I dread long stories! Mostly because I never read them when I go browsing the web for new cooking ideas so, I will try to be short.
This was one of the most annoying soups that I had to deal with in my childhood. My mom used to make it so often, at that time I swore I would never touch it again when I will get older. Little that I knew back then that being far away from my mom’s cooking will have such a deep impact.
Anyway, all you need to make this soup should be within the recipe instructions but there are two ingredients that you might not find in your grocery store. Well there are three of them really but one can be replaced with stuff that is readily available. Anyway, one of them is the mandatory Bors Magic that will make your soup sour and add a bunch of other herbs as well. The second mandatory item is Lovage which I personally never found in any store and I ended up getting some seeds and planting my own but you might get the dry kind from the link I already posted. Lovage is a bit like celery leaves as far as taste and aroma goes but I found it a bit stronger and flavorful. It is funny, as I type my post I notice that even the operating system has no idea what lovage is and is underlining it for correction. Sad!
Anyway, this is it! The third ingredient is usually Vegeta because I put that #*%@ on everything! You should find it pretty much everywhere but if not, use a chicken bouillon cube. Enjoy and remember, cooking is not an exact science! You have to taste what you are making as often as you can to get it right.
- 1lb (400-500g) chicken
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp Vegeta or chicken bouillon cubes
- 2 parsnips
- 2 small onions
- ¼ cu carrots, sliced
- 1-2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 green pepper or red, cubed
- 12oz (350g) potatoes, cubed
- 15oz (450g) tomatoes, cubed
- 4oz (100g) angel hair pasta
- ½ tsp paprika
- parsley and lovage, loads
- 'Bors Magic' or lemon juice to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Clean and chop your chicken in pieces as little as you want them. I did not use the breast and drumsticks but you can throw inside the pot pretty much anything else, bones included. Add two parsnips to the pot (cleaned but whole), cover and let it cook on medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes and remove foam as needed. You can throw away the parsnips at the end of this time or you can just eat them, they taste like potatoes.
- Clean and chop all the veggies the way you want and set them aside. Add a tbsp of cooking oil of your choice to a frying pan and saute the onion for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes add carrots, celery, peppers and saute for another 5-10 minutes, When done, pour everything over the chicken. Add potatoes and keep cooking until they are done. maybe 10-20 minutes, depending how big you cut them.
- When potatoes are almost done throw in the chopped tomatoes, angel hair pasta, salt, pepper, 'Bors Magic' if you have any and a couple of tablespoons of 'Vegeta'. If that got you all confused check the links in my post or use some lemon and those Knorr bouillon cubes if you have any. Cook until the pasta is done, maybe 10 minutes.
- The soup pot has to be covered all the time you are cooking the thing (as a side note). When you are done, remove from heat, add chopped parsley and lovage, cover again and let it rest for 10- 15 minutes.