Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food. It soothes us when we are sick and warms us up on a cold winter day. This chicken and vegetable soup combines traditional chicken soup ingredients with extra veggies for added flavor, nutrition, and heartiness.Flu Season + Cold Weather = Homemade Chicken Soup!
Has your family been hit with the flu? I hope not! It’s crazy this year! Several of my little students have been out sick this week. My husband had some kind of bug last weekend but so far we have been flu free. My daughter’s wedding is a few weeks away so I am praying we all stay healthy.
This is my favorite chicken soup recipe because it’s loaded with veggies! It takes some time but it is well worth it. I recently made it on a Sunday afternoon and ate it for lunch all week.
Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- For Stock
- 1 3-4 pound chicken
- 1 large onion, halved
- 2 carrots, coarsley chopped
- 2 stalks of celery with leaves coarsely chopped
- 2 sprigs thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- For Soup
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped (stems removed)
- 1 large potato chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Place chicken in large stockpot with onions, carrots, celery, and thyme. Cover with water and add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Skim off any froth.
Remove chicken from stock to cool. Strain stock and discard solids. Remove skin from chicken and discard. Remove chicken from bones and shred.
Heat oil in large stockpot. Add onion and cook over medium heat until tender, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Add tomato, cook stirring 2-3 minutes. Add remaining vegetables, parsley and stock to the pot. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the chicken to the pot and continue simmering for 15 minutes. Discard bay leaves and serve.
This soup freezes well.
We recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.