Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fake chicken soup for the sick soul

There has been a lot of this around the house this week:

I am so lucky to have my loyal, little, white babies to keep my comfy during this cold. I came down with this beast on Sunday and to be honest, it is not that bad. I can still function, work and breathe for the most part. It is just incredibly annoying and has left me house ridden all week. Tonight I took matters into my own hands and decided to make some fake chicken soup for my sick soul. It turned out to be quite delicious! Much better than anything I could have gotten out of a can, ick! The recipe is:


•1/4 cup + 1 tbsp olive oil
•4 carrots, chopped
•4 stalks of celery, chopped
•1 large onion, chopped
•2 garlic cloves, minced
•1 large mushroom, chopped
•2 vegetarian (or vegan) chicken patties or equivalent, defrosted
•1 tsp herbs de provence (rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, anise seed and savory) or a combo of above herbs.
•6 cups vegetable broth
•1/3 lb pasta (the recipe called for cute little o's or alphabets or broken spaghetti, I used whole grain rotini)

1.Cook pasta in a separate pot.
2.Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in soup pot over medium heat and add onions, celery and carrots. Cook until softened (about 10 minutes).
3.Add the garlic, mushrooms, herbs de provence and cook another 5 minutes.
4.Add the broth.
5.Add the cooked and drained noodles.
6.Reduce heat to low, cover. Cook about 20 minutes on a simmer.
7.Cut fake chicken into thin strips.
8.In nonstick skillet, add 1 tbsp oil and heat on medium.
9.Add the strips and brown on both sides.
10.Cut browned fake chicken into bite-sized cubes and add to simmered soup.
11.Stir and serve.

I didn't have all the seasonings the recipe called for, so I winged it with some rosemary, a little celery salt and fennel. I also used 4 quorn chicken cutlets cubed. It REALLY hit the spot, and Mike enjoyed it too. Even better it made a huge pot so I can have some for lunch tomorrow too!

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