Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon

It’s fall! Actually, where I live we’re a little confused since it snowed in the mountains this past weekend! We had a bit of a cold front come in, and it snowed above 7,000 feet (I’m at 6,000 feet where we got rain instead). I’m hoping that means we’re going to have a fantastic ski season. And I’m guessing that means that the gargantuan snowblower we just bought is going to come in handy.  I’m going to have to make sure I have LOTS of soup around to keep us warm.  I’ll start with this recipe:  Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon.

Harvest Vegetable, Chicken and Quinoa Soup with Bacon

I used a soup recipe from the current Cooking Light and switched up a few things.  The “Harvest” vegetables included in the soup are butternut squash, carrots, corn and kale.  I love a soup that is LOADED with veggies, with a little added protein (chicken and BACON) and a sprinkle of healthy grains (quinoa).  It’s healthy, and it’s filling too.

Harvest Vegetable, Chicken and Quinoa Soup with Bacon - RecipeGirl.com

Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s my pretty soup.

Harvest Vegetable, Chicken and Quinoa Soup with Bacon from RecipeGirl.com

If it’s already becoming soup weather where you live, I hope you’ll try out this recipe very soon.  It’s both comforting and satisfying.   And if you’re still getting sweltering heat in your part of the world, well then you can tuck this recipe into your pocket for a cooler day.

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Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 40 min

Ingredients:

4 center-cut bacon slices
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups diced butternut squash
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
6 garlic cloves, minced
Cooking spray
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed through a fine sieve
6 cups chopped kale
3/4 cup frozen corn
2 teaspoons thyme leaves

Directions:

1. Cook the bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings (scoop out and discard the rest). Crumble the bacon and set aside.

2. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the onion, butternut squash, carrot, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the drippings in the pan; sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Remove the mixture from pan.

3. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add the chicken to the pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 6 minutes or until the chicken is browned and done. Stir in the vegetable mixture, chicken broth, bay leaves, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil.

4. Add the quinoa to the pan; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the kale, corn and thyme to the pan; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Discard the bay leaves. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with bacon.

Tips:

*If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use brands of bacon and chicken broth that are known to be GF.

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from this Cooking Light recipe)

Here are some other comforting fall soups on the blogs you may enjoy:
Roasted Squash Soup by Culinary Covers
Chicken Pot Pie Soup by How Sweet Eats
Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup by Closet Cooking
Tuscan Chicken Soup by Peanut Blossom
Chipotle Creamy Tomato Soup by Farmgirl Gourmet

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24 Responses to “Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 23, 2013 @ 4:14 AM

    Beautiful and healthy soup to keep us all warm this fall and winter! Gorgeous photos, too. Thanks for sharing, Lori! Pinned!

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    Tieghan — September 23, 2013 @ 5:02 AM

    It snowed here too (and still is), gotta love mountain ton living! Winter always comes pretty early!

    This soup is the perfect thing to warm us all up! I love the added kale and quinoa. Oh and obviously the bacon!

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    Jamie | Jamie's Recipes — September 23, 2013 @ 6:45 AM

    What a homey and hearty soup. I always seem to forget about quinoa. Kale and bacon always compliment each other so well too.

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    angela@spinachtiger — September 23, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

    Soups that are a whole meal are so welcome at this time of year, and this one I could eat three nights in a row. It all starts with the squash for me and ends with the healthy kale. I love that combination.

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    Melissa M — September 23, 2013 @ 7:49 AM

    Looks DE LISH! Getting to be that crock pot/ hearty soup time of year here in New England… it might be 60 today…. Hoping to make this one soon!

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    kelley — September 23, 2013 @ 8:13 AM

    Looks delicious, Lori! It’s cold here this week and I’m looking for a new to me soup to make and have around for quick lunches. I think I have just about everything on hand!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 23, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

    I could use a big bowl of this right now! I love the addition of quinoa!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — September 23, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

    I love adding quinoa to soup! Great soup, Lori!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — September 23, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

    Soup is one of my favorite things about fall! Love the Quinoa and bacon in there!

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    deedee — September 23, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

    This soup looks wonderful. I think I will make it this week :)

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    Maegan @ The BakerMama — September 23, 2013 @ 1:41 PM

    I love everything about this soup and will definitely be making it once it cools off here in Dallas! Looks so fresh and comforting!

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    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) — September 23, 2013 @ 1:52 PM

    Wow. That soup looks really pretty. All those veggies and quinoa, plus bacon? Heaven!

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    Beth — September 23, 2013 @ 6:23 PM

    Your soup looks terrific, and the quinoa is such a nice addition.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 24, 2013 @ 1:37 AM

    Mmmm… perfect comfort food on a chilly day! Stay warm :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 24, 2013 @ 7:55 AM

    We are in soup mood too and I need all the ideas I can get. This veggie soup looks perfect! Love the quinoa and bacon! Pinning!

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    Alex — September 24, 2013 @ 8:49 AM

    This sounds like the perfect cold day meal. I’ve been really into quinoa lately but haven’t tried it in a soup yet – thanks for the inspiration!

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    Holiday Baker Man — September 24, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

    So tasty!

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    Laura — September 25, 2013 @ 8:51 AM

    Mmmm so perfect for this weather….I love the idea of Quinoa in a soup!

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    Serenity — September 25, 2013 @ 8:31 PM

    I was wondering what you would suggest to do in order to alter this soup to be vegetarian? Would there be enough flavor if I were simply to leave out the chicken and bacon?

    • Lori Lange replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 8:08 AM

      Probably- or add in other things that you like…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 25, 2013 @ 10:04 PM

    Oh my, this soup looks so full of flavor :) my husband will love it!

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    Deborah — September 28, 2013 @ 9:59 PM

    We had snow in the mountains, too. I’m totally in soup mode, and want a bowl of this!

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    Fmshake — January 21, 2014 @ 6:12 AM

    Does the butternut squash need to be peeled before going into the harvest vegetable chicken soup with quinoa?

    • Lori Lange replied: — January 21st, 2014 @ 7:36 AM

      Yes!