Brrrrrrrr….it’s cold outside! Nashville had an ice storm hit on Sunday. My husband looked out the window Monday morning and thought, “MEH.” We are from Chicago and are used to weather. Then Rick went outside, scraped off the inch of ice built up on his car, and skidded to work. He called me to tell me to stay in that day.
It’s now Thursday, and the kids have been off of school since last Thursday. I got a call late this afternoon, saying that schools were closed AGAIN tomorrow. I went out and restocked the wine.
And I spent about 10 minutes preparing this soup. Good bang for your buck! I went sledding with my children and came back to awesome smells of homemade soup on a super cold day.
- Bunch of thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 bunch of celery, chopped
- 1 bag (1lb) baby carrots
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 containers (8 cups total) chicken broth
- 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
- Cooked pasta or rice (optional)
- Place celery, carrots, onion, chicken broth, and chicken into a crockpot. Add about 1 tsp salt.
- Tie together thyme and bay leaves into a bundle with butcher’s twine. Add to crockpot. If you don’t have butcher’s twine, just drop 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme and 2 bay leaves to the crockpot.
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on hi for 6-7 hours. Take out woodsy thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Taste! Add salt if the soup tastes bland, ½ tsp at a time. Taste again! Repeat until the soup is flavorful.
- Serve soup as is or add about ½ cup pasta or rice to the bottom of a serving bowl. Spoon the soup over the pasta or rice. Enjoy!
Place 2 pounds of cubed skinless, boneless chicken breast in a crockpot (with a liner for easy clean-up)
Add: 1 bunch of celery, chopped; 1 bag (1lb) baby carrots; 1 onion, chopped; 2 containers (8 cups total) chicken broth; 1 tsp salt
Make a thyme bundle by tying together sprigs of fresh thyme with a couple of bay leaves. Add to the crockpot. If you don’t have twine, drop 4-5 sprigs of thyme and 2 bay leaves into the crockpot.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on Hi for 6-7 hours. Take out woodsy thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Taste! Salt is often the difference between an okay dish and a great dish! Hard to believe – I know. But it’s true! Add salt if the soup tastes bland, ½ tsp at a time. Taste again! Repeat until the soup is flavorful.
Serve the soup as is (great for low-carb diets) or add about ½ cup pre-cooked pasta or rice to the soup. In my house, this is a perfect contender for the bagged, organic, frozen rice bags I find at my local market. Pop the rice in the microwave, right in the serving bowl, for about 2 minutes. Add the soup right on top of it. This is my bowl, with brown rice added. My kids added cooked pasta. The hubby had the soup straight up. Three different variations, with almost no additional effort, from one meal. Awesome!