Thursday, February 21, 2008

easy chicken soup

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire

This Chicken and White Bean Soup I found on is easy, tasty and pretty to look at. To make it, start with the easy Chicken Soup Base and add from there.

Easy Chicken Soup Base

2 qts chicken broth
1 qt water
1 store bought rotisserie chicken
3 Tb vegetable oil
1 large onion chopped
2 large carrots chopped
2 large celery stalks chopped
1 tsp thyme

Add broth and water to a large pot. Add bones and skin from chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 mins. Strain broth into large bowl. Saute vegetables with oil and thyme in the large pot. Add the broth to the vegetables and continue to simmer.

Chicken and White Bean Soup

1 Chicken Soup Base
2 16oz cans of white beans drained (personally like to use just one can)
1 C small pasta
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
2 tsp fresh rosmary minced
1/2 C fresh parsley chopped
Meat from rotisserie chicken pieced into bite size
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt or to taste
Parmesan cheese, optional

Add all of the ingredients to the Chicken Soup Base and bring to a boil, then simmer till the pasta is done (note: cook the pasta just till it is Al dente as it will continue to cook after you take it off the heat). Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. --LeShan

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