comforting chicken soup

This scene looks perfect for enjoying a hearty bowl of homemade soup on a crisp autumn eve, doesn’t it?  I love the savory experience of soup when it’s cold outside, but confess that I don’t exactly enjoy the process of cooking.   I really try to love it, but in this stage of life it’s just not my favorite thing to do.

There, I said it.

chicken soup scene

When two of our children came down with pneumonia last week, I sort of freaked.  Maybe because I felt helpless and was concerned about how serious it could get?  I had it two years ago and it rocked my world, did not want my children to experience that.  My instinct was to immediately load up my little patients with healthy, nourishing food.  As soon as we left the pediatrician’s office, we went to fill their prescriptions and I did a mad dash straight to the organic section of  the grocery store.  I frantically tossed zucchini, squash, celery, carrots, chicken and organic cream of celery soup in the cart.  I had no specific plan on what I was going to make, but was going to do my best to get vitamins in my babies.

Can’t believe I’m saying this, but the soup was delicious.  Made it in the crock pot.  The kids (and hungry husband) scarfed it down in minutes.  So I wanted to share this EASY, tasty and healthy recipe with you!

Here are the ingredients.  Simple.  Forgot to include the zucchini and onion in this shot.

chicken noodle soup

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Pour organic cream of celery, 1 cup of water and 1 large container of organic chicken broth in the crock pot and put on low.
  2. Chop 3 carrots and 3 celery.  Individually place zucchini, squash and onion in food processor (this adds a wonderful texture to the broth yet eliminates those veggie chunks kids detest in soup).
  3. Transfer all veggies to pan and lightly saute in 1 – 2 tablespoons of butter (or coconut oil – I use this kind).
  4. Place veggies in crock pot.
  5. Wash and cube the chicken then season with french herbs, seasoning salt and pepper (this is our family’s favorite pepper).
  6. Lightly brown the chicken then place in crock pot.
  7. Close the lid and return in 4-5 hours for comforting chicken soup.
  8. When it’s time to serve, toss whole grain noodles in boiling water, drain then add to soup.

This was the best chicken soup I’ve tasted in a while.  And it wasn’t hard work, which I found very appealing.  It will certainly be a regular dish in our house!  Hope you can enjoy it as well : )

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  1. Lizziefitz says:

    Good mommy;))))

  2. Sounds delicious! I need to make a batch this week. YUM! You are such a good mom!

  3. Norma says:

    Hi Seleta, I remember 2 years ago when you got sick in November.I’m glad your little ones are over it. This chicken soup sounds real good,I’m going to try it in the crock pot.I love chicken soup.

  4. Stacey Besse says:

    Just what i needed to find today! Both the husband and baby are sick right now. I have always been scared of making chicken noodle soup (big shoes to fill in our family) Anything else i have no problem. But not anymore! Making this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  5. j says:

    Yum!!!!
    After an exhausting week at work, school, kids, and hubby away for the week…….this sounds divinely easy~Thanks! J
    xoxo

  6. Martha S. says:

    Wholesome and divine. I’ll try this with my garden vegetables and homemade noodles.

  7. Clarice says:

    My three little ones and I have the sniffles- this sounds like the perfect remedy!

  8. Yummy! I am making apple butter in my crock pot this very minute. It makes great hostess gifts when it is canned in cute little jars, etc. Question: When is the Southern Living magazine featuring your abode arriving on the stands? I am excited for you. I would love for our place to get a nod like that.

  9. MiMi says:

    Had a flashback with the food processor and veggies comment….used to do that all the time with my boys and still do, although probably not necessary any more. Will def try the soup!

  10. Rita says:

    What a great way to use those left-over veggies that didn’t get cooked during the week and are hiding in the bin. I am definitely making this soup this weekend. Now that it is finally cool here in Austin, it feels like soup weather. Hope you feel better real soon.

  11. Sherry Hart says:

    Yum. That looks easy enough for me!! Hope everyone is one mend :)

  12. Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes to make a home, but doesn’t like to cook. I used to, but staying home with my twins and making three meals and two snacks a day just basically took all the fun out of it.
    However, your yummy soup looks very doable! Crockpots are the best.
    Camille

  13. Joanne says:

    Quick question- did you use chicken breast? didn’t know if it would dry out! Yum…btw, nothing is scarier than kiddies with pneumonia. Went for chest x-rays daily with my girl two years ago–104 temp for 6 days! Trying times for mom! Stay well!

  14. j says:

    Made the soup today! WOW was it good. ALL my kids ate it and loved it.
    I browned the chicken in a pan with olive oil with fresh rosemary ( since I didn’t have french herbs) and then cut the chicken in chunks. I used two boneless chicken breasts. I was skeptical on the cream of celery and almost substituted it with cream of chicken, but decided to stick to your recipe. I pureed the veggies in my blender and laughed at the funny green color it turned the soup! But after it simmered the color faded to a soft yellowish color, which was much more pleasing to the eye.
    I must say, it was the best soup I have tasted in awhile. It had a nice texture and it tasted REALLY good!
    Thanks for the recipe. It was so easy and delicious I am going to put it on our menu for our family Christmas dinner!

  15. j says:

    Thanks !
    xoxo

  16. ReneeinVegas says:

    Sounds wonderful! We had a water leakage in the house and were without a stove for awhile while repairs were being done and I used my crock pot quite a bit and improvised all kinds of casseroles and soups. One of my favorites was a tomato soup/sauce which I will post later. Your soup sounds yummy and I will try it.

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