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Comforting Chicken, Noodle & Leek Soup

Comforting Chicken, Noodle & Leek Soup

There’s nothing quite like a warm and comforting chicken, noodle & leek soup. It is easy to make and healthy to boot. This recipe comes from Falafel for Breakfast, by Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley, published by Murdoch Books. 

Serves 4–6

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 leek, white part and half of the green part, rinsed and thinly sliced
100 g (3½ oz) kugel, egg or vermicelli noodles
sea salt and white pepper, to season
1 small handful flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, finely chopped

For the stock
1 small (about 1.2 kg/2 lb 10 oz) chicken
1 brown onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 celery stalks
1 carrot
2 fresh or dried bay leaves
5 garlic cloves, extra
½ teaspoon white peppercorns

METHOD
1 To make the stock, put all of the ingredients in a large saucepan with 5 litres (175 fl oz/20 cups) water. Cook over medium heat for 45 minutes.
2 Remove the saucepan from the heat and transfer the chicken to a chopping board. When cool enough to handle, pull the chicken meat off the carcass and shred with your hands.
3 Cover and set aside until you are ready to serve the soup. Discard the chicken carcass.
4 Strain the stock and set aside. Discard the vegetables.

For the soup
1 To make the soup, put the olive oil and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook for 1–2 minutes. Add the leek and cook for 3–4 minutes.
2 Add 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) of the reserved chicken stock. Turn the heat up to high and bring to the boil. Add the noodles and cook according to the packet instructions, or approximately 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.
3 Add the shredded chicken to the noodle stock and cook for 4–5 minutes, just to warm through and meld the flavours. Season with sea salt and white pepper.
4 Stir through the parsley and serve.

ecipe and Images from Falafel for Breakfast, by Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley, published by Murdoch Books.

Recipe and Images from Falafel for Breakfast, by Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley, published by Murdoch Books

Written by Robyn Foyster

With over 30 years experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com.

Robyn was voted one of the 30 most powerful women in media at the 2015 B&T Women In Media Awards.

Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia's three biggest flagship magazine brands - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea.

Robyn won Editor of the Year at the 2007 Magazine of the Year Award and under her helm The Australian Women's Weekly won the inaugural 2008 Australian Magazine Award for Australia's best mass market magazine and New Idea won the MPA's coveted Magazine of the Year award.

She can be contacted on [email protected]

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