Monday, 6 January 2014

Holiday Recovery - Hearty Winter Soup

Feeling slightly the worse for wear after weeks of family dinners and endless drinks, turkey and stuffing and potatoes and gravy and puddings and pies, batch after batch of Christmas baking and tray after tray of Christmas chocolates - and the boozy indulgences of New Year's Eve - it's time to think about eating a little healthier.

Lazy from two weeks at home with the family, lethargic from too much rich, indulgent food, vaguely ill from too many holiday beverages and lolling about the house in a state of half-hibernation (it's awfully damn cold outside!) I can think of no better comfort food than chicken noodle soup.

My homemade chicken noodle soup is epic - hearty, healthy, delicious and a whole meal in itself. I make an enormous batch almost every week in the winter (there are a lot of us in this house!)

Unfortunately, I'm not much of a recipe kind of cook - more the eyeballing and tasting kind - but here goes:

Hearty Winter Chicken Soup

Make your own chicken stock by boiling a full pot of water with a saved chicken carcass, onion, celery, salt and pepper for 30 minutes, then reducing to a simmer for 8 hours.

Sieve solids from stock, add liquid to fresh pot (the largest pot you have!)

littletownhomelove.blogspot.caChop and add to liquid:
2 or 3 cups chicken breast (with skin is fine - remove the skin and chop extra finely)
3 large carrots
3 large celery stalks
2 large onions
1 large tomato

Finely chop and add to liquid:
1 cup spinach
2 tbsp. fresh basil
2 tbsp. fresh parsley
2 tbsp. fresh rosemary
Add to liquid:
2 tbsp. ground pepper
2 tbsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. mustard seed

Cook 2 cups whole wheat spaghetti noodles as you normally would; drain water and add noodles to soup liquid.

Top up pot to top with water.

Cook soup, covered, on low for several hours.

Hearty, healthy and delicious! A perfect winter "holiday recovery" meal.

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