cooking for your boyfriend

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Serves 8 boyfriends in 2 hours (or 45 minutes)
I made this for Mitch when he got the flu


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 leek, cut lengthwise, separate, clean. Use only the white and pale green parts, slice (see pics below)
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 carrots, peeled, cut lengthwise, chopped (see pics below)
1 red pepper, roughly chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14 ounce can) diced tomatoes
1 (14 ounce can) tomato sauce
2 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup red wine (I used Marsala)
1 teaspoon dry oregano
About 10 basil leaves, roughly chopped
0.3 lbs green beans, cut in short pieces (see pics below)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon whole pepper corns
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 cups roughly chopped spinach
1 cup shredded Napa cabbage
2 roasted bone-in chicken breasts*, hand shredded (see pic below)


1.  Bring small pot of water to a boil for your green beans.  Heat oil and butter in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Saute leeks and onions until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add carrots and red pepper and saute for another 5 minutes.  Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and wine.  Give everything a nice stir.  Add oregano, basil, green beans, salt, pepper corns, and ground pepper.  Stir again.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Add green beens to small pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.  Strain and add to simmering soup.  Allow soup to simmer for 90 minutes (if you don't have time, simmer for 30 minutes) .  Add water 1/2 a cup at a time if the soup starts to look dry.  Add spinach, cabbage, and shredded chicken and simmer for another 10 minutes.

2.  This meal is great if your boyfriend is sick.  Mitch added a spritz of lemon to his soup for an extra "kick."  You can also serve this with croutons or matzo.

*You can roast your own chicken breast, or buy pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at the supermarket.  Roasting your own is easy.  Do it before you start on the soup.  It needs to be cool enough to handle.

Roasted Chicken


2 bone-in, skin on, chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened and divided
salt and pepper


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Place chicken on baking sheet, skin side up, and pat with a paper towel.  Rub chicken with olive oil and butter.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees.

Sliced leek

Chopped carrots 
Green beans cut into short pieces

Shredded chicken

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