Who doesn't love a nice warm bowl of comforting soup? We certainly do, especially in the cooler months. This soup was created when I had some leftover chicken that I needed to use up. What I like about it is that the recipe is so versatile. Change the spices, use zucchini instead of spinach and change the beans that you use and it's a totally different pot of soup.
In a large soup pot, heat oil and butter. Saute Onion, Pepper, Celery and Carrots until the vegetables begin to soften.
Add the chicken, broth, water, beans, tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer for at least 45-60 minutes or until veggies are soft and the flavors are well blended.
If adding Zucchini, add about 10-15 minutes before ready to serve. If adding Spinach, add about 5 minutes before ready to serve.
This soup could be made in the crockpot. Just saute the vegetables as in step 1 and then combine the vegetables and all of the other ingredients besides the spinach or zucchini in the crockpot and cook on low for about 4-6 hours. Add the zucchini about 30-45 minutes, Spinach about 10 minutes before serving. This soup also freezes well.