Dulce's Chicken Soup
Now this soup I haven't ever seen being cooked from the very beginning to the very end. But, when my Mother-in-Law is cooking I watch her like a hawk. My version isn't quite as good as hers, but it's dern close.
- Drizzle bottom of pan with olive oil.
- Put about a tablespoon of salt and a shake (just a small one) of paprika into the pan.
- Thinly slice two onions (btwn 1/8-1/4" wide) and throw in the bottom of the large pan.
- Cook onions over medium heat until they are translucent.
- Put two chicken breasts WITH BONE IN into the pan.
- Fill pan with water (not so full that it will slosh out when boiling)
- Bring water to a boil, reduce heat slightly to maintain a rolling boil - not a simmer.
- Cook for about 1 hour. (you can double check chicken by cutting a breast open and making sure the liquid in there is running clear ... ie: without blood or pinky color)
- Meanwhile, take about 3 medium sized carrots - cut into 1/8" slices, then chop small with a big 'ole knife several times changing the direction of your knife several times until the pieces are both tiny-tiny to the size of a pea or so. (My MIL does this all slowly by hand with one small knife -- it's not just the Chinese that feel the way things are cut is important!)
- Take chicken and bones out.
- The easiest next step is use a hand held blender -- stick it in the pan and churn up the onions.
- Dump the cut carrots into the pot -- continue cooking at a rolling boil.
- Pull chicken off the bones and shred pulling apart with a fork ... kind of like string cheese ... line up the "strings" then cut across chopping pieces into 1/4-1/2 inch lengths. (see pictures)
- Dump about 1/2 lb (which is about 1/2 box) of "Acini di Pepe" pasta into the soup. This is the little pasta that looks like little balls that you find in Italian Wedding Soup. My In-Laws also use regular pasta, which they break off into about 1" lengths when they drop it into the soup pot.
- After the pasta is done cooking (about 10 minutes) put the cut chicken into the pot.
My Mother-in-Law on what was one of her happiest days to date ... the birth of Ripley. We were able to be in the Alternative Birthing Center with our Midwife Silvia -- Our families were in the living room next door, so this picture was taken just a few minutes after Ripley was born. Joy.