Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rustic Chicken Soup

I've been under the weather the last couple days and find that few things bring me as much comfort than a hearty bowl of chicken soup. I rarely permit eating in bed but nothing beats nestling under a thick duvet, watching TV and digging into a bowl of chicken soup goodness! This simple recipe is just the thing one needs to combat the winter chills.


1 pound chicken thigh with bone
2 carrots (one in half and one diced)
2 onions (one quartered and one diced)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 cup parsley stems
2 stalks celery (one in half and one diced)
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 cup pastini
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup spinach
1large tomato, large dice
salt and pepper to taste


In a large saucepan cover chicken, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, 1 celery stalk cut in half, 1 carrot cut in half and one onion quartered with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30-1 hour.
Strain and reserve the liquid. Remove the chicken from the bone and either string or cut into pieces. In a separate saucepan add olive oil. Saute onion until it's soft and translucent. Add garlic, carrots, celery and tomato.  Cook until garlic softens. Add the chicken and cover with reserved broth. Taste and add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and add pastini. Cook until pastini is soft. Add spinach and turn off heat.
Serve with parmigiano reggiano shavings and a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil.

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