Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Italian Chicken Soup

Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite bloggers. Michelle F loves her too, and we were feeling soupy, so we made this Italian chicken soup (recipe here)--minus the heavy cream, with less celery, minus the parmesan, and with a rotisserie chicken rather than a raw fry chicken. Very good. I'd make this again easily, and I love how versatile it is. You could add or subtract pretty much whatever you want (one of the great things about soup). I even made another soup with the leftover chicken parts (bones, skin, etc.) with water. So easy!

RECIPE (original here):

  • 1 box Ditalini Pasta (very short Macaroni noodles)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 whole cut up fryer chicken (we used a rotisserie chicken)
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced
  • 2 whole green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (we used just two small strips of celery)
  • 2 whole fresh jalapenos, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons minced fresh oregano (didn't use fresh)
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste (doesn't have to be fresh pepper)
  • Parmesan cheese shavings (we excluded this)
(1) Cook pasta according to package directions (don't overcook it!). Drain &rinse in cold water to cool. Toss in 1 tablespoon olive oil & set aside.
(2) Remove rotisserie chicken from pot and shred meat. Discard bones & set meat aside.
(3) Dice canned tomatoes & return them to their juice & set aside.
(4) Heat small skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil & oregano & turn off heat, stirring over the next minute to keep oregano from burning. Set this aside.
(5) Either pour chicken broth into a separate container or use a new pot to saute onion, green pepper, celery, & jalapenos in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until tender & golden brown (~10 min).
(6) Add chicken broth, shredded chicken, & tomatoes with their juice
(7) Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer
(8) Add cooked pasta & all oregano & olive oil from small skillet. Stir to combine & turn off heat.


fabrosaurus said...

I'm looking forward to trying out more recipes from The Pioneer Woman with you. We still haven't made the carnitas tacos yet!

Corriendo said...

me toooo!!! i know! we'd have to save that for a time when we have a lot of time and more than just us to eat it all. hehe really looking forward to it though! maybe over winter break?