About this recipe:The word "sopas" was borrowed from the Spanish, and it refers to soups in general. But here in the Philippines, sopas is a milky chicken and macaroni soup. It makes a great meal starter or even an afternoon merienda (snack). But at home, my husband and I like to have it alone for dinner. Because it is a combination of chicken, macaroni, and veggies, it's good enough to be a complete meal. It's easy, it's healthy, and it's tasty. That's why it's become a weekly habit that we look forward to at home!
Place chicken in a saucepan, add water, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Take chicken out of the water and set aside.
While the water in the saucepan is still boiling, add the macaroni. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, adding in the carrots and celery in the last 5 minutes.
While waiting for the macaroni to cook, cut the chicken into cubes or tear into shreds using two forks.
In a skillet, sauté the garlic, onion, sausage, and chicken in oil. When the sausage and chicken have slightly browned, add the red bell pepper and sauté all the ingredients in the skillet together for another minute.
Transfer all the ingredients in the skillet carefully into the saucepan. Add milk and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. For more flavor, add one chicken broth cube and stir until dissolved.
Since milk spoils easily, you can choose not to mix in the milk while cooking and add it per serving instead.