Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

[47/365] making soup!

Oh Snow. It’s running my life these days. I don’t remember this much snow, ever. My dad tells stories of back in 83’ when he was driving a tractor trailer for a living, there was a winter like this. A couple of miles took hours, he said. I’m just not used to it. I like snow, I do. It’s beautiful, and so quiet. It softens all the greys and browns of the winter landscape, making everything bright and magical.

But when I can’t leave the house for days on end because the roads are icy and I can’t drive up the hill without sliding backwards, to be honest, I have a hard time being grateful for the stuff. Oh, and of course, it’s cold. Bitterly cold.

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I’m trying to refocus though, and see the good. There is good. Like this beautiful blue sky I saw a yesterday, when the grey clouds cleared for a couple of hours:

[46/365] hello, mr. blue sky.

And of course, all of this time indoors has lead to many hours in the kitchen. I’ve made lots of loaves of this bread, and turned it into fantastic pizza crust. I’ve made muffins, tarts, cookies and other yummy things. And today, I got out of my baking comfort zone and made soup. Delicious, healthy, clean out the fridge type soup. Just what I needed today to lift my spirits.

This is a highly adapted version of the soup on the January cover of Martha Stewart Living. It’s great because you can pretty much add anything you’ve got in your pantry or refrigerator. I roasted a chicken before hand and shredded it to make more of a chicken soup than a veggie one, but you could leave it out entirely.

chicken and veggie soup

Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup
adapted from Martha Stewart

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 medium carrots, cut into cubes
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 pinches of red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
5 1/4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
1 1/2 cups water
2 Yukon Gold potatoes (about 12 ounces), cut into cubes
about 3 cups of fresh spinach
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 whole chicken, roasted and shredded (I use this recipe)

1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook onion, , carrots, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add stock and water, and bring to a boil.

2. Add potatoes. Return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until they are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in spinach, chicken and chickpeas, and return to a boil. Stir in lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

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37 comments:

  1. Mmmm! I love simple meals like this.
    Sad about the snow--being in Toronto, I know how exhausting it can be to deal with it day in and day out! Spring is just around the corner...I swear.

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  2. How random - we both had chicken soup/stock related posts!!

    I'm surprised you still have snow! No more snow down here in Athens. Hope it melts away for you soon!

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  3. What a gorgeous soup! Warming, nourishing, tasty and haelthy!

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. I woke up to blue skies this morning as well and the first day that my kids get to go back to school in over 12 days! It's going to be a good day! Thanks for the birthday wishes!
    ~kristin

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  5. Welcome to my world....snow, slush and freezing rain. I can take it for about a month but when it lasts from January through April it gets a bit tough. So I definitely empathize with you. Thanks for making this wonderful recipe while you're cooped up in the house. It looks delicious.

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  6. I like that the snow has covered up all those dark colors and made things look fresher and cleaner. But all that being said.... Melt, already! haha I want to see some crocuses shooting up through some new grass. Darn groundhog!

    (Your soup looks perfect for these kinds of days!)

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  7. This is going on my menu plan for next week, Hannah! THANKS! :)

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  8. Hannah - beautiful post, as always. It seems like you are trying a different "feel" for your photos lately. Love the fact that you continually grow and nurture your talent (and that your readers get the benefit!).

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  9. Oh, that definitely looks hearty, and most definitely up my alley! We may not have snow here in Singapore, and it's almost always just hot and humid, but I'd take this soup any day.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

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  10. I live in MN so good soup recipes are a must! Yours looks lovely and comforting.

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  11. I adoreeeeee soup and this one looks delish!

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  12. soup like this is always so warm and comforting

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  13. i say enough of this snowy, brutally cold mess. enough! ENOUGH! sigh. there's no end in sight for us quite yet, but i suppose some hearty and delicious soup could appease me. this batch looks great. :)

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  14. We had a winter like that last year. I told my husband we're moving back to CA! He resisted. We're still here and, fortunately, no snow here this year. Whew. Sorry for you though. Chicken soup is perfect for the cold!

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  15. Always love kitchen sink soup - great way to get rid of all the veggies at the end of the week. Looks delicious!

    I also made pizza crust out of a similar bread recipe - actually made it the next day after I made the dough and it was by far my favorite crust - slightly chewy on the inside but with a bit of crunch - yum!

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  16. I also love snow, but I also know how annoying it can be. I don't enjoy much snow in London these days though. Your soup looks delicious. I enjoy any kind of soup during winter, it's my staple food during winter months.

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  17. Just looking at those gorgeous veg makes me feel healthier. And warmer. And more positive.

    Snow is an interesting phenomenon. It's gorgeous to look at... but really best if you can simply stay home and enjoy it. Believe it or not, here in Wisconsin, we're behind in our snow totals. Crazy.

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  18. You arrange everyday ingredients, like herbs and potatoes, in such an artistic way. What an eye!

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  19. Mmm, soup is so perfect for this time of year, it makes me so nostalgic for home!

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  20. Between falling ill and getting well and then falling ill again, I think this soup is much needed, especially when it's this cold and wet in London! :) Lovely.

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  21. It looks delicious. Perfect for this weather. The last time I went through a tough Winter like this was 1996. So cold and snowy!

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  22. What a beautiful soup! Love all of your pictures. I bet the house smelled amazing while you were making this!

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  23. I love homemade soup and this looks delicious. Your photos are spectacular.

    I hope spring comes to you soon. Up in the Great White North we've had so little snow. Weird.

    LisaDay

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  24. You can't beat chicken soup on a cold day. It just makes you feel better! And Martha never fails to come up with a gem.

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  25. Hi! I've been reading your site for a year now, since about the time you started ( I think).

    I have to tell you, these are beautiful photos. They remind of a children's story book.

    Have a nice day :)

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  26. i feel you with the snow. i'm in nebraska and we're just getting swamped with it. soup may be the only cure.

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  27. Gorgeous looks so perfect! You are such a talented photographer! Now I want that soup!

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  28. I made a highly adapted version of that soup also. It was one of the best chicken soups ever. I used lots and lots of carrots, celery and added rice. I can't wait to try your version now.
    Greta

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  29. Is there anything more restorative than a hot bowl of chicken soup? Or any soup for that matter...LOL. Atlanta has been having some seriously cold weather and I've been souping and stewing everyone to death. But what a way to go!

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  30. Wow...this looks so tasty! It's such a cold and rainy day here in D.C. I would love to cuddle up with some of this soup tonight.

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  31. This soup was awesome! I posted about it on my blog too, we made it for a Fall Party, and the family loved it. Thanks for posting!

    Jake

    http://www.jakeramstack.com/2011/10/fall-party-at-restaurant-ramstack.html

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  32. Lovely recipe. There is nothing I know that warms you more than a big bowl of warm soup. Here's one you might like to try.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/hearty-chicken-and-vegetable-soup/
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Jen

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  33. "Hearty" is right, sounds perfect for winter! I just posted a similar recipe too :-)

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