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Easy Rustic Chicken Soup

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Chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food. From curing the common cold to warming us up on cold winter days it invokes images of warm, cozy blankets and a comfortable place to rest. This version of chicken soup is made easy using some prepared ingredients, while incorporating a flavorful twist on an old classic.

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Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 medium chopped onions
  • 1 stalk chopped celery
  • Olive oil for sautéing
  • 2 large or 4 small cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 chopped bell peppers
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or chicken bouillon to taste
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes in puree
  • undrained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (can use dry but see tips section for alteration to recipe)
  • 2 cups shredded or cut up cooked chicken (left over is fine)

Details

Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 45mins
Cost Budget Friendly

Preparation

Step 1

In a large sauce pan, Dutch oven, or soup pot, over medium heat sauté chopped onions and celery in olive oil until tender and sweet 5-10 minutes

Step 2

Add garlic and cook for another minute

Step 3

Add bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt (or bouillon) and cook until spice bloom and are fragrant

Step 4

Smash canned tomatoes and add them to the pot with the fresh basil, bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes

Step 5

Add cooked chicken and continue to simmer until chicken is warm, and serve

If using dried basil use 3-4 teaspoons and add it with the other spices and bell peppers.

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