Chicken Soup really is food for the soul. It somehow manages to fill us up with good, warm flavors that make everything else in life better. During my first week in my first college apartment, some Chunky Chicken and Vegetable Soup was exactly what my soul was craving.
After winning this magnificent Le Creuset French Oven from Table for Two Blog, I knew I could take my cooking to a whole new level. What I did not realize was how easy making great dishes would become. I simply browned the chicken breasts, sautéed the veggies, added chicken stock, water, pasta and half an hour later I had the perfect chicken noodle soup.
The batch I made ended up being quite large (a few too many noodles got dumped in!), but the two left-over tupperware containers will last me all week! So far, my soup has been a huge time saver…only two minutes in the microwave and it’s ready to go.
Tip for the week: While your soup is simmering, finish washing and cutting the extra celery. Once it’s ready to eat, it won’t have a chance of being forgotten in your produce drawer!
Speaking of veggies, this soup is so versatile you could practically add any veggies you have in your fridge. Next time I’ll add in more carrots and some frozen peas for color.
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 chicken breast
- ½ medium onion
- 1 cup celery
- 2 clove garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 can white beans
- 2 small potatoes
- ½ medium green pepper
- 1 usa dry quart low-sodium chicken broth
- 2-3 cup water
- 6 oz pasta
- salt and pepper
- dried oregano
- Heat large pot to medium heat and add olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook until browned.
- Remove chicken from pot and slice into chunks.
- Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic and bay leaves into pot. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 4 minutes.
- Add chicken back into pot, along with rinsed beans, green pepper and potato chunks. Saute for 1 minute.
- Add the chicken stock and water. Turn up heat and bring the liquid to a boil.
- Add the pasta. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
I hope this simple, homemade version of chicken noodle soup warms up your soul and gives your taste buds exactly what their looking for on a chilly day.
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