Recipe / Cheesy Carrot and Chicken Soup

Recipe for Cheesy Carrot and Chicken Soup

I found this recipe several years ago on a can of Kirkland canned chicken, and it’s become one of my favorite soups. It’s surprisingly hearty, cheesy, and it’s a lot different than your average chicken soup recipe! Seriously guys, this stuff is GOOD. It’s perfect for a cold day, but definitely still delicious during the summer.

Cheesy Carrot and Chicken Soup – Serves 4

  • 1 cup shredded carrot (I just use my box grater, but you can also buy shredded carrot in the salad aisle)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 10 oz chicken broth (can use canned chicken broth, but I use better than bullion which is awesome and you have to buy way less often)
  • 1/2 tsp worchestershire sauce
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 to 1 pound shredded chicken (or 1 large can of canned chicken)

Recipe for Cheesy Carrot and Chicken Soup

Recipe for Cheesy Carrot and Chicken Soup

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, then cook the onion and carrot together for around 10 minutes or until tender (the carrots will start looking limp and the onions will be translucent).

Recipe for Cheesy Carrot and Chicken Soup

Stir in the flour, then slowly add milk, broth, worchestershire sauce, and pepper, cooking and stirring until the soup is thick and bubbly. (This will take around 5-10 minutes.)

Stir in chicken and cheese, then cook and stir over low heat until all the cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe for Cheesy Carrot and Chicken Soup

Recipe / Lemon Basil Chicken One Pot Pasta

Scott and I have a few meals that we seem to eat almost every week, and this is one of them (Scott requests it all the time)! The lemon, garlic, basil, and parmesan cheese make this dish flavorful and refreshing, and one of the best things about this recipe is that it is a one pot pasta dish (that’s right – you can make your whole dinner and only get one pot dirty)! Scott and I especially appreciate the one-pot thing because we don’t have a dishwasher in our apartment. This meal is one of our favorites – read on for the recipe!

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

Lemon Basil Chicken One Pot Pasta – Serves 3

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 pound uncooked pasta
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

Cut chicken breast into cubes and season with salt and pepper. Brown this chicken in heated olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet or medium pot, then lower the heat and add the 2 cloves of minced garlic. Sauté the chicken and garlic together for 1 minute.

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

Add the chicken broth, water, and uncooked pasta to the pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and cook covered for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and simmer for about 5 more minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half.

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, basil, and parmesan cheese. If desired, garnish with a few lemon slices.

lemon basil chicken one pot pasta

It’s also pretty easy to add some veggies to this dish – I like to add broccoli and Scott likes to add mushrooms. Just cook them and add to the pot while the dish is simmering. You can see that when I made it this time, I threw in some broccoli and it was a great addition!

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Recipe / Crockpot Hot Chocolate

crockpot hot chocolate recipe

Ok everyone, prepare yourselves, because I have been told that this recipe is life-changing. I made it last week for a Christmas party for some friends and family, and it was received very well. Crockpot hot chocolate is perfect for family get togethers or Christmas morning because it’s fast and easy to put together, and it’s a great way to serve a lot of people (not to mention, it’s delicious!) The cinnamon and cayenne pepper make this hot chocolate  special by adding some spice, and the chocolate chips, half and half, and sweetened condensed milk make it super rich and creamy.


CROCKPOT HOT CHOCOLATE
serves 8-10

ingredients:
1/2 gallon (8 cups) milk (i used 2%)
2 cups half and half
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (i used half milk chocolate and half semi-sweet)
2 cinnamon sticks
a pinch of cayenne pepper (exclude if you don’t want it to be spicy)

instructions:
add all ingredients to a crockpot and cook on high for 1 1/2-2 hours, or until all chocolate chips are melted. if it isn’t sweet enough for your liking, add a little sugar (1-2 tablespoons). turn crockpot to warm and ladle into mugs. serve with marshmallows, whipped cream, or without toppings (it’s delicious either way!)

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