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Andy's Hearty Chicken
Vegetable Soup

Posted by Denise on June 24, 2011

Andy's hearty chicken vegetable soup in terra cotta bowl

Andy's Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup packs lots of chicken, carrots, onion and other vegetables in a flavorful stock for a wonderful homemade meal.


When our son, Andy, was about 8 years old, he decided that he wanted to make his own soup after watching me make split pea soup. After some thought, he chose to make a chicken vegetable soup.

Andy insisted on starting from scratch and making his own chicken stock. He had seen us making stock before and wanted to do it himself. Once the stock was done, we let him do everything from selecting what vegetables he wanted to put into it to the spices used to flavor the soup. He stunned us by wanting to add carrots and celery, vegetables he normally disliked, as well as better-liked ingredients such as onion and potatoes.

After Andy carefully peeled and sliced the vegetables (under our watchful eyes as we pretended not to be looking J), he slid them into the stock with the meat and proceeded to season the soup himself. The only time we gave our opinion was when he asked us a direct question, because he was determined to do everything to make it his own recipe. Andy simmered, tested, stirred and spiced for a good amount of time, then pronounced it ready to eat. He ladled large bowlfuls up for each of us and we sat down at the table to eat. After a heartfelt blessing, we dug in and it was…great, actually! He had done a really good job. But the best part of the whole meal was the look on Andy’s face as he watched us take our first bites.

One of the things that struck us about the whole process was how much children pick up from us that we are not aware of. Have your kids help you in the kitchen and see how much they pick up!

Andy has made this soup many times since then. He sometimes adds garlic, sometimes doesn’t use potatoes, whatever he feels like doing. He wants me to tell you that you can make his soup any way you like!




Andy's Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup

6-8 servings




Andy's hearty chicken vegetable soup ingredients 

All these beautiful veggies help add lots of flavor to Andy's soup.




2-3    Quarts (about 8-12 cups) chicken stock

2-3    Cups chicken meat, cut or shredded into bite sized pieces

20     Baby carrots or 3 large peeled carrots, sliced into ¼” thick rounds

3       Stalks of celery, sliced into ½” pieces  

1       Onion, chopped

3-4   Yukon Gold or other waxy potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped into ½” pieces

2       Cloves garlic, chopped (optional)

2       Tablespoons olive oil

2-3     Bay leaves

          Salt and pepper to taste





1.  Pour oil into stock pot. Heat on medium heat and add the carrots, celery, and onion to the pot. Add garlic, if using. Sauté until onions are translucent and celery is partially soft. Or, as Andy does, forget the sauté and toss everything into the chicken stock and start cooking!


 cutting carrots for Andy's hearty chicken vegetable soup  Andy cutting celery


andy cutting onions adding celery to Andy's hearty chicken vegetable soup



2.  Add chicken stock, chicken meat, potatoes, and bay leaves. Turn heat to medium low and allow to simmer for at least one hour and until potatoes are soft. It may be simmered for hours if needed, just do not allow to boil.


stirring andy's hearty chicken vegetable soup 


3.  Season soup about half way through simmering. Re-season if necessary right before serving. For some reason soup always needs more salt than you would think it does, but go lightly until you test it. It is better to need to add a little more than to have salty soup.


Andy testing his soup 

Andy had help from Lynn in making this batch of Andy's Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup.




4.  Serve with fresh parsley on top if you want. Remove the bay leaves right before serving.



Andy's hearty chicken vegetable soup in bowl 2




Andy's hearty chicken vegetable soup in brown bowl


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