Today's recipe is for the Chicken Semolina Noodle Soup.
Before you exclaim "another soup, Aida?!" let me add it's been raining for the past five days, and there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of my sister's Chicken Grits Noodle Soup (pileća supica sa griz noklicama). We've already established that chicken soup is penicillin in some cultures, but my sister's soup is a cure yet to be discovered. If you were here right now, you'd eat the whole pot.
P.S. Crazy about soups, like me? Try the beef noodle soup, it'll blow your mind! Also the traditional Bey's soup is infamous in these parts and it's made with chicken, okra, and a few more soup-y goodies. Every now and then I want the simplest soup I can find, and I go for the potato soup.
Chicken Semolina Noodle Soup
- 1 medium chicken or 3-4 bigger pieces of chicken with skin*
- 2-3 carrots peeled, cut into thirds
- 1 parsley root peeled
- 1 parsley bunch plus a little more for garnishing
- 1 celery root peeled, or 3-4 celery stalks, quartered
- Optional few celery leaves
- 1 onion medium, quartered
- 2-3 garlic cloves peeled
- Optional 1 chicken bouillon cube or 1 tablespoon salt
- pepper to taste
- Grits Noodles
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons grits instant
- In a large pot combine chicken and vegetables. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Partially uncover and simmer for 2-3 hours. (Add a little bit of water throughout simmering if necessary.)
- Strain chicken broth into another pot and discard remains of everything except chicken and carrots. Dice carrots and return to soup. Remove chicken skin and bones and discard. Shred chicken and return to soup. (If using a whole chicken shred half and return to soup. Use the other half for another dish.) Add seasonings (except parsley).
- In a small bowl combine egg, salt and baking powder. When ingredients integrate start adding grits while continuously stirring. Noodle consistency should be similar to pancake batter (but not as smooth due to grits granules).
- Using a teaspoon grab a little of noodle batter at a time and drop it into soup thus forming noodles (lightly flick each noodle into soup while not touching soup with the spoon). Dip teaspoon into soup after every fourth or fifth noodle to keep prevent grits from sticking. Let simmer 10-15 minutes until noodles expand.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.
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