You are probably scratching your head wondering, "What's up with the soup, when it's a well known fact that you were whooping it up in San Francisco this weekend at the Foodbuzz Festival". Yes all the rumors I started on Twitter are true and I was there and I was whooping it up. Maybe just a tad too much, I came home with a nasty cold. I shouldn't be so ridiculous, there is no such thing as too much fun.
Hopefully you will accept my offer of a bowl of delicious homemade soup and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. While I curl up under a blanket and nurse my
Chicken Soup with Pastina and Arugula
(1) 4-5 pound whole chicken
2 whole carrots, peeled
2 stalks celery
1 tbsp. salt
8 whole peppercorns
2 bay leaves
6 sprigs fresh thyme
8 ounces dried pastina
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
1 cup arugula
1) Make soup stock:
Clean out anything from the inside of the chicken (oh you know what I'm talking about, don't make me get graphic) and trim off any excess fat. Place the chicken in an 8 quart stock pot and add enough cold water to cover the chicken by 2-3 inches.
Add the carrots, celery stalks, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves and thyme sprigs to the pot. Bring soup to a boil, cover and then turn the heat down to simmer and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes.
For the record:
You can use pre-made stock and I won't bore you with my 6,000 word lecture about the merits of making stock from scratch. Just do me one favor and read the ingredients list, some of them don't even contain chicken, are you kidding me?
2) Shred chicken:
Remove the chicken from the stock and remove any fat and shred the meat into a bowl. Discard any bones. Set aside.
3) Strain stock:
Place a piece of cheese cloth in a strainer and pour the stock over it and into another clean pot or a large bowl. Discard the vegetables and return the stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Skim any fat off the surface.
4) Add vegetables and cook pasta:
Add the chopped carrots and celery to the stockpot and let cook for 10 minutes.
Bring a small pot of water to a boil with a little bit of salt. Add the pastina to the boiling water and let cook for 7 minutes. Drain and add the pastina to the stock pot.
Add the zucchini and cook 5 minutes longer.
Serve the soup with a little bit of arugula added at the end. Season with a little additional salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. A sprinkle of Five Spice powder is really good too.
I choose to add the arugula for a little peppery punch and to add a little extra vitamins to help that cold along (wink, wink).
I charred sourdough crostini to serve on the side and I just love floating them in my soup instead of crackers.
Cook Time: 2 hours
Hopefully this soup can fix anything that ails you; I feel the vitamins starting to work already and will give you the Festival rundown as soon as I can!