Thank you Aimee for sharing with us your comforting, healthy, delicious Chicken soup recipe today! =)
With that in mind, and with Helene’s request to guest post coming at a time when I was getting a terrible chest cold, I thought I’d share one of my favourite, stove-top comfort foods with you: chicken soup! Sounds simple, right? But what is it about chicken soup that warms and soothes the hearts, minds, and bodies of so many? Even if it didn’t cure my cold, it certainly made me feel comforted and happy, and sometimes that’s medicinal in its own right.
With autumn being my favourite season – otherwise known as ‘soup season’ in my household – I needed no excuse to make this big pot of soup, but I was feeling extra self-indulgent the night I prepared it because of having that cold. It would be difficult to give my chicken soup a specific name because its contents vary every time I make it, depending on whatever vegetables I have in my fridge (and almost anything qualifies!). Even the measurements are tailored toward not having a great deal of energy, as you’ll see. Some things always remain the same in my soup, however, like the herbs and spices. But isn’t it fun to take such creative liberties in the kitchen? I find soup especially conducive to this kind of experimentation.
This time, I took great care to record and measure everything I did, in order to share with you my latest, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink creation. You can substitute in any of your favourite veggies, but I highly recommend the spices.
Kitchen Sink Chicken Soup – Serves 6
3 large chicken breasts, bone-in
2.5 L water
3 medium carrots, sliced into coins
1 leek, pale part of the stalk sliced into coins
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
3 potatoes (I had two yellow and one red on hand), cubed
6 mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
2 cups pasta (whatever I have left-over in the bottom of the box, but I prefer Fusilli, Farfalle, or shell-shaped pastas!)
3 handfuls of spinach
1 Tbsp. minced ginger root
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
4-5 dried bay leaves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon, or to taste
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, or to taste
1/2 cup full fat milk or cream, or to taste
Best served with hearty bread – and a side of Vitamin C!