Do you add dill to your chicken soup? I first saw it done when I was researching Chicken Noodle Soup as a Jewish grandmother’s cure for illness. So many of those recipes had dill that I had to try it. Now, it’s a required ingredient in my kitchen. Boy! Does it ever ramp up the flavor of what might be considered a “ho-hum” soup.I particularly like chicken soups because, although they are filling, they are not heavy like chowders or stews. They are mildly flavored, so even the pickiest eater is likely to enjoy eating it. Orzo makes a great substitution for egg noodles or bigger pasta shapes, especially for small children. It doesn’t have to be twirled or slurped and all of it fits conveniently on a spoon!
Frugal Tip: If you don’t already know it, soup is one of the most frugal meals out there. As long as you have water and seasoning, you can stretch it pretty far. Cover your chicken, or other meat, with water and then simmer. Once the meat is cooked, add the vegetables and herbs. The longer you simmer it, the more flavorful it will become. If you are worried about losing liquid due to evaporation, cover the pot. You really can’t mess up a pot of soup.
1. Info for Chicken Orzo Soup
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2. Ingredients for Chicken Orzo Soup
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 8 cups water (or chicken broth)
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 leek, green part removed, cleaned and chopped
- 1 bunch fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Place the chicken in the water.
- Simmer 30 minutes.
- Remove meat and chop it into small bite-sized pieces.
- Put it back into the pot.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Simmer 30 more minutes if using broth.
- If you started with plain water, simmer 1-2 hours on low.