Winter is not over yet – there is time for more soup.
I’m still putting pumpkin into anything and everything.
I love all soup. I particularly love the broth.
Mon mari likes most soup, but he usually eats the vegetables, noodles, etc. and leaves the broth… unless it’s thick.
Tomatoes and tomato sauce thicken a tomato-based soup nicely.
I have used the zucchini soup I make in the summer (and freeze) to thicken White Chili and a bit of mashed potato thickens a vegetable soup.
So why not pumpkin?
To use fresh pumpkin for the purée, cut it into chunks and cook it in a bit of water while the soup is cooking. It will take 15 – 20 minutes, then purée in a blender.
I didn’t make a proper stock, just poached the chicken first and cut it up before adding it to the soup to make it all come together more quickly. I poached the chicken while I started the vegetables cooking.
Pumpkin Chicken Noodle Soup
Total time: 75 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 chicken thighs
- 2 bay leaves
- bouquet garni
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 4 cups water
- 6 carrots, cut lengthwise, then sliced
- 2 ribs celery, sliced
- 3 leeks, trimmed, cut lengthwise, then sliced
- 5 cups cubed pumpkin or winter squash
- 2 cups pumpkin purée
- 7oz (210gr) egg noodles, spaetzle, or other small pasta
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Put chicken, herbs and 4 cups water in soup pot or Dutch oven.
- Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until done, 15 – 20 minutes.
- When done remove chicken and allow to cool
- Strain stock, and set aside until needed.
- Heat oil in soup pot over medium heat.
- As you cut / slice the vegetables add them to the pot, stirring and lightly frying.
- Once all the vegetables are in the pot, add the hot poaching liquid and the chicken broth.
- Cover and heat to boiling.
- Reduce heat to simmering and cook until vegetables are almost done, 15 – 20 minutes.
- Add the egg noodles and continue cooking until the noodles are done, another 8 – 10 minutes (for my noodles).
- Cut the chicken into small pieces and add to the soup along with the pumpkin purée.
- Heat through, taste and adjust, adding water, stock, salt, etc. as needed. Serve.
I have a new term I would like retired.
I read an article recently discussing the fact that many of my favorite sit-coms of the ’90’s would be considered inappropriate in today’s more enlightened (ahem) culture. The ‘Soup Nazi’ on the Seinfeld show was a glaring example.
That, coupled with some of the recent news stories, brought up the issue of being ‘politically correct;’
A comment was made that they (the commenter) was getting tired of always having to be politically correct.
I started thinking about that…..
Actually, I started thinking about the term’politically correct’.
In most cases what people are referring to is neither political nor correct.
Politically correct would be in knowing that you address the President as ‘Mr. President’, the Speaker of the House as Madame Speaker, and the Queen of England as Your Majesty.
Not using pejorative, patronizing, offensive, belittling, negative language in discussing other people or other people’s family, beliefs, history, etc. is just being a good person.
Nice people don’t insult other people to get a laugh.
So….. if you are tired of being politically correct (according to today’s accepted usage) you’re really saying you would rather just be…. Mean? Not nice? Inconsiderate in how your speech affects other people? Am I missing something?
I will admit (although I probably shouldn’t) that I thought the Soup Nazi was hilarious.
I don’t anymore….
Words have meaning. We all need to be careful with them.
Being mindful of what we say just makes us better humans.
And if we don’t speak the ‘words’ maybe we’ll stop thinking them.
And maybe we should retire the term ‘politically correct’.