Saute a mirepoux of vegetables in olive oil to start, add garlic and basil to taste, chicken broth and veggies and let simmer to perfection. Lastly add the left-over chicken and lima beans (also leftover) and cream (or creamer if you are in the midst of an ice storm), and VOILA, YUM SOUP.
1 onion diced
6 stalks celery diced
1/2 cabbage diced (hey,it boils long enough it morphs to a tasty soup addition,)
3 carrots diced
3 potatoes cubed small
1 tsp dry basil (like I'm gonna have fresh in this ice storm,)
3 bay leaves
a quart of chicken broth (enough to cover veggie by an inch)
Just before serving, add chunked chicken, and whatever else is languishing in the fridge. Then add a pint of cream or a cup of non-dairy creamer. Heat and serve with crusty bread, cast iron cornbread is my choice today. (oops, that means I have to dump the soup... might need another pot...)
YUM. Grateful for a full pantry and for power.