Ranch Chicken Rice Soup

Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (1.0 oz.) package dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cheddar cheese or cream of chicken soup
  • 2/3 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • real bacon bits, garnish, optional
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Preparation
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and sauté onion, carrot and celery for 8-10 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, ranch seasoning and paprika.
  3. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant, then stir in chicken broth and condensed soup.
  4. Stir in chicken and rice, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until rice is fully cooked.
  5. Add bacon bits, then taste and adjust seasoning, if desired. Serve hot.

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