Savannah’s Savory Bites

Posting Schedule - Monday: recipes from other sources that I’ve enjoyed, Wednesday: my original or family recipes, Friday: themed recipe blog hop

November 16, 2011

Savory Chicken Soup

Sometimes it just feels so good to make a tasty, healthy, and cheap meal.  Today's soup not only tasted fabulous but only cost $6 to make.  My kids slurped it down for lunch and raved about how rich the broth was.  I hope you'll give this all white meat chicken soup a try, and let me know what you think of it.  If you really want to be thrifty, triple the recipe and freeze it in thirds.  That way when you are weary after a long day and you are tempted to order pizza, you can defrost this delicious meal instead.

Savory Chicken Soup

2 chicken breasts
12 oz dry white beans
1 onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Prepare beans by either 1.  Cover with water and let sit over night.  or 2.  Add to pot, cover with water and bring to rapid boil, turn the heat off, cover and let sit for one hour.  With either of these options the beans must be drained and rinsed before adding to the soup.

Add chicken breasts to pot and cover with water.  Simmer uncovered until the meat is cooked. Remove breasts from broth and debone, cut into bite size pieces.  Strain broth through fine sieve.  Place onion, celery, carrots, seasonings and white beans in broth and simmer for 1.5 hours, until beans are cooked.  If water level drops, add more.  Return meat to pot and allow to warm.  Then the soup is ready to serve.
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