Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins

I found this recipe a few years ago in New Orleans. Everyone who has ever tasted this soup say it's the best they have ever tried. You can omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead to make it vegetarian and it's just as good. This makes alot of will need at least a 10 qt. pot. Freezes well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion, celery, garlic and chicken until chicken is browned and vegetables are soft.
  3. Add chicken broth and vegetables stirring after each addition.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for at least 3 hours.
  6. Note: If you prefer, add 2 cups of cooked Orzo pasta 5 minutes before serving.
Most Helpful

Excellent soup. Very good homemade taste. The longer this cooks the better. Cook at least 3 hours (longer if possible). This makes a lot of soup and could easily server 8 - 10. I will save this one and make it again.

AcworthCook January 24, 2011

Oh ChefAndy......this was a delicious vegetable soup! My daughter was feeling under the weather with a bad head cold and I made your recipe to help "heal" her! You are absolutely right, it is the best I have ever tried! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

JustJan October 13, 2006