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November 6, 2010 / Leslie

Weekend Cooking: Chicken Soup

Last weekend I picked the last of my herbs and vegetables from the garden and needed to use them up, give them away or freeze them for the winter. In an effort to ward off cold and flu season, I brewed up a big pot of chicken broth using some of my tomatoes and parsley.

This is an amazingly easy recipe and will make about 12 bowls of soup. It can be frozen for use later, like when you have a cold and you want soup but the stuff in the can looks unappetizing.


Veggies for Soup

  • 4 pounds chicken, cut up
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 celery stalks including the leaves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 sml bunch flat parsley (3-4 sprigs)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/8 tea pepper or 3 peppercorns

Fill large pot ¾ with cold water. Rinse and cut up chicken if bought whole. Place in pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes skimming off any scum or foam. Add the vegetables, salt and pepper. Return to a boil and simmer covered for 2 to 2½ hours. Cool and strain broth into jars. Chopped up veggies and chicken can be added back to the soup if desired. I use it as broth and add noodles when reheating.


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  1. Margot / Nov 6 2010 11:51 am

    I agree with you – there is nothing like a good homemade chicken soup when you are feeling off. There is something restorative about the whole process. Yours sounds delicious.


  2. Mary / Nov 6 2010 12:13 pm

    I love chicken soup. This looks like a good recipe – one that I’ll try.


  3. michelle / Nov 6 2010 12:40 pm

    I love cleaning out the garden and making something yummy like this soup. I chopped out all my basil last weekend and made two batches of pesto to freeze. Happy Eating!


  4. Suko / Nov 6 2010 12:57 pm

    This sounds wonderful, delicious, and nutritious. Thanks for sharing your recipe! 🙂


  5. JoAnn / Nov 6 2010 8:07 pm

    There is nothing like homemade chicken soup! Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  6. Beth F / Nov 7 2010 5:29 am

    It’s really such a great idea to have homemade broth on hand. So much better than anything store-bought. This method sounds good and easy.


  7. Rose City Reader / Nov 7 2010 1:43 pm

    I’ve had pneumonia all week, so chicken soup is heaven to me!

    Rose City Reader


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