Saturday, September 3, 2011

179 Days of Dinner - Day 3 - Summer Chicken & Basil Soup

Tonight's dinner was inspired by a blogger called MommyPotamus.  On the menu for this evening was Summer Chicken & Basil Soup.  I chose this meal largely because I still had basil I needed to use up from my pesto-making zeal.  I was pretty wary about basil getting mixed up in chicken soup, but the flavor was perfect!

Here are the pictures from tonight's cooking adventure:

Getting the ingredients ready.

Simmer, simmer.

About 3/4 of the veggies are pureed and then added back into the soup.

The finished product!
A more detailed picture, complete with chicken, basil, and puree.

With great dinner comes great dish-sponsibility.

This soup was tasty and satisfying.  If I made it again, I'm not sure I'd puree the veggies - it made for a confusing texture since only some of them were pureed.  The only thing the soup was *really* missing was a good slice or two or crusty bread to dunk with!!

Summer Chicken & Basil Soup

(Courtsey of

½ to 1 chicken breast, cooked and diced or shredded
½ large onion, diced
4 tbsp ghee
3 small zucchini, sliced and quartered
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 quart chicken broth
¼ cup basil, chopped
  1. Sautee onions for 4-5 minutes in 2 tbsp butter
  2. Add 2 more tbsp butter and zucchini, carrots, and garlic and sautee for 5 more minutes
  3. Pour in broth and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes
  5. Ladel about 4 cups of the veggie broth mixture into the blender and puree. Pour back in to pot.
  6. Add basil and chicken to soup and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

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