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Second-Time-Around Chicken Soup

March 2, 2011

There’s something about homemade soup that reminds me of country living, unassuming moments and earth friendly produce. Even though I’m just an okay cook, I make a mighty-fine pot of soup. Most soup recipes are my concoction, a mingling of day-old goodness in the CrockPot with two purposes in mind:  using leftovers and preparing an easy meal.

I’ll look for any excuse to make a quick and simple dish, like when I thinned a few carrots from my crop. Rather than wasting the immature carrots, I decided to use them in homemade soup. These tiny carrots are tender and yummy and swim beautifully in a palatable broth amongst other vegetables.

Hot soup on a cold, wintry evening is the perfect solution to warm my family’s bodies and appease my laidback cooking preference.

Here’s my Second-Time-Around Chicken Soup recipe. It’s simple but mouthwatering.

Ingredients:

Note:  Feel free to substitute any of the vegetables below with your favorites—day-old or fresh.

2- 32 oz. organic or homemade chicken broth

1 packet McCormick four cheese sauce mix

2 cups cooked extra wide egg noodles (or leftover cooked rice)

1 cup each petite peas and corn

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed

1 cup cooked carrots, sliced thinly

Optional:  Celery, petite onions, petite black beans, sour cream for garnish.

Instructions:

Note:  Although, I prefer using a CrockPot a large stove top pot is adequate.

  1. Pour broth into pot.
  2. Add cheese sauce mix and blend with a wire wisp.
  3. Add above ingredients and heat thoroughly. If using a CrockPot set to least cooking time (mine is four hours). Check in two hours. If hot, keep CrockPot on warm until ready to serve.
  4. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream (optional) and serve your favorite fresh bread.

Makes 8-10 servings

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9 comments

  1. Looks great to me!! Thanks for the recipe.. and also for all the pictures you posted, including a picture or two taken in our yard..

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  2. I have tasted your wonderful soup. I use 2 of the four-cheese sauce mixes. I always call my recipe Dianne’s soup. I thought it could be our secret recipe and now the secret is out!! I make it when one of my friends are sick. A wonderful treat for them. I made it the other day for a couple of our friends and had garlic bread with it. They just loved it.

    I have more luck on the stove with the noodles as the crock pot does not BOIL like it should for the pasta. I sometimes add a jar of cheesy Alfredo sauce. I have never used the peas/corn mixture but the petite peas with the little onions.

    As you say, the soup can be changed around and add your own ingredients that you like. Thank you for this wonderful soup recipe.

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    • I’ve used two cheese packets as well, when I make a thicker soup. It’s delicious. I guess we could call that one Dianne’s soup. I’m glad to read you make it to comfort others. The pasta does have to be pre-cooked when using a CrockPot. I like the CrockPot because I don’t have to watch it like an electric stove. Now you and the world know what a lazy cook I am.

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  3. Also with the crock pot the aroma as you enter the house is just wonderful. My soup I made the other day on the stove, I left while we went to an hour basketball game. The noodles were very al dente when I left. I had taken the pan off the burner but left the lid on so it had steamed the curly noodles. When I arrived home the soup had thickened a lot but my husband and the company just loved it. Said it reminded them of chicken and dumplings.

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    • Funny you mention dumplings as I’ve thought of trying them. Do you have a good dumplings receipe? We could call it D&V’s Soup.

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  4. Hi Dianne,
    Looks good! What time is dinner? bernadine

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    • Dinner is at 6:00pm. But you’ll have to drive more than 2 miles to get to Dianne’s soup kitchen!

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  5. No, I don’t have a good dumpling recipe. I may have made them years ago but not sure about that. My mother would make them on occasion and drop them in stew. Bisquick may have a recipe on the box or be adventurous and try a recipe from the Internet, maybe Cooks.com. Good luck. Let us all know if you find a winner.

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