I normally try to avoid packaged food while I’m clattering around in my kitchen, but I learned the Rice a’ Roni trick from another cooking blog a while back and I love it!
- 1 C chopped celery
- 1 C chopped carrots
- 1 C chopped zucchini
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- 1 C frozen green beans
- 2 T butter
- 1 T crushed garlic
- 1 t pepper
- 2 t salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 C chicken broth
- 2 C water
- 1 C heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups chopped chicken (I use rotisserie chicken from Costco)
- 1 C milk
- ½ C flour
- 1 box of long grain and wild rice a’ roni (seasoning pack included)
- In a large soup pot, saute celery, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and green beans with 2 T of butter until onion is translucent.
- While veggies are sauteing, whisk together chicken broth, water, and heavy whipping cream.
- Once the onions are translucent, add the garlic, pepper, and salt and mix together. Sate for another 2 minutes.
- Add the liquid mixture you whisked together to the soup pot and let simmer for 15 minutes.
- While soup is simmering, whisk together milk and flour.
- Once the soup has finished simmering, add the bay leaf, chicken, milk/flour mixture, and the rice a’ roni + seasoning packet. Stir and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Top with shredded cheese and serve with a thick slice of bread and butter.