Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Best Chicken Soup...Ever.

Sorry I'm always blathering on about soup but this one is my all-time favorite, we made a bubbling cauldron last night, and I couldn't resist sharing. Chicken Soup with Loads of Vegetables has a few secret ingredients, transforming it from meh-just-whatever-chicken soup to Nectar-of-the-Gods-Yum-Chicken SOUP! Its first weapon, bone marrow, gives the broth a fat and a depth that I swear to you, dons the whole thing with magical healing powers. If you are sick, or tired, or cold, or are just in need of something soothing, this soup is your prescription. Also in its arsenal is a magnificent combination of lesser-used (at least in my kitchen), seemingly old-world vegetables including parsnip, rutabaga, kohlrabi, and turnip which work together to make the broth rich, fragrant, almost sweet. You can change up the ingredients as you like. On some occasions I've added leeks, cabbage, garlic, or eliminated one thing or another. We don't usually add noodles or matzah as I don't think it needs it.  Do what feels right. This recipe makes a lot of servings, so if you're just two, you might freeze half the batch for when Old Man Winter comes calling. You'll be glad you did.

Other soup recipes I love and have blogged about:

Italian Wedding Soup
Coconut Red-Lentil Curry
Cream of Tomato with Goat Cheese
Spanish Pea Soup
Greek Lemon - Avgolemeno

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