I absolutely love vegetable soup..with or without meat. I want big chunks of veggies in a delicate broth. Well, I had a bunch of chicken stock in the freezer, some chicken meat, lots of fresh veggies, and some fresh-picked lemons (I like to grate a little lemon zest in ALL of my soups) so I got down to business. There was still fresh thyme and rosemary in the backyard..so score!! The best addition? My canned tomatoes from last summer. I opened a jar. Trust me when I say "it wasn't easy to do. I bowed before the jar.. just prior to popping the lid off."
I've been trying to be more sensitive to my in-laws needs when I cook...especially in the past few months. They don't eat much anymore, but when they do I want them to have healthy and nutritious food on hand. This soup was just what the doctor ordered...literally.
It's just a basic veggie soup recipe...and I drizzle a little really good extra virgin olive oil over the top when the soup is finished..along with that lemon zest!