Hello good people! If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I’m a bit of a soup enthusiast. In fact, one of my goals for the new year is to branch out with my cooking, because I ate soup almost every day for the first half of December 2018. Wild, right? So, even though I’m on the path to being a changed woman, I’m still a soup lover at my core because it’s so easy. You literally just throw stuff in a pot! Here’s how I do it!
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion (diced)
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 4 carrots (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 32 oz of chicken stock
- 1 cup of water
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp of thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp ground sage
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp basil
- bag of frozen mixed vegetables or soup vegetable mix
- 1/2 cup of milk or heavy cream
Throw It Together
- Put a big pot on the stove on medium heat. Liberally coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil and then add in the onions and garlic. Stir frequently and let it go for 5 minutes.
- Add in the carrots. Cook in the pot for 10-15 minutes.
- Add in bell pepper. Let the mixture cook in the pot for another 10-15 or until carrots can easily be stabbed with a fork.
- Pour in chicken stock and water. Add the chicken breast, thyme, bay leaves, oregano, sage, red pepper flakes, basil, salt, and pepper. Turn the temperature up to medium/high or until water begins boiling. Boil for 20 minutes.
- Remove chicken. Use a two forks to shred it and then add it back to the soup.
- Turn the heat down to low and add in the frozen vegetable mix. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Turn heat off. Add milk, stir, and serve!
I can’t promise that this is the world’s best soup recipe, but it’s an easy way to throw stuff into a pot and walk away with something at least semi decent. If you’re feeling fancy, you can jazz the soup up with three cheese tortellini (I like the Buitoni brand – add it in before the vegetables and let it boil in your soup for about 7 to 8 minutes).
You can also put in some cut spaghetti to make this a chicken noodle soup, but it needs to be added to the soup once it’s already in your bowl to eat! Otherwise, it will soak up all your broth and you will be super upset when you show up to eat your leftovers the next day!
What’s your favorite kind of soup?
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!