Cold, Rainy, Winter Evenings SCREAM for Hot & Hearty Soup and Homemade Bread! Why do you suppose it is, that hot soup seems to comfort, when weather conditions are dreary or you feel dreary? There are both chemical and practical reasons, which is why I always keep Bone Broth, homemade of course, portioned out in small containers, and in the freezer.
- It’s a fast easy way to make dinner during the short days of winter. Simply warm up the broth you have stored in your freezer and empty out the fridge into the pot and let it cook!
- That homemade Bone Broth? There-in lies many health benefits hidden in that luscious gelatinous blob of juice that changes from a liquid to almost a solid when it chills or is frozen. Gelatinous? Well, my sweets, that is health, and beauty Gold! Loaded with collagen (skin, nails and hair magic). Calcium, glucosamine, potassium are all extracted from the bones of animals and fish, when broth is made at home.
- It’s warmmmmm on those cold and damp evenings, giving your body a warm blanket from within.
- Don’t feel left out my dear sweet vegans, homemade bean soup packs a powerful punch in the health department too. Loaded with fiber, antioxidant and protein, you can’t go wrong with a hearty, vegetable ladened soup!
This White Bean & Chicken Soup covers all the bases and benefits you are looking for, but by all means, leave out what ever you prefer not to eat and still enjoy the comfort of this delicious soup.
Bread? Oh honey, what is a bowl of hearty soup without a decadent loaf of crusty, homemade (preferably), or bakery loaf of bread! My recipe for Homemade Bread will make you get goosebumps, its so easy and dang delicious!
Soup Recipe? This is a no-brainer, and it can be for one, or ten! Nearly every thing in this soup can be prepared from LEFTOVERS.
- Broth – already made, either you made it and it is tucked away in the freezer
- Beans – preferably homemade, portioned and tucked away in the freezer, or canned
- Chicken or turkey – cut into bite-size chunks (or no meat)
- Greens – last nights leftover greens, or toss some fresh greens in last minute when the soup is nearly finished
- Onions – 1 medium onion, cut into small pieces or a bundle of Spring Onions, chopped into small pieces
- Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped very fine
- Fresh herb – 1 sprig, rosemary, oregano, chives, thyme or any favorite
- Celery – 2 large stalks, chopped into small pieces
- Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
Preparation – under 20 minutes
In your favorite pot, depending how many you are making the soup for, heat up the olive oil, add onions, garlic, and celery. Sauté until transparent. Add broth, beans, meat (if you are using meat), and bring to a simmer.
Once everything has become sufficiently hot, add the greens of your choice and fresh herbs. Simmer another 10 minutes on low, and your quick, easy and healthy soup is ready!
Don’t for get to warm and slice that beautiful bread!