I’m having trouble naming a soup that I have been making and refining for years.  Is it Vegetable Soup?  Chicken Noodle Soup?  Veggie Chicken Noodle Soup with Grains?  Mystery Soup?  Whatever you call it, it’s a GREAT way to use up leftover veggies, and is super healthy, complete, and easy on the wallet.  🙂

Instead of using raw chicken, grains or pasta, see if you have any of these already cooked and leftover in your fridge, and then just add them to the pot when the soup is almost done.  If you live in a house where some members are vegetarian and some are not, make this soup without the chicken, then add chicken pieces to some of the soup bowls.  The amounts below are subject to much variation; feel free to experiment.


  • 1 package chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 to 5 cups cups veggies
  • 5 or 6 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup quinoa (or rice)
  • 1 or 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 can white beans
  • pepper
  • shredded cheese

In a large pot, steam-cook a package of chicken breasts or thighs (I use Bell and Evans chicken) in about a cup of water.  Remove chicken when thoroughly cooked, and shred or chop into chunks.  Leave the chickeny water in the pot as a soup base.

Gather about 4 to 5 cups of veggies, and chop them.  Or, you can fill your food processor with them and process (I do this to make an un-chunky soup, which sits better with my kids).  Be sure to include onions and garlic, and celery if you have it.  Last week when I made this I used, from our previous week’s share, the bottom half of our Chinese cabbage, our broccoli florets, and of course our onions and garlic.   I also added a jar of roasted red peppers.  (I didn’t have any celery, but highly recommend it for this soup.)

Add the veggies to the pot, along with as much water as you like (try about 5 or 6 cups), along with 2 tsp of salt.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup quinoa, and simmer another 5 minutes (you could also try rice, added the appropriate amount of time before soup is done)

Add 1 or 2 cups of uncooked pasta (penne, elbows, chopped spaghetti, etc) along with 2 tsp of dried oregano, and simmer another 10 minutes.

Turn off heat and add 1/2 can of white beans, or any other type of beans, and the chopped chicken.  Stir thoroughly.  The heat of the soup will warm up these ingredients nicely.

Top with pepper and shredded cheese.


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