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Hardworking Man's Wife's Soup Made Simple

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“This is for my DH for the wood he hauls and the outside work, and for starting my car on freezing mornings. It is a fast and simple soup to warm the cockels in a hurry. This isn't a soup you slave over, it really is a quik soup to warm anyone up on a blustery day.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 quarts chicken broth (I use homemade but canned will do just fine)
  • 2 carrots, sliced thin discs
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced 1/8ths
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into pieces (can buy deli chicken in a 1/2 lb chunk and cube, or 6 oz.can of chicken meat)
  • 8 ounces corn (frozen or canned)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil, crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 14 lb egg noodles (optonal) or 14 lb pasta, of choice (optonal)


  1. slice up carrots and celery put into pot.
  2. add in chicken broth, bring to rolling boil for 5 minute.
  3. add in remaining ingredients.
  4. simmer on stove while DH works hard.
  5. note: if adding noodles, add in last 10 min of simmer to cook al dente).
  6. *** I usually cook my pasta seperate so it does not mush in the soup for leftovers, but can be cooked in the pot with the soup.
  7. *** for a quicker version and I have done this- using canned mixed vegetables instead of fresh and add to broth and chicken, simmer til warmed.
  8. Serve with a crusty bread or a grilled chees sandwich and a hot toddy. :-).

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