Chicken Vegetable soup
Comfort in a bowl
Today is cold and the wind is blustery and it is snowing outside and it looks like a picture from Courier and Ives Christmas card. I can smell the burning wood in our fireplace and there is only one thing left to do today. On days like this I love to make soup and bread. One of my favorite recipes is chicken and vegetable soup and what goes better with soup than baked Italian bread?
Good soup and great bread take time. So it is perfect for days like this when you are lounging around inside enjoying the warmth of the home and you can enjoy the wonderful smells that will fill your house from the kitchen.
Some soups you can put together pretty quickly. But when I make soup in the winter I like to cook the soup for a long time so the seasonings and flavor “marry” together. While the soup is cooking you have time to make bread. Since bread needs time to rise to make fluffy pockets of air that rise and fill the house with good aromas that make your tummy yearn for that dinner bell you can do things at once.
This recipe make a lot of soup. My philosophy is if I am going to spend time cooking something that will take a long time, I want more than one meal out of it, depending on how many your are serving. I like to have leftovers and some to freeze for a later date as well.
Two 32 oz cans of chicken stock
one large can of V-8 Juice
8 boneless chicken breasts
4 ears of corn or 4 cans
10 carrots peeled and sliced
4 cups of green beans cut up
6 medium size potatoes cut up
3 cans of whole tomatoes diced
3 tablespoons of parsley
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Salt and pepper the chicken breasts and bake on a cookie sheet in the oven for 20 mintues
Remove from oven and cut up in small bite size pieces.
Place all ingredients to a large stock pot. Turn burner on medium high until the soup starts to bubble, reduce temperature and allow to simmer for two hours or until stock has reduced by one third.
Meanwhile start your bread recipe. Check out my recipe for The Wonder of bread. If you start the bread while the soup cooks the bread and soup should be done close to the same time.
Now doesn’t that look yummy?