Homemade chicken soup!
What a great comfort food!
The really great thing about this recipe is that you can so easily make it the way you want to.
Just follow some basic steps and you will have a wonderful soup.
I always start this soup with making the chicken stock.
You can do this by boiling some chicken on the bone, or the carcass of a chicken will do as well.
Once I have my broth I set it aside.
I always fry chopped onions and garlic is some olive oil until soft, then I usually add carrots and celery cooking until they are just half done.
Add the broth and continue to cook the vegetables.
If you have cooked chicken while making the broth you can remove the flesh from the bones and chop up finely.
Once the vegetables are cooked through, using an immersion blender, blend until smooth and you will have the basis for any additions you’d like to put in.
Salt is definitely required at this stage and you can add whatever amount is good for you.
I will add the chopped chicken, very often cooked rice if I have some on hand, and canned corn is also a very nice addition.
This soup usually doesn’t last very long around our place, and is gone in short order!
However, a good homemade chicken soup is a wonderful way to eat any time of year.
It’s light, it’s nutritious, and it’s heartwarming.
Writing this blog makes me think about all the different soups I’ve tried around the world and how soups fit into most cultural cuisines around the world.
In fact the word soup comes from the French word ‘soupe’ which came from the colloquial latin word ‘suppa’, meaning bread soaked in broth.
This is the same meaning given to the old Germanic word ‘sop’.
The existence of soup can be traced back to 20,000 BC.
In 16th century France a very concentrated soup was sold as a street food, it was inexpensive and promised to energize the weary.
The word restaurant comes from the French word ‘restaurer’ meaning ‘to restore to a former state’ and began being used when describing a certain seller of this soup who began selling his soup from a fixed location.
Food is fascinating, and the history of food is even more so.
I love reading about where food has come from and how it evolved, and the changes it has made to language in general.
Food is tied up in all we are, and has such a fundamental effect on us, not only in keeping us alive, but in how we relate to one another as human beings.
The simple soup evolved into a way to get additional nutrients out of bones by creating broths.
Soup is a great way combine foods by cooking them down and mixing them together.
Or for creating something like a consomme, that delivers a lot of flavor with very little in calories.
Soup is also a great way to use leftovers.
Just pile them in your mixture and cook them down.
Within reason of course!
But do try this homemade chicken soup recipe.
I know you will like it!
Homemade Chicken Soup
- Put water in a large pot on high heat.
- Add chicken pieces. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to a simmer.
- Cook until chicken is done. About 20 minutes.
- Remove chicken from the broth that has been created. Set aside too cool.
- Pour broth into bowl and set aside.
- Remove chicken flesh from the bones. Chop and set aside.
- Pour the olive oil in the original pot. Place on medium heat.
- Add onions, and garlic. Cook until soft.
- Add fennel, carrots and celery.
- Add 4 cups broth. Cook until the vegetables are soft.
- Add additional 4 cups broth.
- Using and immersion blender, blend all vegetables until a smooth soup emerges.
- Add chopped chicken.
- Heat and serve.