips and then put them in the oven as directed while the soup was cooking.

The finished product, with avocado, green onions, and cubed fresh tomatoes.  I also put a little shredded cheese on after the photo.

This was an extremely easy meal to make and I will definitely make it again.  My husband thought the base sauce was a little too sweet, but I liked it just fine. I can't wait to have this today for lunch!!

You can purchase these in the soup aisle of your grocery store and Kroger in my area has them for $2.19 (sale $1.99).  Throw in the $0.50/1 coupon you can find in recent inserts or on their website and you have a really good deal, especially if your store doubles coupons!  Have you tried the Recipe Starters yet?  If so, did you use one of their recipes or develop your own?  Please share....I'd love to know what you thought of it.  I have bought the Parmesan Basil sauce to use next....now just to find a good recipe for it!

As a BzzAgent, I was provided a can of Progresso Recipe Starters at no cost in exchange for my honest reviewI purchased the remaining ingredients and additional can of Recipe Starters on my own and all of the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and honest.


Susan said...

Those sound really good and easy enough my husband could make them!

Anonymous said...

OMG that looks sooo yummy! I think my husband might even like it...I have never heard of Progresso Recipe starters but I will look out for it at my grocery store!

Bre Dale said...

I really want to make and eat this, yummy!

jennifer zuna said...

I just saw these in the store the other day...i'm gonna have to try this!

Sofia said...

That looks so yummy!! I now feel the need to make tortilla soup...yumms!

Tom Shewbridge said...

Love the idea with the tortilla strips!

Ashley B. said...

I actually bought 2 of the roasted garlic ones and have been trying to figure out what to do with them. I got them for 50 cents a piece after coupon and sale, figuring they would come in handy sometime soon. Thanks for sharing your yummy looking recipe!

Amy Cape Cod Mommies said...

LOVE this idea! I didn't know Progesso gave idea either for their starters! Great tip. I will be making this in the very near future and will probably freeze leftovers sans tortilla strips (which I can remake fresh). Thanks!

Christy Maurer said...

Awesome! I have been wondering how you used these. I have a lot of coupons, but I haven't gotten it yet since I didn't know what to make! Thanks for sharing!

Literary Winner said...

I haven't tried these yet but want to try the Creamy Three Cheese Sauce with chicken one night. I think I'll look for these in the store tomorrow.

Julie said...

I love this! I want to try it :)

Dawn Kropp said...

Yummy!! This post has made me hungry! I've seen a lot of buzz about the Progresso Starter soups... I need to go buy some so I can try them for myself! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you again this week on Link'N Blogs!
Bloggy Love,
Dawn @ With a Side of Thriftiness

Brittney Minor said...

The soup look delicious! I love your tortilla strip idea!

Greener Mommy said...

sounds so simple! and time-saving! thanks for sharing!

Motherhood on the Rocks said...

That looks so good!! I'm always looking for easy dinners.

Thanks for linking up with Link'n Blogs! Hope to see you back today!