Chicken soup is the remedy for all illnesses and bad days. This family recipe is a classic, but in the place of old-fashioned egg noodles, Rebecca Katz has used zucchini noodles for a modern twist!
Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat, then add the onion, carrots, celery and ¼ teaspoon salt and sauté until golden, about 8 minutes. Pour in 125 ml of the stock to deglaze the pot, stirring to loosen any bits stuck to the bottom, and cook until the liquid is reduced by half.
Add the remaining stock, bring to a boil over medium heat, then decrease the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken, zucchini noodles, lemon zest and lemon juice and cook for 2 minutes more. Serve garnished with the parsley, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Old-fashioned chicken stock:
Rinse all of the vegetables well.
In a 12-litre or larger stockpot, combine the chicken, onions, carrots, celery, thyme, garlic, parsley, bay leaf and peppercorns. Add the water, cover and cook over medium-high heat until the water comes to a boil. Decrease the heat so the bubbles just break the surface of the liquid. Skim off the scum and fat that have risen to the surface. Simmer, partially covered, for about 3 hours. Add more water if the vegetables begin to peek out.
Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve or colander lined with unbleached muslin into a clean pot or heat-resistant bowl, then stir in salt to taste. Bring to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Skim off as much fat as you can from the top of the broth, then portion into airtight containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Cook’s note: Only put in the amount of zucchini noodles you will eat at the time. Letting them sit in the soup and reheating will turn them into mush, just like regular noodles. Refrigerate leftover, uncooked zucchini noodles in a separate airtight container. Add them to the soup when you reheat the leftovers.
Image and recipe from 'Clean Soups' by Rebecca Ratz (Murdoch Books RRP $35)