Chicken Soup au Gratin

Adapted from Peace ‘n Plenty, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups water
½ cup chopped scallions
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped celery
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 small Melissa’s shallot, minced
110.5-ounce can Cream of Chicken soup
½ cup milk or half-and-half
Few gratings freshly ground cracked pepper
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (grate it yourself)

Simmer chicken in a medium saucepan in salted water until tender; reserve water. Remove chicken and dice. Add vegetables to broth and boil until tender, 8-10 minutes. Gradually stir in soup, milk (or half-and-half), pepper, cheese, and chicken. Heat and stir until cheese melts. Serve.

Serves 4