Oh My... Must Try

This weekend was a good cooking weekend.  With a bit of Fall in the air this past week, I craved soup.  I love {attempting when there's time} to make weekly soups during the colder months so I pretended it wasn't going to be 95 degrees on Sunday.  I broke out an old cookbook I bought in college full of yuuumy simple recipes.  (It's called "Quick & Easy.")  I tried out the Lemon & Chicken Soup and it is Heaven...


{Seriously Heaven....  I try really hard to take pretty food pics but I just don't know how people do it.  I promise it's waaaay better than it looks.  }

The kids loved it too.

I also must really love you because I'm literally typing out the whole recipe here.   ;)  
It's that good. 
 (I made a few teeny changes)

Ingredients:
4 tbsp butter
8 shallots, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups precooked chicken.. ( I used some grilled drumsticks we'd just made)
3 lemons
2 quarts chicken stock
Angel hair nests (you can do angel hair if can't find the pasta nests.)
2/3 cup heavy cream  (I'm sure you could substitute this if you were trying to be healthier but it is good.)
salt & pepper
Fresh Parsley & Lemon Slices to garnish

Directions:
1. Cook the shallots, carrots & celery in the butter in a big pot.

2. Thinly pare the lemons & boil the lemon peels in water for 3 mins.  Squeeze the lemon juice in a bowl.

3.  Add the lemon peel, (Ok this is so new to me!  Yes, you can eat lemon peels once they're blanched!)  lemon juice and chicken stock to the veggies in the pot.  Bring it all to a boil on low heat and simmer for 40 mins, stirring every once in a while.

4.  Add the pasta and let it cook (this is why I like the nests... they take 3 mins) Add salt & pepper to taste and add the heavy cream.  (mm mmm mmm)  Heat through but don't boil once you've added the cream or it'll curdle.  

5.  Pour into bowls, add the parsely & Eat!

Seriously, I love this soup.   


xoxo, Lauren


ps- I found this cookbook at the grocery store in college and it's full of the easiest & tastiest meals.  (So many soups & pastas, which I love.)  It's called "Practical Cooking: Quick & Easy" by Parragon Publishing.

26 comments:

Maureen@CheekyinBlue said...

YUM!! Must try this! We had our first cool breeze this weekend from what seemed like forever in Dallas. I was compelled to make an apple pie, and I was compelled to have two pieces...it was the cool breeze that did it!

Karena said...

Oh Lauren this is perfect because I love, love a dish, Lemon Chicken, so I must try this recipe!

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Maggie said...

I think this picture is fantastic because your soup looks like..real soup.

Acquired Objects said...

I love soups too when it's colder outside so just printed out this recipe to save for another month, looks yummy!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Thanks for the recipe, we have a bit of fall in the air and soup sounds so good. Perfect timing too since my five year old is sick already. I had a feeling it might happen with the first week of school since we made it the whole summer without a cold.

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

Look so good! I will have to try this recipe. I love soup in the fall :)

mollyone said...

I will try this!!
Thanks a lot...
Molly

Digigirl said...

Sounds yummy! Your directions don't indicate when to add the already cooked chicken. Do you just put it in at the end until warmed, or earlier?

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

There's something so pleasing about making soup. Sort of makes me feel like "earth mother"! This looks lovely. Chicken and lemon and shallots are unbeatable combos. Will have to try!

Meg said...

I actually think that looks delicious! I could use some soup tonight - it's damp and chilly here... perhaps I'll try this one out!

www.thewowie.com said...

That looks really good. I am freezing in my office right now, so a bowl of soup sounds fantastic!

The enchanted home said...

Looks and sounds really really good...printing it as we speak. I am a big big soup person, make it all fall and winter long..so will add this to my "must try" list.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Sounds super good! I have been in a soup mood too! Looking forward to trying this.

Diane James Home said...

Although this weekend was beautiful, we are getting the rainy remanents of Lee and it has been pouring since last night - this recipe warms the soul! I'm wondering if one could substitute greek yogurt for the cream...

My House, My Garden said...

I made it tonight! Love love! One tip from my personal experience: a: cook pasta first so it doesn't soak up the juice.

Oh, no, does that mess it up?!!!

My 5 year old daughter and my mother in law LOVED it. :)

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Miss Rubio said...

This was totally a cooking weekend for me too. Will definitely have to try this very soon.

Something Gorgeous said...

We r having a cold snap. Its just what I feel like. Sounds yummy.

jennibell said...

You are the second "decorating" blog that has posted some "comfort food" recipes this week -- ha! So glad. . .looking for some tried-and-true things for my family this fall -- this one will go on the list for sure :)

Erica said...

Thanks for the recipe! This looks good!

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Vel Bari4 said...

i tried it and it was amazing!!!! THANKS A BUNCH!

Penelope said...

we had our first crisp fall day in NC yesterday so i whipped up your soup and it was fantastic...loved it!!

Jaime Lee said...

I think it looks delish

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Julie said...

I made the soup -- you are right -- delicious! Thanks!

divya sharma said...

yummy! I'm getting hungry to see this delicious one..
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Megan said...

Thanks for the recipe! It looks and sounds amazing!