Monday, October 10, 2011

Cheesy Chicken Spinach-Artichoke Soup

Welcome to my party friends!  This happens to be my best "POT-LUCK" ever.

Pot-luck you say, well I will ask you, have you ever seen a more beautiful pot?

It's a 7-quart, hammered copper and brass Williams Sonoma "soup station."  

One of my favorite bloggers, Jacqueline@Purple Chocolate Home  held a give-away for one of her lucky followers and I'm absolutely thrilled to be her grateful recipient.  Thanks so much Jacqueline for such a lovely gift.  Talk about, "pot-luck," each time I simmer spicy cider, rich hot chocolate, a special stew, {I could go on and on} I will think of you.  During the holidays it will be the star at each buffet!

Jacqueline creates amazing tablescapes each week.  I fell in love with this soup station when I saw this picture on her blog.  The smooth copper-brass lid and brass handles combined with the hammered copper sides makes it a work of art.  It's the most spectacular cooking vessel ever to grace my kitchen.  Jacqueline also knows how to cook with a French flair.  She lives in an amazing home with a pizza oven in her kitchen and knows how to make everything she touches look delicious!

When the UPS man arrived at my door, I was thinking about Friday night football food.  Our beloved Boise State Broncos were taking on Fresno State.  After opening the box, I knew it was time for our first annual autumn P O T    P A R T Y.

the soup de jour

Cheesy Chicken Spinach-Artichoke Soup, whew-ee,  is party fare and would be divine served in a bread bowl.  Next time I serve it I will plan ahead and do just that.

Cheesy Chicken Spinach-Artichoke Soup
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 (10 ounce box) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (any tough outer-leaves removed)
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes, rinsed and drained (I used Ro*tel)
  • 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, cubed and at room temperature
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and cubed
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • sliced green onions
  • croutons
Melt butter in a saucepan.  Add flour and make a paste.  Add chicken stock.  Cook over medium heat till thickened, stirring often.  Season with pepper.  Add cream cheese, Parmesan and Monterey Jack cheese and stir until it's smooth and melted.  Add spinach, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and chicken.  Gently stir till blended.  Add canned milk.  Keep the soup warm, but do not boil.  Garnish with sliced green onion and croutons or serve in a warm bread bowl.  Serves 8.

FYI: No. 5 ranked, Boise State dominated Fresno State 57-7, making Idaho proud 
and go visit sweet Jacqueline.  You will enjoy her blog and who knows, you just might be a winner too!  


  1. Gnee,
    The pot is gorgeous. We have one. Your soup sounds marvelous. The nights are getting cooler and soup is perfect for these nights.
    Have a wonderful week!

  2. Congratulations on your win! Beautiful soup pot. :-) I cannot wait to try this recipe. It is supposed to cool off here later this week, so I know what will be on the menu. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Congrats on winning the pot Gnee, sounds like it found a good home:@)

  4. I have to agree with you...that is beautiful. Isn't it crazy how the oddest things can make a woman so happy?

  5. It is a gorgeous pot, indeed! You'll have to keep something simmering in it every winter weekend!

  6. That is a gorgeous pot! Oh my goodness. I think I would want to just display it and never cook in it.
    I think it will get tons of use at your house with your cooking skills.

    You are a very deserving winner!

  7. Congratulations, Renee! I'm absolutely green with envy. I think that is one of the most beautiful pots I've ever seen. I would leave it out on my counter just so I could look at it. I'm so happy you won.

  8. A perfect soup for the perfect pot from the perfect lady to my perfect friend from me, the perfectly jealous/happy for you lady! LOL

  9. Congratulations. YOu are a fortunate winner of a great giveaway. The pot is beautiful.

    I needed a new soup recipe and I think my husband will really like your recipe for cheesy chicken artichoke spinach soup.

  10. That pot is beautiful!!! Your soup looks delicious too. Wish hubby liked artichokes! Hope all is well in your world. Crazy busy here! WE'RE MOVING!!!

  11. Super lovely soup pot! Such a beautiful post ~ always great recipes, photos and ideas here at your place :)

  12. Making me hungry! I love this time of year- soup season! Your recipe sounds perfect with all that cheese. Right up our alley. And that pot IS beautiful.

  13. Gorgeous pot! I try not to covet Jacqueline's kitchen when I visit her. It's so beautiful.

    I was just telling the family that I could eat soup every night in the autumn. I love it so much, and I can't enjoy it in the summer. I kind of overdose on it during the fall.

  14. I am so jealous :) That is a beautiful pot and congratulatiosn for winning it.

    Your soup sounds delicious! I love the idea of the bread bowl too.

  15. That is a beautiful pot. Congrats on winning it. The soup sounds delicious! And the grilled cheese sandwiches. And your sister's cookie bars. I wish I had them all right now. Soup, sandwich and dessert. Yummo! Happy day to you. Tammy

  16. Congrats on your new pot, Renee! This soup sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  17. What a fabulous pot. This is my first visit to your blog and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  18. What a beautiful pot and delicious sounding recipe! I'll have to give it a try, although my soup pot pales in comparison to yours, lol!

  19. Im totally going to make this soup!! Thanks...I hope you will link up with me here:

  20. You will be featured tomorrow on COM. Well done. LOVE IT. xo jen

  21. p.s. and YES' that pot is stunning! Who wouldn't want soup out of that. Especially the one you made. winks.

  22. Thanks for sharing. I made it today with some changes and posted it, referring back to your recipe/post. It is so good!!

  23. Wow, this looks fantastic! I had to pin that wonderful looking soup fashioned after my favorite appetizer. You were so kind! I can't believe I didn't get back and check on this earlier. I am so glad that someone will love it so much! Ours stays out all the time.

  24. Beautiful. My husband just bought me a set of stainless/copper pots for our anniversary and I love them. Yours is so unique - truly gorgeous! The soup - wow...artichokes, cheese and chicken. that really sounds fabulous!


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