Monday, April 5, 2010

Alice Waters' Chicken Noodle Soup

I was introduced to Alice Waters by an old friend who was to put it mildly, OBSESSED with her. I finally caved in and decided to try her chicken noodle soup recipe. It is simple in terms of ingredients, but anything but simple to make (though it may have been easier if I wasn't trying to make myself dinner at the same time!). I've only had a few bites of the soup, because I made it for my lunches this week, but so far, it is pretty good. It isn't the most exciting soup ever, but definitely good to have in the repertoire to make for a sick loved one.

Alice Waters' Chicken Noodle Soup

serves 4 

Adapted from The Art of Simple Cooking by Alice Waters.
1 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast
1 quart chicken stock
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small parsnip, diced
1 sprig parsley
1/4 pound egg noodles or fettuccine noodles broken up into pieces
Chopped fresh dill, for finishing
1. In a large pot, combine the stock and the breast. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam that rises to the top, then lower to a simmer. Skim any remaining foam, then add half of the onion, carrot, celery, and parsnip, plus the sprig of parsley. Cook at a gentle simmer for 30 minutes.
2. After 30 minutes, remove the chicken carefully to a plate to cool and strain the broth to remove the cooked vegetables. Return the broth to the pot and taste for salt. Start a second pot of boiling water to cook the noodles. When the chicken is cool, separate the meat from the skin and bones and shred it. Place in a small bowl and ladle some hot broth over it to keep it moist.
3. Add the remaining onion, carrot, celery, and parsnip to the broth. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes, until soft. In the meantime, cook the noodles in boiling salted water until tender.
4. Add the cooked noodles, chicken and its broth, and taste for seasoning. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the fresh dill.


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  2. The soup didn't actually turn out as well as I had hoped. It turns out that I really don't like turnips and they made the broth really sweet. Next time I will leave the turnips out!


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