14 hours ago
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Spring is here, but it's in disguise. I know it's out there somewhere, but I can't feel it yet. Too cold here. Miserable March.
I decided to do a spring cleaning anyway, and use up my stock that has been in the freezer for 8 months (you can keep stock frozen for up to a year).
This one said "Rich Chicken Stock w/ Fennel & Dill" on the lid.
I think it was from the Tagine I made that was so good.
Making homemade stock is so simple.
If you roast a chicken, don't throw out the bones and carcass, instead boil it along with an onion, carrots and a bouquet garni for a few hours, and you will have yourself a nice light broth for soups.
Boil a whole chicken in a big pot of water, along with the same onion, carrots and bouquet, and you have a real chicken soup! It's that easy, and once you do it, you won't bother with canned or box stock anymore.
In this case, there was a ton of delicious sauce left from the tagine, so instead of tossing it, I saved it for later.
Look at that gorgeous layer of fat on top! (which I skimmed off before using in my soup, of course).
Here, the spring leeks, along with spring peas and this delicious bonus stock made one of the best soups I have ever made. Probably won't happen twice, but we can try!
I did not add any salt to this soup, since the stock had been seasoned when I made the original tagine.
Tortellini Soup w/ Leeks & GOOD Chicken Stock:
2.5 cups of homemade chicken stock
2.5 cups of water
2 large leeks, cleaned and sliced (white parts only)
1 onion, cut into chunks
1 large clove garlic, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup dried tortellini
3/4 frozen or fresh peas
In a large heavy pot, heat olive oil and saute the carrots, leeks, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft.
Add the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil.
Add in the dried tortellini and frozen peas and simmer for 15-20 minutes (until the tortellini is cooked). If you are using fresh tortellini, then throw in the pasta during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
Happy 1st day of spring. :)