Chris Prosperi believes in the power of chicken soup to soothe and even calm a sick or stressed eater. This is his go-to soup for just such times. When he’s got a sick friend or co-worker, or he’s feeling overwhelmed himself, this is the soup that brings him back to Earth. Could turmeric be responsible for the soup’s calming properties? Who knows? But, if you believe in this soup’s healing power, that’s enough to make a difference in your day. Aside from its comfort and restorative potential, it’s also just plain ol’ delicious.
• ON-DEMAND: Listen to Chris describe how this soup comes together on The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze®. •
Photo: Marco Verch/Flickr, creative commons
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup small diced onion
- 1 cup small diced carrot
- 1 cup small diced celery
- 1 cup small diced raw chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons corn starch mixed with 3 tablespoons cold water (to form a slurry)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cups cooked soup-sized gluten-free pasta Chris likes ditalini-shaped pasta
- 2 tablespoons chives
- Heat the oil in a medium sized soup pot over medium high heat and mix in the onions, carrot, and celery. Cook for one minute. Add the chicken and turmeric then cook for an additional two minutes. Stir in the garlic then deglaze with white wine. Simmer until almost reduced.
- Pour in chicken stock and water then continue cooking for another five minutes over medium low heat.
- Thicken with corn starch slurry by slowly pouring in the mixture while stirring the soup. Season the soup with honey, salt, and pepper. Incorporate the pasta and chives. Bring back to a simmer then serve.
carol isakson says
Just made this and it was delicious. Added a bit more liquid. I use Swanson unsalted chicken stock. I was intrigued by the fact that Chris likes soft and mushy noodles, since that is also my preference. I live on homemade chicken soup especially in the winter and am glad that I have a new soup to add to my repertoire! Thank you!
Robyn Doyon-Aitken says
You’re very welcome, Carol. Thanks for listening!
Just the thing for my annoying cold. I used regular pasta and I did not add honey, but all was delicious and it hit the spot.