It finally happened; I finally succumbed to this crappy cold that’s come to NYC with the autumn weather. Hauling myself into work turns out to have been a foolish plan, but at least on the way back I was able to stop off for vital chicken soup ingredients.
Sick Day Chicken Soup
2 packets chicken thighs (bone-in)
1 quart low-sodium chicken stock
1 box stelline or your favorite soup pasta, whimsical for preference
4 small leeks or 2 large leeks
2 large carrots
8 cloves garlic, as we are sick and not messing around here
a thumb of fresh ginger
2 bay leaves
salt & pepper
Heat a good dollop of olive oil in your soup pot. Smash garlic, chop leeks, chop carrots into not-too-fat rounds, and sweat in oil over medium heat. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper and a good sprinkling each of cumin and paprika, and allow to sizzle, coated in your veg, for a couple of minutes. Add stock, plus 4 more cups of water. Make thyme, tarragon and bay into a bouquet garni and float in pot. Let simmer for a good couple of hours, while you blow your nose and indulge in sick day TV. If it boils down too much, add additional water or broth, adjusting seasoning accordingly. About 10 minutes before you’re ready to eat, add pasta. (You can do it the proper way and cook the pasta separately, in which case you would just add it immediately before eating, or you can just toss the dry pasta in and let it absorb all that broth as it cooks.)
And feel better!