Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This is my “everyday” soup, the one I make most often. My husband and I eat this for lunch several times a week, and I thicken it with a bit of rice cereal to be part of my daughter’s dinner most nights. It has carbs (veges), protein (chicken meat) and nourishing fats (because I leave the fat in the stock, and I usually add butter or ghee to my bowl of soup!)

A lot of the time, making soup is all about using whatever vegetables you have on hand, so consider the recipe below to be a guide, and throw in whatever you want!

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Approx. 8 cups homemade chicken stock
2 cups cooked chicken meat (I use meat left over from making stock)
1 large onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaped teaspoon sea salt
Pepper – couple shakes
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme marjoram
1 celery stalk, finely sliced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2-3 other root vegetables (eg. parsnip, turnip, rutabaga etc), peeled and diced
1-2 cups winter squash, diced
Selection of seasonal green veg (chard, kale, green beans, peas etc)

1. Heat stock in a large pot.
2. Add onion, celery and hard root vegetables such as carrots. Simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and marjoram.
4. Add all remaining vegetables and simmer until all vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes).
5. Add the cooked meat and simmer for another couple minutes.

Linking to: Sunday Night Soup Night!, Monday Mania @ Healthy Home Economist, Make Your Own Mondays, Fat Tuesday @ Real Food Forager, Traditional Tuesdays @ Whole New Mom

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7 Comment

  1. Emma says: Reply

    I need to learn how to make clear soups like this. So far I’ve only had success with creamy soups. Next time you’re in Wellington, do you want to teach me?

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      You betcha! Although if you’re already making chicken stock, then all you need to do is throw in some meat and veg.

  2. I love chicken soups like this – something so comforting about them!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Agreed, chicken soup is my favorite 🙂

  3. jill says: Reply

    Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

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