I looked back at all the recipes and just can’t believe I haven’t done a chicken soup. And actually this one’s not either, it’s turkey! I make soups all the time for my lady (Dot) I cook for. She wanted me to roast a turkey last week, and of course I had to save the bones, skin, etc and make soup. This soup is, hands down, one of the best I’ve had. You have to start with a roasted chicken or turkey the way Michael Symon does it, click here. Now, you might be able to find a better roasted chicken, but I don’t know where! I just scaled up the recipe for a 12 lb turkey, and I don’t rinse poultry anymore because of contaminating an area around the sink.
- Roasted chicken, Michael Symon's recipe
- Carrot, cut in half
- Celery, cut in half
- Carrot, diced
- Celery, diced
- White potato, diced
- Small sweet potato diced (or half a large one)
- Butter beans, cannellini, or other
- Broth or stock concentrate / base (if the flavor is not where you want it)
- Frozen peas
- Reserved meat
- Juice of half a lemon
- Dash of five spice powder (or cinnamon and grating of nutmeg)
- Cheese ravioli (I use WalMart Great Value 5 cheese ravioli)
- Debone the chicken, place all the bones, skin, drippings, onion, lemon, etc you cooked with it, in a stockpot. Set the meat in the fridge.
- Add carrot, celery, onion, garlic powder, and onion powder to pot. Cover everything with water. Cook for an hour, strain everything out, leaving broth.
- Add carrot, celery, potatoes, beans and salt to broth. Make sure you taste broth to find out how salty it is.
- Cook until vegetables are done, about 8 minutes. Add peas, meat, lemon, and 5-spice powder, and bring back up to a simmer. Add ravioli and cook until done. Don't try to do it without the lemon and 5 spice. There's no way to describe how good that makes it.
- For Italian wedding soup, omit beans and peas, and add chopped escarole or endive and little meatballs (ground beef, breadcrumbs, parmesan, minced onion, parsley, egg, salt and pepper - use more parmesan than for regular meatballs). Use noodles instead of ravioli.