I printed this off Ortega's web-site. The creator was a finalist in their 2002 cooking contest. It is REALLY good and really easy. My additions are a can of hominy (because I love it!) and shredded Monty Jack to top the soup. Great with tortilla chips!
I adopted this recipe when Mean Chef (IHHDRO) left the site. After recently having a chance to try it, I have to say that this is a very flavorful and hearty soup. I like that it is full of veggies and that the pork is a lean source of protein. We will be making this again and serving it with crusty bread and good wine.
This is so tasty, and healthy too! We love black beans. Prep time does not include soaking and cooking the beans, but does include cooking the chicken. You can, of course, substitute canned beans, just drain them. The soup can also be frozen in a sturdy plastic container, or a ziploc bag. To serve, defrost and heat in microwave or on stovetop.
Having had a lot of dental work done around here lately, I was constantly coming up with new soups. This is a nice comforting soup; start out by simmering the turkey legs in broth with some cloves added; then add meat to the rest of the soup. If you can't find fideos, you can use thin spaghetti broken into 1 or 2-inch lengths. And, about an hour of the cook time is represented by the cooking of the drumsticks to be used in the soup.
If you have some chicken stock on hand, this is the easiest ever soup to make. Loaded with herbs and spices, I think it would be perfect for warming up on a chilly winter day or clearing a cold-stuffed body.
Stock your pantry ahead of time to whip up this delicious satisfying soup. It comes together quickly for a nice meal. I got the recipe from Southern Living Magazine (Carol Michael Hewett, Texas). I made a few changes by adding celery, and adding 3 more cups of broth (because we don't like soup that thick). The original recipe called for 5 cups of water. I used part water and part chicken broth.