Daily Archives: February 27, 2009

Rose Cottage Cooks “A Bowl of Comfort”

winter roars…again…

and it’s the perfect time to make a hearty chicken soup to celebrate the fresh eight-inch snowfall at Rose Cottage! It is either that or hop the next flight to the Sunshine State! Making homemade soup is one of the last things I feel like doing following a three-hour, knuckle-driving commute from the office. But, I convince myself that a “bowl of comfort” will be perfect ending for a day like today.

Love Birds Under Cover at Rose Cottage

Love Birds Under Cover at Rose Cottage

The refrigerator and pantry are a bit bare, but there are enough fresh vegetables to make a simple, hearty chicken soup! Soon, the fragrance of gently sauteing onions, carrots, celery, garlic and herbs fills the kitchen. I feel the stress of the earlier harrowing commute slowly dimish with each rhythmic chop-chop-chop of the vegetables with the chef’s knife. Yes, it is a good thing to make a bowl of comfort today! Do you have days when you need a fabulous bowl of comfort?

Fresh Vegies for Hearty Celebratory Chicken Soup

Fresh Vegies for Hearty Celebratory Chicken Soup

Rose Cottage Celebratory Chicken Vegetable Soup

1 tablespoon Italian extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely minced
1 carrot, finely minced
2 celery stalks, finely minced
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, diced
3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely minced
freshly cracked Madagascar black pepper
sea salt to taste
8 cups chicken stock
1 cup cooked chicken, poached and shredded
2 peeled carrots, sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 cup Italian (Romano) green beens, sliced
4 ounces Orecchiette pasta (or other dry pasta)
1. Heat the olive oil in a stock pot on a medium-high flame. Add the minced onions, carrots and celery to the stock pot. Saute for five minutes. Cover the stock pot with the pot’s lid. “Sweat” the vegetables over medium-low heat for twenty minutes. Sweating brings out the natural sweetness of fresh vegetables and the resulting flavor is well-worth the extra time!
Sweating Minced Vegies Three

Sweating Minced Vegies Three

2.  After twenty minutes, add white wine. Cook the wine until it is nearly absorbed. Add thyme, salt, pepper and garlic. Saute, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds to one minute–just until fragrant.
3. Add chicken broth. Then add sliced carrots and cooked chicken. Bury 1 Parmigiano-Reggiano rind in the middle of the soup. Simmer on very low heat for an hour or so.
4. Cook the Orecchiette pasta until al dente. Drain, but do not rinse. Add drained pasta to the soup.
One of the secrets of Rose Cottage Soup: Orecchiette

One of the Secrets of Rose Cottage Soup: Organic Stone-ground Wheat Orecchiette

5. Steam Romano beans until tender-crisp. Add to soup.
6. Ladel hot soup into warm bowls. Garnish with fresh thyme and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
7. Light the fire in the fireplace. Relax and celebrate the fresh snow that makes everything new again!
Hearty Chicken Soup from Rose Cottage

Hearty Chicken Soup from Rose Cottage

Will you leave a comment about your day, or let me know if you try the Rose Cottage Chicken Soup?

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