It's been one of those weeks. Am I right? I'm feeling totally wrung out, harried, and scattered, which is never a good way to welcome the weekend. But, lucky for us, this can all be cured with a pot of magical chicken soup.
As you may already know, we don't do a lot of meat around here. But if there is ever a time for some good ol chicken soup, it is in the fall and winter months when we need a dose of something grounding, mind slowing, and soul soothing.
This is the best chicken soup I've ever had. Ever.
I picked this up from a dear friend of mine, whose family still feels like my own. This soup did something magical to her children whenever we made it - they would go from wound up and rascally to totally calm and cuddly. So wherever you find yourself this weekend, whatever your state of mind or circumstance, if you need a little calm, a little reassurance, or a little peace; make this pot of soup for your soul, it's like a hug on the inside.
(and special thanks to the fantastic woman who shared this magical potion with me)
1 - local/organic, whole chicken cut up (for those of you in West Michigan, check out S&S Lamb)
1 - green pepper, quartered
1 - onion, halved
4-6 - whole garlic cloves
1 - leek, cut into large chunks
1 pound - carrots, cut up
3/4 c. - rice (we use white, but you could use brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, etc.)
2-4 c. - water
1 - Rapunzel Vegetable Bouillon Cube
1/4 c. - half and half
1/4 c. - shredded asiago cheese
1 loaf - crusty bread (tip - when you visit S&S lamb at the Fulton street farmer's market, hit up the bread stand right next store)
- Place chicken, green pepper, onion, garlic cloves, and leek into a large soup pot. Fill with water until everything is just covered. Bring to a low boil, over medium heat, for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, wash and chop carrots.
- Transfer chicken to a plate to cool.
- Remove and discard veggies.
- Add carrots, rice, water and vegetable bouillon to the pot.
- Cut up the chicken and return to the pot.
- Let soup simmer for 20 - 30 minutes.
- Serve with a couple teaspoons of half and half, a pinch of asiago cheese, and a generous hunk of bread.
ps - this is a great weapon to keep in your toolbox for fighting off, and healing from the cold and flu this winter.