Husband Guest Post!

It’s me again, and I’m breaking new ground here…no grilling!

Growing up, “chicken pot pie” never really meant a pie. It was always in the form of a thick, creamy soup. At the very least, there was what resembled a pie crust baked overtop the soup as an added bonus. But no crust, no dumplings.

That’s what we’ve got going on here!

Making your pot pie like this may end up succeeding for you and/or your family for many other reasons, here are some added benefits:

  • There’s no butter, no cream, no shortening, nada
  • It’s easier to make larger quantities, saving money with leftovers!
  • Soup fills you up quickly! For some people, that actually means you eat less.

There’s a final reason for this recipe to pull my tastebuds in, and that’s the fact that it closely mimics my all-time favorite high school cafeteria meal. So, in honor of that, I replicated the experience by 1) Applying hot sauce, and 2) Enjoying seconds.

Here’s the rundown:

3 chicken breasts, cooked on the stovetop or in the oven, whichever you prefer
5 cups chicken broth
3 cups whole milk
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 large carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup fresh corn
1 medium-sized white onion, chopped
8 oz bowtie pasta
1/2 tsp thyme

1. Make sure your chicken is cooked before everything else gets going. Cut it into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
2. In a large pot, combine 4 1/2 cups chicken broth, milk, all the vegetables, thyme, salt, pepper, and the pasta.
3. Bring this to a boil, but slowly. You don’t want to burn the milk, and the more time the vegetables have in there, the more tender they will be.
4. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and add in your cooked chicken. Let this simmer for 3-5 minutes.
5. While the soup is simmering, whisk together 1/2 cup chicken broth with the flour in a small bowl. Make sure there aren’t any lumps! Then slowly combine your flour mixture to the main pot, stirring as you pour it in.
6. Let everything simmer for another 10-12 minutes. Your soup will thicken, and you can use this time to taste and decide if you need to add more salt/pepper. Do NOT let this boil! That’s a big soup making no-no.
7. Distribute into some big mugs or bowl, wrap your hands around it, and feel the warmth! Perfect for any night with a chill in the air. Hot sauce is always recommended as well. Enjoy!

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