Second, I puree the veggies once cooked and then add them back to the broth. This is still a broth based soup, but just a touch more thick and velvety from the pureed veggies. And just look at that color!
I use 2 split chicken breasts to make 6 servings of soup. Just 2 chicken breasts give you a lot of meat, so I'll often use 2/3 of it for serving in the soup, and then turn the rest into chicken salad for 2 lunches. So 8 servings of food from 2 chicken breasts that cost me $8? Can't beat that!
One final tip - if you like to eat your soup with noodles, cook the separately. If you cook them in the broth they will soak up (waste) too much of your broth. Stay tuned for my post on making homemade egg noodles for soup. But for now, here is my recipe for Homemade Chicken Soup.
Homemade Chicken Soup
Original Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations
- 2 bone in split chicken breasts
- Approx 1/2 tsp each salt, black pepper, dried thyme, poultry seasoning
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 cups water
- 2 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped (including the leafy ends)
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- Heat olive oil in a large saute pan
- Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, thyme and poultry seasoning. Add the chicken to the pan and brown, approx 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a large soup pot. Take 1/4 c of your water and add it to the saute pan over high heat to deglaze the pan, scraping up all of the brown bits. Once you have scraped everything up, pour this water over the chicken in the soup pot.
- Add your chopped veggies, the rest of the water and the bay leaf to the soup pot. Cover and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 1 hour.
- Transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool and then pick all of the meat off.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer all of the veggies to a blender or cup of a handheld stick blender. Puree until smooth, and then return the puree to the broth.
- Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving. Serve with chopped chicken and (optional) noodles.