Recipe Collection: Soup: Comfort Food

admin January 14, 2010

Here are three of my favorite soup recipes! They are great winter comfort foods.

Chicken Chili
¾ cup chopped onion
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 – 2 jalapenos, chopped
6 oz. tomato juice
6 c. chicken stock
2 large chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs)
3 15.5 oz. cans chili beans
3 tbsp. cumin
4 tbsp. chili powder

Directions: Heat oil on medium, add green pepper, jalapeno, onion, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft, 5 – 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Taste and adjust cumin and chili powder if a spicier flavor is desired. Cook for 1 – 2 hours until chicken and vegetables are cooked through. Remove chicken from pot and cut into bite size pieces; return to chili. Serve immediately or freeze for later. Makes 6 – 8 servings.

Potato Soup
2 tbsp. butter or coconut oil
3 strips bacon, chopped
½ cup onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tbsp. flour
2 medium potatoes, chopped
3 cups chicken broth or stock
½ tsp. celery salt
½ tsp. thyme
½ tsp. parsley
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ pint cream or coconut milk

Melt butter in large saucepan. Add bacon, onions, celery, and spices, cooking until veggies are soft and bacon is crisp. Add flour and stir until it is smooth. Then, add potatoes and broth or stock and cook on medium heat (soup should boil lightly) until potatoes are soft. Stir; add cream. Heat through, remove from heat, and serve immediately. Add green onions, if desired. 2 servings.

Chicken Noodle Soup
4 tbsp. butter or coconut oil
4 tbsp. flour
4 stalks celery, chopped
4 small carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small white onion, diced
4 – 6 oz. chicken breast
8 cups chicken stock
8 oz. noodles
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. celery salt
½ tsp. pepper

Saute onion in butter. Add flour, stir and cook until flour is lightly brown. Add carrot, celery, stock, vegetables, chicken breast, and spices. Cook 1 – 2 hours, until chicken is tender. Add noodles 5 – 10 minutes before serving. Serves 4 – 6.

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  1. These look great, although here in the southwest and 70+ degree temps, we aren't in much need of warm meals. 🙂 I'm gonna try them anyway! 🙂


  2. I've been wondering why you have a picture of your family on the blog and then a picture of just you and just one of your kids. Why just one kid? What is the significance of the one kid picture?


  3. Mike,

    There's no significance…at the time I selected the just me and Daniel picture, I didn't have a good family picture and I've just forgotten to change it.


  4. I'm looking forward to trying the potato soup recipe. I do love potato soup. 🙂

    As for the chicken noodle soup, I've made a very similar recipe of soup, although I did it differently. My changes were:

    less chicken stock to have a chunkier soup
    used chopped baby carrots instead of peeling and slicing them (it's what I had on hand left over after having friends over)
    used baby celery leaves when the chicken and veggies were cooking (picked them out before serving…best done if you put the whole little leaf stalk in at a time) instead of celery salt
    EVOO instead of butter, no flour, about 5 cloves of garlic chopped coarsely, and half a red pepper along with the other veggies
    no noodles – the soup was WAY chunky and I served it with warm out of the oven fresh-baked bread

    Oh, and I kind of 'eyeballed' a few spices in it – marjoram, rosemary, and thyme.

    I love making soups like that – just a few ingredients are enough to feed you for days. We got 2 dinners for my husband and I, plus I had it for lunch one day, out of a 1 lb pack of chicken breasts. 3 breasts were more than enough to satisfy us for 2 meals, me for a 3rd meal. Pretty awesome. 🙂


  5. Delicious! I'm going to have to try some of those. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipes in the Twister this week – I'm happy you did!


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