A bowl of chicken soup, a comfort food for all seasons, especially winter.
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Winter warming chicken soup

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Ramona's Cuisine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Ramona Sebastian

Ingredients

  • 600 g chicken
  • 1 red pepper
  • 150 g butternut squash
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2-3 potatoes
  • parsley (to garnish)
  • 80 g pasta (homemade)
  • 2 tsp salt or 2 stock cubes
  • 1 indulgent pinch pepper freshly ground

Instructions

  • Place the washed meat with 1.5l water in a pot over high heat. Add 1/2 of the salt. When this is boiling keep an eye and collect all the foam that forms at the top of the water. Allow to boil for about 20 min covered.
  • Meanwhile, peel, wash and chop all vegetables.
  • Add all chopped veggies to the meat and boil covered for an extra 15-20 minutes.
  • In the last 3 minutes of boiling, add the pasta, allow 3 min to boil and turn the heat off. Allow the soup to rest covered for an extra 10 min before serving.
  • Chop some parsley and sprinkle over before eating.
  • Very simple, you see, I told you!

Notes

The meat can be replaced with any meat you like, pork, lamb or beef. I do go crazy sometimes and mix the meats which is something that I really enjoy doing with soups, stews and casseroles. On the other hand if you want to keep it vegetarian, drop in 4-5 eggs (I love ❤️ egg in soups and I recall asking my mum to drop few eggs in and I prayed they’ll all end up in my bowl. I don’t know whether was my prayers or my mums serving manners but I always did get my eggs in my soup every time. Bless her. She always knew and knows how to make me happy. Oh, well.....Happy times! ?
A close-up of a tasty and comforting chicken soup, in a white plate.
Going back to this soup, you can add beans, lentils, chickpeas or more veggies if you want to keep it vegan. I’m sure you’d know exactly what to do but I’m only trying to say that this soup is delicious any way you choose to have it and fairly versatile. Another crazy but super tasty thing I do is to add one or two crushed and finely chopped garlic to it right at the end, I would say when you put in the pasta, add some garlic if you like it as much as I do. If you fancy you could also add 4-5 fresh chopped tomatoes, this will also help with holding the potatoes in shape and not getting all mushy and if you fancy doing this add them 5 minutes after dropping the potatoes in. Bon Appétit!