I was going to make jambalaya for dinner, but it was rainy and people all around me were fighting colds, so I made soup instead. This doesn't have the spice of jambalaya, but is flavored similarly with thyme, bay leaves and just a little cayenne pepper. I run the veggies through my food processor, and using boneless skinless chicken breast drastically shorten the cooking time. FYI, this is NOT gumbo because it does not contain either okra or file powder, one of which must be used to thicken real gumbo.
Don't let the list of ingredients intimidate you! Once it's all thrown together, it just simmers on the stove and you have to stir it every once in a while.
Tip: If you can get it, you can swap andouille sausage for the smoked sausage for a more New Orleans flavor. Of course you omit the sausage entirely and use just chicken, or chicken and ham (diced into 1/2 inch cubes) or chicken and shrimp - just like for gumbo!