Chicken Soup.

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Soup is EASY to make. Truly. Figure out what you are after, keep it simple, and have fun. This weekend I needed to whip up some chicken soup for the kids and Jason, and I thought I’d share the recipe.

First off: when making this soup I don’t allow for much ‘broth’ at the end. Why? My kids spill and/or leave broth. So I put enough pasta in that it soaks it up so they’re getting it… they just don’t realize it. Secondly, recipes for soup like this are more of a guideline. Do whatever you like!!

this time I used:

1 1/2 Chicken Breasts (grilled/seasoned with salt & pepper then chopped)
1 yellow onion (grilled and chopped nice & fine)
 32oz (1 large container) low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup carrot (uncooked) diced fine
1 – 1 1/2 cups small uncooked pasta
salt
pepper
dash garlic powder


First cook chicken (season it first!) then cook the chopped onion until all nice and caramel-y. I then re-chopped the onion. (note: with both I put a dash of olive oil in to aid cooking/not sticking)  The great thing? use a nice pot and you can do the whole soup all in 1 pot! Once you’ve cooked those two things off, put them back in the pot. Then add the rest of the ingredients & let simmer for 20min or so. Salt to taste (SLOWLY! add a little, test, repeat). Also – when I pour in pasta I just make sure there’s plenty of liquid. The pasta soaks up that broth quick!! You should have a good amount of just broth at top (more than an inch) to start. But really it’s personal preference. Just remember it’s going to disappear a bit.

Why do I dice it up so fine? Because!! When my kids are sick they won’t eat much, and by dicing the onion (which adds MONDO flavor!!), chicken, and carrot finely they don’t pick out chunks. Instead, they just eat and enjoy.

You could add in potato,  peppers, celery, squash (zucchini is actually REAL good in here), or anything you like. It works with turkey too. Heck – you can make it veggie only! You just need broth + seasoning + chopped up stuff. Enjoy!

Hopefully though, you don’t have 2 kids with strep (oh yes, they both have it) + a one armed man that need a gentle dinner.

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13 responses »

  1. I am sorry you are dealing with so much at once, but that is Motherhood. Sorry that both kids have strep, so painful. I am a firm believer in Chicken Soup for strep. It makes so many ailments better. I think the next time I make it I might try small pasta instead of wide noodles, just for something different. Also think I shall caramelize my onions, sounds good. Great thing about soup — you can add those little bits of left over veggies.
    Since Jason is “the one armed man”, is he able to stir that soup with the other hand (attached to the good arm)?
    I pray your husband and daughters all have quick recoveries, and that you stay healthy.

  2. Oooh, this sounds good! I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
    Sorry to hear that both girls are sick now. Keeping my fingers crossed that you stay well.

  3. I make soup all the time too, but I’m lazy. I get the Hanover bagged soup veggies. I like mine chunky, so they’re awesome and if I buy them at WalMart, they’re cheap. I’m making some today because we got a ton of snow and it’s windy and cold out. Ummmm…soup IS good food. 🙂

  4. Hi May – So sorry to hear that you have your hands full being a nurse, etc. While you do such a great job there you also continue to give us your best! Hope everyone is well by retreat time! You need to take care of yourself, too! Chicken Soup is good for the soul as well as the body, so thanks for sharing!

  5. Sounds really yummy. May have to make some for my grandbabies who are coming for dinner tonight.

    LEslee in MT

  6. Thank you for sharing. I hope everyone feels better soon. I know it’s a lot. Strep is so hard on kids. I’m sure the doctor told you, but don’t forget to throw their tooth brushes and if they are like my daughter pencils too or Strep will be visiting them again soon:(

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