Homemade Chicken/ Vegetable Soup for Winter and Colds

Seeing as I have a cold today, I thought it would be suitable to write about my favourite homemade soup recipe. Unfortunately because I am sick I don’t have the energy to make this soup myself, but if like me, you’re battling a cold, convince someone to make this soup for you! It’s a family recipe that is oh so delicious, and can be with chicken, or without for you vegetarians out there. But Shh keep it on the down low because it’s my secret not so secret recipe!!!

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts
2 cups of cut up carrots
2 cups of chopped celery
1/2 a chopped onion
2 cubes of chicken stock
1 cube of basil and garlic stock
1/2 cup of tomato sauce, or crushed tomatoes
a few shakes of parsley flakes (use fresh parsley chopped if you can)
a few shakes of basil flakes (use fresh basil if you have)
dash of salt
dash of pepper
3-5 tbsp. of parmesan cheese
1/2 chopped zucchini if you would like
any kind of pasta that you like, I prefer small pasta, and amount based on how much pasta you want in soup

Instructions:

1) boil full chicken breasts in large pot (if vegetarian skip to step 5)
2) strain any fat that rises to top of the water 
3) when chicken is cooked, take breasts out of water and shred into stringy pieces
4) put chicken back into water
5) add chopped carrots, celery and onions tomato sauce and zucchini to  boiling water
6) add chicken and basil stock
7) let all cook for roughly 5 minutes 
8) then add rest of spices (salt, pepper, basil, parsley)
9) add cheese
10) let cook until vegetables are soft and soup tastes flavorful
11) add salt to taste if needed
12) let cook for at least 20-25 minutes to gain flavour, longer leaves for more flavour
13) boil pasta in separate pot
14) add cooked pasta to soup pot
15) eat!

I recommend adding more parmesan cheese to your individual serving of soup because it tastes good!

And there you have it the ultimate amazing winter chicken/vegetable soup. This feeds roughly 4 people. If you have any left overs you can freeze the soup for another day, the flavour that develops is incredible, just a tip. Enjoy!!

 

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