You all get to see the beautiful photos of food I prepare. You may even get to make it yourself and taste it.
But what you might not hear is the little song that I can’t resist singing each time dinner is on the table and ready to go.
Are you ready for it? :)
It’s total word association for me. Whenever someone announces that it’s suppertime, this song instantly pops into my head and I want to start dancing around a la Snoopy singing, “it’s suuuupper….sup-sup-suppertime!”
Every. Time. :)
It’s been that way ever since I first heard the song when acting in the play You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown at age 10. (Little known fact on the blogosphere: I was in about 30 music theater shows before I graduated high school, including Annie 3 times!!!)
But I hadn’t actually heard the song (except for singing it over and over) in 20 years until I tracked it down on YouTube just now. Let’s just say I am very happy to see that it’s just as fabulous as I remembered it. Snoopy definitely “gets” the joy I feel when it’s finally suppertime. ;)
So what are you having for supper tonight?
If you’re looking for a quick and easy and comforting meal, I think you should totally consider this Tomato Basil Chicken Stew. It’s kind of fabulous. And it can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. OR, you can pop all of the ingredients in a slow cooker at the beginning of the day and have a delicious stew ready and waiting for you when you get home. Your choice.
I just think you should make it. Pronto.
And instead of calling to your family that it’s suppertime the old (boring) way, I dare you to sing it Snoopy-style. ;)
This delicious Tomato Basil Chicken Stew recipe is hearty, healthy, and so comforting.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small white onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (28 oz.) cans whole tomatoes (with their juices)
1 (14 oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 handfuls baby spinach
¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Saute for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute or two until fragrant.
Add in remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Use a long spoon to crush the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer partially-covered for 10 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.
**Or, you can add all ingredients except the cheese to a slow cooker, stir to combine, cook on high for 3-4 hours (or low for 6-8), then serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.**
Perfect, I love these flavors!
Ok I can’t handle this moment. Just when I thought I couldn’t love you any more you post a Charlie Brown video. Little known fact: my husband and I are mildly obsessed with Charlie Brown. Nothing creepy, I swear, but my husband has been trying to find It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown to DVR since October 1st – lol. Anyway, I love this post. And this soup looks perfect in every way. xoox
You amaze me!! 30 shows before you even graduated! Seriously, you are the coolest person ever and you make some dang good soup too. This looks awesome!
This is my kind of stew! So hearty and colorful!
I love that you sing this song in your head – too cute! It’s so dramatic! And this stew – how cozy and comforting! I’ve been on a soup/stew kick lately so I’ll definitely be making this in the coming weeks.
I don’t even really know you and I think you would be absolutely fantastic in musical theatre! Love this comfort food.
Gotta love Charlie Brown. This soup looks amazing. I’m in the process of putting together my menu for this week and was beginning to get frustrated with it until I came across this lovely recipe. Yup, I’m going to make this for dinner tonight. Thanks for digging me out of my menu stupor. Pinned!
This looks like the most amazing bowl of comfort food. It’s really started to cool down here lately and this is exactly the kind of meal I’m craving!
I was totally a musical theater girl in high school and college! I miss being in shows, but now I just play showtunes on the iPod while I cook and sing to my heart’s content. :) This stew looks so comforty!
Made this for dinner tonight–delicious! Put it over brown rice and served with whole wheat bread and it was a smash hit with the fam.
This is a perfect evening meal – such a great combination of flavours and I love how quick this is!
This soup looks delicious – I loove that it’s finally cool enough for soup weather (just about the only good thing about winter in my opinion)!
Would i throw Everything in the crockpot all at once or what I leave a certain few things out until just about to serve like the spinach?
Also, whole tomatoes? Do you crush them first?
So many hearty ingredients that goes into this soup! I really will be enjoying this! Thank you
I made this tonight in the crock pot and it was amazing… thanks for such a tasty recipe!!
Did you throw everything in at the same time? How long in the crockpot? Did you hand crush the whole tomatos? Making this tonight! ;)
Ali – I can’t believe this happened to someone else! I, too, was in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (and had never seen the cartoon clip of the song, just sang it, like you) and I sing it while cooking, too! Mine’s a little showier than the cartoon version ;-)
Fantastic :) I love tomato basil soups, this recipe is perfect!!
Can this all be thrown in the crock.. And do you get enough juice from the tomatoes alone??
If u do the slow cooker method, do u add either cooked chicken or raw chicken?
You could add either. If you add raw, the chicken will either need to be pre-diced, or you will need to shred it after it has cooked.
Re: Tomato Basil Chicken Soup
Do you have any nutritional stats, like carbs, calories
yessssssss, I wish they had nutritional values!! Please help us out!!! TIA
Love to try this recipe for the crockpot; make it ahead on the cold nights. I notice it called for cook chicken to pull apart. If I put the chicken in the crockpot not being cook. Can I take it out to pull apart on the last hr or do I have to cook the chicken before it goes in the crockpot?
Just made this was so tasty! Will be making it again! Clean plates all round
Wow this soup/stew looks amazing and so healthy! My daughter and I were also into musical theatre ( and now my granddaughters are and actually know all the songs from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!!) :)
I made this last night, and boy oh boy, what great flavor! :) I may do it with kale instead of spinach next time. The most time consuming part was hand chopping the veggies, but it was worth it. Yum yum yum!
Made this for lunch today and even the kids loved it! Great healthy, filling meal. Thanks for the recipe!
I made this last night, and it was amazing! The only thing I added was 1 cup of raw whole green beans that I cut in half and added to the last ten minutes of cooking! The green beans added some delicious crunch to an already AWESOME recipe! Thank you for sharing!!! :)
I just made this and it is so delicious and flavorful!
I just found your blog and this looks amazing!! I love fall and love the slow cooker too. About how many calories per serving are in this soup? Thanks!!
It’s getting pretty chilly here in Ohio. This is a perfect stew for a Sunday dinner. Thank you so much for sharing. So tasty and healthy.
I had this assembled and on the stove in 20 mins! I used San Marzano tomatos and threw in a fresh parmesan rind I’d been saving for just this purpose. Smells delish! Thanks for a yummy, fast stew!!
Stumbled upon your site the other day and have made 3 of your meals since! Love it!
This was not good in the crock pot. It had no flavor and was way too thick.
Made this in the crockpot yesterday, its AMAZING!!! What a delicious recipe.
Made this a few weeks ago in the crockpot and added quinoa. Was absolutely delicious! Making it again tomorrow, per my husband’s request!
the prep and cook time don’t add up correctly. just so you know….
Thanks for catching that Aimee! Should be 5 min for the prep and 20 min for the cook time.
This recipe is the easiest by far and is delicious! Thanks for posting!
Thanks so much Karrie!
Nice but i added Baldamic vinegar, red wine, granulated garli, stock and some sugar. Omg the flavours beautiful. I also used fresh chicken and pan fried them as this is all i had (no cooked chicken that it). It was magnificent! Topped it with fresh parmesan ( a tonne if ut as i live it) and a big glass if shiraz!
Thanks for sharing, Marie, that sounds delicious!
Hi, I found this recipe online when searching for gluten free dinners. Is this soup gluten free? It looks delish!
Hi Kristi, it sure is! We hope you enjoy!
I absolutely love this recipe…it’s “to die for”! The only thing I wish is that you would provide the calorie count as that’s how I watch my weight. Thanks!
Thanks Eileen, we’re happy you like it! Unfortunately we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps! :)
My first gluten free recipe! Having one guest with gluten allergies, sent me on a frantic run for recipes that would be enjoyed by all my guests. I made 2 batches in the crockpot. I added more chicken about 2 lbs per batch and used raw chicken. Ialso did not add the spinach until the last hour and and added quite a bit extra. I cut up the chicken at that time. It came out fantastic! Served with gluten free corn muffins and a salad. Got rave reviews and will be making this over and over again! Thank you.
Awesome Sandy! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed this so much, thank you for sharing! :)
Looks and smells good! Trying it with stew beef tonight since I had chicken last night!!
Awesome Amanda, we hope you love it! :)
I made this recipe a few months ago and my husband and I loved it. In fact, so much so, that I sent the recipe to my cardiologist who, understandably, advocates heart healthy dining. I think this is quite healthy. Thx for the recipe.
We’re so happy to hear your husband enjoyed this Marcia, thanks for sharing! :)
This was fantastic !! I delgazed pot with a nice Pinot Grigo (1/4 cup) then added all ingrediants. Added the beans at the end after rinsing them. I didn’t shred the chicken, I cubed it. The next time I’m going to boil up some orzo and add at the end.
Excellent soup. Thank you
Thanks Ginger, we’re so glad you enjoyed it (and deglazing with a nice Pinot Grigio is always a good idea). : )
This recipe was so great! Made it today in the crockpot. I used fire roasted tomatoes, added a little chicken broth and balsamic vinegar and served over a little bit of cous cous, turned out wonderful! Thank you ?
We’re happy you liked this Megan! And thanks for sharing, that sounds wonderful! :)
Does this soup freeze well?
Yes, it sure does, we hope you enjoy! :)
If I cook this in the crockpot for 6-8 hours, do I use raw chicken breasts and then shred at end (instead of starting with shredded cooked chicken)?
Yes, we think that should work fine — we hope you enjoy this! :)
Love, Love, Love Snoopy
Have not made taco soup yet
It’s on the menu for tomorrow
Any recommendation for a non-bean substitute for the cannelini? My husband does not like any type of bean and I want to make sure there’s enough ingredients to give it the right consistency. Thanks!
Hi Bethany! Hmmm, that’s tricky. Your best bet might be to just make a slurry with some flour or cornstarch, to thicken things up a bit, but leaving out the beans shouldn’t have a huge impact on the consistency. We hope you both enjoy! :)
Do you add the juice of the beans or drain?
Hi Jamie! We drain them. We hope you enjoy! :)