Hearty Chicken Soup


In a stock pot, heat 1 TBSP of olive oil and add

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper

and saute until tender. Then add

  • 5 stems of fresh thyme
  • 3 dried bay leaves

Stir and add

  • Whole chicken, washed and any pieces inserted removed and tossed in separately
  • 2 quarters of water
  • Salt and pepper

Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for one hour until chicken is falling off the bone. Put a colander inside another bowl and removed the chicken into the colander to drain and cool.  Meanwhile, to the broth add:

  • 5 red potatoes, cubed
  • 1 pound small button mushrooms
  • 2 Carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes

Simmer until fork tender. Meanwhile, remove the chicken meat from the bone once it has cooled. Store the white meat in a container for use in salads and sandwiches. The liver, heart and kidneys can be pureed with 2 TBSP of broth for a tasty treat for your cat. Add the dark meat back into the soup, add salt and pepper to taste and it’s ready to serve.  This makes about 12 servings of soup, 1 serving of cat food and the reserved meat can make anywhere from 5 to 10 lunches.

It has a fabulous hearty flavor and the fresh thyme works the sort of magic that fresh thyme always conjures.

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