I love soup of all kinds and eat them year round. While I usually like to add pasta of some kind to bulk up the soup, I am currently trying to get to a healthier weight so this recipe really fits the bill. Even without the pasta bulk up, it is super satisfying, simple, and a possible variation of something you already make in your own kitchen. Overflowing with nutritious vegetables, this soup is a tummy filler for sure.
Ginny’s Abundant Vegetable Chicken Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
½ pound baby carrots, thinly sliced (I used my salad shooter to slice)
½ large onion — chopped
2 carton chicken broth, 32 oz cartons
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup green beans (I used frozen green beans)
1 pound cooked chicken breasts, cut into bitesize pieces
1 cup frozen spinach (double amount if using fresh and chop if desired)
2 pinches Italian seasoning (more or less to taste)
2 pinches basil (more or less to taste)
salt to taste
Pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in large pot. Add onion, celery, and carrot and gently sweat the vegetables (do not let them brown or caramelize them).
- Add chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, green beans, and cooked chicken to pot. Season to taste preferences.Over medium heat, bring to a gentle boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are to your liking. I like them to be crisp-tender.
- When vegetables are to your liking, add spinach. Continue to cook until spinach wilts and is a dark green color.
- Serve and enjoy.
Yield: 10 cups
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
*I use Aldi brand Fit & Active Chicken Broth 32 oz cartons but 8 cups of homemade or other prepared chicken broth can be substituted.
**You may use all fresh vegetables if you have them on hand and increase the amounts as wanted.
****You may also wish to add other vegetables such as peas, corn, okra, broccoli, cauliflower, or any of your other favorite vegetables.
****This recipe was created to be in compliance with Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. Please consult your allowed vegetables list before changing this recipe to stay within the diet’s guidelines.