Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rx strength soup

chicken soup -- it'll cure what ails you.

except for the clap. if you've got the clap, you might want to get that shit checked out. seriously.

for the rest of us, however, home-made chicken soup has the power to turn the tides of war in the epic battle between sickness and health.

my favorite chicken soup isn't made w/ chicken at all; it's made w/ hotdogs. when i was a kid, my mother would prepare a similar recipe anytime i was under the weather. i've updated the mom's original w/ a fresh technique and the addition of some chopped greens, in this case kale.

agini bebe soup w/ hot dogs

1 cup celery, small dice
1 cup onion, small dice
1 cup carrot, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced

2 quarts chicken stock
1 quart water
1 bay leaf
2 cups agini bebe pasta
4 hotdogs, sliced on the bias
2 cups kale, roughly chopped.

evoo, as needed
salt & pepper, to taste

1. in a 6-qt pot, add about 2 TBS of olive oil and get to sizzling temp. add the celery, onions, carrot, and a HEAVY pinch of kosher salt. lower the heat and GENTLEY sweat the veggies medium-low until limp, not browned (the veggies should barely sizzle) -- 8 minutes. add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 mins.

2. add the chicken stock and water to the veggies. bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. at this point, feel free to add any number of fresh or dried herbs to the mix. i'd go w/ a bay leaf (fresh or dried) and handful of parsley stems. simmer for about a half-hour, making sure to frequently skim any "gunk" that rises to the top.

3. at the 30-minute mark, remove the bay leaf/herbs out of the pot and add the agini bebe pasta. bring to a boil, reduce to an aggressive simmer. cook for 10 minutes. after 5 minutes, add the sliced hot dogs and chopped kale. cook for another 5 minutes.

taste. season. serve.

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