Sunday, January 14, 2018

Chicken Soup From Dog Food

I’ll bet this title got your attention but it’s not as bad ad it sounds.  Bev makes food for our four legged children and this time by cooking chicken, carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach in water – sometimes she roasts them.  While different than the usual, chicken and veggies cooked in water is how stock is made so we decided to give this broth a try as soup even though it was a little sweet.  The recipe we decided to use was Steph’s recently posted Crack Chicken Noodle Soup from her Plain Chicken Blog – check it out for some great pics.

For the soup, we cooked a couple more large breasts in the broth to get the cooked chicken we needed then adjusted her recipe for our eight cups of broth (hers is for 6 cups).

Chicken Noodle Soup - Adapted from Plain Chicken

4 cups chopped cooked chicken
10.75-oz can condensed cheese soup
8 cups chicken broth
1¼ cup milk
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, thinly sliced
1 oz Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
2.8 oz package Hormel Real Bacon Bits (or your favorite)
1¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
12-oz dried fine egg noodles, uncooked (we broke angel hair into 1½“ pieces)
Couple handfuls of frozen peas – we think they belong in chicken noodle soup

1. In a large pot, combine cooked chicken, cheese soup, chicken broth, milk, chopped celery, sliced carrots, Ranch Dressing Mix and Bacon Bits.
2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
3. Stir in dried noodles, peas, and shredded cheddar cheese. Cook until noodles are soft.

Despite the slightly off color (due to the spinach) and the sweetness, I thought it was very good and would make it again.  Thanks Steph.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them and the blue words are links.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


1/13/18 Meal Date


  1. You definitely got my attention with that title. Did the four legged children mind sharing. :D

  2. Great weather for a hearty, delicious soup! Love all those noodles :)

  3. "What on earth is going on in Tennessee" is what I thought :) Soup looks great. Perfect weather for it, as we are having an ice storm this morning.

  4. YUM... That dish sounds great on a cold-winter-night (like we've been having here lately). George and I would both love it... Your dogs are LUCKY to get this one!!!!!


  5. I love that she makes food for your dogs. I bet they love it! The broth sounds comforting and it looks like it made a tasty pot of soup.

  6. Too cool making dog food for them, and you definitely know what goes into it, making it healthy! Bill would love this, I'm not big on chicken soup, but I'd eat your version! Looks good and perfect for lunch today after snow-blowing 5"snow this morning off driveway!

  7. This sounds really good. I was reading your ingredient list and saw Hormel Real Bacon Bits and said Oh No not those artificial excuses for cured pork love. Then I did a Google and it seams these are the real deal and now I have to go out and try some. You are an inspiration my friend. Good Eats.

  8. Looks like the perfect bowl of comfort food. Something we all need in the middle of January!


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