|Homemade Chicken Soup with Tortellini and Spinach|
The weather here has been cold (at least for us) and Michael has come down with some kind of flu thing. You know what I am talking about, scratchy throat, feverish and run down. Seems like the perfect time for some chicken soup and being me I couldn't just stop at plain soup. This is very comforting and is much more filling thanks to addition of tortellini and fresh spinach. If you have left over chicken in the fridge that can be added also (we had a left over roasted thigh which went in the mix).
Homemade Chicken Soup with Tortellini and Spinach
1 pound chicken breast (with skin and bones attached)
2 carrots peeled and sliced into large slices
2 celery stalks with greens attached sliced
1 medium onion sliced
8 cups water
2 cups chicken stock (see note below)
1 sprig thyme
1 cup dry cheese tortellini
2 cups fresh spinach
1 Tbls butter
3 large mushrooms sliced
Place the chicken, carrots, celery, water, chicken stock, salt and pepper into a large stock pot. Bring to a boil and let simmer 2 hours uncovered. Remove chicken and place to the side, allow to cool. Add the thyme and allow to cook down to about 1/2 (or so).
Remove chicken from bones and chop roughly then add it back to the broth. Bring back to a boil and add the tortellini allowing to cook about 12 minutes. While this is happening place your butter into a small saute pan and melt. Add the mushrooms to the butter and brown. Add the mushrooms to your soup along with the spinach.
Note: I keep chicken broth in zip lock bags in the freezer. I make it anytime we have a whole chicken using the carcass, it is inexpensive to make, tastes so much better then what you buy at the store and you can control the amount of salt in it.
1 chicken carcass
1 carrot roughly chopped (no need to peel)
1 stalk of celery roughly chopped (including the greens on the top)
1 onion roughly chopped
8-10 cup of water
Freshly ground pepper
Place it all in a large stock pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours. Place a strainer in a large bowl and carefully pour the stock in to remove the vegetables and bones. Cool and separate into zip lock bags (I usually put 2 cups into each bag) place in the freezer and you are done!