|Chicken & Broken Pasta Soup|
For me, nothing says "Get Well Soon" like a bowl of chicken noodle soup. A close second would be dry Premium crackers and flat lemonade, which was my Mum's tummy bug remedy (she was also very adept at pouring Heinz Big Red out of a can and heating it on the stove, which I thought was pretty magical too).
As we approach soup weather (if I keep saying it, it might come true - I'll just ignore the fact that the sun in shining, there's a gorgeous blue sky and it's 27 degrees outside), I'm converting a lot of our favourite soup recipes. I find it's a spectacularly easy way to include masses of vegetable goodness in a meal and it's one of the simplest things to cook. I also struggle to sit down and eat lunch, so I find that soup is souper easy (sorry, couldn't help myself) to just re-heat, throw into my favourite keepie cup and drink on the run.
(adapted from Karen Martini's Where The Heart Is)
250g chicken breast - cubed (see preparation notes)
80g fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 sprigs thyme
8 springs flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp vegetable stock concentrate
3 cloves garlic
1 stick celery
30g olive oil
3 tsp chicken stock concentrate
1 tsp vegetable stock concentrate
1/4 savoy cabbage - shredded
150g broken spaghetti - (I snap mine into thirds)
Lemon - to serve
1. If using frozen cubed chicken breasts, defrost for approximately 20-30 minutes before using. If using fresh chicken, cut into cubes and place into the freezer to harden for approximately 20 minutes prior to using.
2. Pop bread into machine and process for 10 seconds on speed 6.
1. Place chicken into the TM bowl. Mince the chicken by locking the lid and press the turbo button, 3-4 times, quickly each time. (Generally, when the machine stops shuddering when you press the Turbo button, the chicken is minced. I just check the texture after a couple of times and judge from there.)
2. To the chicken, add breadcrumbs, nutmeg, thyme, parsley, egg and vegetable stock. Mix for 15 seconds on speed 6.
Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place into the varoma dish and tray. Set aside until you start cooking the soup.