Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Spinach and Chicken Soup

Yesterday I went to Costco and bought a Rotisserie Chicken to use for dinner, because I hadn't gotten anything together for that night yet. So, I took it home and took all the meat off the bones to use for another meal or two and then I put the bones into a big pot, covered it with veggies herbs and spices and made my Homemade Chicken Stock. After draining the stock, I had enough for two soups (about 16 cups). The day was getting away from me, so instead of using the chicken I had previously reserved for dinner I decided that tonight we would have soup. I already had the piping hot stock and the chicken that I separated from the boiled bones. It was a fantastic idea, because it only took about 15 minutes total to whip up and it's now one of my favorite soups!
   I also bought a huge bag of spinach from Costco (like I often do), so that I can put spinach into anything and everything. It's a great way to work more vitamins and minerals into my families diet. So, I was thinking I would try my hand at a Spinach Soup. The last time I was at Win-Co I picked up a new kind of pasta. (I like to do this from time to time to break up the monotony of having the same shapes all the time.) The pasta is Ancini Di Pepe - little balls. I thought this soup would be the perfect time to try this new pasta.
   So I put half of my hot stock into a soup pot and got started. I turned the burner over medium heat to keep the stock boiling. Then I added some carrots, celery and onion. Then I washed and chopped two big bunches of spinach and added that to the pot. With a little thyme, salt and pepper it was tasting really good. Last but not least, I added about 2/3 cup of the pasta and let it boil away for about 10 minutes (until the pasta was tender). Dinner was served. With the addition of the homemade bread I had made the day before it was an awesome meal!
   Every once and a while I just have to pat myself on the back. ;) The trick is to have a really flavorful stock. Then all the rest are just accessories.
The picture above is my husband's bowl at the table. This is my bowl in the kitchen (hence the different sizes and lighting). I wanted you to see all the deliciousness that is this soup. It really is a new favorite of mine. I would have it over Chicken Noodle any day. 
I did my best to recreate the recipe from memory (since I didn't document it as I went along). This soup is too good not to share. I know you'll like it to!

Here's the recipe:

Spinach and Chicken Soup

8 cups homemade chicken stock
2 large carrots, diced
1/2 large onion, diced
3 small ribs of celery, diced
2 large bunches of spinach (about a lb) washed and chopped (you could substitute one package of frozen defrosted spinach)
2/3 cup Acini Di Pepe dry pasta
seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1 tsp dry thyme
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (optional)

Bring stock up to a boil and add all the other ingredients, except for the pasta. Cook over medium low heat (still boiling) for 5 minutes. Add the pasta and continue to boil for another 10 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Serve hot.


  1. From Suzanna Banana

    One of my favourite soups is Italian Wedding Soup and this looks just like it. Lovely.

    1. I've never actually had homemade Italian Wedding Soup - only the kinds from the can, and I didn't care for it. Perhaps I'll look up recipes for it and see what the difference is ~ between my Spinach and Chicken Soup and an Italian Wedding Soup. I'm assuming it has some Italian Seasoning in it?
      I seriously can't rave enough about this Spinach and Chicken Soup. I crave it all the time and if I have a choice of what soup to make, this is it every time! Thanks for stopping by!!