This healthful, hearty soup is brimming with flavor and wholly worthy of its main course-meal status!
Add the onion with the oil to a large pot over medium-high heat and let sauté until softened, about two to three minutes. Add minced garlic; let cook another minute or two.
Add the chicken stock and other remaining ingredients to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gently rolling simmer and let cook until rice is to your desired doneness (for me, this took about 45 minutes). Remove bay leaves before serving.