Soup made with leftovers

Brrrr. It is FRIGID outside!  And this past weekend all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball under a mound of blankets and watch tv.  Instead I spend some time playing around with my new multi-cooker I talked about in my last post.  And I made a really delicious soup using some leftover chicken I had in my freezer.

Since I had mastered making risotto in the multi-cooker I decided to make chicken stock. The cookbook which came with the multi-cooker had a recipe for chicken stock which takes about half as long to make traditional chicken stock. 

Once I had my chicken stock made I got to work on making chicken noodle soup with leeks.

I placed the chicken stock on the stove over medium high heat with 1 clove of garlic and I brought to a boil.

As I was waiting for the stock to boil I heated olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Then I placed halved leeks in the skillet and let them cook for 7 minutes.

I flipped the leeks and let them cook another 7 minutes and then removed them from the skillet.

When my stock had boiled for 12 minutes I added bowtie pasta, stirred and let it cook for about 12 minutes till the pasta was cooked.

I swear there is pasta in there, it’s just impossible to see!

I roughly chopped the leeks and added them to the soup with cooked pieces of roasted chicken (which was a leftover), dill and lemon juice.

I stirred and let it cook for 2 minutes before serving.

The Verdict: I am a lover of chicken noodle soup but I have to admit I get a bit bored with the typical ingredients.  This recipe is a great way to mix things up a bit.  The recipe itself was pretty low maintenance and I love that I made use of some leftover chicken I had.  BTW, I starting freezing cooked chicken and pork in bite size pieces whenever I have leftovers.  It’s so convenient to have some ready to throw into a quick soup!

Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup with Leeks
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Ingredients
  1. 7 cups chicken stock
  2. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  3. 2 TB olive oil
  4. 2 leeks, roots and top removed, cut in half lengthwise and cleaned
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. 1 ¼ cup bowtie pasta
  7. 2 cups cooked chicken, cut in bite size pieces
  8. 2 TB dill, finely chopped
  9. ½ lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place chicken stock and garlic in a large pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add leeks in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook leeks 7 minutes and flip to cook another 7 minutes before removing from skillet.
  3. Once stock has boiled for 12 minutes add the pasta. Continue to cook another 10-12 minutes until pasta is tender. Remove the garlic. Roughly chop the leeks and add them to the pot along with chicken and dill. Cook 2 minutes more, remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and serve.
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