Here’s the classic soup to cure the common cold, ward off evil spirits and bring you to nirvana…Only kidding! But this soup is the real thing and you will feel like your grandmother was in the kitchen with you when the aroma of this cooking soup wafts through the air.
All kidding aside, this is the classic recipe for chicken soup. The only thing you might want to change is your family’s choice of herb. We always used dill. My best friend’s family always used thyme. I guess that’s the difference between a Litvak and a Hungarian!
Add your favorite matzo balls AFTER the soup has been made and strained and NEVER cook your matzo balls in the soup. You can reheat matzo balls in the soup but if you cook them in it they will absorb lots of the soup and make the remaining soup cloudy.
- 1 4-5 pound fowl or yearling (soup chicken), roaster will do
- 5 quarts water or water to cover
- 1 parsnip, peeled and cut into thirds
- 1 large onion, peeled but left whole
- 1 turnip, peeled and cut into quarters
- 2 stalks celery with leaves cut into thirds
- 3 or more carrots, peeled and sliced into 1 inch lengths
- Fresh dill, 3 or more sprigs to taste
- Fresh parsley, 2 sprigs or more if parsnip isn’t being used
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the chicken into pieces. Place pieces in a large soup pot and cover with water.
- Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes skimming the top of the liquid of all the brown foam.
- Add the remaining ingredients and cook over a low heat until the chicken is quite tender and the vegetables are soft, about 2 to 3 hours.
- Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon. Discard the dill and parsley. Remove the vegetables to nibble on and save the carrot for later use in the soup. Strain the soup so that it is nice and clear.
- Place the soup in a clean pot and add the carrots and cooked matzo balls and heat until nice and hot. Serve.