Cook2 hrs 30 mins
Nothing can beat a bowl of steaming hot soup to warm the soul! This hearty chicken (or beef) vegetable soup is especially welcome and satisfying on a cold winter's day, or if you're feeling a bit under the weather. Serve with a crusty French bread or rolls and fresh butter; would also be great topped with matzo/matzoh balls. From my mother, who has been making this soup since time immemorial. Enjoy!
- 1 round beef bones (soup bone) or 1 whole chicken
- 8 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 3 sprigs fresh parsley
- 4 -5 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 leek, chopped (white and light-green parts only)
- 2 -3 stalks celery, sliced (with leaves)
- 1 -2 chicken bouillon cube
- ground black pepper (do not add any salt)
- 3 -4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 1 medium cauliflower, broken into rosettes
- 1⁄2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- To an 8 quart stock pot, add beef bone or chicken, water, bay leaf, onion chunks, and sprigs of parsley. Bring to a boil; cover, then simmer about 1 to 1 1/2 hours until beef or chicken is almost done.
- Remove meat bone or chicken to a plate and let cool enough to handle. Strip meat from the bones into chunks (discard bones), and set aside.
- Meanwhile add sliced carrots, leek, chopped celery with leaves, chicken bouillon cubes and pepper (do not add salt). Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the potatoes and the chunks of meat from the cooled soupbone or the chicken; cover and simmer about 35 minutes longer.
- Add cauliflower rosettes, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chopped fresh parsley and remove from heat.
- Serve steaming hot with a crusty French bread or rolls and butter.
- Makes good leftovers (soup is great on day 1, but tastes even better on days 2-3), and freezes/reheats well.
- VARIATIONS: May add about 6 oz. frozen peas at same time as cauliflower (increase cooking time by about 5 minutes to compensate for the cold peas). I also sometimes add a cup or two of fresh sliced zucchini and/or green beans a few minutes after adding the cauliflower. Also good with sliced hot dogs or kielbasa sausage added during the last 5 minutes or so of cooking time (enough time to heat through).
Delicious and very versatile. I had a lot more meat in mine as DH thought he had taken hamburger out of the freezer but had tales a package of stew beef and I used that to make this lovely soup. I added broccoli along with the cauliflower just because I love it. I didn't have any parsley so it went without. Of course I changed the chicken bouillon to beef in my case. We had a grand lunch with it yesterday and as I made to full amount and have some in the fridge and some in the freezer we have great soup to look forward to. :D