Chicken soup: The ultimate comfort food

On Tuesday, I blogged about making a huge amount of tuna casserole for a family of just two.

Well, my apparent need to feed an army continued into Thursday when I made chicken soup.

A boatload of chicken soup.

Luckily, chicken soup freezes well, so I also reserved a batch for an inevitable “I don’t feel like cooking” kind of day.

This recipe was great because all I had to do was toss everything into the slow cooker and let it do its thing.  When I came home after meeting with a client, the whole house smelled amazing.


Comforting Chicken Soup

Enjoy this heart-warming soup on a cold fall or winter day, or keep it in your freezer when you’re craving a comforting bowl of soup. 

Serves 12

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 3 1/2 hours

4 pounds chicken (with the bones and skin)
1 1/2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
3 parsnips, peeled and sliced
2 small red onions, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon low-sodium salt (and extra, to taste)
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup dry Pastina (or whole wheat egg noodles), optional

Place the chicken in a slow cooker set to high.  Add the carrots, parsnips, celery, onions, bay leaves and salt.  Cover with the water and bring to a simmer.

Let the soup cook in the slow cooker for about 3 hours.

Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside on a plate to cool.  Once cool, remove and discard the bone (it should just slide right out) and the skin.  Remove the meat from the chicken and return it to the pot.  Skim the broth to remove any fat.  Also remove the bay leaves.

Add the pasta to the pot and cook until tender.

Turn off the slow cooker and season the soup with salt and pepper, as necessary.  Serve warm.


There’s something about chicken soup that really is comforting.  Just the smell of it makes me want to put on pajamas (maybe even footie ones!), grab a cozy blanket (probably my Slanket), and curl up on the couch beside a fire going in the fireplace.

Aside from being comforting, eating broth-based soup is also a great way to pack some vegetables into your diet, get some extra protein, and keep you feeling full.

What is your favorite kind of soup? Mine would have be black bean soup, especially from Panera.  They only make it a few times a week, and I get very excited when I hit Panera on the right day.  It’s the little things!

Enjoy your weekend!


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  1. This recipe is perfect for a busy day..and I love my slow cooker. I’m going to make this next week. Thanks so much! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  2. Yum, that sounds great Erin! I love the foot pajamas pic- awesome! I too like the black bean soup at Panera! We’ll have to grab some together next time we do lunch!

    • thegrassskirt

      Yes! Let’s definitely plan a Panera date on black bean soup day. 🙂

  3. I made soup last night, too! Must be the weather. I LOVE chicken soup. My mom and grandma make it so well, but for some reason, I can’t ever get it quite right. Now I’m craving some! 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      This is definitely perfect soup weather. And hot chocolate weather. 🙂

  4. It’s amazing how something as simple as chicken soup can be so comforting and satisfying! I’ve actually never made a homemade batch, but you’ve definitely inspired me! And I love that it’s a crock pot recipe–so easy!

    Happy weekend!

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