Friday, February 26, 2010

Delicious Chicken Soup

I love to try new recipes. I especially love soup.  There’s nothing like throwing a bunch of ingredients into a large pot, letting it stew [or soup in this instance], and experiencing a medley of flavours that makes all that chopping and dicing of vegetables oh so worth it!
So today for you fine folks I have provided the recipe below. Not any outlandish ingredients or not much prep required here! The original recipe book I pulled this from stated to put the chicken in raw at almost the end of the soup’s cook time.  I’ll admit I’m not the most experience in cooking with chicken – not a fan of white meat – but I am very well aware of the fact salmonella exists. And frankly, it scares the h-e-double hockey sticks out of me.  So my friends, this recipe requires cooked chicken.
Tortellini wasn’t in the original recipe either, but I love cheese and the soup needed sustenance.
I did raise an eyebrow at the cucumber in the ingredient list but wow! It added a whole other dimension to the soup.  Definitely my favourite part. 

Main Dish Chicken Soup
                              Olive Oil (approx. 1 or 2 TBSP)
2 cup                    Carrots (grated)
1 cup                    Red Pepper (diced)
½ cup                  Green Onion (sliced)
                              Peas (optional)
2 or 3 boxes        Chicken Broth
Half a package    Cheese Tortellini
1                            Cucumber
                              Chicken (cooked & lightly seasoned)

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add grated carrots, diced peppers, and sliced green onion.
  3. Add broth and peas of desired.
  4. Bring to boil and then reduce heat allowing to simmer for a couple minutes
  5. Meanwhile, cut off both ends of the cucumber and peel entire cucumber into noodle like strips.
  6. Cut any remaining cucumber into thin slices and add to saucepan.
  7. Cook on low heat for a few minutes; either until tortellini is cooked through or until desired flavours are present.
  8. Add chicken and pepper.
  9. Simmer for a few more minutes.  

I know the quantities may seem either off or a lot, however truth be told: I rarely measure what I put in or ever make small quantities of a dish.  When I get a chance to cook I make enough for a week!  I make my soup to taste, and I apologize for any inconvenience the screwy measurements may have caused.

I hope you all enjoy!

Peace & love, my friends

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