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This is one of my favourite soups to make during cold and flu season. Feel free to add any vegetables you prefer. Diced yams or winter squash are an excellent addition, so are finely chopped hot peppers.
YUMMO - it's up to you!
Tip: Use 16 cups of water for a Size 7 chicken or 12 cups of water for a 6 chicken.
Broth:1 whole organic chicken 16 cups water,1 medium onion, chopped. 3 celery stalks, chopped. 2 carrots, chopped. 4 to 5 shiitake mushrooms, chopped. 1 whole head garlic, cut in half cross-wise. 2 to 3 inches fresh ginger, cut into thin slices. 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns. 1 stalk lemongrass, chopped (optional) Dried Astralagus is an amazing addition to supercharge the Immunity Factor. Add as desired.
Soup: 1 medium onion, chopped. 3 carrots, sliced. 4 celery stalks, chopped. 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced. 1 large red bell pepper, chopped. 2 to 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger. 1 tablespoon sea salt. 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes. 4 to 5 cups sliced cabbage.1 cup chopped coriander ( contraversial , I know !!)
To start making the soup, add all ingredients for the broth into a stockpot, cover, and simmer for about 1 ½ to 2 hours on low heat.
Place a large colander over another large pot or large stainless steel bowl. Pour the broth through it to strain out the chicken and vegetables. Place the pot of broth back on the stove. Place the chicken onto a plate to cool. Bring the broth to a boil, add the all of the ingredients for the soup except the cabbage and coriander. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
While the vegetables are cooking, pull all of the meat from the chicken and cut into smaller pieces. Add the chicken to the soup. Once the vegetables are tender, turn off the heat and add the chopped cabbage and coriander. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings if desired.
Makes about 12 servings ( or 6, if you eat like we do !! )
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