Chicken Potato Soup!

On the last day of this season’s farmers’ market my favorite farmer brought an extra special treat that he hadn’t delivered the entire year – POTATOES! There were bags full of big, beautiful, lumpy, red and white tubers. I was enticed immediately. I love potatoes; they are the ultimate comfort food. My family feels the same, and this always lets me feel free to bring all kinds of potatoey treats to our table.

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Of course now it is fall, and I felt the urge to make soup with those babies. I let my eyes check out the other veggies for sale, all the time feeling the urgency of the LAST MARKET. I grabbed the onion and garlic, then spotted the fresh parsley. A rich broth would come easy. (I personally believe that a nice, homemade stock makes or breaks a soup. It’s not hard, it’s clean, delicious, and SO YUMMY!) In our house once the weather turns cooler, “Soup Saturday” is declared and it is a sure bet that on any given Saturday if you stop by you can ladle out a bowl. We don’t do fancy or crazy; simple and yummy like my mom would make is just fine. This soup has secured a place on our menu!

By the time I left the market that day I had my idea down. I needed a few items from the grocery – like the chicken – but my basic idea was good to go!

Chicken broth – Add the following to pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low boil and cook til chicken isn’t pink.

1 onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, presses

1/2 c. split peas

1 bunch parsley, chopped

1 package chicken thighs

half a large stock pot of water

salt and pepper

1 tsp. (?) poultry seasoning

Remove chicken from pot, chop, and return to pot. Add:

1 can white chili beans

2 large carrots, chopped/sliced

1/2 pkg. white button mushrooms (5-6 large), sliced

4 large potatoes, cubed

1 bunch kale, chopped

Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until veggies are tender. 

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I hope you enjoy this simple soup as much as we did. It’s a different take on the classic chicken and noodles, but just as tasty!

 

 

 

 

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