It’s inevitable – as soon as temperatures drop to 0C, my soup and hot chocolate intake goes way up! There is nothing quite like a hot bowl of tasty soup to warm you up after the bone-chillingly cold wind we’ve been having recently. And so, about a week or so ago when it was -30C, I decided to brave the cold and get the ingredients I was missing for:
(For the original recipe, click here.)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Yields 6 servings
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 apple, cored and chopped
1/4 cup white rice
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half – cut into cubes
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 pinch dried thyme
1/2 cup heavy cream, heated separately
Saute onions, celery, carrot, and butter in a large soup pot. Add flour and curry, and cook 5 more minutes. Add chicken stock, mix well, and bring to a boil. Simmer about 1/2 hour. Add apple, rice, chicken, salt, pepper, and thyme. Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until rice is done.
Warm cream separately and pour over soup when served.
Modifications: I do not like the taste of boiled meat, so when soup calls for meat, I often cook it before adding it to the soup. Because of the liquid environment I find the meat does not dry out too much as long as it is cooked properly before being added. I also add more curry power and more apples – I love both of these in this soup!
If you’re looking to make this into a vegetarian meal, remove the chicken, and increase onions, carrots, and apples. (If you add too much and need more broth, splash in some more chicken broth and water.) If you need a dairy-free alternative, don’t add the cream at the end.
This soup is one of my favorites, because it is both warm and spicy, and for me it’s the perfect antidote to cold weather! It’s also really good when you’re sick; make it spicy enough and it’ll clear the sinuses, and it provides some nutrients not available in the usual stand-by: Lipton’s Chicken Noodle. Grab some naan bread and chow down!