food thursday: creamy chicken & veggie soup

As soon as there’s a hint of fall in the air you can bet that we’re having soup for dinner at least once a week. I’ve got some of our favorite soup recipes already posted (like meatball soup and tortellini soup) but today I’m sharing a brand new recipe that I modified from the Crock Pot Soups & Stews cookbook. I heartily recommend this cookbook for anyone that likes to use their crock pot.

My son loves to make soup with me and he’s particularly proud of thinking up a secret ingredient to add. Sometimes we really need to keep this ingredient a secret (though it’s always added in small amounts so as not to really mess anything up.) However, his secret ingredient for this soup was actually a very nice touch – a few drops of hot sauce. Mmmmm. And yes – all three of my gang enjoyed this dinner.

it's just as good for lunch the next day!

Creamy Chicken & Veggie Soup
1/2 bag of frozen stir fry vegetable mix
1 cup frozen corn
1 medium zucchini, quartered
2 carrots, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
3-4 chicken thighs (boneless & skinless, can use the individually frozen ones)
1 box of chicken stock (approx 32 oz)
2 cups water
1 tsp thyme
1 bag of whole wheat egg noodles
1 cup half and half
2 TB parsley
salt & pepper

1. Place all veggies and garlic in bottom of crock pot and mix together. Lay the chicken on top and pour the broth over everything. Add thyme. Cover & cook on high 4-5 hours.
2. Remove chicken to a cutting board and roughly chop into bite-size pieces. Return chicken to crock pot. Add egg noodles. Cover & cook 20 minutes – still on high.
3. Turn off the crock pot. About 10 minutes before serving, stir in half and half, parsley and about a tsp of salt & pepper.

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