I’m not sure if it was good or bad that I already had today off from work when I couldn’t sleep due to an unbearable sore throat, but so it is! A trip to the doctor resulted in negative for strep throat. And with my diagnosis, I got an unfortunately there is no medicine which I can give you, just time and soothing it with warm liquids will help. Hmmmm. I guess soup it is then.
Since the supermarket it right next to my doctor’s office, I decided to stop there before heading home and back onto my couch to get what I need to make a fresh and heathy chicken soup from scratch. Some comfort sounded good on a cold rainy sick Monday like today.
For the broth
1 package chicken legs
1 parsnip, cut into large pieces
2 carrots, cut into large pieces
1 medium onion, quartered
2 sprigs of thyme
2 sprigs of dill
1 handful parsley
2 bay leaves
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tbs pepper
1 tbs salt
water (enough to fully cover everything)
For the remainder of the soup
1/2 small yellow onion diced
1-2 garlic clove
1/4 cup white wine
Red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
In a large Dutch oven, brown the chicken in a little olive oil. Add the parsnip, carrots, onion, garlic and stir. Add the water and spices and bring to a boil.
Let that simmer for about 1 1/2-2 hours until broth begins to deepens.
After about 1 1/2 hours, remove the chicken and let cool so that you can remove the meat from the bone. Strain the broth from everything left in the pot. Keep the broth off to the side. Remove the carrots, parsnip and onion. Pulse to a pulp in a mini food professor and add back to the broth.
Then follow my basic chicken soup recipe for the remaining steps! I’ve adjusted the ingredients slightly above to fit this homemade style/amounts.
Season as you like. Enjoy and keep that throat warm if you’re having a sick day too!
Updated with finished product 🙂