There is nothing better than homemade broth, chicken or beef as it has so much flavor and is a great starter for soups and risotto. It can be frozen and kept on hand.
Basic Recipe for Broth
Whole chicken or chicken breasts ( to keep it lower in fat)
Water to cover your meats and veggies
Celrey 2 to 3 ribs cut into pieces
Carrot 1 or two cut into pieces
Tomato 1 or 2 fresh or a handful of whole canned tomato
Onion 1 large or 2 med sliced into med pieces Fresh herbs ( Italian Parsley, Thyme, basil )
Salt and pepper
Add all to a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer and cook for about 2 hours or so till meat is tender and falling apart.
|Here's what the start of the soup looks like|
You can strain the soup when it's done and have a clear broth.
You can strain and remove the thyme stems and meats and then blend the cooked veggies into your broth.
If your broth looks like it has too much fat in it, then strain and put the broth into the fridge for a day and the fat will get hard and float to the top. You can then easily remove it.
|Here I added some white beans to my soup|
|After a couple of hours of simmering|
|Chill strained broth to have the fat harden on top and be easy to remove|
|You can keep a little for flavor|
|Steam the greens first and then add to the cooked broth along with some of the cooking liquid|
You can also add some tortellini to the cooked broth and serve with grated cheese for a delicious starter. The possibilities are endless!
When I was little my mom used to ask what we wanted for our birthday dinner and I always wanted her chicken soup with rice.
Cooks note: You can use beef or chicken or a combination of anything you may have in your freezer. Bones give great flavor so make sure your meat has some bones.