This is the fourth meal in the Freezer Meals series. I wasn’t quite sure if it was worth the extra step of blending until I tasted it. It is delicious! This would also be good without the chicken if you’re looking for a vegetarian or side-dish soup.
- 2 Tablespoons butter or oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 (8oz) packages frozen artichoke hearts (just get as close as you can if you can’t find 8oz)
- 2 cups spinach
- fresh basil (I used 22 leaves of different sizes)
- 2 cups shredded chicken (Boil and shred your own to save money. Buy a rotisserie chicken to save time.)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Freezer containers of your choice. I used one gallon freezer bag.
- Heat butter/oil in large pot over medium heat. Add the celery, onion, and a bit of salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables are soft.
- Add the chicken broth and artichoke hearts.
- Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until everything is tender (about 15 minutes).
- Add the spinach and basil. Turn off the heat and stir to combine.
- You may want to let this cool to room temperature before the next step, depending on your blender. Mine has a special venting system so I can blend warm liquids, but please be careful!
- Blend the soup in batches:
- When it is finished it will look smooth and creamy. You can return it to the pot or to a bowl. You can taste it now to see if it needs any more salt and pepper.
- Stir in the shredded chicken.
- Now everything is ready. Cool the soup down until you can pour it into your labelled freezer container.
- Be sure to include the date, recipe name, and the cooking instructions. I didn’t include the cooking instructions on this one since it just needs to be thawed and heated up, but it is a good idea to still include them just in case you forget. Freeze the bag flat to save space.
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Be sure to follow food safety guidelines when freezing and thawing food. Ensuring your freezer is at the proper temperature is one of the most important steps in storing food. You can find more information here if you have any questions.