Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hubby's dental emergency but still hungry dinner

Hubby has to have dental surgery a few days ago and got 6 stitches in his mouth! He could eat nothing but super soft food and he thought broth sounded good so .... soup it is. I made a oh my look at all the stuff about to go bad soup.

1 large chicken breast cut into smallish pieces

6 carrots sliced in thin circles

1 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic

1 "clump" of celery sliced thin

1 yellow pepper cut up small

64 oz chicken broth

32 oz veggie broth

water if needed to thin out more

1 chicken bouillon cube low salt version

2 Tablespoon parsley

2 Tablespoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

lots of pepper to your taste

8 oz spaghetti

Cook the chicken till almost done and add all the veggies to sweat them, after they soften and are a little transparent, add the liquids and the bouillon cube. Crush the spices and throw them in - you can adjust the spices to your liking. I am not a rosemary lover so I just put a tiny bit in. I let it simmer slowly on the stove for about a hour. about 30 minutes before you want to serve it make sure their is plenty of liquid- you may want to add some water and break up about 8 oz spaghetti and throw it in. you have a perfect one pot meal that is warm and filling. this makes a big pot so there should be plenty for another meal. This would be good with a grilled cheese sandwich.

You can easily make this vegetarian remove the chicken and use all veggie stock.

If using fresh spices then add them right before serving to help keep their flavor bright.

This is a great meal because it can be adjusted to whatever you happen to have in your fridge, or whatever shape pasta you have lying around.

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