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01/04/10 Karl’s Chicken Soup

So my chicken soup recipe is generally a moving target. I tend to use the leftover chicken from either rotisserie or something similar. This time I used the leftover chicken I had from the meal two nights earlier. Although I’ve made this soup quite a few times, this is the first time I’ve ever measured anything.

Karl’s Chicken Soup – Makes roughly 4 bowls.


  • Half a chicken. Follow the 55 cloves and a chicken recipe from Jan 2nd.
  • One large white onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large stalk of celery
  • 16oz of white wine
  • 16oz of water
  • 16oz of chicken stock
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2lb of pasta (Farfalle) if desired
  • cheesecloth
  • Directions

    A traditional Mirepoix has a 2:1:1 ratio of onions, carrots, and celery. While I think they carrots and celery contribute to the taste of the final product, I’m not a big fan of those vegetables cooked so I tend to skimp on them. I dice the onion but the carrots and celery I purposely rough chop so its easy to fish back out of my bowl when I want to eat around them.

    Remove all of the meat from the chicken bones. Put the meat back in the fridge and wrap the bones tightly in cheesecloth. I find this keeps the bones in one place and makes them easier to remove as a whole later. Fishing chicken bones out of individual portions of soup is not fun.

    Take all the gelled fats/greases from the bottom of the chicken bowl and toss it in a large stockpot. Turn on high heat until it has all degelled and then add the onions and reduce the heat. If you tossed the fat/gell add a few swirls of olive oil to the pot and cook the onions in that.

    Once the onions are a nice translucent color, add the carrots and celery. Cook for a few more minutes and then add the liquids to the pot. As to the wine, I use whatever white is currently open. I am always sure to use something that I would actually drink and not a cooking wine or anything ultra cheap. Add the chicken stock and water as well. Let this cook for a few minutes and then drop in the cheesecloth full of bones.

    Bring the entire pot to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Let it cook for as long as you’d like but pay attention to the amount of fluid left in the pot. If it gets too low, add some water. I tend to let it simmer for at least an hour, sometimes longer.

    About 20 minutes before I plan on pulling it from the heat I add all of the chicken meat back in and let it warm up. If you planned on adding pasta, now is the time to start cooking that in a separate pot, otherwise just turn off the burner and cover the pot when the meat is warm.

    Cook the pasta until its al dente. Al dente will be a moving target depending on the type and size of the pasta you chose, but for the Barilla brand Farfalle pasta I used most recently, it was about 7 minutes. Drain the pasta and pour directly into the soup pot. Let the soup simmer for another 10-15 minutes then just turn off the heat and cover.

    Serve with fresh bread and top with Parmesan cheese if desired.